Leading Hotels of the World and Villa La Massa Embrace Finer Things in Life

Love wine, truffles, Ferraris and more? The Leading Hotels of the World have teamed up with Villa La Massa to create a chance for you to experience Italian dolce vita at a Tuscan estate.

For five days (October 9-14, 2012) guests can indulge in the finer things in life including wine, music, art, culture, Italian cuisine, a Ferrari tour of the Chianti region, lunch with a Princess and more. This exclusive experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity and is reserved for only 12 guests.

The package, which costs 10,050 Euro per double accommodation and 8,150 Euro per single participant, is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

DAY 1: Guests will arrive in Florence at their leisure. On the evening of October 9th, you will be hosted for cocktails by the General Manager in the Bar Mediceo and enjoy the first of many truffle and fine wine dinners. A special guest will take you inside the mind of Leonardo Da Vinci and give you a rare look at the official reproductions of his notebooks and codices.

DAY 2: You’ll set out in the morning with a local ‘trifolao’ and his trusted canine to understand why Italian truffles are coveted the world over. After a ‘light’ lunch, you will be the guest of the CEO at Querciabella, one of Italy’s most renowned producers of fine wine. Following a private cellar visit that will offer a glimpse into the world of biodynamic viticulture, you will take part in a guided tasting of Querciabella’s legendary wines, including Batar and Camartina.

DAY 3: Because there is little rest for the weary, on day three you will rise and understand why Italy has given the world so much beauty. You sampled the food, the wine and now you will rev your engine behind the wheel of one of our Ferraris (458 Spider, 458 Italia, California or the F430 Spider). Expert pilots will guide you through Chianti to your lunch date with Princess Natalia Strozzi at Villa Cusona, her family’s 1000-year-old estate. She’ll walk you through the world-famous gardens and vineyards, and share with you some details about a cousin named Lisa who captured the eye of a guy named Leonardo. Foodies will tick off another item on their bucket list with an exquisite dinner at 3-star Michelin, Enoteca Pinchiorri.

DAY 4: On Friday, after a morning of tranquility, you’ll set off for the magnificent city of Lucca. With art historian and Florentine, Andrea Ghiottonelli as your guide, you’ll be invited to slow your pace and enjoy this medieval city. You’ll walk the serpentine streets and witness treasures of art and architecture that have stood the test of time. After dinner and cocktails, you will enjoy a special performance of Puccini and Mozart’s arias at the Chiesa San Giovanni, where in 1864 Puccini was baptized and where the longest-running festival celebrating his city and his music has taken place since.

DAY 5: There aren’t many sights more inspiring than the waking of a city. You’ll start off on the Oltrarno after breakfast and meander through sacred and noble places, viewing the works of Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Ghirlandaio and Da Vinci along the way. After lunch at the Frescobaldi wine bar, you’re free until the evening’s closing party: a magnificent five course truffle dinner paired with Italy’s top wines: Castello di Ama, Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Solaia- to name a few.* Your special host is Francois Mauss, President of the Grand Jury des Vins.

To make a reservation, please call 1-800-650-2582 (CLUB), email theleadersclub@lhw.com or contact your local LHW reservation center.

For more information on terms & conditions of the package, visit www.lhw.com//luxury/ultimatetuscany

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