Passover

Four Seasons Florence

ENTIRE LA VILLA BUILDING IS KOSHER FOR PASSOVER

The magnificent Five-Star Four Seasons Hotel Florence is truly one of the most spectacular hotels in the world. Florence is one of the world’s oldest and most beautiful cities in Europe. It is a city which embraces its historic past while remaining a cultural leader in fashion and the arts. Staying at the Four Seasons Florence puts you in the center of the enchantment.

The Four Seasons boasts a private botanical garden spanning 35,000 square meters and joins with a 15th century Palazzo and 16th century Coventino to create a wealth of beautiful and accessible public spaces for you to enjoy. Take a stroll and relax in one of the largest private gardens in Florence, wreathed by tall shade trees and picturesque stone walls. Enjoy the beautiful outdoor pool, whirlpool, and steam room. Find your personal oasis in the only hotel spa in the heart of Florence, and unwind in the relaxation lounge to enhance your spa experience.

Immerse yourself in a serene urban haven, rich in architectural history and modern comforts. A luxurious retreat from the pace of the city, immersed in the tranquility of the Gherardesca Park, the Fitness Centre offers the latest cardio equipment (complete with individual televisions) and a full range of strength-training equipment. The rooms boast carved ceilings and rustic views with Tuscan quality at every turn. Unprecedented service awaits you with the kindest and most helpful staff anywhere.

The award-winning chefs of the hotel will be coordinating our outstanding gourmet cuisine under the Glatt Kosher supervision of Rabbi G.M. Garelik of Milan, the most well-known kosher supervision in Italy. Whether it’s in the dining rooms, or tea room, a large variety of impressive delights awaits you.

Our daily religious services along with thought provoking lectures and discussions, children’s program, plus exciting optional sightseeing tours will round out a truly incredible Pesach experience.

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Price & Room Information

PASSOVER 2019 FOUR SEASONS, FLORENCE
CATEGORY FULL STAY

DELUXE
Beautiful room, view of palazzos and gardens, King or two twin beds; sitting area, full en suite marble bathroom has a lavish vanity, bathtub, bidet & separate shower stall. 43 m2 (463 sq.ft.)


PREMIER

Larger beautiful room, view of palazzos or gardens, King or two twin beds; sitting area, full en suite marble bathroom with separate walk-in shower & bathtub. 46 m² (495 sq.ft.)

FOUR SEASONS ROOM
Extra-large luxurious room, view of park or gardens, King or two twin beds; sitting area, opulent marble bathroom featutin a lavish vanity, bathtub, bidet & with separate walk-in shower. 51 m2 (549 sq.ft.)

JUNIOR SUITE
Extra-large unique beautiful room, view of park or gardens, King or two twin beds; Designed to feel welcoming and comfortably residential, these gracious suites feature high ceilings and extremely charming views. Lavish master bathroom includes double vanity, bathtub, bidet & with separate walk-in shower. 55 m2 (592 sq.ft.)

PARLOR SUITE
Extra-large beautiful room with sitting area; view of park, King bed; oppulent en suite marble bathroom includes double vanity, bathtub, bidet & with separate walk-in shower. 60 m² (646 sq.ft.)

FOUR SEASONS EXECUTIVE SUITE
Extra spacious beautiful room with separate bedroom and living room, King bed; view of park, Gino Capponi Street & the Florentine landscape; oppulent en suite marble bathroom includes double vanity, bathtub, bidet & with separate walk-in shower. 65 m² (699 sq.ft.)

PRESIDENTIAL SUITE
Two bedroom suite which presents original frescoes in the living room facing the Hotel park and a stunning original panelled ceiling in the bedroom, Terrace, King bed; 2 full marble bathrooms. 121 m² (1,302 sq.ft.)

GARDEN SUITE
This separate stand-alone suite is adjacent to the La Villa Building. It opens onto a private portion of the park and is located in the heart of the landscaped gardens. Extra spacious beautiful room with separate bedroom and living room, King bed; 1 ½ bathrooms including an opulent en suite marble bathroom and a separate powder room. It offers an outdoor private plunge pool. Accommodates 2 adults & 1 infant. 83 m² (893 sq.ft.)

