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Six of the eight places on my April in Tuscany, an “Invitation to the Rest of Your Life” trip are sold, and I can’t wait to meet the women who are coming with me. They’re from all over the US and Canada: big cities and small towns, East Coast, West Coast, and the last house at the end of a country road. I’ve wanted to get to know all of you and spend time together, and now it’s happening, but this isn’t just any old trip to Italy.

This trip has the power to change your life.

The Villa Origo and the gardens at La Foce. Our home base for most of the week.

I realize that’s somewhat of a grandiose claim, but I’ve witnessed the power of women when they come together to talk about their hopes and dreams and how they got derailed along the way. But more importantly, I’ve been one of those women who got my train back on track and pointed in a direction that was right for me. I wouldn’t have started 1010 Park Place had it not been for the power of other women who lifted me up and helped me see my future. And that’s what we’ll do for one full day as we spend the day at La Foce’s Villa Origo. A beautifully restored, historic, 15th-century villa high on a hill between the charming wine villages of Montalcino and Montepulciano. 

“Sometimes, you have to become a different version of yourself before your vision can manifest, and that’s okay. You are allowed to let go of the old you. You are allowed to start again as many times as you need to.” April Green

Each day we’re in Tuscany will be another day of renewal. Whether we’re learning to make pasta on a hillside estate in Arezzo and then savoring it with a glass of Brunello di Montalcino, or we’re watching a craftsman in Florence, each one of these experiences will bring us closer to one another and give us insights into the woman we want to become.

The cost of the trip is $6,750. Included is:

• Brenda Coffee’s Invitation to the Rest of Your Life Workshop

• 2 Nights at the Hotel Grand Cavour, Florence

• Welcoming Champagne party in my room

• My Special Gift to each one of you

• Shopping and exploring Florence

• Daily transportation from Florence through the towns of Tuscany and back to Florence

• Cooking class in Arezzo

• 4 Nights at the Villa Origo and its world-famous gardens

• Breakfast every day of the trip

• Evening Drinks & Charcuterie Boards every night at Villa Origo

• Private trunk show in Pienza

• Shopping in Siena

• 1 Night in the Hotel Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni, Florence

And if you’re lucky/unlucky, you may see me lick my bowl in a restaurant in the tiny Etruscan building in Bagno Vignoni that serves the best Cacio e Pepe pasta… Just pretend you don’t know me.

There are two places left on this fabulous trip! If you can’t come with us, do you know a woman who might like to join us? Please forward this email to them and/or email me at [email protected] and I’ll send you the brochure.

Love, Brenda


  • Doreen McGettigan September 17, 2022 at 8:38 am

    Oh, how I wish I wasn’t going through treatment and needing more surgery:( I know you will all have a life-changing experience and I hope you will all share photos of all the beauty and fun!

    • 1010ParkPlace September 19, 2022 at 9:27 am

      Doreen, I’m said you’re going through this! It breaks my heart. Sending you all my love, and you are in my prayers. Love, Brenda

    • Kathie Smezcua September 23, 2022 at 8:49 am

      Hi Doreen
      I pray that you will get better
      Soon. God bless you.

  • Connie B September 17, 2022 at 11:15 am

    We’re trying to pull together a family reunion that week, or I wouldn’t miss it. I’d love to spend a week with you and all the other ladies in Italy.

    • 1010ParkPlace September 19, 2022 at 9:29 am

      Connie, We’ll miss you, but it’s important to keep up with family. I hope it comes together successfully. Thanks for letting me know, Brenda

  • Chris September 18, 2022 at 9:48 am

    I keep thinking about your trip Brenda, wishing I could come with you, but it’s beyond my budget. I know it will be amazing.

    • 1010ParkPlace September 19, 2022 at 9:30 am

      Hello Chris, I understand. It is a big gulp! I’ve never taken a trip like this, so it’s a once in a lifetime splurge I may never do again. xoxox, Brenda

  • Mattie September 18, 2022 at 11:17 am

    I’ve been thinking about this trip since you mentioned it a couple of weeks ago. My mother has Alzheimer’s. She’s far enough along that if I were to leave for a week, I think she would pose a problem for another caregiver. I’ll be there in spirit with you Brenda. You’ve inspired me in so many ways and I would love to meet you and spend time with you. Perhaps another time.

    • 1010ParkPlace September 19, 2022 at 9:36 am

      I totally understand your position, Mattie. It’s difficult enough to care for a parent with health problems. My mother had Dementia, and at some point, I couldn’t have left her either. I don’t know if your mother’s in a facility, or you have help, but I hope you’re being kind to yourself, giving yourself time for things like reading a book or perhaps a massage would be good for you. While we have a concept of time, our loved ones with memory problems don’t. Sending you my love, Brenda

  • Linda September 18, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    Thinking about it Brenda! I know that anything you do will be amazing!

    • 1010ParkPlace September 19, 2022 at 9:37 am

      Thank you, Linda! I appreciate that. If you think you might like to come, what if you email me, and I can call you? xoxox, Brenda

  • Carol Cassara September 24, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    How did I miss this? I just booked a trip to Barcelona for April. Make sure I’m on your list for the next one

    • Brenda Coffee September 30, 2022 at 2:56 pm

      Hi Carol, What can I say? If you’re subscribed to my blog, maybe you haven’t been reading them! LOL! xoxox, Brenda

  • Doris October 1, 2022 at 7:58 am

    Just reading about this trip for the 100 th time, I so hope you do this again. Can’t make this one but it sounds like a dream trip!

  • Lela OBrien October 6, 2022 at 4:49 pm

    Hello Brenda,
    Is there still a spot available? I would be most interested.
    Thank you,
    Lela OBrien
    [email protected]

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