Florence and Tuscany trip, September 13 - 18, 2015:

Tim Chase, Swedish speaking Tour director working with the E&E Travel Society will be on the trip with you.

  • Tim has a well-established career in the wine industry in California, winemaker, importer, wine writer, event coordinator, and sommelier at The Napa Valley Wine Train.
  • Tim lives in Sweden, and is an Italian vinimportsfirma (with offices in Tuscany), event specialist and consultant for hotel chains and restaurants.
  • On The Move Tim is a well-known tasting leader amongst others at Munskänkarna.

The trip includes:

  • 6 days / 5 nights 13-18 Sept 2015
  • Special viewing of Galleria Uffizi
  • Marchesi Torrigiani Garden - Dinner
  • Antinori Bargino Estate - private dinner , Tignanello and Solaia wines
  • Private luncheon at Harry's Bar on the Arno river
  • Wine tasting at the famous Enoteca Falorni in historical Greve, and dinner in the enchanting Chianti countryside at the Swedish family owned Terreno winery.
  • Accommodations & rooftop dinner at historic residence Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni in Florence city center. (or similar quality hotel subject to availability).

A pdf of the full program can be downloaded by clicking here.

All expenses are included in the program: ground transport, accommodation, meals, wine, entry / tickets and English/Swedish speaking guide service.

NOTE!

Air transport is arranged by the participants themselves.

Hotel reservations are based on sharing a double room - single room may be reserved at a supplemental price.

For more information/a registration form email Bill Henneberry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For inquiries from Skandinavium, please contact:

Tim Chase, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel 46 733 89 39 19

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aquasanta golf

We would like to invite you to a special week in Rome and Florence that combines Great Golf, Art, and Style.

Whether you have been to Rome and Florence once or twenty times there is always something new to discover especially when you travel with experts in wine and art. If you like to golf, we give you the choice of up to 5 rounds at renowned courses and yet still allow you time to participate in many of the cultural visits and discoveries. If golf is not a priority, this program still offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of Imperial Rome and Renaissance Florence, the great wines like Chianti, the grand palaces of the Italian Aristocracy.

Rome is the home of some great Golf Courses, designed by famous architects, the likes of Jim Fazio, Robert Trent Jones and P.B. Dye, to mention few.

Florence has among others, the Ugolino Golf Club, one of the oldest courses in Italy, founded by the British expats in Florence in 1889 and designed by the British architects Blandford and Gannon.

Mild, pleasant whether combined with spectacular monuments and stylish life, make Rome and Florence ideal Golf destinations.

We will allow you to play in private Golf Clubs, accompanied by your drivers from your hotels. A golf professional, if requested, will be at your disposal to assist you on the courses.

We will arrange private visits to important museums , in Rome a special restricted visit to the underground of the Coliseum , see the squares and fountains of Baroque Rome and the imposing Roman vestiges; enjoy the history, monuments, and masterpieces of Rome, the Eternal City.

In Florence a private exclusive visit to the Uffizzi Gallery. You will enjoy luxury accommodations, splendid food, private car service; our personal concierge service will answer 24 hours a day to all your requests and an Italian cell phone is provided to you.

Dine at superb restaurants, unknown to traditional Italian travelers, lunch at the exclusive Golf Clubhouses. Visit one of the most spectacular private palaces in Rome;  enjoy the company of our Romans friends at an elegant dinner party in a castle dating back to the 12th century. In Florence cocktails and dinner in a special private mansion, hosted by the owners.

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A Week in Florence & Tuscany

Florence, forever a Città d'art, the cradle of the Renaissance; all through the centuries, Florence has also been at the center of famous vineyards and the true estates that produce their world renowned wines: Chianti, Brunello, Bolgheri, Ornellaia and Sassicaia, Morellino, to mention a few. Our program combines the greatest of Tuscan wines with Style and Ultimate Comfort.

