Women's Adventures

Women’s Adventure in Florence, Italy

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Ready for a weeklong slumber party in the Cradle of the Renaissance?

July 13-18 or July 27-August 1 (6 days/5 nights)


includes lodging, activities, and breakfast

Florence — locally known as Firenze — is a lush, romantic city that was the Cradle of the Renaissance. We’ll wander its historic streets on foot, stopping to enjoy a coffee or cocktail whenever we want a break. You’ll feast your eyes on iconic works like Michelangelo’s David and Boticelli’s Birth of Venus, and tempt your tastebuds with fresh pasta and local wines.

Your trip includes:

  • Transportation to/from the airport or train station
  • Lodging in a typical European apartment (third floor, no elevator)
  • Breakfast foods (we will cook it together)
  • Admission to the Uffizi Accademia galleries to see iconic works of art
  • Winery tour and tastings
  • Cooking class & dinner that night
  • Walking tour
  • Tour of the open-air market
  • Not included: Airfare, most lunches and dinners

Add-on a Cinque Terre Villages Extension for just $275

3 days/2 nights exploring the charming Cinque Terre villages on foot. We’ll travel to the coast by train, share rooms in a hostel or monastery, and spend all day soaking up glorious views and noshing in outdoor cafes.

Day One

Arrivals. You’ll be picked up at the airport or train station and brought to our simple apartment in the heart of Florence. We’ll get to know each other and enjoy an evening walk around town.

Day Two
Wander the historic streets

Walking tour of the city. We’ll visit the Duomo, the famous Ponte Vecchio, and take time for shopping. We’ll also visit the market to buy food for the house, and we’ll walk along the river and climb to the highest point in the city for photo opportunities.

Day Three
Livioandronico2013 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

This is the day we’ll see Michelangelo’s David and Boticelli’s Birth of Venus as we explore some of the glorious museums of Florence.

Day Four
Enjoy local wines

We’ll visit a winery and see how local families have been making fine wines for generations. We’ll also have some free time for optional activities.

Day Five
Learn to make fresh pasta

Today we’ll have a relaxed morning, followed by a cooking class in the afternoon. We’ll learn to make fresh pasta and other local delicacies, and we’ll enjoy our creations with local wine.

Day Six
Augusto De Luca [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

This is the departure day for anyone who isn’t joining the Cinque Terre extension. For everyone else, it’s a free day to shop and enjoy the city.

Optional Extension: Cinque Terre Villages 3d2n $275

We’ll take a train from Florence to the Cinque Terre villages. We’ll spend two nights in either a hostel or a monastery in the villages, and spend our days hiking and exploring the five legendary towns on foot before we return to Florence for our departures.

Your Host

Hi, I’m Lauren Haas, the founder of Indie Travel Guru. In May of 2013 I sold everything I owned and started traveling the world with all my possessions in a backpack. It’s been an incredible journey, and now I’m beginning to share my journey with small groups of women who want to see it the way I do. I love to walk, hike, take local transportation, get involved in local life, and learn about cultures from the inside out, through a region’s people, arts, food, music, dance, and culture. Come join me for an unforgettable adventure! Message me if you have questions: [email protected]

Lauren Haas is a nomadic freelance writer. She has been traveling the world, living out of a backpack, since May of 2013. She loves to travel on a budget, learning about different cultures and cuisines.

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