Under the Tuscan Sun

Since 1996, DiVine Tours has provided luxury travel excursions throughout Italy. This spring, the company launched Couturista Travel: an experience personalized for connoisseurs of high-end fashion, gourmet cuisine and luxury lifestyle.

“Tuscany Couture is the ideal vacation framed by the magic and elegance of Florence,” said Myriam Angulo, co-founder of Couturista Travel. “[It’s] suited for the curious shopper or the fashion-savvy, a group of friends seeking the ultimate getaway or even the mother-daughter duo looking for a bonding retreat.”

The inaugural trip begins on April 6, arriving in Florence in time for a reception and welcome dinner. Things really kick off on the second day, with breakfast and a private morning tour of Florence, a UNESCO city rich in culture. Couturistas then visit the Pitti Palace Costume Gallery followed by the Ferragamo Museum before lunch in the city and an afternoon of shopping in exclusively reserved boutiques and venues. But the real splurging doesn’t start until the following day, where the group will spend the day in Italy’s most renowned shopping outlets, complete with exclusive access and discounts reserved to Couturista. The evening ends with an Aperitivo event at sunset.

“There’s so much to see in Florence and Chianti beside the traditional visits to see renowned art and wine tastings,” Angulo said. “Couturista organizers use their personal knowledge and intimate relationships to open the doors to artisan shoemakers, pop-up shops, flagship stores and everything in between.”

The group spends the fourth-day doing private visits to workshops of traditional Florentine names known for being the best in craftsmanship—checking out handmade shoes, leather accessories, cashmere, personal perfumes and trunk shows by local and emerging designers.

The fifth day, “Florence a la carte,” gives guests the option to choose their activity from three options: a morning market visit with a famous chef followed by a cooking class in a designer kitchen; Florence with Couturista’s personal shopper; or a photo session in the city with the company’s photographer.

Though there’s more to Italy than the wine, as Angulo noted, who would pass up the opportunity to visit the Chianti countryside? Attendees receive a private, guided visit of an award-winning winery with wine-paired lunch directly on the premise. 

Couturistas leave Florence on the seventh day to visit Siena—a UNESCO world heritage site—with an exclusive array of local boutiques and shops. And for the last day, the group returns to Florence for a free day of exploring and a farewell dinner.

“Tuscany Couture is the perfect trip for the inquisitive, divine traveler,” Angulo said.

Tuscany Couture’s $6,999 per-person fee includes the complete land program with transportation, nine days and eight nights of hotel accommodation, English-speaking guides, daily breakfast buffet, gourmet meals (with wine!) as well as shopping tours and fashion museum entrances, winery visits and more.

Following this trip to Tuscany, Couturista Travel is offering two programs to Miami: Exploration of the Art and Curated Shopping. 

Couturista Travel is now accepting reservations for Tuscany Couture taking place April 6 through 14. For booking information, visit couristatravel.com or contact info@couristatravel.com.

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