Highlights of the program include:

• Through our personal friendships with the great winemaking dynasties of Italy, our guests will experience the absolute best in hospitality and latest knowledge of wines available in Italy. Our visits to their famous cellars are hosted by the owners themselves and all aspects of the wine world, from the vineyards to the cellars, will be llustrated by prestigious experts in the industry.

• A one-day unique opportunity to see secret spaces, unknown places and works of art not open to the general public. Our clients will enjoy privileged, exclusive visits to some of the most important museums in Florence.

• A sophisticated connection with Italian Society: our clients will be treated as personal friends, with a choice to meet prominent and aristocratic Italian families, dine in their palaces, visit their estates.

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Details of the special wine tour for Munskanken members is available by clicking here.

Focus:

An in-depth view of the components and styles that have shaped some of the most glorious and sophisticated landscape in Tuscany.

- Private gardens of the Florentine Aristocracy within the city walls

-The Anglo-American influence on great gardens and villas

-The Medici legacy in their grand parks

- Lucca’s villas and gardens and the influence of Napoleon era.

Examples of our Exclusive offerings and Special Private Access available in our programs:

• In depth tour of private gardens, among them ” Il Prato” of Pricipi Corsini, Marchesi Torrigiani’s private park and garden, the largest in Italy within the city walls(14 acres), and the famous “Giardino dei Boboli” legacy of Cosimo I de’ Medici, among others.

• We will have a garden expert with us at all times, to illustrate, together with technical aspects, the style of gardens influenced by affluent foreigners residents (mostly Anglo-Americans) who bought grand villas in the 1860’: Berenson’s“I Tatti”,”Rockefeller’s Le Balze” and others.

• The enormous influence of the Medici dynasty who left us grandiose gardens the likes of “Villa Medici a Castello”, “Villa Medici a Poggio a Caiano” which houses a stately park and a museum dedicated to the Medici collection of still life paintings,to mention but few.

• A day trip to the city of Lucca, where Napoleon’s sister Elisa Buonaparte lived for a period, and the influence of the imperial splendor can be seen in the design of many of its grand gardens: the former Royal Villa “La Marlia”, presently owned by Marchesa Francesca Antinori, “Villa Oliva” and others.

• Exclusive evening event: Enjoy the company of noble Florentines at an elegant dinner party in a grand private palace.

The entire program will be in a social context designed to meet some friends, prominent members of the Florentine society: meeting the owners at various gardens, a get together cocktail and dinner the evening of arrival, a social dinner at a private residence, once the house of Galileo Galilei, a lunch in one of the private gardens. In keeping with E&E Travel Society style, we will dine at superb restaurants, enjoy luxury accommodations, splendid food and excellent wines.

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Monreale Cathedral

Over 2,500 years at a strategic center of the western world have left Sicily with an unparalleled historical legacy. Nowhere else have Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, French, Germans, Spanish, Italians and even British left such an indelible impression. Greek temples, Roman villas and aqueducts, Norman cathedrals and Baroque churches, Sicily offers a range of historical sites that is not easily matched.

Focus:

- The legacy of Greeks and Romans, Arabs and Normans their monuments and -- architecture.

- The spectacular natural beauty of coasts and mountains.

- The splendor of its Baroque palaces.

Highlights of the program include:

• Palermo, Arabs and Normans. The unparalleled Cappella Palatina, royal chapel of the Norman kings of Sicily, Monreale, medieval town known for its Arab-Norman cathedral.

• Agrigento and the “Valley of the Temples”: This splendid archaeological park consists of eight temples (and various other remains) built between about 510 BC and 430 BC.

• Piazza Armerina’s Roman Villa. Built in the middle of the 4th Century AD as a hunting lodge by a Roman patrician the Villa is home to some of the best preserved and extensive examples of Roman mosaics.

• Syracuse (or Siracusa) was the most important city of Magna Graecia. It defeated the mighty Athens in 413 and was home to many a great Greek, including Archimedes. The archaeological site, situated in the northwest of the town, is home to a staggering number of well-preserved Greek (and Roman) remains.

• Taormina and its Greek theater.

