Italy with Virgie Tovar Food

Rome - Florence

2023: Mar 18 - Mar 24

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 and 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 (FCO). TrovaTrip will provide two transfers on the last day.

Activities Included

  • Rome Cycle Tour
  • Colosseum Visit
  • Trevi Fountain Visit
  • Walk the Spanish Steps
  • Pasta Making Class
  • Vatican City and Sistine Chapel Tour
  • Train From Rome to Florence
  • Florence Walking Tour
  • Tuscan Farm Tour
  • Train from Florence to Rome

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 and 3 Dinners


  • 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 sweet life’ of Italy! Rome awaits you and upon arrival, you will be transferred from the airport to the Eternal City where your adventure will begin.

Arrival: Fly into Rome–Fiumicino International Airport International Airport (FCO). TrovaTrip will provide 3 transfers between 8am and 5pm. TrovaTrip will provide 3 transfers from Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) , between 9 AM and 4 PM

Meals: Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Noto or similar

Day 2

Buongiorno! Wake up to your first morning in the old world. After breakfast, you will head out to the streets of Rome for a day of exploring with your fellow travelers.

Included: Rome Cycle Tour, Colosseum Visit, Trevi Fountain Visit, Walk the Spanish Steps, Pasta Making Class

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Noto or similar

Day 3

Today is your last full day in Rome. Enjoy a morning activity before an afternoon at your leisure.

Included: Vatican City and Sistine Chapel Tour

Meals: Breakfast

Hotel: Hotel Noto or similar

Day 4

Today you will say goodbye to Rome as you travel by train to the beautiful region of Tuscany.

Included: Train From Rome to Florence, Florence Walking Tour

Meals: Breakfast

Hotel: Hotel Mediterraneo or similar

Day 5

Today you will travel to the enchanting Tuscan countryside, a true foodie paradise.

Included: Tuscan Farm Tour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Hotel Mediterraneo or similar

Day 6

The morning is free to do any last-minute sightseeing or shopping in Florence before you travel back to Rome.

Included: Train from Florence to Rome

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Noto or similar

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 (FCO). TrovaTrip will provide two transfers on the last day.

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