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September 4, 2007updated Dec 10, 2015

Elite Recommends – Florence’s Ultimate VIP Experiences

By Chris Boyle

Piano Bar , Venice Simplon -Orient -Express

Elite Traveler has selected two of the most exclusive VIP experiences for visitors to Florence



Cuisine , Venice Simplon -Orient -Express

 For a truly exclusive private event oozing 1920s glamour, charter the renowned Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to a destination of your choice for up to 188 guests.

Choose from an overnight journey, day trip or gala dinner. Elite Traveler recommends the spectacular La Dolce Vita charter, an overnight journey from Florence to London. Guests will gather the night before at the Orient-Express Villa San Michele Hotel, reserved exclusively for the party. After an exquisite lunch at the hotel guests will be transported to the station. A string quartet will set the mood on the platform as guests board the opulent train. There are three individually designed restaurant cars and 24-hour cabin service. À la carte cuisine is prepared on board the train by professional French chefs. As host, you can decide on the menu, and arrange the seating plans and compartment assignments. Guests may be entertained by a professional pianist in the bar car while sipping on classically mixed cocktails. And as a special souvenir, each guest will be given two Venice Simplon-Orient-Express champagne glasses.

To arrange an exclusive charter of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express contact Sharon Collett. For all other Orient Express reservations, contact:


Platinum Adventure On-Trac k Experience


For a private party complete with adrenalin kick, book an exclusive on-track experience in Ferrari 360 Challenge sports cars with personal racing settings.

Your day begins with a theory driving lesson on correct driving position, trajectory and traction. Armed with driving gloves and state-of-the-art helmets with in-helmet speakers and microphone, participants will be guided to the Ferraris by the track’s hostesses. Initially participants will observe from the passenger seat while a professional driver steers the first few laps. After the training, you have the chance to get behind the wheel yourself and take an exhilarating spin around the track. At the end of the day personalized certificates and a DVD will be given as a life-long memento of this breathtaking experience.

Alessandro Cecchi

+ 39 333 942 8655

Largo Usilia, 12, 53036, Poggibonsi, Siena

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