Ciao Monica

Bad Ass Bodies in Florence

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October 4-11, 2020

you will Fall in love with the magical city of florence on this 7 day adventure to

the heart of the italian renaissance

Create your Badass Body in Florence!  5 Days of Body Rolling with Body Balance by Kim Fitzgerald , where you’ll align your structure - and resolve pain and injury in your body. After this 5 day session with Kim Fitzgerald, you will know your body like you never thought possible.  Kim’s experiential approach to treating the body will allow you to realize the badass self that you know you are, and allow you to treat your own painful patterns and injury.  In a small group class setting - you’ll resolve issues in the body that may be holding you back. Own your power - become your own solution!

You will stay in your own private room with ensuite bath in a beautifully curated boutique palazzo boasting it’s own secret garden oasis perfect for relaxing. You will live like a local, nestled in one of the trendy artisan neighborhoods of the “Oltrarno” and only steps away from some of the best sights in the city. You’ll be enchanted by the Florentine hospitality and the roots of the Italian renaissance atmosphere.


This luxury boutique palazzo is situated in the heart of Florence’s city center and is located on the other side of the Arno river in an area affectionately known as the Oltrarno. It is the oldest district of Florence and is among one of the most beloved by the Florentines. This is an ancient family palazzo and is decorated with a mix of luxury vintage and modern furnishings and all the rooms vary in size and amenities. Please kindly note there is no elevator.

Discover the private green oasis hidden behind the walls of this delightful palazzo. lt is serene and quiet... where you can take a break and relax from the city. In the surrounding neighborhood you can find the perfect mix between Florentine foods, local artisans, and a lively nightlife scene. Not far from this palazzo’s location, you can venture off to Piazzale Michelangelo, Boboli Gardens, Pitti Palace, The Church of Santo Spirito, Ponte Vecchio, and much more!

In the mornings, complimentary coffee and tea are available in the salon beginning at 9am. Other amenities include free access to Wi-Fi and internet, air conditioning, iron and ironing board, courtesy toiletries, extra pillows and covers…keep in mind, this is palazzo apartment living…there is no room service or 24 hour concierge. You are living like a local to have an authentic Florentine experience.


Uffizi Gallery museum

This is not your usual tour. We have an expert private guide (lovingly referred to as "the Royal Tour Guide" since she is the one chosen to take Prince Charles and Camilla through Florence when they pop into town) to take us through the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous museums in the world. Boasting artworks by Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Raffaello, the Uffizi is a must see during your stay in Florence. Standing in front of renowned works of art only seen in books is a priceless experience.

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Wine Tasting Tour to Chianti

This day we adventure into the region of Chianti, otherwise known as the Tuscan wine country. With our private guide, we will learn all about this region's famous Sangiovese grape and how it makes the wine Chianti is famously known for. We also enjoy a behind the scenes look at the vineyard's operations by peeking into the wine cellars lined with huge fermenting barrels of deliciousness, tasting several different wines along with the vineyard's olive oil, and hearing all about the rich history at both of the wineries we visit. By then we'll really be ready to enjoy our traditional Tuscan dinner!

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Private cooking class

Take your cooking skills up a notch learning all the techniques, tips, and tricks from an expert local chef to cook traditional "Tuscan style" fare. We will prepare a starter, two types of fresh handmade pasta with different sauces, and a fabulous dessert. After all that hard work, we'll get to sit down and savor the results! 

Price: $3650 (private room and bath)


7 nights boutique hotel accommodations in the artisan area of Florence

3 dinners / 3 lunches

Body Rolling sessions by Kim Fitzgerald (M-F from 9-12)

Private wine tasting tour to the Chianti region of Tuscany

Private museum tour of the Uffizi Gallery

Visit to the Accademia Museum to see the statue of David

Artisan tour to several local Florentine artists (jewelry, leather, paper)

Private cooking class

All Taxes and Tips

Not included:


Transfers to or from hotel from airport or train station (but can be arranged for you)

Breakfast (but can be arranged)

Independent meals and sightseeing

Who We Are


Monica Branstrom / Owner of Ciao Monica:

I'm a southern Californian and at the same time claim some Florentine fire in my bones. I’m a bit irreverent, artistic, and willing to jump a fence to find a new adventure. One of my many passions is sharing my love for the city and people of Florence, Italy where I host and coordinate several types of week long experiences. I am a metalsmith, artist, and a continuous student of the Italian language. My role for this Bad Ass Bodies in Florence week is to facilitate logistics and to help you experience an authentic, local Italian lifestyle during your you a deeper travel experience that you will treasure for a lifetime.

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Kim Fitzgerald / Owner of Body Balance by Kim

Kim is a Master Healer, and a leader in Education and Holistic Health Studies. A certified YBR Instructor, Anatomy Educator, Holistic Health Practitioner, and a Practicing Sports Therapist with over 25 years of experience, Kim has a unique understanding of how the body works. Kim’s philosophy is simple: to provide her students with effective techniques for building a sustainable body that functions as intended — fluid, relaxed, and pain-free. In this way, Kim inspires and empowers her clients and students to create profound, positive changes within their bodies. In YBR, Kim discovered the perfect tool to help her clients realign structure, and elongate muscle groups and through that process, understand the importance of a well-balanced, properly aligned physique. Kim’s love, passion, and keen understanding of the human body offers a super fun and enriching educational experience, like none other you’ve ever experienced!


“Travel is more than just going somewhere and ticking it off your wish list; it’s about unique experiences

and the memories you create while you are there.”