Four wonderful nights in Rome, then two nights in Florence, and four nights in Milan that include our two fabulous days out of Milan: one for silks and visit to the famous Como silk museum, and another enitrely different region for cashmere, alpaca and fine woolens that are impossible for tourists to reach on their own. The trip has been annual since 1997, but is now going on a semi-annual schedule with the next trip in the fall of 2003..
Cost: $3200.00 includes:
- Round trip airfare from Chicago, or a $700.00 airfare allowance if you arrange your own
- Ten nights lodging in four-star hotels, all breakfasts, about seven other lunches and dinners that are multi-course, tasting delights of the magnificent Italian cuisine, all with wines included
- All tips, ground transportation by coach bus, baggage handling en route, the development of new friendships, and lasting memories of a true womens adventure...no men to pace outside the stores.
If you have friends who dont sew, they would be perfectly happy on our trip, since every stop also has ready-to-wear. We had a few non-sewing but fashion-loving women on this trip, and theres plenty of free time to explore all of the glorious museums and art treasures of Italy. Ill be planning on the last two weeks of October again, with the eventuality of moving the trip a week sooner or later, depending on hotel accommodations.
The atmosphere of this trip is joyous, and a celebration of the discovery of a charming culture and people. If you awake to start the day on another great adventure, and enjoy sharing discoveries with other women who are of the same spirit, then by all means, Italy is waiting to share its soul with you. Highlights from the Fall 2001 Trip:
- The Group trip this fall was outstanding again. The highlights were the sparkling, vivacious, and fun Nina Ingster at Fendi who knows how to show a coat and wrap a scarf like no one on earth. She's fun to be around to soak up her energy and glamour. Then there was part of the group who witnessed former president Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea shopping at Dolce and Gabbana in Rome, while another group celebrated mass with the Pope. Some of each group wished they'd have been with the others. There was a visit to the Gattinoni boutique in Rome, the Ferragamo shoe museum in Florence, as well as the Silk Museum in Como. The day trips to the cashmere mills were everyone's favorite as well as the fashion knock-off shopping. All of the shopping stops were outstanding with selections of matching cashmere knits and wovens, cabled knits with matching trims, and gorgeous Italian fabrics of every fiber and combination. In Milan I had arranged a special meeting with the Bighi family of Marfy and the group to learn about this pattern giant that prints some 180,000 home pattern catalogues twice each year. Truly a wonderful family story with a wonderful product.