October 8 - 15, 2022
Join Lauren Wood, host of the Women in Trial Travel Summit, for a specially curated small group trip to Italy in the fall of 2022. Just ten women, one sponsor and your host will make up a small group of twelve for this one-of-a-kind opportunity to visit Italy's most stunning landscape: Tuscany. Attendees will take in the wonderful things that Italy has to offer, while simultaneously checking off all seven of those pesky MCLE specialty credits. This week long program is specifically designed so that attendees will learn one hour of MCLEs (covering topics like ethics, competency and bias) each morning before heading out to sight-see or enjoy group activities the rest of the day. You'll visit the magical cities of Florence, Lucca and Siena, will learn to make fresh pasta by hand, hunt for white truffles with a master truffle hunter, eat incredible authentic Italian meals and savor the acclaimed wines of the region. No detail is overlooked, and guests will enjoy luxury accommodations, private tours, private transportation with a dedicated chauffeur and high quality meals and wines. If you are looking to spend a week bonding with your female colleagues, sharing trial stories, discussing cases, and checking off seven hours of MCLE specialty credits—all while enjoying incredible food, wine and Italian culture—then this group trip is not to be missed.
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8 Day Itinerarys
Sunday, October 9
Cooking Class + Siena
Buongiorno! On your first full day in Italy, you'll awake to find the aroma of Italian caffè and freshly baked pastries. Over a light breakfast, you'll gain 1 hour of MCLE specialty credits. Then we will all take a short drive to a nearby farmhouse, where you will learn to make authentic Italian pasta by hand. We'll of course eat the incredible meal we learned to make, then head to the beautiful Tuscan city of Siena. We'll start in Piazza del Campo and meander through the medieval brick buildings. After some time to shop or visit one of the many museums, we'll all dine at a casual restaurant together in town.
Saturday, October 8
Meet in Florence
Meet up with the group midday in fabulous Firenze. Depending on how you choose to arrive, you'll either be greeted at the train station or picked up at the airport in our private Mercedes Sprinter van. Once everyone has arrived, we will make the approximate 1 hour drive to our private luxury villa in the beautiful Tuscan countryside. That evening, you'll get situated in your room (either private or shared, depending on your choice) and then we'll all join together for an authentic Italian family style dinner al fresco. We'll spend the evening getting to know one another before embarking on our first full day.
Monday, October 10
San Miniato Truffle Hunting
Ever wonder where those delightful white truffles come from? Well, you'll soon find out. Often touted as a bucket list item for true foodies, truffle hunting in the Italian countryside is a real treat. After our morning MCLEs over breakfast, we will head out to the countryside where we will meet a master truffle hunter, learn all about the art of truffle hunting, then dine on the famous white truffles of the area while savoring some of the region's best wine. That afternoon, we will explore the quaint city of San Miniato, then return to our villa to enjoy a 3 course meal cooked by Chef Celine.
Tuesday, October 11
Wine Tasting in Chianti
You'll gain 1 hour of MCLE specialty credits over breakfast before spending a leisurely morning at the villa. Take a walk, swim in the pool or get some exercise while you enjoy some time to relax in the morning. Around lunchtime, we will head out to some of the local wineries in Chianti, where we'll have an outdoor picnic of local cheese and charcuterie, then sample wines from the famed Antinori nel Chianti Classico (pictured) and Barone Ricasoli. After an afternoon sampling Tuscan wines, we will head back to the villa where our private chef will cook authentic Italian-style pizzas.
Wednesday, October 12
Day Trip to Pisa
After gaining another hour of specialty credits in the morning, the group will take a day trip to Pisa. After arriving in Pisa, we'll split off into smaller groups depending on what people want to do and see. You'll see the famed Leaning Tower, the stunning Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the Bapistery, among many other wonderful monuments in town. After several hours of free time to shop, visit museums, or simply take a passeggiata, we'll join back up for a dinner together at a restaurant in Pisa. After dinner, our driver will take us all back to the villa together.
