- Travel to Florence with Kamin Mohammadi in May 2019, and save £1,000
- Our Italy Group Tour was £4,595, now £3,595 per person
- Contact our Italy experts for more information
- Discover a secret side to beautiful Florence
- Stay in a beautiful historic Tuscan castle
- Shop in local markets and then learn how to cook traditional Tuscan dishes
- Discover many wonderful culinary delights in some of Florence's best-known restaurants.
Let author, Kamin Mohammadi take you away from the crowds to explore the hidden art and culture which makes Florence one of the most captivating cities in Europe. Live like a local for a week and discover an alternative side to Italy’s Renaissance capital by exploring the left bank, brimming with artisans' workshops, trying local specialities and uncovering peaceful side streets. Discover Florence’s highlights including the Uffizi - one of the world’s premier art museums and the Basilica di Santa Croce, the burial place of some of the most illustrious Italians including Michelangelo and Galileo.
Escape the city for a few days and journey to the Tuscan hills with its rambling wine estates and rolling hillsides, dotted with medieval villages and olive groves. Spend the weekend in a historic Tuscan castle and experience the produce of the land. Visit a local market in Chianti with the region’s most famous butcher, followed by a cooking lesson using seasonal ingredients, ending the day with a wine tasting session in the historic cellars of local wine producers.
WHY SHOULD I JOIN THIS GROUP TOUR TO ITALY?
Kamin Mohammadi spends six months of the year living in Florence. She is passionate about the city she has called home for the last ten years, so much so, that she has recently written and published a book all about her time there. Kamin knows where to find hidden gems that many tourists do not get to see. This tour is completely unique, designed with Kamin, to offer a real flavour of Tuscan life with the opportunity to stay in a private Tuscan castle. You will get to live like a Florentine as well as seeing some of Florence's classic sights including the Duomo and the Uffizi.
WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE IN ITALY?
Using local knowledge, we have carefully selected the best accommodation for you. During your time in Florence, you will be staying at the stunning Florence Number Nine Hotel. Located in a quiet pedestrianised street lined with trendy eateries and boutiques, this boutique hotel is a short walk to the Duomo and heart of the city. Combining art and wellness, after a day's sightseeing, there is a spa, gym and lounge showcasing contemporary art and sculptures, along with a small restaurant and bar.
When escaping the city to the Tuscan hills, you will be staying at the stunning Castello di Spaltenna. Once a working monastery Castello di Spaltenna is located in the heart of the Chianti wine-growing region and exudes charm and history. Knights in shining armour lining the corridors coupled with the thick stone walls, wooden beamed ceilings and original furnishings leave you in no doubt that Castello di Spaltenna is a true medieval castle.
WHAT IS FOOD LIKE IN ITALY?
Italy is renowned for its cuisine and food is very much at the heart of this itinerary. Shop in local markets, meet with local artisans and take part in an authentic Tuscan cooking lesson. All meals are included on an a la carte basis, dining in local trattorias. Menus will typically include pasta, grilled/cured meats, fish and fresh vegetables.
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE IN ITALY IN MAY?
The weather in Tuscany is cooler in May, before warming up during the hot summer months of July and August. Average temperatures remain at around 23 degrees centigrade during the day, with lows of 17 degrees after dark. Weather in Florence is generally pretty mild. Loose comfortable clothing for walking during the day and a light jumper/jacket for the evenings will suffice.
IS THIS GROUP TOUR SUITABLE FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS?
Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour Lecturer.
If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.
If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.
HOW FIT SHOULD I BE TO ENJOY THIS TOUR?
This tour is open to anyone who enjoys walking and can walk comfortably for up to eight hours a day including rest stops.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.