Tuscany & Rome with Melissa Perello

October 3 - 11, 2024 | One Exclusive Departure

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Italy's Heart & Soul

Immersive culinary & cultural exploration with chef Melissa Perello

October 3 - 11, 2024

One exclusive departure — reserve your spot!

9 Days, 8 Nights

The very best of Florence, Siena, the Tuscan coast & Rome

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You’re sailing through the turquoise iridescence of Marina di Grossetto, savoring a charcuterie lunch with catch-of-the-day seafood and a crisp bianco from the Tuscan hills on the horizon. Tomorrow, you’ll greet the salmon dawn of the same sky from a hot air balloon and float down to earth and into the vineyards of the region’s most storied estates. This is the essence of Italy—every detail, from the wine windows of Florence to the merroir of this glimmering sea, is a brilliant example of symbiosis and tradition, and you can’t help but to close your eyes, breathe in the salty air and take it all in.

Joining you on this journey is award-winning chef and restaurateur, Melissa Perello. Melissa is something of a household name among Italophiles—and for good reason; her dishes and menus have graced the pages of the LA Times, New York Times, San Fransisco Chronicle, and Bon Appetit. Her first restaurant, Frances, was named one of America’s 10 Best New Restaurants and received a Michelin star. Her second restaurant, Octavia, followed suit with its own set of James Beard nominations and another Michelin star. Her map of Rome is sprinkled with her favorite bakeries, markets, and pizzerias, and we can’t wait to be let in on a local secret or two. Because to journey with Melissa is to see Italy through new eyes, to experience both history and potential in every plate.

If you like your food and culture layered over thousands of years of history, this trip is for you. From the buzz of Florence’s markets to the Tuscan countryside, from serene gardens to the glamor of Rome by night, we’ll explore the most iconic corners of Italy from every angle, tasting everything as we go.


Tuscany's artisans and producers, winemakers and chefs, at the peak of their craft


Traditional meals, the best street foods, and local flavors paired with top regional wines


Yourself in the beauty of Italy, from medieval hilltop towns to pastoral farms and vineyards


With centuries of tradition, Melissa Perello, and inspired travelers like you

3 Reasons to Travel with Melissa Perello

Some people head West for fame and fortune; Melissa landed in California because of its ingredients. After years in the Bay Area dining scene, Italy soon beckoned and inspired her to open Frances, the Michelin-star San Francisco institution named after her grandmother.

Cucina Povera

Questions like “Why is Tuscan bread not salted” are what excite Melissa. To her, food and history are irreversibly intertwined and cucina povera (peasant cooking) is a testimony to the brilliance and resourcefulness of farmers and working-class chefs.

Grandma’s Kitchen

Melissa spent her summer vacations as a child with her grandmother, poring over Julia Child’s and Nathalie Dupree’s books, cooking and experimenting with their favorite recipes. When the time came to name her first restaurant, Melissa saw no better namesake than her grandmother: Frances.

No Ceiling in Sight

Only 6% of Michelin-starred chefs are women; among them is Melissa. She's also a three-time James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef nominee and Best Chef West semifinalist, and she's only just getting started.

Your Experience

“The connection between food and culture is everywhere in Italy.”
Melissa Perello

Florence, Siena, Tuscany, Rome

“Travel is a formative element of my cooking and my whole lens on life”
Melissa Perello

Day by Day

Day 1: Florence

Benvenuto in Italia! Our adventure through the world’s premier wine destination begins in Florence, the Tuscan capital brimming with art, culture, and positively exquisite cuisine.  

We’ll ease into our first day with an unhurried afternoon at the hotel, luxuriating in the opportunity to refresh and get settled after our long transatlantic flights. Nestled at the heart of Florence’s city center, Gallery Hotel Art is an oasis of quiet luxury and stylish, thoughtful touches.

It’s also the perfect backdrop for our first bites of the trip—tonight, we’re paying homage to one of Italy’s long-standing traditions: the aperitivo. Over welcome drinks and plenty of bright, local fare, we’ll learn more about Melissa and her connection to the land and its bounty.

Day 1: Florence Highlights

  • Arrival transfers
  • Welcome reception 
  • Drinks & hors d'oeuvres at hotel
  • Stay at Gallery Art Hotel

Day 2: Florence

As the sun makes its giddy debut over Florence, we can seize the day with an optional yoga session. Later in the morning, we’ll head together to Mercato Centrale, one of Europe’s oldest and busiest covered markets, where Melissa will introduce us to some of her favorite ingredients and sources of culinary inspiration. We’ll taste as we go, sampling local delicacies before sitting down for a traditional Tuscan lunch at one of the market’s most storied stands.

After, we’ll meander through the historic Santo Spirito district, paying special attention to the city’s 150-odd buchette del vino: small windows attached to the palaces of grand noblemen from which wine was traditionally sold by the fiasco (glass bottle). Our final stop is the Accademia, one of Europe’s oldest drawing schools and home to the largest number of sculptures by the great Michelangelo of any museum in the world. There’s so much to experience here, and with the help of our expert guide we’ll skip the lines and enjoy a beautifully curated tour.

