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Italy with Virgie Tovar Food

Rome - Florence

2022: Mar 19 - Mar 25

Andiamo! Let's walk and eat through gorgeous central Italy! Italy is the home of legendary cuisine, breathtaking architecture, timeless art pieces, wine tastings in vineyards, afternoon espressos and sidewalk cafes. What the Italians call 'La Dolce Vita,' or the 'Sweet Life,' is yours for the taking. Benvenuto in Italia!

Accessibility Notes:

> Much of Italy's infrastructure is several hundred years old, and Italy has not had a disability rights or fat justice movement that is comparable in size or impact to the ones in the United States: streets are cobbled, many are not car/bus friendly, most hotels do not have elevators, bars and restaurants are narrow, weight capacity and dimensions of seating are not readily available on websites; most eateries don't have a website. Though the trip team has worked to tailor this itinerary with mobility and body size in mind, we have done so within the aforementioned limitations. However, places don't change if we're not in them! We'll be brainstorming hacks and support during the virtual happy hours before the trip.

> This trip includes 2 optional walking tours, each of them at least 1-hour in duration.

> This trip includes 1 train ride from Rome to Florence. The train ride itself isn't mandatory if travelers want to arrange their own transpo, but getting to Florence is mandatory. Travelers will be asked to walk from the hotel to the station in Rome and transport their own luggage. Upon arrival in Florence, there will be a bus that transports us and our luggage from the station to our hotel. Here is accessibility information for train travel in Italy:

> The average weight capacity for hotel beds is 500 pounds.

> Seating on Italian trains is a modified bench style with movable arm rests. See video: We are working to try and get extra seats on the train for everyone's comfort.

> Here's a fat traveler review of Rome:

  • 7 days

  • 10 - 20 spots

  • Double occupancy in 3-star hotels (single rooms available)

  • 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 dinners included

  • Fly into Rome–Fiumicino International Airport International Airport (FCO). TrovaTrip will provide 3 transfers between 8am and 5pm.

  • Fly out of Rome–Fiumicino International Airport International Airport (FCO). TrovaTrip will provide two transfers on the last day.

Activities Included

  • Ancient Rome Tour
  • Pasta Making Class
  • Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel Tour
  • Train: Rome - Florence - Rome
  • Gelato Making Experience
  • Tuscan Farm Experience
  • Tuscan Farm Lunch

Other Inclusions

  • Double Occupancy in 3-star Hotels
  • Local Guide throughout Trip
  • All City Transfers
  • Arrival Airport Transfer (until 5pm on first day)
  • Departure Airport Transfer (morning of last day)
  • 6 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches & 3 Dinners

Optional Activities

  • Wine Tasting with an Italian Sommelier


  • International Flights
  • Food & Alcohol (except as noted)
  • Visas & Travel Insurance
  • Airport Transfers Outside of Designated Times

Your Host

Virgie Tovar

Virgie Tovar is the author of "You Have the Right to Remain Fat" and "The Self-Love Revolution: Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Color." She is a contributor for where she covers the plus-size market and how to end weight discrimination at work. Her podcast, Rebel Eaters Club, is NYC-based Transmitter Media's first original production and is committed to ending the "good food/bad food" binary. Tovar has been named one of the 50 most influential feminists by Bitch Magazine and has received Yale's Poynter Fellowship in Journalism. She's been featured by the New York Times, Tech Insider, BBC, MTV, Al Jazeera, NPR, and Yahoo Health. She lives in San Francisco with two Netherland Dwarf rabbits named LuLu and John-Candy and one shy, flannel-wearing Midwestern boyfriend named Andrew.


Day 1

Benvenuto and welcome to ‘la dolce vita’ or the ‘the good life’ of Italy! Rome awaits you and upon arrival, you will be transferred from the airport and into the Eternal City.

After checking into your hotel and freshening up a bit, you will meet with your new travel buddies and head to a local restaurant for a 3-course welcome dinner where you will toast to adventures to come!

Overnight in Rome

Arrival: Fly into Rome–Fiumicino International Airport International Airport (FCO). TrovaTrip will provide 3 transfers between 8am and 5pm.

Included: Airport Transfer, Welcome Dinner

Day 2

Buongiorno! Wake up to your first morning in the old world. After breakfast, you will head out to the Colosseum. Throughout the day we’ll visit other iconic sites, such as the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon. After working up an appetite you’ll dine at local Osteria, a wine bar serving simple food.

After having some time to relax, you will join a local chef for a pasta-making course. Other than pizza, is there any other type of food that is as synonymous with culture as the Italian’s and their pasta? In Italy, there are over 50 varieties of pasta and tonight your chef will lead a workshop on how to prepare a few types by hand.

Overnight in Rome

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Ancient Rome Tour, Pasta Making Class

Day 3

No trip to Rome is complete without visiting the smallest country in the world, the Vatican. At only 19 square miles and a population of just over 800, the tiny city-state easily wins this claim.

Your guide will lead you through a comprehensive tour of the Vatican, beginning with the Vatican Museum. This experience will give you a real insight into Vatican City, from the ancient sculptures to the Raphael Rooms, and of course to the piece de la resistance, the Sistine Chapel.

The afternoon is free for you to sip espressos or wander through the streets. If you’re feeling thirsty, there will be an optional Wine Tasting offered.

The optional wine tasting will be lead by a professional Italian sommelier. They will not only give you a master class on wines but also a bit of geography as you will be tasting wines from the north, central, and south regions of Italy. All paired with snacks of course.

Overnight in Rome

Included: Breakfast, Vatican City & the Sistine Chapel Tour

Optional: Wine Tasting with an Italian Sommelier

Day 4

This morning, after breakfast, you will hop on a train and head to the cultural heart of Tuscany, the magical city of Florence.

You will check-in to your hotel and drop your bags before meeting with the group and guide for a gelato-making experience! Learn how to make this iconic sweet treat and then try your hand at it.

After, you will have the evening at leisure to meander and discover on your own.

Overnight in Florence

Included: Breakfast, Train - Rome to Florence, Gelato Making Experience

Day 5

Today you will have the opportunity to sample the legendary cuisine of Tuscany directly from the source on a Tuscan Farm Experience.

In the late morning, you will transfer to a local Tuscan farm and visit its vineyards and olive groves. You will have the chance to feed the sheep, visit the wine cellars, and learn about how they produce their olive oil. You will taste their wines and pair them with olives, cheese, and homemade baked bread, all produced directly from the farm to your table.

After lunch, you will head back to Florence where you’ll have the rest of the afternoon and evening to explore this romantic city.

Overnight in Florence

Included: Breakfast, Tuscan Farm Experience, Tuscan Farmer’s Lunch

Day 6

The morning is free to do any last-minute sightseeing or shopping in Florence before heading back to Rome for a free afternoon to wander.

In the evening, you will meet with your travel buddies for a final farewell dinner, Roman style, where you will toast to an extraordinary adventure together.

Overnight in Rome

Included: Breakfast, Train - Florence to Rome, Farewell Dinner

Day 7

All good things must come to an end but only until our next adventure! After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport to wave goodbye to Italy and your travel buddies.

Included: Breakfast, Airport Transfer

Departure: Fly out of Rome–Fiumicino International Airport International Airport (FCO). TrovaTrip will provide two transfers on the last day.

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*If you cancel when your spot is confirmed and outside of 60 days until departure, you can receive a trip credit for your down payment minus the $100 cancellation fee.

For our full cancellation policy, see our Terms & Conditions.

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