Italy with Friends Private Tour - April 28 - May 5, 2018

Italy with Friends Private Tour - April 28 - May 5, 2018

Code: IFP2018



Product Description

Italy with Friends is a private tour organized by Poggi Bonsi.

Tour cost: $2,950 per person

Join your friends in Italy and taste the delights of Umbria and Tuscany. Food, wine and gourmet adventures await in this magical corner of the world!

Italy with Friends Private tour April 28-May 5, 2018

Poggi Bonsi owner Keli Sim DeRitis will guide you through the hill towns of Umbria and Tuscany where you will discover art and history, delight in the sumptuous food and wine of the regions, and celebrate the sweet life in Italy with your fellow travelers.

Our home for the week will be L'Antica Vetreria, a beautifully renovated glass factory originally founded in 1292 and located in the medieval village of Piegaro in Umbria.

Piegaro is situated on the border between Umbria and Tuscany with so many hill towns within easy distance that it's difficult to choose which to visit first. We'll enjoy delicious meals, field trips and cooking classes with our personal chef, Jennifer McIlvaine, wine tasting and other gourmet adventures as we eat and sip our way from village to village.

Among our culinary excursions with Chef Jennifer will be a cooking class at Terra Margaritelli winery in Torgiano and a leasurely bicycle ride through the countryside with a stop to enjoy a gourmet picnic.

One day we will join Colleen Simpson, our host at L'Antia Vetreria, to visit Pienza, sample it's famous Pecorino cheese, and have lunch at a restaurant on the grounds of La Foce nearby. Another morning Colleen will lead us on an eco-tour in electric jeeps through olive groves and vineyards at Monte Vibiano Winery, the first carbon-neutral farm in Italy...there'll be tasting, of course!

Another highlight of the tour will be a visit to the Pardi linen mill and a private tour, tasting, and luncheon at the Pardi winery where we'll taste the heavenly Sagrantino di Montefalco. Deruta, with it's world-famous Majolica ceramics holds special interest for our group...we will tour the ceramic studio of GP Deruta, one of Poggi Bonsi's suppliers, and wander the streets in old Deruta. While in the area we will visit the charming church of Santa Maria del Bagno with it's hand-painted votive tablets. Our group will enjoy a sumptuous lunch at L'Antico Forziere, in our opinion, one of the best restaurants in Italy. We'll visit other historical towns as time permits.

The Poggi Bonsi team will also teach a bread and pasta making class at the villa. Our mission is to make sure the only complaint you have is that there is too much food and wine!

Come stay, eat and drink with us at L'Antica Vetreria, where you can celebrate life in Italy with old friends and make new friendships that will last a lifetime.

Price includes:

  • Ground transportation to and from Piegaro and Fiumicino Airport in Rome.
  • Charming Double-occupancy Rooms with kings beds (most with en-suite bathrooms).
  • 6 Italian breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 6 Dinners including local wines. Some evening meals will be prepared by our personal chef, some will be enjoyed at local eateries, and a few will be prepared by the Poggi Bonsi team.
  • All field trips and ground transportation.
  • All cooking classes and winery tours.
Registration: Tour is limited to 14 participants

A non-refundable $500 deposit reserves your place. Balance is due February 15, 2018.

Price does not include airfare which can be arranged through Bob Kerr at Travel House.

NOTE: Trip insurance is required, this can also be purchased very reasonably from Travel House or through AAA.

Email or call Keli Sim DeRitis at 206-714-8278 for more information.