In the evening we’ll reconvene for dinner at Osteria dell’Enoteca, another Florentine institution. After our meal, Melissa’s inviting those craving an after-dinner nightcap for cocktails and an informal Q&A. 

Day 2: Florence Highlights

  • Optional morning yoga 
  • Guided market tour
  • Accademia Gallery VIP visit
  • Stay at Gallery Art Hotel

Day 3: Siena & Tuscany

We’re bidding adieu to Florence this morning and making the short (and ridiculously scenic) drive to Siena. We’ll make one tasty pitstop at a Pecorino farm and then carry on toward one of the most beautiful cities in all of Italy.

Upon arrival, we’ll roll up our sleeves to do what every pilgrim to Italy must: learn how to make the finest pasta in the world. At a professional kitchen in the heart of the city center, a local chef will lead us through an in-depth masterclass on Tuscan classics and traditional pastas. Afterwards, we’ll sample our creations over an exquisite lunch as Melissa regales us with stories of her time in Tuscany. 

Glowing with the unique joy of a deeply satisfying meal, we’ll float onwards to our hotel for the night, a dreamy villa with postcard views of the surrounding countryside. Sip a Negroni at the library bar or wander outside to explore the medieval hilltop village. We won’t meet up again until dinner, and trust us on this one, it’s a real treat. At a chic cellar restaurant, we’ll tuck into a feast of Tuscany’s finest, raising our glasses in toast to the magical day and adventures still to come. 

Day 3: Siena & Tuscany Highlights

  • Pecorino farm visit and tasting 
  • Private cooking class
  • Dinner at cellar restaurant
  • Stay at Monteverdi Tuscany

Day 4: Marina di Grossetto

This morning, we’ll head to Marina di Grossetto for a day of aquatic adventure. With white sand beaches that stretch for miles, the region is a stunning exemplar of Tuscany’s natural beauty—which, of course, we’ll be exploring in style. From breezy sailboats, we’ll bask in the magnificence of our surroundings, cooling off with a swim or snorkel before a hyperfresh lunch onboard. 

For dinner, we’re taking advantage of our coastal location and indulging in a Tuscan seafood feast. As we breathe in the salty sea air at a nearby restaurant (a favorite among locals), we’ll share our favorite memories from the day and savor the impeccable flavor of just-caught frutti di mare.

Day 4: Marina di Grossetto Highlights

  • Marina di Grossetto by boat
  • Seafood dinner
  • Stay at Monteverdi Tuscany

Day 5: Tuscany

If the weather permits, we’ll start the day off in elevated luxury—literally. As the sun rises over the countryside, we’re floating high above Tuscany’s patchwork quilt of rolling vineyards, medieval towns, and ancient forests in vibrant hot air balloons.

It’s a pinch-yourself moment, but the vineyard brunch that follows is an equally extravagant affair, dominated by local wine; fresh, seasonal offerings; and unforgettable tales of mountain pizza, courtesy of Melissa.

After lunch, we’re heading back to our hotel, the afternoon ours to reflect on the magic of our morning. Drink in the warm afternoon sun from the terraced garden, or hit the reset button with a nourishing massage at the in-house spa. We won’t meet up again until dinner, reconvening at the hotel’s award-winning restaurant for an evening of celebration, heartfelt flavors, and friends we’ll cherish for the years to come. 

Day 5: Tuscany Highlights

  • Sunrise balloon ride
  • Picnic brunch 
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Stay at Monteverdi Tuscany

Day 6: Tuscany

This morning, we’re diving into the world of Italian organic farming. We’ll visit a scenic agroturismo deep within the Tuscan countryside that produces all the key ingredients you’ll find in any traditional trattoria—think: fragrant honeys, foraged mushrooms, and plenty of bright, seasonal vegetables. As we meander through the stunning grounds, we’ll learn more about the farm’s commitment to sustainable agriculture, sampling as we go. 

Inspired by our farm-fresh fare and bucolic surroundings, we’ll drift onwards to Terme di Saturnia for an afternoon of sumptuous relaxation. Tucked away within 120 hectares of secluded Tuscan countryside, these ancient hot springs are rich in minerals and healing bioplankton—they’re also outrageously beautiful: we’re talking otherworldly blues and glimmering turquoise as far as the eye can see. Surrounded by natural beauty, it’s the perfect conclusion to our time in Tuscany. Next stop: Rome!

Day 6: Tuscany Highlights

  • Organic farm experience
  • Hot springs visit
  • Stay at Monteverdi Tuscany

Day 7: Tuscany to Rome

It’s time to swap Tuscany’s tranquil delights for the hustle and bustle of Rome. We’ll commence our adventures through Italy’s capital city with an exclusive tour of the Villa Borghese, the country’s largest and most famous art museum that’s set in a verdant park in the heart of the city. Afterward, the afternoon is ours to relax back at the hotel or wander through Rome’s endless offering of breathtaking plazas and ancient streets.

For dinner tonight, we dive deep into the generational flavors of Rome! We’ll meet at an intimate family-owned joint that’s a historical icon among locals, where each bite is an ode to the region—think: freshly baked bread, creamy mozzarella, and an expansive selection of cured hams and cheeses. As a special treat, Melissa has thoughtfully selected the wines tonight, and we’ll sit back to learn more about her pairing philosophy. 

