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Saturday 16 September 2017

Sorry gentlemen. This gourmet tour of Italy is not for you.

I just received notice of a new tour that sounds like hell to me. Private shopping in Rome with an Italian fashion journalist; private tours of the Hall of Mirrors and the Vatican.

Fortunately, I am not the target market for the Tastes of Rome & Sicily Tour, which runs from September 6-16 next year. 

For a start I am the wrong sex. This is tour is aimed squarely at ladies only. Ladies who like to shop, eat and drink. Ladies who are single.

Put together by Andrea Powis of Travelling Divas, who specialises in "high quality, high value and experiential travel for women" this tour for a maximum of 12 "combines the glamour and sophistication of Rome, with the beauty, culture and divine wine and food of Sicily".

It's a good idea really; showcasing two very different sides of a fabulous country. 

Attractions that sound much more up my street include a vintage Vespa tour of Rome, cocktails and canapes at the rooftop bar of the Sofitel, and a catered picnic in Borghese Gardens.

Exclusive access to wineries in Sicily and exclusive dining experiences, with wine pairings including at two Michelin-starred restaurants, also sound up my street, but alas...

There will be at least one man involved: Uncorked & Cultivated's Master of Wine, Peter Scudamore-Smith, a wine expert with impeccable contacts.

Hotels are "a mix of five-star glamour in Rome to divine, luxurious old-world hotels in Sicily, with sweeping views of the sea and inland at a renovated Locanda".

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