RATES – PER PERSON
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
10 DAYS/9 NTS
FRI, APR 19- SUN, APR 28
10 DAYS/9 NTS
FRI, APR 19- SUN, APR 28
LA VILLA
Entire Building Kosher for Pesach
PALAZZO BUILDING
DELUXE € 7,295 € 7,825
PREMIER € 7,825 € 8,695
FOUR SEASONS ROOM € 8,855 € 10,075
JUNIOR SUITE N/A € 10,775
PARLOR SUITE € 10,255 N/A
FOUR SEASONS EXECUTIVE SUITE € 10,755 € 12,695
GARDEN SUITE € 10,755 N/A
PRESIDENTIAL SUITE € 13,955 N/A
SINGLE ROOM RATE € 11,050  N/A
ADDITIONAL OCCUPANTS IN SAME RM
ADULT – 12 & Above (in same rm) € 3,455
CHILD 3-11 Years (in same rm) € 2,595
INFANT – under 35 months € 540
ADDITIONAL NIGHT – APRIL 18
ADULTS (ANY CATEGORY) € 810 € 875
3RD IN ROOM (ANY AGE) € 430 € 430
ROOMS AVAILABLE
Category Rates – Per Person Double Occupancy

DELUXE :
Beautiful room, view of palazzos and gardens, King or two twin beds; sitting area, full en suite marble bathroom has a lavish vanity, bathtub, bidet & separate shower stall. 43 m2 (463 sq.ft.)
LA VILLA Entire Building Kosher for Pesach
€7,295 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 19 – SUN., APR. 28
PALAZZO BUILDING
€7,825 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 19 – SUN., APR. 28


PREMIER :
Larger beautiful room, view of palazzos or gardens, King or two twin beds; sitting area, full en suite marble bathroom with separate walk-in shower & bathtub. 46 m2 (495 sq.ft.)
LA VILLA Entire Building Kosher for Pesach
€7,825 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 19 – SUN., APR. 28
PALAZZO BUILDING
€8,695 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 19 – SUN., APR. 28


FOUR SEASONS ROOM :
Extra-large luxurious room, view of park or gardens, King or two twin beds; sitting area, opulent marble bathroom featutin a lavish vanity, bathtub, bidet & with separate walk-in shower. 51 m2 (549 sq.ft.)
LA VILLA Entire Building Kosher for Pesach
€8,855 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 19 – SUN., APR. 28
PALAZZO BUILDING
€10,075 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 19 – SUN., APR. 28


JUNIOR SUITE :
Extra-large unique beautiful room, view of park or gardens, King or two twin beds; Designed to feel welcoming and comfortably residential, these gracious suites feature high ceilings and extremely charming views. Lavish master bathroom includes double vanity, bathtub, bidet & with separate walk-in shower. 55 m2 (592 sq.ft.)
PALAZZO BUILDING
€10,775 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 19 – SUN., APR. 28


PARLOR SUITE :
Extra-large beautiful room with sitting area; view of park, King bed; oppulent en suite marble bathroom includes double vanity, bathtub, bidet & with separate walk-in shower. 60 m² (646 sq.ft.)
LA VILLA Entire Building Kosher for Pesach
€10,255 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 19 – SUN., APR. 28


FOUR SEASONS EXECUTIVE SUITE :
Extra spacious beautiful room with separate bedroom and living room, King bed; view of park, Gino Capponi Street & the Florentine landscape; oppulent en suite marble bathroom includes double vanity, bathtub, bidet & with separate walk-in shower. 65 m² (699 sq.ft.)
LA VILLA Entire Building Kosher for Pesach
€10,755 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 19 – SUN., APR. 28
PALAZZO BUILDING
€12,695 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 19 – SUN., APR. 28


