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AWA & The Robb Report – Da Vinci, Women Artists & Wine

May 16 and 17, 2019

Will two days in Florence become your own personal Renaissance?

In May 2019, Florence will be commemorating the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. What better way to celebrate all things Renaissance than to enjoy exclusive Florence experiences including a private meal with the royal descendants of da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, at their estate just outside the Tuscan art mecca? But before dining with the Strozzi Guicciardini princesses, we will show you a hidden Florence—focused on the genius of women artists—a forgotten but enthralling part of the city’s identity. Advancing Women Artists is an organization whose mission is to find, restore and exhibit works of art by women languishing in the storehouses and churches in Florence. Join us to discover the fascinating art of restoration… Expect ample food for the soul and hearty Tuscan fare for foodies and wine lovers.

THURSDAY – May 16 2019
Welcome Aperitivo & Dinner
Restaurant Frescobaldi, Piazza della Signoria, 31
Join Advancing Women Artists for a 'Welcome Cocktail' and dine at the Marchesi Frescobaldi's family Florentine restaurant, created in collaboration with the Good Food Society. Names like these, say it all!
FRIDAY – May 17 2019
Nelli's Last Supper at last. Guests will have privileged access to the in-progress restoration of the largest work by an early women artist in the world at Rossella Lari’s restoration atelier. Upon completion in October 2019 it will find its permanent home at the complex of the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella in the Museum of Santa Maria Novella.
Tour the home and winery of the last descendants of Da' Vinci's Mona Lisa. Indulge in a delicious Tuscan lunch in the company of the Guicciardini Strozzi princess and discover the secrets of the Chianti region during an exclusive visit to their private wine cellar. The estate produces 22 wine varieties including the first-ever 'Vernaccia' wine. Vernaccia is a white-wine grape found in many Tuscan wines, that is most commonly associated the Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
Invisible Women: The hidden half of Florence’s creativity. Once back in the heart of down-town Florence, discover the ‘hidden half’ of Florence’s genius during our 'Invisible Women' tour of the Uffizi Galleries, inspired by Jane Fortune's book by the same name. Throughout its history, Florence has always supported grandeur of female patrons, politicians and artists… From the exquisite floral works of Giovanna Garzoni to Artemisia Gentileschi’s passionate chiaroscuro canvases, we will see palace rooms not generally open for public viewing.
A Ferragamo favorite To end the day, AWA and our guests have been invited by the Ferragamo family to join them for an exclusive dinner at Il Borro Tuscan Bistro, located on the banks of the Arno River in Florence. Its menu is laden with specialties produced at Il Borro: an organic farm estate, winery born around (and including) a Medieval village close to Arezzo. The Executive Chef Andrea Campani's mouth-watering creations will be complemented by a wonderful selection of wines produced at Il Borro.
*Please note that this Itinerary is subject to change, though any alternatives provided will be of equal or greater value and similarly unique.

When, how and how much?

Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17
Minimum number of guests: 6
4000 US$ per person

*This fee includes a 1,000-dollar tax-deductible contribution to Advancing Women Artists. Said contribution is not refundable. Each guest will receive a copy of the book 'Invisible Women: Forgotten Artists of Florence' and a bottle of the artisanal-crafted perfume 'Invisible', a tribute to historic women artists and their precious artwork—created exclusively for AWA by the Florentine perfumery AquaFlor.
Is hotel and airfare included?
AWA is not responsible for air transportation, hotel accommodations or airport pick-up. However, we have special hotel rates at AWA’s hotel of choice. The Lungarno Collection which gives a choice of luxury accommodation located right by Ponte Vecchio has reserved special rates for AWA until February 18th 2019. To learn more and reserve your room, please write to: l.lombardi@lungarnocollection.com, specifying that you are part of the AWA + Robb Report Trip.
How can I pay?
AWA currently accepts payments by check.

Payment by check:

For details please write to:
Jane Adams, AWA Partnership Relations

Who do I contact for questions not answered here?
Please write to:
Jane Adams, AWA Partnership Relations
+39 335 7310664