In Florence, the 463 step climb to the top of Brunelleschi’s Dome was well worth it, the view of the city from there is unmatched. ~ Todd
The Art of Food and Wine
Florence is filled with lovers, artists and scholars. This romantic city with its medieval towers, historical buildings, many statues and avenues offers up an eclectic mix of architectural brilliance and intellectual discoveries all with an artistic style. No travel tour of Italy is complete without Tuscany—particularly Florence. The capital of Tuscany, Florence, has been beautifully preserved to take you back in time during the height of its glory. Trace the steps of Michelangelo, the Medici family and Galileo on one of our most popular travel tours. After a stimulating visit to Florence, a country visit sipping famous Chianti and Brunello wines is just the ticket for a wellness retreat. A bountiful of towns and villages dot the rolling hills showcasing their own riches, nuances and unique story. In order to further embed you in the beauty for this valley, join in Via Mondo’s yoga classes to turn your travel tour into a wellness retreat. Bring your paintbrush and sketchpad. There is plenty to document, observe, draw and paint.
“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang
All the fanciest accommodations
All savory breakfasts, 4 organic lunches, 3 nutritional dinners with local wine
All cultural enrichment events, 5 unique excursions, guest experts and entrance fees
5 Kripalu yoga sessions
A morning meditation walk
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All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
All van transportation from and to Via Mondo special events
Shuttle service from pick up and drop off locations
Service of Via Mondo professional guide(s)
A casual walk around before we dine in Florence’s trendiest quarter. A typical Florentine dinner in the heart of the city.
Begin the day with one-hour of yoga. A customized excursion in the morning, lunch in town, then an afternoon chocolate tasting at Vestri.
A yoga class will be available before breakfast. A free-day in Florence. A chance to explore Florence on your own or visit the many cities and towns accessible by bus or train.
Enjoy an early morning walk or jog before the city wakes up. An adventure to Volterra, a glorious hilltop town, then roam around San Gimignano on your own for lunch and a gelato. Climb one of the many medieval towers.
Enjoy a morning yoga session surrounded by a sea of vineyards and olive trees. We head to a century-old estate at Monterinaldi for a private tour of the wine cellar and wine making philosophy. After tour, an option to prepare a traditional Tuscan meal or guided walk through the property. After lunch, explore Grevi in Chianti center.
A yoga session will be offered before breakfast. A short walk to an olive press where we will experience the process of making Tuscan olive oil. The remainder of the day is for you to enjoy another winery or the pool at the Villa.
A yoga session will be offered prior to breakfast. After breakfast, we bid farewell to Tuscany.
Hotel Villa Fiesole
Villa Fiesole Hotel is a 4 star hotel that thanks to its scenic location offers all guests the opportunity to spend relaxing evenings admiring the lights in the center of Florence reflecting on the calm waters of the river Arno. The rooms are carefully designed and furnished with meticulous attention to satisfy your every need, and no two are exactly alike.
Villa La Palagina
Villa La Palagina is a restored sixteenth century villa that belonged to the noble Florentine family Ricasoli. All of the rooms are unique, but each one is decorated with beautiful frescoes, offering a comfortable stay, with all amenities (air-conditioning, mini-bar and satellite TV).
The Art of Food and Wine
Visit: Florence / Fiesole /Volterra / San Gimignano / Greve in Chianti
May 21 – May 27 2018
May 28 – June 3 2018
*FF June 26 – July 2 2017
September 18 – September 24 2017
September 25 – October 1 2017
Duration: 7 days
Start/Stop: Monday to Sunday
From: $3895 Single Supplement: $700