Celebration of Life TripThe Ultimate Girls Adventure in Italy
8 Incredible Days in Umbria
Oct 17-24, 2020
Hello my gorgeous friends?
If you are opening this page, this is your personal invitation. Let me explain….
I had this amazing tour organised in Umbria Italy for May 2020 and due to getting the BIG “C” I was thrown a bit of a curveball. I had to cancel my tours as they coincided with my treatment and I felt really devastated by that.
So I got to thinking that I would move my villa booking in Umbria to October and have a girls amazing Italian holiday anyway. I mean I had gone to so much trouble to find, book and plan it and I didn’t want to waste a good opportunity to do something special with it.
So what I propose is that if you’d like to come then you can contribute $2500 to the cost of the accommodation and I will organise the loose itinerary and then we can hang out together in this gorgeous part of the world for a week or two (we could do something else in Italy the week before).
So in short this will be a girls holiday…not a tour as such. I will facilitate this to ensure it is the BEST CELEBRATION OF LIFE WEEK ever because one thing I know while going through this breast cancer journey is that life is short and precious and I want to celebrate it with women who mean something to me.
It would be up to you to fly to Italy but a group of us heading off together for a week somewhere first and then on to this amazing villa for a week.
The villa can sleep 12 people with a combination of shared rooms, double rooms and small single rooms.
So you would just need to be responsible for paying for your food, meals, wine, day transport, any paid activities. Nothing major.
Many of the activities we will do will revolve around the large estate. So think mountain walks, long lunches in the garden, wine tasting, day trips to the fresh market, dinner in a nearby village…etc.
Because I want to offer this to others if you can’t come, I would need confirmation of your commitment ASAP. Once you pay in full or pay a part payment your spot will be guaranteed.
Simply complete the form I usually use for my bookings where you see the JOIN US button.
I am happy to answer any questions or if you need to know more then just give me a call and we can meet for coffee. My mobile is 0412861718.
I would love you to come and enjoy this special girls getaway. Carmen x
The Ultimate Girls Getaway Experience
Where: Private Estate, Umbria Italy
When: October 17 – 24, 2020
Tripping through the country, hanging out in piazzas and rambling through the boutique stores.
….is located in the heart of Umbria, 20 minutes north of the cosmopolitan city of Perugia and close to the Tuscan border. It is located at the foot of Monte Tezio in a protected valley, where the wildlife is abundant and nature thrives. The views in all directions are breathtaking. To the south, is Monte Subasio and the town of Assisi, to the west, the ancient castle of Antognolla and to the north, ancient woodlands and the Apennine mountains.
The large estate houses a beautiful 13th-century church and 18th-century farmhouse, which has been lovingly restored into a beautiful eight-bedroom country house nestling among hills in a peaceful valley, surrounded by meadows, woods, vineyards and olive groves. There is an atmosphere of peace and quiet to unwind and a perfect place to enjoy Italian life with other incredible women.
Registrations are now open to reserve your spot. This is first in best dressed and by invitation only.
Our Loose Plan
8 Magnificent Days
Where: Private estate, Umbria, Italy
8 fun-filled days living la bella vita.
When: Oct 17 – Oct 24, 2020
First let’s settle in and then head to the local village to stock up on some delicious food and wines. Let’s enjoy an afternoon aperitif in garden by the pool, eat a lot of antipasti and live a little magic as the sun goes down. Tonight the chefs will arrive to prepare a magnificent welcome dinner and we we’ll enjoy our first Italian dinner together.
This morning after a leisurely breakfast, we head off on one of the lovely trails to explore the property and surrounding mountains. On returning we will head to the vineyard for a wine tasting with our bilingual certified sommelier, Mattia, who will pour the wines and provide a short history of the Estate, their wine-making philosophy and their vineyards. We’ll have an opportunity to taste of the estates organic extra virgin olive oil and we’ll learn of the process behind this amazing product. All this as well as enjoying an antipasti of local cured meats, cheeses, olives and Umbrian breads. Yum!
Day trip to Assisi and Spello. Firstly to Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis of Assisi, which is of course a must on a trip to Umbria. Nothing can take away from the magnificence of the Basilica. Above Assisi is the Eremo di Carcere (Hermitage) which is an old monastery built around the caves used by St Francis, and the tree where he preached to the birds. It has a very peaceful atmosphere and is shady and cool on a hot day. Then it’s on to Spello, a beautiful hill top town at the base of Monte Subasio just a few kms from Assisi. It has wonderful little streets to wander around, many gourmet restaurants and stunning views.
After breakfast we’ll head off for a morning walk through the vineyards to the local lake. Let’s take time to meander through the valley and allow you the time to admire the different views of what is one of Italy’s most beautiful valleys.
This afternoon let’s host the perfect Italian dinner party. We’ll create and style a beautiful table setting in our tranquil setting on the property. This will be followed by a group dinner where we prepare a meal together and enjoy a long candlelit dinner under the stars with the estate wines.
Today it’s our foodie day… we’ll create our plan for our long, outdoor lunch. This morning we’ll head to the nearby town of Umbertide where we will find the best local markets to source the perfect produce for our challenge. But first, you’ll have the chance to sample one of the region’s specialities: the delicious porchetta (roast suckling pig seasoned with sage or rosemary, fennel, and plenty of salt and pepper) served warm in fresh bread rolls. Next at the market, we’ll become inspired and choose the nicest produce for our long picnic lunch. Here there is an abundance of fresh pecorino cheeses, wild porcini mushrooms, local wines and vegetables. The atmosphere is wonderful and creating our long lunch together will be fun and inspiring.
Back at the estate, we will spend the afternoon preparing for our long picnic-style lunch…come dinner. Put on your pretty dress and let’s celebrate life, our new friendships and embrace the sheer beauty of our surroundings.
This morning you have some free time to enjoy the estate at your leisure.
Today we’ll enjoy a traditional Umbrian BBQ lunch in the vineyard as a very special way to enjoy the estate. Guests are transported to and from the BBQ area by tractor and trailer for this uniques and utterly delicious.
Starter: Mixed bruschetta with extra-virgin olive oil from Carmine Estate
Main Course: Umbrian Pork Sausages, Pancetta and Capocollo
Sides: Fresh bread and seasonal salads
Desert: Desert, Vin Santo with Tozzetti buscuits
Drinks: Carmine Estate house wine, soft drinks and water. Prosecco and beer can also be purchased on the day.
This afternoon we will head to the nearby town of Montone for an evening drink and dinner in one of the wonderful restaurants there.
It’s your day to do as you please. Here are some ideas for you and you can choose what you wish to do.
- Relax with a book by the pool
- Play tennis on the nearby court
- Play a round of golf on the stunning course nearby
- Take a hike on the nearby trails.
- Draw, paint or create
- Organise to go truffle hunting early morning
Feel free to join with other ladies to do as you please. Tonight we have our farewell 3-course dinner fully catered. This is our chance to celebrate our week and enjoy our new friendships.
Enjoy our morning breakfast before the trip finishes. We farewell our friends and you can either continue with your holiday from here or head home relaxed and contented. Let me know how I can help you with your plans.
Flights and insurance.
All groceries, meals, alcohol, transport, paid activities and transfers.
First in Best Dressed
Call or text me on 0412861718 to book your spot.
* Please note:
Flights approx $1600 AUD to Italy on Emirates. Connecting flight to Purugia is inexpensive or we can organise a private transfer from Rome or Florence. You’ll need travel insurance and current passport.