Gluten-Free Tuscany with Zenfully Delicious

May 10 - 17, 2013 or October 11 - 18, 2013

After the success of our inaugural trip in October 2012, we are now offering two sumptuous, gluten-free tours of Italy's Tuscany region, where you can travel without the worry of what you're going to eat - and where you're going to eat it. Hosted by Jennifer Iannolo, creator of Zenfully Delicious, this 6-day food lover's tour and tasting extravaganza includes everything from historic and market tours, salumi and wine tastings to a cooking class with ingredients fresh from the farmer's market, all amidst the glory of the Tuscan harvest.

Zenfully Delicious was founded in 2010 by Jennifer Iannolo to empower people with chronic pain and food sensitivities to live a delicious life. By celebrating food, wellness and a healthy dose of self-pampering, the site's team is out to live la dolce vita no matter what - and to encourage others to join them for the ride. After 15 years in the world of fine food and wine, working with the world's greatest chefs, Jennifer is determined to continue savoring the flavors, textures and colors (though now gluten-free ones) that inspired her to launch her career in the first place.

Day 1

Depart US for Tuscany!

Day 2 - Tuscany

Arrival of the participants in Florence. Pick up and transfer to your Tuscan Villa. Welcome Dinner at Villa. Overnight stay.

Day 3 - Tuscany / Chianti area

After breakfast at the villa, departure to the Chianti region. Arrive and visit the small village with your guide. Lunch in a typical trattoria. Stop for cheese and gluten-free salumi tasting. Dinner in Chianti area. Overnight at Villa.

Day 4 - Tuscany

Breakfast. Morning visit to the Tuscan markets to purchase ingredients for your Tuscan cooking class. Enjoy the foods you have prepared!

Day 5 - Tuscany

After breakfast at the Villa, the day is free to explore the wonderful town of Figline Valdarno, or maybe relax at the villa spa. This afternoon we will enjoy a wine tasting featuring wine produced at the typical "Cantina" with accompanying appetizers. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the Villa.

Day 6 - Florence

After breakfast at the villa, we journey to Florence. Meet your personal guide through the Central Market in Florence with tastings and lunch. After lunch enjoy a guided tour of Florence. Stroll down cobblestone lanes, through majestic squares and across ancient bridges, pausing along the way to visit and learn about Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, the cathedral and Giotto's bell tower and the Accademia. Florence offers the largest number of historical buildings and works of art in Italy, as well as several world-class museums. You might like to do a little leather, gold or clothing shopping near Ponte Vecchio. Dinner in Florence and arrive back at Villa later in the evening. Overnight at the Villa.

Day 7 - Siena and San Gimignano

After breakfast, depart to Siena, where after meeting our local guide, we will visit this wonderful city. Siena is the city of the blessed Virgins and the "Balzana", black and white; decisive, just as its heraldic symbol; passionate and contemplative; always climbing and descending; clear and at the same time obscure; steep and narrow streets; the red of the Piazza del Campo appearing blinding and suddenly. In the alleys, in the museums and oratories of the Contrada, the spiritual songs of the Palio evoke very ancient rituals and modern allegories, while during the evening the shuffling of soles on the deserted pavement is in contrast with the peacefulness of the green valleys providentially enclosed within the wall, which ancient administrators had erected hundreds of years before it became common practice. Stop for a visit and wine tasting at a local farm.

After lunch depart to San Gimignano for a guided tour. The towered silhouette of San Gimignano rising from the hills of the Upper Elsa Valley, facing the land of Volterra and positioned right on one of the most important stretches of the medieval Via Francigena, is famous all over the world. A similar renown can also be claimed by its Vernaccia wine, recently awarded the D.O.C.G., the highest acknowledgement and guarantee for quality in Italian oenology. Tonight, a farewell dinner.

Day 8

End of the tour and transfer to Florence airport.

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • English-speaking tour escort
  • 6 nights accommodation in a Tuscan Villa
  • Cooking class
  • Market visits with lunch
  • Daily gluten-free continental breakfast at the villa.
  • 6 Gluten-free dinners including:
    • Welcome dinner (drinks included)
    • Farewell dinner (drinks included)
    • Dinner at villa following cooking class (drinks not included)
    • Dinner in Florence (drinks not included)
    • Dinner in Chianti region (drinks not included)
    • Dinner in Figline Valdarno (drinks not included)
  • One wine tasting (sulfite free) at the Cantina near the Villa including appetizers
  • One half-day guided tour of Florence
  • Admissions and reservation for the Accademia
  • Half day tour of Chianti with guide
  • Gluten Free lunch in a typical trattoria
  • Gluten Free salumi and cheese tasting
  • Full day Siena and San Gimignano with wine tasting
  • Roundtrip private transfers (arrival and departure: Florence Airport)
  • Porterage in/out of hotel (one suitcase per person - extra luggage pay on the spot)

Not Included: Tips, entrance fees not mentioned, meals and drinks not mentioned

Rates (based on double occupancy)

Regular price: $2,199.00 per person
Single Supplement: $295

Cancellation Policy

Until 120 days prior to departure no penalty
Cancel 120 - 85 days prior to departure $250 per person penalty
Cancel 84 - 60 Additional $250 per person penalty
Cancel 59 - 45 Additional $500 per person penalty
Cancel 45 days prior to departure no refund

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Due to the nature of the tour, Perillo Tours has taken the utmost precaution to provide gluten free meals. Any other allergies will be noted with the restaurants but cannot be guaranteed.