Florence for Women ‘art, religion & culture for the beauty of it’
This is a three day experience for ladies only dedicated to the discovery of the feminine in Florence.
We hunt out and discover the woman in art and in history both in the past and the present day through culture and fashion.
We have planned an exciting itinerary spanning three days which will take you to some of the best known sites and museums in the city as well as some super gems, some of our favourite but lesser known sites.
Who is this tour geared to?
Women who are interested in Florence, interested in Italy, love beauty, love experiencing new things or revisiting old favourites but viewed with a different angle and women who love getting the low-down behind it all.
Tuesday 23rd October
Hotel: Â charming three star accommodation.
4pm â€“ We start the tour walking to the magnificent Santa Maria Novella church where we visit the church, cloisters and elegant pharmacy. In this magnificent complex through the numerous masterpiece frescoes located here we reveal some of the famous Florentine women of the renaissance, what they wore and how they lived. Afterwards, we walk to see where they lived with excellent examples of renaissance architecture. This is also the luxury district of contemporary Florence and so we introduce some of the important females making waves inÂ todayâ€™s fashion world.
7pm – We will stop at a local wine bar for an Italian aperitivo and then onto dinner together. We have planned a menu which will best introduce you to the gastronomic tradition and warm hospitality for which Italy is so well known.
Wednesday 24th October
9:00am â€“ This morning we visit a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the Basilica of Santissima Annunziata. This has been one of the most cherished churches in Florence by the people for the last 800 years and we will experience the cult masterpiece renaissance fresco cycle in the front portico with stories of the Virgin. Afterwards, we visit the recently expertly restored world famous Ospedale degli Innocenti (the Foundling Hospital). The worldâ€™s first structure completely and only dedicated to orphans founded in the early Renaissance (1400s) was designed by the first renaissance architect Filippo Brunelleschi. To conclude the morning we visit the Maria Maddelena dei Pazzi church dedicated to the Florentine mystic saint. Off the beaten track, this church complex is a treasure trove of art delights.
Lunch included together at one of our favourite local places.
In the afternoon we visit the cathedral dedicated to the Holy Mary of the flower followed by the Palazzo Vecchio (town hall). Eight hundred years on, the town hall performs the same function. However, it is also a spectacular museum because it was converted into the first ducal palace in the mid-1500s for Cosimo I & his beloved wife, Eleonora da Toledo. Our visit here pays particular attention to the Medici family symbolism woven into the interior decoration and the Grand duchessâ€™ apartments.
Dinner this evening is on your own. We can give you suggestions for some more of our haunts.
(Breakfast & Lunch are included)
Thursday 25th October
8:15am â€“This morning we visit the Uffizi Gallery. It is an early start to avoid the large crowds and to maximise our viewing of some of the most celebrated paintings of all time. We will map the differences in female representation depicted by some of the most talented and famous artists as we walk through time from the thirteenth to the seventeenth centuries. We decode the paintings through the symbolism of the clothing, jewellery, hairstyles and environment in both religious and secular art.
12:00 Lunch is at one of local places together.
After lunch we visitÂ a few of our favourite local artisans who perfectly embody the Italian essence of creativity and style. The Oltrarno (the south side of the river Arno) is the heart of Florence crafts and there, we will have the chance to appreciate the work of local masters who every day preserve part of the fabric of the cityâ€™s identity.
8:00pm â€“ Dinner together will be another delicious Tuscan experience with food and wine pairing with some of our favourite local dishes and wines.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included)
Thursday September 21st
9:00am â€“ Check out
(Breakfast is included)
The total cost per person is 1300euro.
What is included?
Hotel (3 stars) cost based on twin share room (single occupancy supplement applies).
All breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners (fixed menus with food and beverages included).
All guided tours & admissions to sites & individual headsets for the tours (to hear the guide better).
What is not included?
Dinner on day 2.
Transport arriving to Florence and leaving Florence.
Who will run the three day experience?
The three day Florence female experience has been designed by Freya Middleton and Sara Papini.Â Together they will be present for all tours and meals.
Who we are:
Sara is born and bred in Florence and is proud as punch about it! After a degree in art history from the university of Florence she set off to fine tune her English in London. There, she worked in the field of her two great passions: the British museum for the art and history and at a Virgin active club teaching swimming and aqua aerobics.
When not making waves and setting records for butterfly at the non-professional European competitions, Sara can be found in Florence hunting out the local artisans, the best budino di riso at any of the caffes or studying for a new and exciting itinerary.
Freya is born and bred in Sydney and whilst she feels Australian and her Aussie twang doesn’t seem to be going anywhere too soon, Florence is her home and Italy is her office and she is tickled pink about it!
Initially drawn to art history because of her love of a good story and symbolism, she never managed to leave Italy after arriving for the first time on a post graduate research Â scholarship in 2000 because Italy fuels her curiosity and excitement.
Why Freya’s Italian Experience was created:
Freya and Sara have been working together for the past seven years and they decided to launch Freyaâ€™s Italian Experience as they both recognised in each other a shared boundless enthusiasm, energy, joie de vivre, work ethic, love of people and limitless thirst for exciting projects and love of all things Italian.
They constantly search to go beyond the obvious and love to truly understand the numerous layers of meaning in Italian culture, history and art. Communicating and sharing their knowledge through creating a dialogue between the present and past through the local people of today and the art of yesterday is their vocation.