Italy Inspired Highlights
Seaside escape to Levanto • Artisanal shopping in Florence • Truffle hunt and private luncheon • Tuscan countryside picnic
Fine gardens and beachside hikes • Private art journaling workshop
All with daily writing, art and photography tips from your two creative coaches
You’re invited to discover the inspiration of Italy and let your senses come alive. Reconnect with the beauty of nature. Reawaken to the world around you and take in everything Italy has to offer. Through select destinations along with creative coaching from Rachel Greenhouse and Teri Sommer, you’ll discover ways to see the Tuscan countryside and waters of the Ligurain Sea in a way you may never have imagined.
Private local guides
Your curated itinerary
Arezzo, Florence’s sister city, overlooked jewel
Days 1-4, Oct 3-6, Day trips to select destinations. Art journaling workshop to reignite your creative spark. Daily photography + creativity prompts to support your experience of Italy through your six senses. Touch the texture of fine linens and hear the story of a family-owned artisan factory. Truffle hunt followed by a delicious luncheon made especially for you. Gorgeous garden discovery and a spectacular off-the-beaten-path visit you’ll never forget.
Cortona, charming small town Tuscany
Days 5-6, Oct 7-8 For the refined traveller, a gallery destination featuring a collection of handcrafted works of art. Leisurely walks through lovely panoramas that inspire joy, create memories and invite relaxation. Ample moments for solitude and self-discovery. Likewise, abundant opportunities to connect with an intimate community of open-hearted women.
Levanto, seaside escape
Days 7-9, Oct 9-11, Relaxing drive through beautiful Italian countryside. Picnic lunch and visit to the walled city of Lucca and its botanical garden. Light hikes along the Ligurian seaside. Tasting at a local wine shop. Exploring the stunning coastline and string of Cinque Terre’s colorful villages.
Florence, Gardens and boutique shopping
Day 10-12, Oct 12-14, Free time to explore museums of distinctions. Sunset views over Florence’s most famous piazza. Artisanal shopping with a local guide and an unforgettable farewell dinner.
Travel that Transforms
12 days in Italy
October 3 – October 14, 2022
when you sign up before April 4, 2022
(based on double occupancy)
What does the tour price include?
* Breakfast plus one other meal daily
* Private transportation, inclusive of airport transfer for those arriving the first day of the tour
* All tour activities (entry fees) per itinerary
* Local English-speaking guide who’s intimately knowledgeable of the region and culture
* Daily writing, art + photography tips from creativity coaches
* 3-hour art journaling workshop
* All pre-trip information, including a detailed itinerary and travel and cultural tips
* Detailed service & personalized attention
Does not include
* International airfare to and from Florence
* Gratuities for driver, local guide and hotel staff
* Alcoholic beverages
* Optional activities
How is this tour unique?
Curated especially for women with an appreciation of nature and creativity, your tour will take you on journey of inspiration. Through art and photography coaching and select destinations, you’ll awaken to new insights and discoveries. And, because of Niteo Tours’s local connections, you’ll be introduced to cultural experiences that many often miss, resulting in an insider’s glimpse at what makes Italy a dream destination.
What are some cultural activities in this tour?
Stroll the grounds of a truffle orchard and dine with an Italian couple well-known for their amazing pasta. Hear the personal story behind a family-owned estate and gardens. Learn about the nuances of flavor in several regional dishes.
Meet Your Creative Coaches
From a young age, I’ve been fascinated by the beautiful cultures and people in this world and am privileged to have traveled and lived cross-culturally through the years. I can’t think of a better way to bring these passions together than with travel photography. I’m looking forward to share its many joys with you in some of the most beautiful places in the world.
Looking at the world through the lens of my camera gives me the opportunity to slow down and notice details I might overlook. I’m creatively inspired by the power of photography to freeze moments and capture experiences with nature and the world around me.
Over the years I’ve benefited from relationships with fellow travelers. My passion for taking pictures has been fueled by the generous mentoring of other photographers. My goal is to offer encouragement and inspiration as you learn to tap into your unique creativity through photography. Whether you’re using a smart phone or an XLR to document your trip, I can’t wait to walk alongside you as we explore the world together!
Ciao! I’m Rachel and I grew up in a small town in Canada where I wrote poetry and read novels by the river, practiced hand lettering in front of the tv, and dreamed of living in France. My husband and I have lived in Minneapolis since the late 1990s and have two wonderful sons. I am a vocabulary nerd and studied languages at university, but pivoted into a marketing career when I discovered I had a natural talent for it. I’d been a business owner for 17 years when Covid came calling and it was time to close shop.
I’ve been reconnecting with my craving to create art and celebrate beauty in all its forms. I’ve been learning to be led by joy rather than by obligation and to embrace play and adventure in new ways. Recently I’ve fallen in love with art journaling as a healing form of creative expression.
This photo was taken on my first Niteo Girlfriends’ Trip where I was deeply nourished by the people, food, and culture of Thailand, and inspired by the beauty of my fellow travelers, including Teri. Throughout my life, I’ve held the privileged role of collecting and connecting remarkable women. I’m passionate about helping women see their potential, discover their gifts, and prioritize their own well-being. These tours offer me the opportunity to cultivate a community of courageous women who want to see more of the world and discover more of themselves along the way.
As your Creative Coaches, we’ll fan the flames of your creative spark through creative prompts and companion coaching. We’re excited about introducing you to art journaling–an “accessible to absolutely everyone, no skills needed, no rules allowed” method for reliving your tour experiences long after you’ve returned home.
We invite you to experience the transformative power of traveling in this intentional, unparalleled way. Whether you choose Mexico, Italy, Thailand or another destination for your first Niteo Girlfriends’ Tour, simply say “YES” and you will never be the same.
© 2022. Original artwork + design by Rachel Greenhouse, Minneapolis, Minnesota