Florence & Milan: Boutique Interior Design & Fashion Tour

Hosted by Anne Tuckley

MAY 1 – MAY 7, 2018
Arrival City: Florence
Departure City: Milan


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Join Hidden Treasures Tours on an exclusive tour of the fashion and interior design culture of Florence and Milan with celebrity host, Anne Tuckley!

Anne Tuckley is a nationally-renowned interior designer specializing in sophisticated, edgy spaces that beautifully merge modern and vintage styles. The professionally trained artist and former flight attendant and runway model, uses her extensive fashion, art, and travel experience to bring a unique, internationally-inspired feel to her designs. Outside of interior design, Anne is regularly commissioned to style models for pageants, magazine covers, and events.

Her talents have been featured in the Miss Missouri Pageant, the Missouri Supreme Court, law firms, sorority houses, private residences, other businesses, and public and private events.

This is a boutique, private, small group tour. Space is extremely limited.


TUESDAY, MAY 1: FLORENCE_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Aperitif ● Appetizers

ARRIVAL
Upon arrival into the Florence Airport, you will be met by our driver and transferred to the 4* Gallery Hotel Art in the heart of Florence’s historic center.

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to rest or explore the city.

WELCOME COCKTAIL
This evening we will join as a group for a delectable aperitif and appetizers on the terrace of sister hotel, Continentale, which offers one of the best views of Florence .


WEDNESDAY, MAY 2: FLORENCE_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Breakfast ● Lunch ● Dinner

OLTRARNO & SAN FREDIANO
After breakfast at the hotel, we will meet our private guide and enjoy an exclusive walking tour through the Oltrarno and San Frediano districts. The Oltrarno and San Frediano districts are fascinating, authentic quarters of old tradition artisan workshops, antique stores, traditional markets, and masterpieces such as Brunelleschi’s church “Santo Spirito” with Michelangelo’s crucifix, Santa Maria del Carmine, and Palazzo Pitti.

As we walk through the narrow, Middle Age streets, we will stop to take a look at a famous international jewelry laboratory and then visit a lesser known Brunelleschi masterpiece, the Santo Spirito church. We will then explore the Piazza and Palazzo Pitti (the place where Italian high fashion was born) and then onto a perfume laboratory known for respecting the antic tradition of the Renaissance. The perfume laboratory is  located in a prestigious Palace with a Loggia overlooking the Arno river, which will give you an unforgettable view of Florence.  As we leave the Oltrarno area, we will cross the famous “Ponte alle Grazie” bridge.

ENOTECA
After our walking tour, we will enjoy lunch at a chic Enoteca (wine bar), where we will experience some of the best Tuscan wines and food.

PRIVATE PALACE
After lunch, we head to one of the most prestigious private palaces of the Renaissance in the heart of the city with the most beautiful view of the Duomo. During our visit of the Palazzo Gondi, we will enjoy a prestigious wine tasting.

This evening we will rejoin as a group  for dinner at a gourmet restaurant, walking distance from the hotel.


THURSDAY, MAY 3: AREZZO__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Breakfast

VINTAGE DECOR & JEWELERY
Today we enjoy a full day excursion to stunning Arezzo. In Arezzo, we will discover some secret shops through  the old town center, and follow in the footsteps of the great artists - from Cimabue to Piero della Francesca and from Lorenzetti to Vasari. Every month Arezzo hosts the most historic and largest antiques fair. As a result, you will see many antique shops and some vintage décor shops. Arezzo also has an ancient tradition in jewelry production. We will visit a goldsmith who makes unique creations and then our guide will give us time to discover some of the best vintage shops in Arezzo.


FRIDAY, MAY 4:  MILAN________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Breakfast ● Dinner

TRANSFER
After a private transfer to the station, we will travel to Milan by high-speed train and then transferred to our 4* hotel.

DISCOVER MILAN
This afternoon we will meet our guide for a walking tour through the historic center where we will visit the Duomo,  the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the Brera district and Sforza Castle.

We will regroup in the evening for dinner at a gourmet restaurant, walking distance from the hotel.   


SATURDAY, MAY 5: MILAN_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Breakfast

INTERIOR DÉCOR
Milan is the chic capital of luxury design. It is here that rising designers are shown to the world for the very first time. Boutiques offer an unlimited choice of historical, contemporary, and unique pieces distinguished by the “made in Italy” guarantee.

We will visit the best stores in Milan for interior décor. We will enjoy visiting both the stores that sell famous brands and the stores that sell new pieces from rising, interesting designers.

FASHION
This afternoon we will take a private fashion tour with a local fashion expert focusing on specialty artisans rather than big name brands. Our guide will lead us through secret fashion ateliers, trendy boutiques, custom jewelers, and more.


SUNDAY, MAY 6: FRANCIACORTA____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Breakfast ● Lunch ● Farewell Cocktail

WINE & ITALIAN DECOR
Today we will enjoy a full day excursion to the Franciacorta area where we will visit a truly unique winery producing Franciacorta sparkling wine. Franciacorta is a particular, more precious type of Prosecco called Spumante. The characteristic bubbles are the result of a second bottle fermentation that lasts for a month or year. The Franciacorta wine can be produced only in a small area around Brescia, a city located a little over an hour from Milan, and only with two specific wine varieties: Chardonnay and Pinot.

Upon our arrival, we will meet one of the owners and enjoy a guided tour of this truly special  estate surrounded by gentle hills and located only minutes from Iseo lake. The reception of the winery combines the uniqueness of its landscape with historic and avant-garde architectures, wisely merging antique and modern design.

The owner will then take us on a tour of their guest suites where the interior of the rooms reflects an homage to the History of International and Italian Design, combining exposition pieces from Gerrit Rietveld, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Achille Castiglioni, Philip Starck, and Renè Herbs just to name a few.

After the visit, we will enjoy a shaded, picnic lunch in the vineyards next to a natural park. We will enjoy a tasting of Bersi Serlini Franciacorta wines and typical Italian products. [In case of bad weather conditions, we will have a formal lunch with 3-superior choice Millesimé Franciacorta Bersi Serlini wines and 3-unique combinations of food conceived and prepared by the chef.]

This evening we will enjoy a farewell cocktail reception as a group.


MONDAY, MAY 7: DEPARTURE________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Breakfast

Today you will depart via private transfer to the Milan airport for your return flight home.


PRICING________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

$4,499 price per person based on double occupancy
+ $1,200 single supplement

INCLUDED
3 night accommodation in Florence
3 night accommodation in Milan
Meals as specified
Private transfers and excursions by minibus
Private guides
1st class train ticket from Florence to Milan
Admissions to sites included in itinerary

NOT INCLUDED
Flights (Florence arrival and Milan departure)
Meals other than those specified
City taxes to be paid to the hotels (€ 4,50 pp/day in Florence and € 5 pp/day in  Milan)
Trip insurance
Tips/gratuities for guides and drivers



DIRECT QUESTIONS TO:

Kari Harper
kari@hiddentreasurestours.com  
Hidden Treasures Tours, L.L.C.
6324 N Chatham Ave #333, Kansas City, MO 64151
573-303-2872 (p)
hiddentreasurestours.com
  
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