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Candelaria Design Tour Italy
Candelaria Design's mission is to Inspire Living and one of the ways we do that is through our Candelaria Design Tours. Over the course of the last 18 years we have been orchestrating tours of Italy and Spain personally guided by Principal and founder, Mark Candelaria. Our tours feature the architecture, food, wine but more importantly the lifestyle of the countries and places we tour.
Candelaria Design Tour italy
Welcome to our Candelaria Design Tour Italy! We have just completed our 2016 Tours which were our 13th & 14th Tours with our first being in 2000. Every year we take a select group of travelers who are interested in a very personal and unique adventure in Italy. Anyone and everyone is welcome and we have had travelers join us as far away as Australia. You can relive and experience our 2016 tour on our Lifestyle Blog right here on our website and on our Candelaria Design Tour Italy Facebook Page.
Our 2018 Tour is SOLD OUT and has us departing on September 12th and we will end in picturesque Venice, Italy, returning to the US on September 25th!!! Some of us will be continuing on for a three day extension at the Villa d'Este at Lake Como where Isabel and I will celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary that took place right there on the shoreline of Lake Como.
We will be departing on Wednesday, September 12th and will arrive in Florence where we will enjoy two days and two nights. From there we will move to our farmhouse compound in Umbria where we will explore Umbria and Tuscany off the beaten path. After a week in the country we will drive to Venice, Italy for three days and three nights featuring a day trip to Murano and a tour of a a glass factory. Every minute and every dollar is maxed out for an experience that will make you want to join us on new adventures.
Our 2018 Tour Italy will begin in Florence Italy where we will spend two nights and three days at a spectacular hotel and will explore this beautiful city of the Renaissance. From dining at the foot of the Duomo on one evening to dining in the hills above Florence at a 5 star venue we will experience the full gamut of Italian cuisine. I personally take you on a beautiful morning walking tour of the city and we climb the Duomo campanile for a little work out. Special tours can be set up of the Uffizzi Gallery, Accademia, Bobili Gardens, etc.
From Florence you are provided your own private rental car and the group convoys to the Italian countryside of Umbria and Tuscany where we spend a week in an authentic farmhouse compound in the hills of Umbria. We are welcomed by a home cooked meal and a swim in the pool. The next morning we have brunch at the Villa Piazzano in Tuscany and then we explore the picturesque hill town of Cortona featured in the Frances Mayes book and then movie, Under the Tuscan Sun. We enjoy the sunset and then dine in Cortona. The rest of the week features a day in Assisi, a full day wine tour with our own wine guide, Pino Teresi, featuring the hill towns of Montalcino, Pienza, and Montepulciano. We then explore San Gimignano and Siena. A couple days are mixed in to relax and enjoy the countryside and include a 4 hour cooking class in the Farmhouse.
We finish each trip in a different venue. In 2016 we took the convoy to Lake Como in June and Positano and enjoyed the Amalfi Coast in September. In 2018, we will conclude the trip at the Hotel Danielle in Venice Italy.
Our Candelaria Design Tour Italy runs 14 days and we take no more than 20 travelers each tour. We have many repeat travelers so new spots are hard to come by. Our tour run approximately $8500 per person or $16,000 per couple and includes round trip coach air fare which can be upgraded, hotels, farmhouse, rental car, several dinners, wine tour, cooking class, pre-trip post trip dinners in Scottsdale.
Our Candelaria Design Tour for 2019 will feature an extravagant finish in Treviso & Venice Italy and will feature the villas of Palladio of northern Italy along with tours of a prosecco winery. Go to our Contact Us page and email us your inquiry to hold your spot for this once-in-a-lifetime journey.