Profilo Donna Italy Tour with Clarissa Burt
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Departure to Milan. Overnight flight.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Upon arrival at Milan Malpensa airport, you’ll be met by a private driver for your transfer to Modena. Traveling from the region of Lombardia, you’ll cross into the region of Emilia Romagna, most noted for its wonderful foods including prosciutto, parmigiano and specifically in Modena, the world famous Aceto Balsamico (Balsamic Vinegar).
Check in at the UnaHotel Baggiovara and accommodation in twin rooms for two nights including VAT tax and daily buffet breakfast.
Located just a few kilometers from the city center of Modena, UnaHotel offers 95 guest rooms equipped with air conditioning, balcony, mini bar, hairdryer, telephone, satellite TV and large private bathroom. On premises you’ll also find a wellness center a wine bar along with the “Des Arts” restaurant which offers specialties of the region and traditional Italian recipes made with fresh homemade pasta and local ingredients, such as balsamic vinegar and sausages. In the morning you’ll enjoy a buffet continental breakfast in the restaurant.
- Free time to relax to unwind and relax in your hotel room or in the wellness center..
- In the early evening you’ll be transferred to a private villa for a welcome dinner.
- Overnight in Modena
Friday, June 26, 2015
What better place to refine your culinary ability than Modena! Enjoy a hands-on cooking lesson with renowned chef and cookbook author, Marta Pulini. You’ll learn about the importance of the freshest ingredients, myriad ways to use Aceto Balsamico and at the end of your class, you’ll taste the fruits of your labor accompanied by local wines..
Profilo Donna Gala Award Dinner
Two of our outstanding American women entrepreneurs will be awarded the International Profilo Donna Award . This prestigious event recognizes women who have distinguished themselves for their commitment and professionalism in their areas of work at the national and international level: fashion, business, culture, arts, social commitment, sport, entertainment, politics, science. Since 1990 Profile Woman has awarded more than 200 female figures.
The mission is to showcase the talents in the professional world, and of social commitment by creating a network of relationships and personalized spaces of communication.
During the course of the year Profile Woman proposes events of different kinds: gala dinners, concerts, golf tournaments, meetings, evenings in favor of charities. Different occasions to give space to the culture and the exchange of professionalism different, discuss, meet, exchange ideas and experiences, and find solutions for growth.
Important Part of the project and Profile Woman Magazine, the quarterly magazine where you can find content of art, culture, beauty, stories of women, the reportage of the events organised by the staff of Profile Woman and much more. It is the tool of information of the project.
Overnight at the UnaHotel,
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Prepare your bags for departure to Florence but before you leave, enjoy one last jewel of the Emilia Romagna region. You’ll be transferred to Casa Pavarotti, the residence built according to the specific dictates and wishes of Maestro Luciano Pavarotti and where he spent the last years of his life. Casa Pavarotti is located in the rural area surrounding Modena, the hometown of the tenor, in the middle of an immense estate where for years he has cultivated one of his greatest passions, horse riding,
Your visit to Casa Pavarotti will be followed by lunch in the Maestro’s favorite restaurant.
In the early afternoon you’ll depart by private motorcoach to Florence. You’ll travel along the Appenine mountain range leaving Emilia Romagna for the region of Tuscany.
Check in at the Hotel Brunelleschi located in the historic center of this Renaissance Jewel. You will be welcomed with a glass of Prosecco upon arrival. Accommodation in superior executive twin rooms for two nights inclusive of daily buffet and VAT tax.
Perfectly located in the middle of the historical downtown area of Florence overlooking Brunelleschi’s Cathedral, the Hotel Brunelleschi is just a short walk from the Uffizi Gallery and other famous museums. Designed around one of the oldest buildings in Florence, a 6th Century Byzantine tower “La Pagliazza”, you’ll be awestruck by the antique walls and ceilings around the hotel. Hotel Brunelleschi offers 96 rooms equipped with private bath (tub or shower), air-conditioning, satellite TV, safe and minibar. On premises you’ll also find a small à la carte restaurant, bar and lounge. 4 star
All of the historic center of Florence is within reach. Before dinner take time to stroll to Piazza della Signoria for a view of the spectacular Palazzo Vecchio.
Enjoy a three course dinner in the hotel restaurant inclusive of beverages.
