It’s Official: Culinary Tours of Tuscany are happening!! (November 2013)

Travel to Tuscany for an exclusive foodie experience featuring personalized activities guided by Italian Language Instructor, Personal Chef & Translator, Ashlee Redfern! Contact Ashlee of Italian Inspirations directly to reserve your spot in one of the Culinary Tours of Tuscany in November 2013. Groups will be between 8 and 15 people, so the experience is guaranteed to be special. Package Price Includes:  Accommodations, 6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Aperitivi, 4 Dinners, Transfers to and from Activities, Recipe Booklet & Cultural Info, Guided Tours, 2 Cooking Lessons, Wine Tastings, and MORE — Details below…

1st Group:  November 8th – November 14th
2nd Group:  November 15th – November 21st

Culinary Tour of Tuscany:  7-Day Itinerary


  • Meet in Florence, transfer to Impruneta – Hotel Bellavista (30 min. from Florence)
  • Introductory Meeting & Welcome Packet
  • Italian Language Lesson with Aperitivo (useful culinary vocabulary, snacks & drinks)
  • Cena di Benvenuto (Tuscan Welcome Dinner) at Ristorante Bellavista Impruneta


  • Mercato Impruneta – Shop the local market
  • Frantoio Tour – Taste Impruneta’s fresh-pressed Olive Oil.
  • Pranzo in Piazza – Lunch in Impruneta
  • 1st Cooking Lesson at Ristorante Bellavista – Tuscan Fall Menu


  • Transfer to San Miniato Truffle Festival
  • GuidedTruffle Hunt (1.5 hrs)
  • Truffle Festival Tour, Tastings & Lunch
  • 2nd Cooking Lesson & Dinner with local Chef & Truffle Expert


Walking Tour of Florence:

  • Bus to Florence (Porta Romana)
  • Scenic Historic walk — Santo Spirito, Palazzo Pitti, Ponte Vecchio
  • 1 hour Tour “In Centro” with local journalist, Mauro Bonciani
  • Lunch at Osteria de’ Benci (Santa Croce)
  • Piazza Duomo & Mercato di San Lorenzo
  • Aperitivo at Excelsior, Dinner at il Santo Bevitore


Driving Tour of Tuscany Day:

  • Visit at Pastificio Fabbri (famous local pasta maker)
  • Verrazzano – Wine Tasting & Tour of Castle
  • Montefioralle – Lunch & Tour Medieval hilltop town
  • Greve – Museo del Vino Tour & Wine Tasting
  • Panzano – Dinner by local celebrity butcher


Free Day in Florence – Choose your own adventure:

  • Museums (I will reserve a time for you, please select by 9.30.2013, if desired)
  • Shopping, wandering, sight-seeing, lunch, munching, etc… the city is your oyster
  • Meet for Rustic Tuscan Dinner in the center of Florence at 7pm
  • Transfer back to Hotel Bellavista (bus or taxi, depending on time)


  • Last Breakfast at Bellavista, Check-Out, Departures (by 11:30am)

$2250 double room
$2375 single room

To register, contact me at ashleeDOTredfernATgmailDOTcom and I will send you a Travel Agreement & Refund Policy Acknowledgement to sign & submit with a $400 deposit, which includes a $200 non-refundable processing fee

*$175 Early-Registration Discount for Payment-in-Full by April 20, 2013

**Final Payment Due by September 20, 2013**

2 thoughts on “It’s Official: Culinary Tours of Tuscany are happening!! (November 2013)

  1. Hi Ashlee — I’m Lael Williams, Nick LePiane’s mother-in-law :^) Nick has talked about his love of your family and his interest in traveling to Europe and specifically where his family comes from in Italy and Germany. He recently shared that his cousin, who was born and raised in the states, now lives in Italy — and has a travel business. WOW! I love travel and I’m crazy about food, cooking and experiencing culture and food of other countries. I’m wondering if I should do a family trip to one of your foodie tours. It would be Nick and Jill, my other daughter Katie and her partner Eric and myself. My husband is very sick and can’t travel. I would take care of expenses so — let’s keep our conversation between you and me for now. Are your tours full for 2013? Do you plan to do tours in 2014? What should I be considering related to the trip and tour? Thanks so much, Lael


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