PRESIDENTIAL SUITE :
Two bedroom suite which presents original frescoes in the living room facing the Hotel park and a stunning original panelled ceiling in the bedroom, Terrace, King bed; 2 full marble bathrooms. 121 m2 (1,302 sq.ft.)
LA VILLA Entire Building Kosher for Pesach
€13,955 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 19 – SUN., APR. 28


GARDEN SUITE :
This separate stand-alone suite is adjacent to the La Villa Building. It opens onto a private portion of the park and is located in the heart of the landscaped gardens. Extra spacious beautiful room with separate bedroom and living room, King bed; 1 ½ bathrooms including an opulent en suite marble bathroom and a separate powder room. It offers an outdoor private plunge pool. 83 m² (893 sq.ft.)
LA VILLA Entire Building Kosher for Pesach
€10,755 x 3 Adults 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 19 – SUN., APR. 28


SINGLE ROOM RATE :
LA VILLA Entire Building Kosher for Pesach
€ 11,050 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 19 – SUN., APR. 28

ADDITIONAL OCCUPANTS IN SAME RM

ADULT :
– 12 & Above (in same rm)
LA VILLA Entire Building Kosher for Pesach
€3,455 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 19 – SUN., APR. 28


CHILD :
3-11 Years (in same rm)
LA VILLA Entire Building Kosher for Pesach
€2,595 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 19 – SUN., APR. 28
INFANT :
– under 35 months
LA VILLA Entire Building Kosher for Pesach
€540 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 19 – SUN., APR. 28

ADDITIONAL NIGHT – APRIL 18

ADULTS :
(ANY CATEGORY)
LA VILLA Entire Building Kosher for Pesach
€810 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 19 – SUN., APR. 28


3RD IN ROOM :
(ANY AGE)
LA VILLA Entire Building Kosher for Pesach
€430 10 DAYS/9 NTS FRI., APR. 19 – SUN., APR. 28


RATES INCLUDE 25% TAX, TIPS & SERVICE CHARGES
ALL RATES IN EURO

SCHOLARS

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Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau

Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau is Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv. He had previously served in this position from 1985 until 1993. At that time, he was appointed Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, a position which he held until 2003. Rabbi Lau currently serves as chairman of the Yad Vashem Council.

Rabbi Lau, a survivor of the Buchenwald concentration camp, immigrated to Israel with his brother Naphtali in July 1945 and was ordained a rabbi in 1971. He served as chief rabbi in Netanya (1978-1988), and earned a reputation as a popular orator. In 2000, he wrote a best-selling memoir about his experiences in the Holocaust entitled Do Not Raise Your Hand Against the Boy, which won the Israel Prize for life-work. The book has since been translated into English and published as Out of the Depths: The Story of a Chidl of Buchenwald Who Returned Home at Last.

Rabbi Lau and Rebbetzin Chayita (nee Frankel) are the parents of three sons and five daughters.

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Rabbi Levi Wolvovsky

Rabbi Levi Wolvovsky was born and raised in Brooklyn New York. He studied at the Ohalei Torah Talmudic Seminary, Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim in Brunoy, France and at the Chabad Rabbinical school Tomchai Temimim in Brooklyn, New York. Rabbi Wolvovsky is the director of Chabad of Tuscany and the Chabad JSE of Florence, where he moved in 2012. His mission is to share the meaning and beauty of Judaism the Jew’s of Tuscany, locals, students and visitors alike.

Rabbi Wolvovsky lives in Florence with his wife Sonia and their five children.

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Cheryl Steibel

Cheryl Stiebel made Aliyah to Jerusalem from the land of “OZ” Kansas in 2011. An avid and worldwide traveler, Cheryl began to work in hospitality over 15 years ago as a Guest Relations Liaison for Pesach programs and Kosher cruising.
When not exploring the world, she works as a Board Certified Lactation Consultant with over 30 years experience in Pediatric, Obstetric and general hospital settings. Cheryl is married to Dr.Victor Stiebel and has five married children and four grandchildren. She is dedicated to making sure each guest has the perfect Pesach vacation.

