Cultural Center to host informational meeting Jan. 16 on trip to Tuscany

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The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach is inviting guests on a trip to Tuscany in fall 2019 and is holding an informational meeting about the trip on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

The meeting will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Cultural Center. In partnership with Getaway2Give, the trip features private tours, wine and gastronomy and special meals prepared by Chef Darren McGrady, former personal chef to Queen Elizabeth II. This exclusive experience will take place Oct. 11-18.

Highlights of the trip include two days mingling with McGrady and Cultural Center friends with a lunchtime cooking demonstration, a "Royal Dinner," and a Tuscan-inspired dinner. Cultural Center travelers will also receive one full day's excursion to a historical Tuscan castle on the Tuscan coast with frescoes and paintings by Fra' Fillip Lippi and other masters.

Additional excursions and special events include wine tastings, olive oil tastings, cooking classes, fishing on an estate's private lake, hiking, horseback riding, truffle hunting, winery tours, Ferrari driving tours and dinner at the famous Osteria Francescana.

Located just 15 minutes from Florence, “Il Podere Grande di Colle Ramole" was once the family estate of the Ghirlandaio family, headed by Domenicao, a painter whose apprenticing workshops are said to have included Michelangelo. Today, the past survives in five estate buildings in Tuscan surroundings. Guests will enjoy their seven-night stay at this 18-bedroom estate including a tasting room, sauna, Turkish bath, gym, spa, lounge, custom pool and restaurant. Daily breakfast is included.

RVSP to the informational meeting by calling Jennifer Jordan at (904) 280-0614 x1202.

Getaway2Give is helping charities raise money through exceptional travel experiences. Getaway2Give has partnered with the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach to provide this Tuscany experience. For more information on Getaway2Give, visit https://www.getaway2give.net/.

For more information on the Cultural Center, visit https://ccpvb.org/.

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