Overnight at the Hotel Brunelleschi.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Your morning will be dedicated to a 3 hour walking tour of the city with a private guide. You’ll marvel at the Duomo, a most important example of Renaissance architecture with Brunelleschi’s dome considered to be the most ambitious engineering project of its time. You’ll also stand in awe of the beauty of the Piazza della Signoria with the stunning medieval Palazzo Vecchio (the city hall of Florence). Your tour will include a visit to the Galleria dell’Accademia with Michelangelo’s original statue of David and his four unfinished Prisoner.
Free time for lunch.
Continue your tour in the afternoon with a visit to the Uffizi Gallery, the oldest and most famous museum in the world. The Uffizi houses a vast collection of art born from the wealth of the Medici family with masterpieces such as Primavera, The Birth of Venus by Botticelli, Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo and Leonardo da Vinci’s Adoration of the Magi.
In the evening you’ll be transferred to the small town of Fiesole located above Florence where you’ll enjoy a spectacular view of the city and a typically Florentine dinner.
Overnight at the HotelBrunelleschi.
Monday, June 29, 2015
Departure by private motorcoach to Rome traveling along the Autostrada del Sole with a stop en route in the charming city of Orvieto where you can enjoy a glass of their famous white wines.
Roma Caput Mundi – Rome Capital of the World
History is at your fingertips as you explore this ancient city and find archaeological ruins, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches all within a few blocks of one another. Elegant cafes, designer stores, art galleries will attempt to lure you away from the historic for a taste of present day Roma. Whether your emphasis is on exploring the historical sites, spending hours among the vast halls of the Vatican Museum or living La Dolce Vita as you sip an aperitivo at an outdoor café, Rome will re-main in your heart.
Upon arrival in Rome, check in at the Hotel Ludovisi Palace and accommodation in superior twin rooms for three nights inclusive of VAT tax and daily buffet breakfast.
Hotel Ludovisi Palace
Situated in the heart of Rome in a building dating back to the early 1900’s in the fashionable area ofVia Veneto, the hotel boasts the perfect location to explore the Eternal City. The gardens of Villa Borghese, the Spanish Steps, the stylish shops on Via Condotti, the fashionable cafes of Via Venetoand the breathtaking masterpieces on display at the Borghese Gallery are all within easy walking distance
Guest rooms are equipped with with tub or shower, , hairdryer and complimentary toiletries, minibar , in-room safe, free wi-fi connection, flat screen TV with digital channels, multilingual satellite and Sky channels, air conditioning . 4 star
Enjoy your first Roman dinner in a local trattoria.
Overnight in Rome.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Your morning will take you back to Ancient Rome when together with your private guide you explore the Colosseum, Rome’s greatest amphitheater, the Palatine hill, the most important of the seven hills where Rome was founded, the Roman Forum , the ancient center of the Imperial City, where the Senate House, the Basilicas and the Temples of the major Gods are located. You’ll have an opportunity to walk along the Via Sacra and pass by the Arch of Titus before proceeding to the Campidoglio or Capitol Hill which was the religious center of ancient Rome.
Following your tour you can enjoy lunch on your own near the Piazza Navona, a typical piazza with Baroque architecture which today is most noted for the artists who gather in the square.
This afternoon you will have a unique opportunity to visit the laboratory where exquisite jewelry is made carrying the Bulgari name. You’ll see a selection of gemstones and artisans at work creating timeless masterpieces. After your behind the scenes, walk a short distance to the renowned Via Condotti where Bulgari has their historic store along with an exhibition gallery. While sipping a glass of Prosecco, you can marvel at the displays of unique unique pieces belonging to the Heritage Collection, supported by vintage photographs and sketches . Also on display are photographs and belongings of the unforgettable divas whose extraordinary charm was celebrated and accented by Bulgari creations: Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Anna Magnani, Ingrid Bergman, Anita Eckberg, Gina Lollobrigida and many others.
Enjoy free time to shop in the area of the Spanish Steps before savoring another Roman dinner.
Overnight at the Hotel Ludovisi Palace.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The organizers of Profilo Donna have offered the unique opportunity to take part in the Papal Audience in the beautiful Piazza di San Pietro.
The Audience with the Pope consists of small teachings and readings mainly in Italian but also in English, French, German, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese and sometimes other languages depending on groups visiting.