Transfers & Optional tours

Adventures in Northern Italy (AINI LLC) will be handling airport transfers and all group tours for our Passover guests. In order to better serve you, please reserve all your transfers and tours by March 22, 2019. For more information, please contact David Leibowitz; see his contact information below.
Adventures in Northern Italy is very happy to offer the following private transfers and group tours, and can also custom-design any other excursion you may wish to undertake in Italy. All payments are made directly to Adventures in Northern Italy through Credit Card, PayPal or bank wire transfer.
CONTACT PERSON: DAVID LEIBOWITZ
info@adventuresinnorthernitaly.com
www.adventuresinnorthernitaly.com
t. +39 02 89981848 | +39 328 6978083

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

We offer the following luxury vehicle transfers from/to Florence Airport:

Car (max 2 people): 65€ one-way, 122€ round trip discount
Minivan (3-7 people): 95€ one-way, 180€ round trip discount

Sunday, April 21, 2019
FLORENCE BY NIGHT

9:15pm – 11pm,
55€/person

An exciting nocturnal walking tour that will give us the chance to appreciate the charm of Florence and its history. First we’ll ascend by van to a high point affording magnificent views over the entire city, which for many centuries was the capital of the independent and proud Florentine/Tuscan state; then we’ll descend on foot towards the Arno river, visiting some of the city’s most famous sites such as Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio – famous ‘Old Bridge’ over the Arno, Piazza del Duomo, Piazza Pitti, as well as other hidden corners as we unveil the city’s identity and personality by night.

Monday, April 22, 2019
JEWISH SIENA & KOSHER CHIANTI

9am – 5:30pm,
129€/person

In its golden age Siena was a proud republic, European financial capital, and arch-rival of Florence. The city boasts an incredible historic center of summits and slopes that harness the hilly terrain and create unexpected panoramas of brick, stone, and beauty. All roads in Siena seem to lead to the Campo, the inviting, lively, shell-shaped main Piazza, heart of the city day and night. The former Jewish ghetto is situated near this square, the synagogue hidden behind it with an anonymous facade, as was common for all synagogues built before ghetto emancipation.

Led by an art historian and a member of the Jewish community, we’ll have the pleasure of wandering through this marvelous town, learning more about its very particular history and present: life here is still based around the seventeen different neighborhoods or contrade whose medieval rivalry comes to a head twice a year at the dramatic bareback horse race called the Palio. We’ll tour the lovely 18th century synagogue and museum, meet local community members who will share personal or historical accounts of Siena ebraica. Afterwards, we can visit the Adarveadar atelier and admire the magnificent Jewish-Italian illumination work of the artists.
In the afternoon, we’ll make our way through the countryside of the Chianti region, with its splendid medieval hill towns and castles, rolling vineyards and olive groves. It is as if we are walking into a painting. We’ll visit the wine-making estate of a kosher Chianti Classico producer, and savor what is one of Italy’s best reds, before continuing north back to Florence.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
JEWISH & CLASSIC FLORENCE

9:30am – 12:30pm,
85€/person

Our guide will introduce Florence on a walk through the city center, where we’ll discover the unexpected presence of Jewish history in some of the most famous landmarks such as the Duomo (cathedral) area and the Baptistery’s ‘Gates of Paradise’ where Tanach stories are illustrated, Piazza della Repubblica where the ghetto stood until the late 19th century, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio area and Via dei Giudei (the ‘Jews’ street’), site of the first Jewish settlement. We’ll visit the grand post-ghetto Florence synagogue and museum, and meet local community members who will regale us with stories from the past as well as recount present-day challenges and opportunities.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
DAVID

2pm – 3:30pm,
95€/person

We’ll be led by a superlative art history university professor to discover Michelangelo’s David, arguably the world’s most important sculpture.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
FASHIONABLE FLORENCE 

