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COOKING VACATIONS IN ITALY AND FRANCE SINCE 1995. Eat, drink, cook, laugh, make new friends and have the experience of a lifetime. All tours include small group, hands-on classes, with market visits, olive oil and wine tastings, meals, transfer, etc., while staying in a charming accommodation chosen for its historic interest and beauty of setting. Select from more than 50 programs, from 2 to 7 days. Telephone: 800-945-8606, website:, e-mail: The International Kitchen, Chicago

WOMEN/WINE/FOOD/FUN IN ITALY Join my small (4-12) culinary tours/cooking classes to Italy and let me share with you the rich assortment of friends and colleagues in the country that has captured my heart - we'll visit an amazing group: baker, butcher, winemaker, balsamic master, olive oil producer, cheese makers, grappa processors, chefs, fishermen. All while staying in beautiful accommodations throughout Italy: Tuscany, Venice, Riviera/Cinque Terre, Amalfi Coast, Sicily, Apulia. Phone: 1-888-636-1602, Website:, E-mail: / Bev Gruber's Everyday Gourmet Traveler, Seattle, USA.

FLAVOURS OF ITALY Join us in the undiscovered Italian regions of northern Lazio and Puglia for a fantastic culinary experience! You can learn about Italian cooking from talented local cooks, you'll also have the opportunity to explore local markets, visit specialist food producers, be guided around historic towns, and indulge in a spot of shopping. At our exclusive, luxury venue you will be able to relax, unwind and enjoy the real Flavours of Italy! Website: E-mail:

WALKINGWOMEN IN ITALY Hill-top villages, spring flowers in the meadows, turtle doves in the trees - this is Easter in Piedmont with WalkingWomen. Or you can choose a fabulous July alpine trek in Italy's Gran Paradiso National Park. See all the pictures from 2002 right here. Our 2003 programme will be available from November at

ITALY IN AUTUMN Don't see Italy from a bus window or all alone. Get in there and feel its heart beat. Il Chiostro's workshops immediately get you involved with the culture and the people. And Italy in autumn is ideal. Venice -- October 12-19 or 19-26, 2002. A Chianti Winery in Tuscany -- October 29-November 7, 2002. For details visit us at:, call: 800-990-3506, or e-mail:

ADVENTUREWOMEN IN ITALY Hike the mountain passes of the Italian Alps and wander alpine meadows warmed by sun-kissed breezes from the south. Lunch on steaming polenta topped with wild mushrooms and gorgonzola, stay in splendid mountain lodges and colorful alpine towns. See Bolzano, Val Badia, and Venice. Discover the soaring Dolomites of the Italian Alps for yourself. AdventureWomen, Inc., 800-804-8686, 406-587-3883,

SI ITALY TOURS Australian specialists in small group travel to Italy with an eye for the local, authentic, unusual. Sandra and Linda turn love of Italy into unforgettable travel experiences for you. Australian dollar prices include bilingual guides, all transport, accommodation, meals and scheduled activities in Italy. A pace to savour special moments and connect with people and places. We welcome participants from around the world. E-mail: Website:

SEE ROME, EXPERIENCE ROME! What do Julius Caesar and Prada have in common? They both rule by design! Dreaming of la dolce vita? Make your dream a reality with exclusive itineraries in the Eternal City: art/architecture, food/fashion, myth/history. From its impressive past to its fashionable present, we'll show you both the exceptions and the rules that make Rome a city like no other. Website:

WOMEN in FLORENCE Professional holiday organiser &/or companion for single female travellers. Based locally in Florence, we organise tailor-made trips for single women not only in Florence and surrounding areas, but also Venice, Rome and Italy's most beautiful coastal areas. All companions are female and bilingual. For further information: Tel/Fax:(0039)0554491495 E-mail:

COUNTRY WALKERS the leader in worldwide walking tours welcomes travelers to ITALY. With 23 years experience, Country Walkers features seven spectacular Italian destinations; each offers exceptional guides, the finest accommodations & cuisine, and small groups. Italy's essence - its culture, vineyards, architecture, art, dramatic scenery, are best experienced on foot. Savor Italy's exceptional regions -- one step at a time. Call 1-800-464-9255 for our free color catalog or click on

