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Travel to Tuscany in the fall

PONTE VEDRA BEACH –  Wine, cheese, let’s talk Tuscany! The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach is taking a “Royal Retreat” this year. Learn more about this amazing trip on Wednesday Jan. 16, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach.

In partnership with Getaway2Give, this one-of-a-kind trip full of private tours, wine and gastronomy, and special meals prepared by Chef Darren McGrady, former chef to Her Majesty the Queen and Princess Diana is sure to be unforgettable. This exclusive experience of a lifetime in the heart of Tuscany will be held Oct.11- 18.

Highlights include two days mingling with Chef Darren McGrady and your Cultural Center friends with a lunchtime cooking demonstration, a “Royal Dinner” of the favorites of Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana and William and Harry as well as 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 the estate’s private lake, hiking, horseback riding, truffle hunting, winery tours, Ferrari driving tours, and dinner at Osteria Francescana, rated #1 restaurant in the world by “The World’s Best Rastaurants”.

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 spectacular estate buildings in stunning, tranquil Tuscan surroundings. Guests will enjoy their 7-night stay at this 18-bedroom estate including a tasting room, sauna, Turkish bath, a gym, spa, lounge, custom pool and restaurant. Daily breakfast is included.

bout the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach

The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach was founded in 1994 and will be celebrating its 25th year anniversary next October. The Cultural Center’s mission is to bring the arts into the life of the community through Arts Education, Exhibitions, and Outreach, and by honoring a Donor-Driven Philosophy. The Cultural Center believes that access to the arts is vital to a vibrant community.

About Getaway2Give

Getaway2Give is helping charities raise money through exceptional travel experiences. Getaway2Give has partnered with the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach to provide this one-of-a-kind Tuscany experience. For more information on Getaway2Give visit


The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with tax ID #59-3238148. The Cultural Center is located at 50 Executive Way in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082.
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