9am – 1pm
89€/person

We will start with a tour of the Costume Gallery in Palazzo Pitti. The costumes on show range from the restored Renaissance dresses found in the tombs of Cosimo de’ Medici and his family (long the ruling family of Florence/Tuscany), to the collections of “Gala” dresses from the 18th to the 20th centuries. We will continue with the visit of the Ferragamo Museum, housed in a precious medieval building and showing the design shoes created by Salvatore Ferragamo. We’ll then continue our tour with a visit to several artisan workshops, which produce various special Florentine products, such as unique jewelry, perfumes, furniture, wood carving and leather goods. Our guide is happy to provide additional advice on the highest quality shops to visit in Florence’s historic center, from clothes to accessories to jewelry stores, so you can best plan your shopping experience.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
UFFIZI GALLERY 

2:30pm – 5:30pm
95€/person

Again led by a superb art history university professor, we’ll explore one of the great museums of the world: the Uffizi houses the premier collection of Italian Renaissance art, featuring works by such masters as Botticelli, Titian, Michelangelo and da Vinci.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
THE MALL – LUXURY OUTLET

9am – 1pm
49€/person (without personal shopper)
1:30pm – 7:30pm
99€/person (with personal shopper)

Situated a 45-minute drive away from our hotel, The Mall is a luxury outlet tailored to offer the visitor products from the world’s top designers at the very best prices: Alberta Ferretti, Armani, Bottega Veneta, Etro, Fendi, Gucci, Hogan, Lanvin, Loro Piana, Moschino, Pomellato, Ferragamo, Tods, Valentino and Versace are but a few of the big names present. Enjoy a truly unique shopping experience in a splendid architectural space, surrounded by the serene Tuscan countryside.
Those departing at 1:30pm will be accompanied by an expert personal shopper who will present the extensive offering available at the luxury mall on the bus ride over, help orient participants upon arrival and be available all afternoon for shopping advice and assistance.

Thursday, April 25, 2019
PHOTOGRAPHY IN FIESOLE

9am – 12:30pm
price varies with participant #

Fiesole is a small hill town situated 20 minutes away from the center of Florence. Photography enthusiasts can take in the sweeping views over Florence while learning from a renowned professional photographer. Apart from the panorama, there is much to stimulate the curiosity here: Fiesole has a glorious past as an important Etruscan and later Roman settlement, so we can visit the Etruscan and Roman archeological area and museum, and then stroll the idyllic country lanes leading out of town through the olive groves.

Thursday, April 25, 2019
SPLENDORS OF FLORENCE FROM THE HILLS

9am – 12:30pm
€79/person

Discover the perfect beauty of the hills, just a few minutes away from the busy city center, on this walking tour. Florence is surrounded by a crown of gentle hills with lovely views over the city, small medieval churches, olive groves and magnificent old villas: one of the most enchanting aspects of the city is in fact its vicinity to this rural splendor. Our walk will conclude with a tour through a historic villa gardens.

Thursday, April 25, 2019
PRIVATE FLORENCE & GARDENS

2pm – 5pm
89€/person

We’ll begin the tour with a panoramic view of the city and surrounding countryside, before descending to two splendid gardens, the antique Bardini and Boboli gardens. While tourists crowd the city, we will find peace in these green oases, which will likely be in spring bloom. Then, we will visit a privately-owned villa and/or gardens, uncovering a part of Noble Florence that is rarely seen by visitors.

Thursday, April 25, 2019
KOSHER ITALIAN WINE TASTING

5pm – 6:30pm
59€/person

We’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the fascinating and varied Italian wine regions from a sommelier, who will lead us on a voyage of discovery and tasting of five Italian kosher for Pesach wines.