The Pope will do a greeting in each language and special visiting groups, Choirs etc from various countries will get a mention.
At the end of the Audience the Pope will pray together with those attending the Audience, the Our Father prayer in Latin. This Prayer is normally printed on the back of the Papal Audience Ticket.
At the end of the Prayer as Head of the Catholic Church he will impart his Apostolic Blessing upon the crowd which also extends to loved ones that are sick and suffering and blesses any religious articles such as rosary beads that people have brought with them for the purpose of the blessing.
The Papal Audience is scheduled to start at 10.30am (Sometimes in Summer due to the heat they may start the audience at 10am instead). However, you will find that most people will arrive early to get a good seat. Security opens between 8 – 8.30am.
In Summer the audience is usually held in St Peter’s Square to accommodate the large crowds, there is a seating area near the front for those with tickets but it is still a first come first served basis so again to get a good seat you should arrive early.
If you are unable to arrive early or get a ticket in advance, again as the the audience is usually held in St. Peter’s Square during the Summer season it is still possible to access the Square and participate as there is plenty of standing room at the back of the Square.
Following the Papal Audience, you’ll have free time for lunch before making your way to the Vatican Museums for a privately guided tour.
Without showing a passport, you’ll be entering Vatican City, the world’s smallest, independent state. Vatican City includes the Papal Palaces that house the vast collection of works of art including Michelangelo’s masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel as well as St. Peter’s Basilica built over the site where St. Peter was martyred and buried. During your visit to the Vatican Museums, you’ll walk through the Gallery of Maps which serves as an important record of history and cartography in the 16th century, you’ll wander through Raphael’s Room and will see with your own eyes Michelangelo’s famous “Creation of Adam.” You’ll then proceed to St. Peter’s Basilica considered the center of the Catholic faith and also an architectural masterpiece. You see another of Michelangelo’s masterpieces, ‘La Pieta’ and can gaze up at the Dome of the Basilica, designed by the same artist.
For your last night in Rome, a special “aperitivo” and dinner are planned. Raise your glass to this wonderful discovery of Italy.
Overnight at the Hotel Ludovisi Palace.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Transfer by private motorcoach to Rome airport and departure to the US.
Per person cost in twin room: $ 4,950.00
Single supplement: $675
This price is based on a minimum of 10 participants and an exchange rate of Euro 1.00 = $ 1.15. Any fluctuation in the exchange rate could affect the price.
• Transfer by mini-bus from Malpensa airport to Modena*
• Two nights at the UnaHotel including VAT tax and daily buffet breakfast
• Welcome dinner at a private dinner including transfers to/from the hotel
• Hands on cooking lesson including apron and recipe book including transfers to/from the hotel
• Profilo Donna Gala Award including transfers to/from the hotel
• Visit to Casa Pavarotti including lunch and transfers to/from the hotel
• Transfer by mini-bus from Modena to Florence
• Two nights at the Hotel Brunelleschi in superior executive twin rooms including VAT tax and daily buffet breakfast
• Three course dinner including beverages at the Hotel Brunelleschi
• Full day privately guided walking tour of Florence including entrance fees to the Accademia and Uffizi Galleries.
• Dinner at a restaurant in Fiesole including transfers to/from the hotel
• Transfer by mini-bus from Florence to Rome with a stop en route in Orvieto
• Three nights at the Hotel Ludovisi Palace in superior twin rooms including VAT tax and daily buffet breakfast
• Half day tour of Ancient Rome by mini-bus with private guide including entrance fees to the Colosseum
• Tour of the Bulgari laboratory and Via Condotti shop
• Three dinners at a local restaurants
• Tickets for the Papal Audience including transfers to/from the hotel
• Afternoon guided tour of the Vatican Museums including entrance fees
• Transfer to the Rome airport
• Tips for drivers and guides
• Tourism tax at the hotels
• Transatlantic airfare
• Anything not specifically indicated as included
• Items of a personal nature
• Travel insurance
*Note: pick up time at Malpensa airport will be at 12:00pm. Should your flight arrive after 12:00pm, a separate transfer can be arranged at additional cost.
To confirm your participation, a deposit of $ 1,500.00 is due by March 16, 2015.
Balance due April 23, 2015
If you will need assistance with flight reservations, please contact Mary Anne Desmond at 480-215-4309 or via e-mail at [email protected]