48 Hour Destination - Italy



In Episode 6, Greer is off to one of her favourite countries in the world: Italy! Meeting up with fellow Flight Centre consultant and Italy expert, Zaira Tomassi, Greer is set to explore not one but two of Italy’s most famous cities. Starting in the eternal city of Rome, the girls discover pasta making, modern art and la dolce vita, before heading through the Italian countryside to Florence for even more food, history and culture!


Day 1

11am Colosseum, Rome

Greer has touched down in the Eternal City, Rome, and is ready for 48 hours of food, culture and history! She heads straight to the Colosseum where she meets Zaira, fellow Flight Centre travel consultant and Italy expert. There’s no time to waste, so Zaira has organised a tour of the Colosseum straight up. Their tour guide Barbara from Back-Roads Touring takes the girls around the ancient arena, explaining the fascinating history of the site and the gladiators who once fought there.


colosseum rome


1pm Campo de’ Fiori 

Next up Zaira takes Greer to ‘Campo de Fiori’, one of the many squares in central Rome. The name translated, means field of flowers, and dates to the Middle Ages, when the area was a meadow. The girls walk through the food and flower market before stopping for lunch at Obica for some authentic Italian Mozzarella and cured meats.


2pm Bocca della Verita, Santa Maria in Cosmedin

After lunch Greer and Zaira start walking to their next activity and quickly stop at the Mouth of Truth and stick their hand inside. This ancient marble disc was used to tell if people were lying - apparently you get your hand bitten off if you have told a lie. Luckily Greer and Zaira get away unscathed this time!


2:30pm CineCitta

Next up, Greer and Zaira go to one of the best kept secrets of Rome. CineCitta is like the Warner Bros studios of Europe, except without the crowds! The girls meet tour guide Elena, who takes them through the permanent exhibition, CineCitta Shows Off. After seeing myriad artworks, props and costumes, they get to go onto the set of the TV series ‘Rome’, produced by HBO.


5pm MAXXI Museum

Greer and Zaira visit Rome’s biggest contemporary art and architecture museum. In a city filled with ancient landmarks, even the building itself is a modern architectural masterpiece. The girls do a tour through the museum with their guide Emily, who shares some of the most fascinating pieces on display.



6:45pm Pasta Making Class

All of this culture has Greer and Zaira hungry! So Zaira has just the right idea: a pasta making class. Chef Roberto and Chef Denyse teach the girls, along with their classmates, to make the best pasta amatriciana the girls have ever tasted!


10pm Trastevere nightlife

When in Rome you have to do as the Roman’s do! The girls go for a walk through the vibrant streets of Rome’s Trastevere district, ending the night with a delicious Espresso Martini!



Day 2

7am Train to Florence

Today the girls are off to Florence, the capital of the beautiful Tuscany region. High speed trains travel between Rome and Florence regularly, and take just an hour and forty minutes. The ride is spectacular too, with plenty of medieval villages, vineyards and rolling countryside to watch out the window.


11am Duomo Sky Walk

Meeting up with Zaira’s friend Sibylla, the girls head for the famed Duomo, Florence’s main cathedral. Construction started in 1296, and took 140 years to finish, but it was worth it because the Duomo is still today the fourth largest church in the world, and a truly fascinating building. The girls explore the inside of the Cathedral with Sibylla, before she takes them up to the roof, which is the highest point in the city, and has spectacular views.



1pm Walking tour with Back-Roads

After their breathtaking experience on top of the dome the girls move on to explore the city with guide Giulia Peccianti. Their very knowledgeable guide takes them to Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, and over the Ponte Vecchio, some of Florence’s most famous sites! The Ponte Vecchio is famous not only for being an important bridge in Florence, but for its many dazzling jewellery stores – too bad the girls don’t have more time for shopping!


3pm Boat tour on a Florentine Gondola

After all the walking the girls jump on a boat and experience the town from the water. Their guide Francesca takes them right underneath the Ponte Vecchio!



6pm Dinner at Borgo San Jacopo

This evening, Zaira has a surprise in store for Greer: dinner athe Michelin Starred, Borgo San Jacopo restaurant! They are treated to a spot on the private balcony with views over the River Arno and the famous Ponte Vecchio. Chef Peter Brunel’s dishes are renowned for recounting beautiful stories that delight and surprise guests every time.


9pm Piazzale Michelangelo

To enjoy the sunset, Zaira taks Greer to a dazzling spot on the hill overlooking the city: Piazzale Michelangelo. Many people mistakenly believe that this piazza has existed since the birth of Florence, or that it was designed by Michelangelo. In fact, it is a relatively recent addition to the city, created in 1869 by Florentine architect Giuseppe Poggi, as part of a major redesign of the city walls.


Day 3



7am Tuscan countryside

Zaira and Greer get up early to make the most of their last few hours in Italy. Getting out of Florence, they travel through the Tuscan countryside, where each village is more picturesque and charming than the last one. They arrive at their destination, Corzano e Paterno, a family owned farm that produces wine, olive oil and cheese. After learning about the wine making process, harvesting the olive oil, and the ricotta the farm is renowned for producing, the girls have worked up an appetite. It’s time to dig into a platter and finish the 48 hours celebrating everything they’ve loved about Italy!





Luke Wheatley

Jason Wolff
Kristin Bonner

Anna Hellinger

Simon Christidis

Robert Anderson

Zaira Tomassi

Greer Gardiner

Anna Hellinger, Luke Wheatley and Kristin Bonner

Takeshi Takada 

Antony Newton 

Helise Andreoli

Stephanie Liquorish & Joseph Watts

Kali Bateman

Claudio Berinato