The next big thing

by Rebecca Bricker on May 25, 2012

I’ve learned an important lesson about life transitions in the past several years, as I’ve sailed into uncharted waters more than once. I’ve learned to trust my good sense and intuition, open myself to possibilities and have the guts to change course – or god forbid, abandon ship – if I see I’m heading for the rocks.

As I write this, I’m doing all of the above – including the part about steering clear of the rocks.

I’ve been contemplating my next adventure for some time now – scanning the horizon for distant lands that beckon, with stories waiting to be told. Curiously, I’m feeling the pull of a now familiar place, where friends are welcoming me back.

This fall I’m returning to Florence for my NEXT BIG THING – an exciting opportunity for me to share my expertise and connections in Florence, Tuscany and Umbria with women who yearn to experience this fabled region of Italy.

I’m partnering with a Tuscan B&B owner to create a holiday experience that rejuvenates and inspires. An experience that not only allows you to live your Italian fantasy for a week or two, but re-sets your compass and enables you to immerse yourself in the depths of a culture known to spark the fires of genius, creativity and amore.

For centuries, women have traveled to distant lands, looking for adventure, romance or a part of themselves waiting to be awakened. Some have written memoirs, which give the rest of us a starting point for our own journeys.

That’s my hope. I’d like to provide a stage for a transformational travel experience that begins with plucking sun-warmed grapes off the vine as you stroll through a vineyard. Painting a landscape that inspired Leonardo da Vinci. Exploring the back alleys of an ancient village or the remains of Etruscan ruins. Roaming the countryside on a Vespa (mamma mia!). And at the end of the day, coming ‘home’ to a 14th century farmhouse where a sumptuous Tuscan meal awaits you – at a table where fellow travelers share their tales.

This is the first chapter of a new book for me – a reservation book where I’d love to see some familiar names, next to new friends I hope to make. I have a feeling there are a few among you who have imagined this trip already.  So spread the word to your painting group, your book group, your friends who like to travel (this could be a fun high school/college reunion trip), or the women in your family you like hanging out with.

I’ll help you create an itinerary customized to your interests: photography, cooking, painting, writing, art history, ceramics, textiles, or shopping for everything Italian. I can arrange for an expert tour guide to show us what most tourists don’t see. If you’d like instruction for special-interest workshops, I’m happy to arrange that, too. I can plan day trips and provide access to the studios of regional artisans. The list of possibilities is nearly endless.

The lovely B&B where you’ll be staying is in a quiet, rural setting just down a country road from the ancient hill town of Anghiari, in eastern Tuscany. Anghiari is said to be one of the most picturesque villages in all of Italy and offers a full calendar of cultural events. The B&B offers a pool, spa services and beautifully appointed rooms (even wi-fi for those who resist forsaking the ways of the New World). Bikes are available for guests – and motorbikes can be arranged!

Send me an e-mail at, if you’d like details. I’m taking bookings beginning in October.

A new adventure begins! :)






Sarah McKee May 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Sounds lovely!

If I may thank you for the last big thing, yesterday I was having trouble with my computer. Knew how to access my documents only via email attachments, which cannot be modified. But, I needed to edit a friend’s new book.

What to do? I remembered your last blog about Colin, age 4, and the dinosaur model, about (notional) 4,000,000. “I used the brain that was in my head.” If Colin could do it, thought I, I could do it. And did.

Thanks, Becky and Colin!

Best, Sally

Rebecca Bricker May 28, 2012 at 11:47 am

Love this, Sally!

Peg May 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Sounds like a wonderful new chapter–and a great opportunity to experience a wonderful area. Best of luck!

Rebecca Bricker May 28, 2012 at 11:47 am

Thanks, Peg. Looking forward to your future visits!

Pat May 27, 2012 at 12:38 am

Wow! You are one gutsy woman! What a great idea and this travel experience you are offering does sound transformational. I am excited to have you back in the Old World and hoping we will meet one day! Who knows maybe even in Tuscany.

Rebecca Bricker May 28, 2012 at 11:46 am

Would love to meet up in Tuscany, Pat! We need to get Kathy to join us. :)

Gaya May 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Lookign fwd to your accounts of fate, love and human nature over a cuppa on the kitchen balcony in Firenze when you trot home from your touring !! Sounds like a great plan Reb. Get here and kick off!!!

Rebecca Bricker May 28, 2012 at 11:45 am

A cuppa on the balcony…looking forward to that! :)

Thom Parrott-Sheffer May 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Sounds right up your alley, or country lane, or piazza – or whatever. I look forward to reading about events and people that tweak your conscience, twang your heart, or just excite your spirit. You are a brave woman who has learned some really valuable lessons about living life … and now you pass it on. Bon voyage(s).
(Are these trips only for women?)

Rebecca Bricker May 28, 2012 at 11:43 am

The programs I’m organizing are for women. BUT I’m happy to help couples plan a Tuscan tour. :)

Kathleen Pooler May 28, 2012 at 10:22 am

This is so exciting and goes right along with my thoughts and dreams about visiting Italy. What a wonderful new chapter for you. Your excitement is contagious. Wishing you the best and looking forward to hearing all about it!

Rebecca Bricker May 28, 2012 at 11:44 am

Kathy – let me know when you’re heading to Italy. We’ll have to get together with Judith in Montone!

Kathleen Pooler May 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Rebecca, I’m serious. I’m forwarding your post to my friend Mary Sue. We have been talking about taking a trip to Italy and your tour may just be the answer. I’d love to see Judith,too! Let’s stay in touch!

Rebecca Bricker May 28, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Absolutely! Let me know how I can help.

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