Discover a Florence you won’t find in guide books.
Celebrate music, food and wine in Florence and Tuscany,
the place to do so!
But rather than experiencing the treasures of this area in the usual way, from the outside looking in, you will be greeted at the hotel as if you were a long-lost relation, you will be welcomed into private homes as a personal guest, and you will go behind the scenes where tourists do not generally have access.
You will meet some of the most prominent musicians in Florence, delighting in a private house concert of a concert pianist, and an opera or orchestral concert (depending on the season) of the Florence Opera Orchestra. You will enjoy a cooking class and dinner, largely prepared by you, in the hills overlooking the city with an internationally-known chef. You will travel to a local farm just outside of Florence for a personal tour by the director of the farm, followed by dinner featuring the farm’s wine and olive oil, and local foods, in the warm and welcoming company of his family.
Welcome to my Italian home
American born and raised, I lived in Italy for 25 years, where I worked as a translator, taught English to Fiat executives, and raised my daughter. I gave voice lessons and master classes, and sang all over the country and throughout Europe. During those precious years, Italy, and Florence in particular, became my home. And during those years, I met many remarkable people, who have remained my dear friends.
I am thrilled to be able to be your companion as I introduce you to a few of these remarkable friends!