Come along with Mrs. Wonderful and friends to beautiful Italy for an exclusive food, wine, and cultural experience in the magnificent region of Tuscany. Mrs. Wonderful has personally selected all the facets of this elegant journey. You will be whisked away to fabulous private wine tastings and charming small villages where you will experience the authentic cuisine and culture of these hidden gems in the hillsides outside of Lucca and Pisa. The ancient Luccan and Pisan hills are waiting to be discovered and are filled with cultural and artistic importance. We will visit the Italian riviera and towns that are centers of modern and ancient art, original cuisine and traditional wines and viticulture. Mrs. Wonderful’s Italian family will be there to translate and facilitate the tour and to teach us about the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany. Dine at fabulous authentic restaurants and spend the nights at a marvelous private villa. Daily in depth winery tours and tastings will be followed by cultural excursions to quaint and historic towns in tuscany. Enjoy cooking classes, local farm tours, Church and museum visits, and a spa day as part of this relaxing and rejuvenating week. We welcome you in to Mrs. Wonderful’s Tuscan family. Meet new friends and gather with us for six nights and seven days discovering the hidden gems in the rolling hills of Tuscany.
DAY 1 –
Sunday - meet at the Villa for a Hors d'oeuvres and a Champagne reception. Get settled into your room and meet the Tuscan family and your fellow food and wine enthusiasts while relaxing at the private villa.
DAY 2 –
Monday - Light breakfast at Villa before departing for a visit to the quaint town of Pietrasanta for lunch and shopping. Pietrasanta was the home of Michelangelo and is famous for its marble sculptures and is near the famous marble quarries of carrara. We will have lunch there and sightsee and shop - there are many contemporary art galleries to see and the piazza is lovely with the beautiful cathedral. We will then head out to a local winery for a private tasting and tour. Then back to the villa for a traditional Tuscan cooking demonstration and celebration of our first full day in Tuscany.
DAY 3 –
Tuesday -Mrs. Wonderful will make her wonderful biscuits and scones and more for a delicious breakfast. Late morning departure for a winery visit to experience the traditional wines of the region. Then off to the famous medieval walled city of Lucca, Shop at the quaint antique stores, walk on top of the ancient walls, climb the famous towers and visit the beautiful churches. We will have a late lunch at a fabulous restaurant where we will enjoy great food and wine while conversing about our wonderful day in the ancient city of Lucca. Then back to the villa for a light Tuscan dinner where we will pair the local wines with our food. Learn about the grapes while we taste different wines.
DAY 4 –
Wednesday - Light breakfast at the villa. Visit to an organic olive oil farm and winery for an exclusive olive oil and wine tasting and enjoy a farm to table tuscan lunch in the vineyard. Head to some of the famous thermal baths that Tuscany has to offer for an afternoon of relaxation and pampering. And then on our way back to the villa we will stop for dinner at one of the regions best traditional restaurant.
DAY 5 –
Thursday - Breakfast at the villa. Then off to visit one of the most famous areas of Tuscany - Chianti where we will enjoy a private wine tasting and tour at one of the famous wineries which was originally an abbey. We will lunch in one of the surrounding charming villages to experience authentic tuscan cuisine and enjoy more of the delicious local wine. Visit a cheese farm in the tuscan hills before heading back to the villa for a wonderful traditional tuscan dinner where we will incorporate the cheeses and wines from the day into our dinner.
DAY 6 –
Friday - After another Mrs. Wonderful light breakfast we will head out towards the coast for a winery tour and tasting in Maremma. Followed by an enchanting picnic lunch in the vineyard. Stop in Pisa for some sightseeing and a museum visit and then we will stop by a trattoria to have supper for our final night in Tuscany.
DAY 7 –
Saturday - Mrs, Wonderful will make a send off breakfast and champaign tasting as you leisurely depart from the villa for the end of a memorable wonderful tour of Tuscany!
Your Hosts –
Gino and Mary Frances Caselli (aka Mrs. Wonderful) are the proprietors of Mrs. Wonderful's Cafe in Polson, Montana where they specialize in local, organic, non GMO, homemade food that is healthy and delicious. They have a line of sea salt herb blends and also produce a bbq/cooking sauce called Garlic Head.
Their commitment to truly great food, wine, culture, and art have enabled them to share their passion with family, friends and guests. They have visited Tuscany many times and have close family there. Their daughter, Diana Sheffield, who has also visited Tuscany many times, is trained in viticulture and oenology and is well versed in the tasting of wine, grows wine grapes and makes wine, will be sharing her knowledge, expertise and love of wine and food on our tuscan tour. Mary Frances' sister Cathy Ferruzzi has lived in Tuscany for forty years and has an in depth knowledge of Tuscany and is an amazing cook. She is completely fluent in both Italian and English and she will guide us through Tuscany and cook with us, sharing her culinary experience and her knowledge of authentic Tuscan cuisine and culture.
This tour includes:
The cost includes everything you need while you stay with us, all your meals, breakfasts, dinners and lunches, your accommodations, all transportation to and from excursions, wine tastings and winery tours, culinary classes and demos, all tips and entrance fees to churches, museums and places of interest.
Airfare and transportation to and from the airport/train station is not included. If you would like us to arrange transportation to the villa on Sunday and to the airport on Saturday please let us know and we will be happy to help you with arrangements.
This itinerary is subject to change. In the case of unavailability, the places and chronology can be changed to a similar itinerary which is determined by Mrs. Wonderful and her staff.
Special Price this week only! If you book by March 2 - 2018 - the cost for the all inclusive tour is $6,990 per person. After March 2 - 2018 the price will be $7250 per person. Bedrooms at the villa are ensuite unless otherwise stated. Single supplement will not be charged if two friends are willing to share a room that has two single beds with one bathroom. Please contact Mary Frances if you are traveling as a single for information on available accommodations and prices.
FOR MORE INFORMATION FOR THIS EXCLUSIVE TOUR:
Call Mary Frances at: 406-871-0742