Thursday, October 13
After a light breakfast and an hour of MCLE credits in the morning, we'll decide as a group on what we would like to do for the day. You can choose to stay at the villa for some alone time, split off in smaller groups for activities like hiking or walking through the countryside, or visit another of Tuscany's cute, quaint towns. A "brown bag" lunch will be made so everyone still has a meal prepared, no matter what they choose for the day. Finally, we will all enjoy our last meal at the villa together, with a four course meal cooked by Chef Celine. Then pack your bags for a full day in Florence tomorrow!
Friday, October 14
We'll start our day with a light breakfast, then load up in our Sprinter van for a full day trip to Firenze. Making the most of our time, you will get 1 hour of MCLE specialty credits during the ride there. We'll spend the morning at the famed Accademia Gallery (where you'll find Michelangelo's David) then join up for lunch at a casual Florentine eatery. You'll spend the afternoon walking through Mercato Centrale or along Ponte Vecchio. Perhaps nosh on some gelato from Gelateria Edoardo on your way to see the Duomo and Piazza della Signoria. We'll enjoy some cocktails and light bites before calling it a day.
Saturday, October 15
We will stay Friday night at a hotel in Florence. Thankfully the airport is very close to the city center. Since most flights to the United States leave out of Florence in the morning, we'll all need to be ready to depart early from our hotel room to get to the airport on time. A grab and go breakfast will be served before departing. Departure time will depend on people's respective flights. Should you wish to stay an additional night in Florence, you are encouraged to do so (at your own expense). By this time, you should have plenty of friends to keep you company and join you for an extra day.
$3,600 double occupancy • $4,000 single occupancy
7 nights of luxury accommodations, in either a single or double occupancy room
Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day
2+ Hosted wine tastings
Private group tours & activities
Museum entry fees
A private chauffeur in a Mercedes Sprinter van
All gratuities (we tip generously on your behalf)
What's Not Included
Flights (or transportation to and from Florence, should you wish to fly into Rome or Milan)
Travel insurance (required)*
Optional add on activities
Meals when not joining the group for the hosted meals
Airport transfers if the attendee chooses to arrive or depart early or late
Please Read Before Signing Up
Space for this trip is limited and it is anticipated that it will fill up quickly. After registration, you will be sent a link to pay a $500 deposit. Your spot cannot be held without paying the deposit. You will have three (3) days to pay the deposit; after which, if payment has not been received, your spot may be given away to someone else.
Since the food and wine of Italy are two of it’s most prized features, much of this trip centers around enjoying traditional Italian food and Italian wines. If you are on a strict diet or have a gluten allergy, this trip is probably not for you.
This is a group trip. If you cannot commit to being on time—as a courtesy to other attendees—then this trip is also not for you. Similarly, if you do not do well in a small group setting, you may want to reconsider attending.
If you can commit to being respectful of other attendees, are open to trying new foods, and are looking for a trip where you will bond with like-minded female trial lawyers, enjoy incredible dishes and see what the stunning Italian countryside has to offer, then it would be our pleasure to host you.
*All attendees are required to purchase a travel insurance policy that includes medical coverage. While any travel insurance policy with medical coverage will suffice, attendees are strongly encouraged to purchase a policy with Cancel for Any Reason coverage. In the event that life gets in the way last minute and you are required to cancel within thirty (30) days of the trip, for a reason that is not covered by typical insurance policies, Cancel for Any Reason coverage may help get some of your money back. Please read the entirety of our cancellation policy, along with general Terms & Conditions, HERE.
Flights & Travel Information
Though how you get to Florence is entirely up to you, attendees are encouraged to take a flight that leaves the United States on the afternoon of Friday, October 7th and arrives in Italy either in the morning or midday on Saturday, October 8th. Taking a bullet train, you can get from any of the other major international airports in Italy (specifically, Milan or Rome) to Florence in just a couple hours. Obviously the most ideal option is to fly direct into Florence, but most flights don't get into Florence until the late afternoon or evening, and flying into Milan or Rome is much cheaper. If you need help with flights, please do not hesitate to reach out to Lauren for help.
Travelers to Italy need only to show their Passenger Locator Form (PLF) in digital or paper format and their Covid-19 Vaccine Passport (vaccination certificate, recovery certificate or negative molecular or antigen test) for entry. As the Covid-19 pandemic remains ongoing, attendees are advised that travel is at ther own risk.