Still glowing from our exquisite meal, we end the day with the ultimate when-in-Rome adventure: zipping around the city in classic, candy-colored Fiat 500s. Some three million of these iconic little beauties were produced between 1957 and 1975, and nothing could be more quintessentially la dolce vita than this very special nighttime excursion.

Day 7: Tuscany to Rome Highlights

  • Transfer to Rome
  • Villa Borghese tour
  • Rome by Fiat
  • Stay at Anantara Rome

Day 8: Rome

We’ll slip right into the teeming street life of Italy’s capital this morning as we enjoy a curated walking tour, visiting and tasting our way through bakeries, covered markets, and gelaterias in the storied Trastevere neighborhood. A morning of grazing will segue into lunch on our own, with the balance of the afternoon for further exploration of Rome’s backstreets and cafe-lined squares, a chance to saunter slowly amid the bustle.

We’ll reconvene late in the afternoon for a deep dive into two of Italy’s greatest culinary gifts to the world: pizza and gelato. First, we’ll try our hand at gelato, learning how to source the very best ingredients and proper mixing techniques. While our gelato sets in the freezer, we’ll turn to pizza, crafting and rolling out our own dough and selecting just the right toppings. Later, we’ll tuck into the fruits of our labor for dinner, but not before we raise a glass to toast Melissa, our new friends, and la bella Italia—we know our lives have been forever enriched by this time together.

Day 8: Rome Highlights

  • Trastevere food tour
  • Gelato masterclass
  • Farewell pizza dinner
  • Stay at Anantara Rome

Day 9: Departures

Arrivederci Italia! After eight full days of immersion in the best Italy has to offer, it’s time to say ciao to Melissa and to each other, knowing the memories we’ve made will stay with us for a lifetime. Until we meet again!

Day 9: Departures Highlights

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Rome's FCO airport

Where We Sleep

Beautifully curated accommodations—we’ll immerse ourselves in contemporary art in Florence, enjoy the quiet beauty of the Tuscan countryside, and feel like we’re part of the vibrant story of Rome

Gallery Art Hotel


Set in a quiet courtyard just steps from the Ponte Vecchio, this intimate boutique hotel was dreamed up by a Florentine architect as a home away from home for art lovers, and its pleasingly minimalist interior doubles as a contemporary art space featuring rotating exhibits by the likes of Andy Warhol, Dave Lachappelle and Roberto Koch. Make like a local and head to the buzzy, indoor-outdoor terrace bar for exceptional cocktails.

Monteverdi Tuscany

Castiglioncello del Trinoro

Outside your window, sprawling gardens give way to medieval streets and art galleries. Inside, every detail—from bed frames to the stone-hewn spa—is pure Tuscan elegance. The property is built in and around a medieval Tuscan village. While preserving the exterior facades, designer Ilaria Miani brings a modern touch without sacrificing any authenticity. Terraced gardens and a pool add to the charm.

Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Hotel


More than 2,000 years of Roman history are here in one gorgeous space. Ancient ruins of the baths of Diocletian are visible beneath the property's glass floors, and there’s no more quintessentially Roman setting than the hushed, soaring lobby. The hotel has every comfort you'd expect, and some that are wonderfully unexpected (like sunset cocktails at the poolside rooftop bar).

Each hotel became more beautiful, each quaint and modern and staffed by the greatest humans ever.
Sarah L.
Every day we had a new surprise that blew my mind!
Sharzad K.
I loved the efficiency, service, quality and personal touch... an amazing time!
Cristina L.

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Reserve your spot today with a $1,500 per-person deposit plus room supplements (if relevant). Full payment is due 180 days prior to your trip departure date. We’ll email you a reminder. If your trip departs in less than 180 days, we’ll collect full payment either 30 days from when we receive your deposit, or 60 days prior to your trip departure date, whichever is sooner. For details read our Deposit FAQs


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  1. What does the price include?

    Eight nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; arrival and departure airport transfers; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals.

  2. What does the price not include?

    International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.

  3. Where does this trip start and end?

    Our adventure begins at Florence’s Airport (FLR), where we’ll transfer to Gallery Hotel Art. Our last day is in Rome. The closest airport is Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO). Your flight should be scheduled to depart at 12pm or later from FCO airport.

  4. What travel documents are needed?

    US citizens are not required to have a visa to enter Italy for stays up to 90 days. Your passport must be valid for three months beyond your planned departure date, though we recommend that your passport be valid for 6 calendar months beyond your planned departure date from Italy.

    Not a US citizen? Please check with the Italian Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.

  5. Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?

    For solo travelers, there is a $2,000 single-supplement fee paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. These spots are extremely limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  6. Who is going on this trip?

    Our adventures typically have between 10 and 20 guests, and our Modern Adventure Team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.

  7. Who is leading this trip?

    This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure trip leader. They’re an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.

  8. Do I need travel insurance?

    We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.

  9. What is the cancellation policy?

    You may cancel on or before June 5, 2024 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after June 6, 2024 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after August 4, 2024 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).

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