Tuscany & Rome with Melissa Perello
October 3 - 11, 2024 | One Exclusive DepartureBook Now
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
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.
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.
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.
Gallery Art HotelFlorence
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 TuscanyCastiglioncello 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 HotelRome
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).
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).