Italy Tour for the Modern Goddess!
10 NIGHT TRIP
A journey through Italy focusing on the women that shaped the culture of the world and a retreat at a charming Tuscan borgo that will leave you rejuvenated, relaxed and in sync with your inner Goddess.
- Ancient and Baroque Rome
- Hiking the Etruscan Hills
- Cooking class in a tuscan organic farm
- The open-air museum of Florence
DAY 1: ARRIVE ROME
Transfer to your hotel. After check in, meet your guide for an afternoon walking tour of Rome. Some of sites you will visit are: the Trevi Fountain, Via Condotti, Piazza Navona, the Church of St. Agnes facing the fountain and the Pantheon, a monument built in honor of Gods and Goddesses. Evening at leisure. Overnight
DAY 2: ROMAN GODDESS
Breakfast at your hotel. Morning tour of Ancient Rome beginning with Capitoline museums, admiring a sculpture of Venus, the Roman goddess. In the Roman Forum you will see the Temple of the Vestal Virgins, with a few remains of female statues. Vesta was the goddess of the earth and home. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight.
DAY 3: MICHELANGELO’S MUSE
Breakfast at your hotel. “A woman so pure of body and should is eternally young," said Michelangelo in response to his critics who thought the Virgin Mary in the Pietà looked too young. Today enjoy a tour in the greatest art collections: the Vatican museums and the Sistine Chapel. Your English speaking guide will lead you inside the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica, where you will admire Michelagelo’s Pieta’. Lunch on your own. Afternoon tour of the churches dedicated to Female Saints: Santa Maria in Trastevere, Santa Maria della Pace, Saint Agnes (inside). Lastly visit Sant'Agostino Church. Evening at leisure. Overnight.
DAY 4: SIENA AND ST CATHERINA’S HERITAGE
Breakfast at your hotel. Morning departure transfer to Siena, famous for its Palio that takes place every year on Piazza del Campo but also for its Patron Saint. Saint Catherine (Caterina,) who was a very outspoken woman for her time and social standing. Stroll around the historical center and admire the Town hall and the Romanesque/Gothic Cathedral. Evening at leisure. Overnight
DAY 5: REJUVENATE AT BORGO DI TIGNANO
Breakfast at your hotel. Departure transfer to Borgo di Tignano. History tells us that Saint Atinia was born here, a martyred Christian saint, highly venerated in the region. Now the borgo is a restored music and yoga retreat center. Evening at leisure. Overnight.
DAY 6: VOLTERRA’S HILLTOPS
Breakfast at your hotel. You will start your day with a short hike near Volterra, a former Etruscan settlement. Visit an alabaster stone shop and then continue to an organic farmhouse for lunch. Free time in Volterra in the afternoon before heading back home to the Borgo. Overnight.
DAY 7: COOKING CLASS UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN
Breakfast at your hotel. Departure transfer to Cortona, a small charming town in the province of Arezzo, featured in the movie “Under the Tuscan sun”. Upon arrival check in at the organic farmhouse Parco Fiorito to enjoy a real Tuscan experience with home made wine, olive oil and great slow food. In the afternoon join a cooking class with Roberto Russo, owner and chef, and experience and enjoy the philosophy of slow food. Overnight.
DAY 8: ETRUSCAN HERITAGE
Breakfast at your hotel. Morning tour of Cortona, the pearl of Val di Chiana. Thanks to its 500 mt above sea level position, the town offers a spectacular view over the valley, one of the most spectacular in all Italy, stretching out to Lake Trasimeno, Montepulciano and beyond. Typical Etruscan lunch will follow. Return to the borgo where a dinner under the porch awaits you. Overnight.
DAY 9: FLORENCE THE CRADLE OF THE RENAISSANCE
Breakfast at your hotel. Departure transfer to Florence and check in at hotel. Join your guide on a tour to the Accademia museum, which hosts the impressive sculpture of the "David" by Michelangelo. Continue to the city center for a stroll all the way to Ponte Vecchio, along which you will walk by the famous Duomo di Firenze. Evening at leisure. Overnight.
DAY 10: UFFIZI GALLERY TREASURES
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning tour to the Uffizi museums, where you can admire the masterpieces of Florence finest Renaissance artists such as Botticelli, with the famous "Birth of Venus", Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio. Afternoon and evening at leisure.
DAY 11: DEPART ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure transfer to the airport. Good-bye!