When visiting Florence and Tuscany, one should take time to appreciate the beauty of the region through its art, history, gastronomy, and unique scenery.
Typically, we visit museums, art galleries, drive through vineyards and dine at the region’s recognised Trattorias and Osterias; immersing ourselves in the region’s rich and beautiful heritage.
But what if we wanted to experience Tuscany in a more private and intimate style? Enjoy custom-made tours with just our family and friends?
At The Villa Italy we understand that your holiday schedule shouldn’t have to run around group tours and activities. Which is why we created a unique program of customised activities for guests who want the intimacy and flexibility to enjoy Florence in their own time.
With the collaboration of some of the region’s top connoisseurs, you will be able to experience Tuscany in an exclusive environment. To learn the region’s secrets and see it through the eyes of the maestros of art, music, gastronomy and holistic therapy.
When you stay at our 11th century aristocratic home, Villa Prenzano in the heart of Chianti, you have the opportunity to create a bespoke program, delving into a journey of discovery through mind, body and heart: connecting with the culture of Tuscany, sparking your curiosity and promoting complete relaxation and wellbeing during your stay.
Six Senses is our luxury collection of guest experiences, created only for clients of Villa Prenzano and our Florentine villa, Dimora Bellosguardo. From a delicious gong bath to a master class in the Florentine art scene, you will come away feeling culturally inspired and revitalised.
And, if you desire our exclusive Six Senses program will bring Firenze and Tuscany to you, in the privacy of your own Chianti retreat.
Sight: Treasures of Florence and Tuscany
During your stay, we can arrange a selection of private and unique tours for guests to explore the cities of Florence, Siena, and Lucca, and Chianti’s villages and vineyards.
You can choose from a licensed guide who will take you on a private tour of the region’s finest attractions or plan a bespoke tour and a private chauffeur will drop you off at each location.
Classic itineraries taking in the highlights of Florence, including visits by appointments to see artisan craftsman at work, Tuscan food markets, themed and private walking tours to visit some of the hidden secrets of Florence that only our guides have access to.
Art and culture is always better when combined fun: One of our favourite excursions is a guided tour of Florence in a sidecar stopping off for a sunset aperitif. Truly unique!
Out-of-town itineraries will take you through the breathtaking Chianti countryside stopping off at Medici villas, medieval castles, individual vineyard tours, and visiting the smaller towns of “Chiantishire”, which haven’t lost touch of ancient traditions and history.
Smell: The art of Florentine perfumery
The sense of smell will be truly tested with our selection of experiences delving into the world of Florentine perfumery.
Fragrance alchemist, Dr Lorenzo Villoresi welcomes guests of Villa Prenzano into his world of perfumery, which to this day follows the code of the master perfumers who worked in the ancient Medici courts of Florence.
The tailor-made experience includes creating your own perfume, introductions into the fragrant world of perfume, and a visit to the Museum of the Art of Perfume.
Taste: The taste of Tuscany
Let us take you on a culinary journey of Tuscany during your stay. Not only can we recommend our favourite rustic and fine dining restaurants in Tuscany, but we’ll bring you the secrets of Tuscan cookery to Villa Prenzano.
During your stay, you can learn the processes of some of the cornerstone recipes that make Tuscan cuisine so special.
We have selected a collection of culinary courses from learning the ancient secrets of Tuscan cuisine, Grandma’s favourite recipes and how to cook a traditional Tuscan Sunday lunch; to the ultimate in the region’s contemporary foodie scene, with a master class at one of Florence’s foremost cookery schools.
One of our favourite experiences is Opera in the Kitchen. On-site at Villa Prenzano, we organise a cookery class, followed by an exquisite four-course dinner, accompanied by a live Opera performance.
And of course, a trip to Tuscany would not be complete without a Chianti Classico master-class and wine tasting from our recommended sommelier, held in the garden at Villa Prenzano.
Hearing: If music be the food of love…
Our collection of experiences in which to indulge the sense of hearing will make you fall in love with Tuscany.
For intimate dinners or celebrations, or just to enhance the beautiful ambience of your Chianti evenings at Villa Prenzano, we bring a celebrated double bass musician or saxophonist, to play for your pleasure.
They can be booked as solo artists or perform together with friends, in a trio or quartet and you can choose the music genre.
Touch: The ultimate creative experience
In Florence and throughout Tuscany, craftsmanship is considered an art. The region is known as the Artisanal Capital of the World and it’s not surprising as nearly every town and village in the region boasts an artisan background.
The influence of centuries-old art heritage and the gorgeous scenery of the Tuscan countryside makes it the perfect place to take inspiration.
Our selection of artisan experiences will take you on a creative journey through some of the region’s most renowned artistry, such as creating a Florentine leather treasure, jewellery workshops and an art masterclass.
The sixth sense of spiritual wellbeing
Fundamental to your health and wellbeing is giving yourself time to relax and step away and during your stay at Villa Prenzano, our mission is to ensure that you completely relax and come away from the holiday feeling rejuvenated, as if you have pressed the reset button on life.
That’s why the Six Sense of Wellbeing is an essential element within our collection of bespoke experiences.
One of our favourite indulgences is a delightful sound massage using a gong. This is a totally unique and personal experience, which follows a guided meditation.
A personal journey, in which guests become enveloped by the vibrations of the Gong; interacting deeply with our entirety and releasing positive and meditative energy, with the benefits being felt over the following days of your stay.
We are able to create your very own wellness retreat at Villa Prenzano with on-site private yoga classes, massage treatments, personal instructors and beauty and aesthetic treatments.
For off-site treatments and activities, we will organise a private chauffeur to take you and pick you up from the location: golf, tennis, a gentleman’s barber experience in Florence, and spa trips are just some of the experience we can organise for you.
These are just a selection of the private and bespoke tours and activities we can organise during your stay at Villa Prenzano and Dimora Bellosguardo.
When you book your stay we would be delighted to discuss the experiences that interest you and organise a personalised schedule.