• Private lunch in a “masseria” ( a farm producing wine and olive oil, among other products), owned by an aristocratic family, received as friends. Private visit invited by the owners of Villa Tasca, Palermo's largest and most private residence, within a four-hectare garden, city seat of the great Tasca d'Almerita.

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Rome, through 3000 years of history, contains many “Romes”: Imperial Rome, the ruler of all the known world. Rome of the Popes, when the Vatican State was the most powerful in Italy. The Rome of masterpieces, romanticism and a sophisticated life style.

Focus:

 Ancient Rome

 The baroque Rome of the Popes

 The Vatican

 La “dolce vita”

Examples of our Exclusive offerings and Special Private Access available in our programs:

• The Colosseum, with special access to the underground - ipogei, hypogeum and Fori Imperiali: a series of public squares that were built between 46 BC and 113 AD and were for many decades, the very center of city life.

• Private no-lines visit to the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica.

• An exclusive visit to one of the most spectacular, privately owned grand palaces of Rome.

• The Hadrian's villa, the greatest Roman example of an Alexandrian garden.

• Private dinner hosted by the owners in a 15th century grand castle.

 

Yet, Rome is also something more intangible then its monuments, history and art. It is a way of life, the fabled “Dolce Vita” that can only be found in the streets, shops and cafes of Rome. We want you to enjoy Rome in our very special way.

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A magical voyage to a magical city, an in-depth exclusive view.

Focus:

 The power of the Venetian Lion through its monuments.

 The vibrant contemporary art, expressed through its modern art museums and exhibitions

 The lyrics of the “Laguna” its islands, its art, its food.

 The churches, their style, their importance in the life of the “rioni”(neighborhoods) 

Examples of our Exclusive offerings and Special Private Access available in our programs: pallazo pisani

• Walking Venice: the “three Churches”: Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Santa Maria della Salute and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco; the Piazza of Campiello del Remer with a fantastic view of the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge.

• The Secret Passages of the Palazzo Ducale and the gruesome Piombi Prisons.

• Museo Correr, testifying the history and art of Venice through the centuries, with special access to rooms normally closed to the public.

• Museo Ca’ Pesaro, now seat of the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, a visit to the impressive collection of modern art conserved within.

• Murano the Director of the famed Museo del Vetro ( glass museum) will make an introduction to a demonstration of various glass blowing and shaping techniques.

• Torgello Hemingway’s island, and St.Erasmo the Orti e Viti island where the Venetians grow stupendous vegetables and grapes in ancient vineyards. Wine tasting in the only winery in the Laguna.

• Starlight canal ride to dinner hosted by the noble owners in a 16th century Palace on the Grand Canal.

 A privately arranged visit to Ca' Marcello, one of the most beautiful and well-maintained examples of Palladian style villas, still lived in by descendants of the original owners. After an extensive tour of the villa and the magnificent gardens, an  exclusive lunch hosted by one of the family.

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A visit that combines Art, Style and ultimate Comfort.

Florence forever a Citta’ d'art, the cradle of the Renaissance, the streets and alleys of Florence still resound with the stories of its famous artists and their immortal works of art. Walk through the Oltr’arno neighborhood with its typical atmosphere and artisan workshops carrying on century-old traditions.

uffiziExamples of our Exclusive offerings and Special Private Access available in our programs:

 Private visits to the most important museums, some of which will open their doors for you while closed to the public; through special access, without the crowds, enjoy the history, monuments, and masterpieces of Renaissance Florence.

• Enjoy the company of noble Florentines and international friends at an elegant dinner party in one of the most spectacular privately owned patrician Palaces in Florence.

• Lunch in grand style at the largest privately owned park in Italy. our host the Marquis, will show the wonders of the nursery and exotic plants and trees, brought in by their ancestors from the four corners of the world.

• Drive through the enchanting countryside with its medieval villages and castles. In Chianti, wine tasting and lunch at a world renowned wine cantina, housed in a 17th century privately owned grand villa, received as if old friends.

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