JUNE 16 —21, 2019

We’re staying at the legendary Orient-Express and now Belmond Villa San Michele hotel overlooking art-filled Florence, the capital of Tuscany. A former 15th century monastery with a façade attributed to Michelangelo, this 5-star hotel is an oasis surrounded by formal gardens and woodlands.

The Villa is a place to experience Tuscany’s renowned warmth and hospitality, its inspiring culture, effortless style, and the solid, comforting presence of the past. The hotel has captured the hearts of many, including a long list of celebrity guests such as Brigitte Bardot, Jose Carreras, Sting, Tony Bennett, and Tom Hanks. Villa San Michele is renowned for exceptional cuisine, and few restaurants in the world are quite as romantic.

Our Menus and Music program includes: 6 days and 5 nights, 3 cooking classes by Villa San Michele’s master executive chef Attilio di Fabrizio, with “hands on” classes followed by lunches on the loggia.

Our group will enjoy 4 magnificent dinners with wine pairings, and a prominent Tuscan winemaker will give us an informative guided wine tasting at the hotel.

We have special entry at the prominent Uffizi Gallery in the center of Florence and at the Galleria dell’Accademia, the home of Michelangelo’s David, a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture. There will be time off for exploring Florence, shopping, and relaxing around the hotel swimming pool.

Note from Sharon:

In years past, I’ve had the great pleasure of taking groups to Villa San Michele for week-long programs. I love just being on this property—the reserved beauty of the original monastery, the well-thought-out luxury, the frescoes, the lavish breakfasts, the enchanting citrus garden with its perfumed air. I’m also happy to say that we’re all going to enjoy cooking classes with my friend Attilio di Fabrizo, the hotel’s renowned master chef. He is an excellent and gentle teacher, and we’ll learn many of his techniques and tips for cooking authentic Tuscan food. Of course, we will also enjoy Attilio’s magnificent cooking during dinners on the loggia with magnificent views of Florence and the Arno Valley. On top of this, we’ll take excursions into Florence to see masterpiece artworks in the city’s major museums, to explore and sightsee, and shop to our heart’s delight. Plan to enjoy the Tuscan art of living well in a magical place!

For reservations and information, please contact

Menus and Music at (510) 658-9100