Itineraries subject to change. Art Direction Giulia Alemani
© 2018 AINI LLC. All Rights Reserved. Photography Gabriele Basilico

CUSTOM TOURS

In addition to the above-described group tours, Adventures in Northern Italy looks forward to custom-designing any other trip you wish to organize before, during and after your stay in Florence. Some interesting ideas include the following:

Activities & Museums for Kids – There is a lot of fun to be had for kids and parents alike: in Florence, we can organize a marbled paper – making workshop, a frescoe -painting workshop, a show at Palazzo Vecchio with English-speaking actors, as well as visits to the Da Vinci museum, where we can experience the genius of Leonardo da Vinci through a guided look at his inventions, the Galileo museum with its great collection of scientific instruments, La Specola museum with its centuries-old wax anatomical models representing the human body with an impressive realism, and Palazzo Davanzati, where we can see how noble people lived in Florence in the 1300s – there is beautiful antique furniture, frescoed rooms, bathrooms and kitchens to explore. Outside Florence, the Stibbert museum is famous for its armor collection, Pinocchio park is a magical world for those in love with Tuscan author Collodi’s famous wooden boy, the Pistoia zoo is also wonderful and can be combined with a visit through Pistoia’s well-preserved historic center, and there is the Cavallino Matto amusement park and Il Gigante adventure park for older children.

Medici Villas – Between the 15th and 17th centuries, the Medici ruling family of Florence and Tuscany constructed a number of splendid palaces in the countryside, many of which also have fine Italian-style gardens that can be visited. We can organize a visit, for example to marvelous Villa La Petraia, led by an art historian guide.

Cinque Terre – The Apennine mountains dramatically conclude at the Mediterranean Sea at these five villages known as the ‘Cinque Terre’. A full day trip can be organized with a local Ligurian walking guide; it is also possible to go off-the-beaten-path to areas near the Cinque Terre that are beautiful and less frequented.

Truffle Hunt – An intriguing walk through splendid countryside led by a hunter of the elusive truffle fungi and his talented expert dog companion.

Volterra & San Gimignano – Explore two fascinating towns, the former famous for its expansive Etruscan ruins, the latter for being the medieval “Manhattan” of Tuscany with its stone ‘skyscrapers’.

Historic Spas – In Southern Tuscany, there are a series of natural hot springs that have been enjoyed for many centuries, such as that of Bagno Vignoni near Montalcino. Here, one can relax in a modern spa facility situated alongside a medieval pool that has been frequented by personalities since the 15th century.

Walking in the Chianti Hills – Hike on trails through a sea of olive groves and vineyards, exploring medieval hill towns enroute. Could be combined with a visit and tasting at a kosher Chianti producer.
Personal Shopper – Private guided shopping with an expert who has deep knowledge in the areas of fashion, art, craftsmanship and design.

In the Air – Spectacular private helicopter and plane flights over Florence, Lucca, Pisa and the Mediterranean Coast.

GENERAL TERMS

Adventures in Northern Italy (AINI LLC) requests that tours be booked by March 22, 2019. Any bookings made after that date will be subject to availability. Adventures in Northern Italy reserves the right to cancel tours, any time prior to departure, with the only obligation of the restitution of the amount collected. All excursions require a minimum number of 7 participants, except for the Kosher Italian Wine Tasting, which requires a minimum of 12 participants; custom tours however can have any number of participants.

CANCELLATIONS

  • Up to March 22, 2019, Adventures in Northern Italy (AINI LLC) will refund full payment.
  • From 22 March 2019 to 12 April 2019, AINI will refund 50%.
  • For cancellations after 12 April 2019, AINI may partially refund depending on the circumstances and date of cancellation, but is not obligated to do so.

CONDITIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES

Adventures in Northern Italy (AINI LLC) and/or their employees act only as agents for the passenger in regard to travel, whether by car, boat, or airplane and assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or irregularity that may be caused either by reasons of defect in the vehicle or for any reasons engaged in conveying the client or carrying out the arrangements of the tour. They can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine, or other causes. All such expenses will have to be borne by the passenger.

DELAYS

Adventures in Northern Italy (AINI LLC) is not responsible for extra costs caused by delays or cancellation of air, road, lake, river or trail travel due to bad weather conditions, civil or government strikes or sickness.

INSURANCE

Adventures in Northern Italy (AINI LLC) HIGHLY recommends that our clients protect themselves with travel insurance to prevent any financial losses.

Chag Pesach Sameach!
Buon soggiorno in Toscana – Have a wonderful trip in Tuscany!

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