EDUVACATE ITALY Language, Arts, Sports, Cooking & Wines in Great Places! Moms and daughters, solo travelers, families, friends, couples dive into Italian language, culture, art history, cooking and wines, painting, drawing, photography, opera, bicycling and hiking! Combine your interests: Italian plus cooking & wines; art history and drawing. EduVacate by the sea, in cities, the countryside or hill towns; stay with a host family, in an apartment, hotel, or restored villa. Explore ideas at Tel: 202-857-8384

GRAPEADVENTURES The aim of Grapeadventures for women is to enable women to understand wine and its place in their world. These programs are designed to be fun as well as educational. Coming to Italy? Join our daily tours from Florence into Chianti. Want more? Let us custom design a grapeadventure just for you and your friends. E-mail: Visit our website at

ITALY, FLORENCE Women's B&B. Located in a historical palace in the center of town, B&B has four rooms all overlooking quiet inner gardens, three of them have the view of the Duomo. A few minutes away from Accademia, Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, Duomo and all the major sights. Expanded continental breakfast. The B&B is smoke free. Special low season rates. E-mail:, Website:

CYCLING SICILY WITH WOMANTOURS - this Italian island, the cultural crossroads of the Mediterranean, is rich with Greek and Roman architectural monuments that date back to 500 BC. Sicily having escaped the hordes of tourists also offers friendly smiles and a willingness to please. Join WomanTours and explore Sicily's diverse history and contemporary culture while cycling through it's countryside on a 12-day bike tour 9/27-10/8. Website:

offers a selection of 12 member "homes" (largely in Tuscany and the Northern 'stati'), that range from a vineyard where you can rent a cottage within the grounds, to an old watermill where you are a House Guest, enjoying dinner as well as B&B, or perhaps a stay in a chateau taking an aperitif in the evening with 'The Conte and Contessa'. With Unique Home Stays guests are always assured of a warm and generous welcome. Tell them JW sent you! Website:, E-mail:

Bonus tip ...

Throughout Rome there are green, octagonal kiosks with "i"s on them. These are Info Points and from 9:00AM -5:00PM they are staffed with English speaking staff who can help direct visitors to local places as well as give information about what's going on in the city. They offer a huge array of free publications including free city maps, notices about art exhibitions and cultural events, and often a free magazine called Where that has lots of restaurant reviews and articles about Rome. There's also a local number one can call for tourist information: 06 06 06. It's just been put into service recently and may not be working completely smoothly yet, however, it's worth a try.
(Source: Laura Flusche, www. offering exciting women-friendly tour itineraries in Rome)

Bonus tip ...

I'm a big fan of the ElleEffe salon in Trastevere in Rome. The stylists speak English and do a great job at a reasonable price. It's just off Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, so easy to find. Address: Via di San Calisto 6/6a. Telephone: 06 583 33 875 or 06 583 43 483. They're closed on Mondays but open until midnight on Thursdays. They do hair, but also pedicures, manicures, waxing, facials, massage and lots more.

Also there's a great gym in Termini train station and travelers can use it by paying by the visit. It's run by a British chain and is called Fitness First. It's very clean, efficient, friendly, well-staffed and well-taken care off. Precise address is Via Giolitti 42. Phone numbers: 800 60 60 85 or 06 478 26 300.
(Source: Laura Flusche, offering exciting women-friendly tour itineraries in Rome)

A museum all about pasta...

Did you know that pasta was already being produced in Italy in the mid-12th century, more than 100 years before Venetian explorer Marco Polo supposedly brought it back from his trip to China?

This info and much more can be found at Rome's Pasta Museum.
Museo della Pasta
Piazza Scanderberg 117
Tel: 06 699 111
(Source: Metro Today, Canada)

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The articles in GIRLTALK Italy have been independently researched by Journeywoman Online. We thank the Italian Government Tourist Board and Air France for sponsoring this female-friendly information. Together it is our aim to inspire women to visit Italy and to travel safely and well.

P.S. Did you know that Charles-de-Gaulle's airport in Paris is Air France's hub? And from Paris, Air France can connect you to 10 Italian cities!

Italian Tourist Board
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