Living La Dolce Vita in Verona & Lake Garda

DATES: 09/21/2019 - 09/28/2019
LOCATION: Lake Garda
PRICE: $2,850.00
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Marie Fratoni is the CEO of Get Clients Everywhere working globally to help professionals build solid, long-term, successful businesses.
She coaches business owners and professionals to become savvy, social, and successful through cultivating professional relationships that are both fulfilling and profitable. She provides sound business-building strategies, coaching, and growth-filled seminars that are fun, dynamic and valuable.

As a community leader, Marie makes a difference! She is a staunch support for women in business, founding and leading several professional organizations throughout the years, designed to up-level the careers of women. She is the Founder of the Women’s Professional Development Network (WPDN) in Atlanta, a division of Get Clients Everywhere.

Her strong community involvement in charitable causes and organizations has placed her into the Who’s Who of Women in Business and the Who’s Who of International Business. Marie is a Registered Corporate Coach, RCC, popular Speaker, and she absolutely loves helping business owners double or triple their income.

Marie Fratoni is the CEO of Get Clients Everywhere working globally to help professionals build solid, long-term, successful businesses.
She coaches business owners and professionals to become savvy, social, and successful through cultivating professional relationships that are both fulfilling and profitable. She provides sound business-building strategies, coaching, and growth-filled seminars that are fun, dynamic and valuable.

As a community leader, Marie makes a difference! She is a staunch support for women in business, founding and leading several professional organizations throughout the years, designed to up-level the careers of women. She is the Founder of the Women’s Professional Development Network (WPDN) in Atlanta, a division of Get Clients Everywhere.

Her strong community involvement in charitable causes and organizations has placed her into the Who’s Who of Women in Business and the Who’s Who of International Business. Marie is a Registered Corporate Coach, RCC, popular Speaker, and she absolutely loves helping business owners double or triple their income.

Refresh your life with the spirit of “la dolce vita”!

Are you ready for an amazing and memorable vacation? Are you ready to get away from it all, slow down your pace and come back to your center? Are you clear that a unique, adventurous, and fun-filled getaway would “do you good”?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you must join us for “Living La Dolce Vita” !

Allow your happy and joyful self to emerge as you commune with the beautiful sights, aromas, and tastes of beautiful Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake. For seven days, we will relax and restore ourselves, and celebrate the sweet life with new friends, and experience the true spirit of “la dolce vita”.  

We begin our week by meeting on Saturday, Sept. 21st, in the famed, romantic city of Verona, home to the tale of Romeo and Juliet. We will enjoy a festive Welcome Dinner, and spend our first evening in a classic Verona hotel.  The next day, after more exploring and perhaps some shopping along the main artery (paved in pink marble!), we’ll board our coach for the tranquillity of Lake Garda.

We will explore new conversations together, and enjoy daily excursions designed to help you relax, unwind, and savor unique experiences found in Lake Garda.  Visiting the beautiful, sparkling lakeside towns, will provide the perfect ambiance to create your own personal restoration and renewal. We’ll explore how to bring “la dolce vita” to your everyday life. We will celebrate life, and create memories for a lifetime!

View of the lake and the foothills of the Alps

Participate in a journey not just to Italy’s premier lake, but into yourself, where you will rediscover passion, be inspired, and celebrate a new spirit of the possibility of a life fulfilled. You will leave this trip renewed, refreshed, restored and very grateful.


General  Activities: in addition to the activities of the workshop, we will also see and explore this area of Lake Garda with various excursions:

  • A breath-taking ferry across the lake to other towns like Malcesine, Limone, etc.
  • Local winery, olive grove tour and tasting
  • Casual cooking class
  • Escorted visit to the Renaissance town of Mantua
  • Overnight in the lovely city of Verona
  • Special surprises to create our own Dolce Vita!

We’ll return each evening to relax in the comfort of our lakeside hotel, enjoy a delicious dinner with wine, and share about the day.  


Price: $2,850*

Single room supplement: $475

*Early Bird Discount of $100 if registration received by April 15, 2019

Breakfast in the garden at the hotel

What is Included:

  • Dinner and hotel stay in Verona upon arrival
  • Shared double room in lakeside hotel (single room available for supplement, see above)
  • Daily traditional breakfast and dinner, including wine
  • Daily workshop exercises and group processes
  • Excursion to Mantua
  • All local transportation
  • Fully escorted excursions
  • ½ day excursion to nearby lake towns: Malcesine, Limone, …
  • Initial meeting and orientation in Verona
  • Transfer by coach to Lake Garda
  • Return transfer to Verona on final day

Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Lunch
  • Daily spritz (if you don’t know what this is, you need to come)
  • Gratuities
  • Independent meals and sight-seeing

To Register:  just click on the Sign Up Now button.  A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to secure your spot in the workshop.  Payment can be made on line with a credit card, or you can send in your registration and payment by mail.  Once we receive your deposit we will send you a formal Registration Confirmation with further information about the program.  You will receive 2-3 other correspondences by email prior to the workshop with information about Italy, a supplies list and an electronic invoice for the balance.  Final Balance is due by August 15th.  Any time prior to your arrival, if you have questions about anything regarding the trip or the program, you can contact us by email or phone and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Contact us for more information:  info@ilchiostro.com or speak to us live at 800-990-3506.

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Gargnano, by Andy Holtzman

We will spend the first night of our week together in Verona at the four star Grand Hotel des Arts.  For anyone wishing to arrive early and spend your extra nights at this hotel, please contact them directly through their web site.

We’ll have our first dinner together in Verona, and the next day after an independent lunch, transfer to the lake (75 min) where we’ll spend the next 6 days at the small, family-owned Hotel Gardenia al Lago, right on the shores of Lake Garda.

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Hotel Gardenia al Lago

This hotel was built on what was once a lemon and olive garden on the shores of the lake.  Because this is an original villa refurbished into a hotel, each room is different with some of the decor dating from the original 1925 family home.  Rooms are either doubles or singles (with a supplement).

Dinner will be served each evening, weather permitting, in the garden adjacent to the villa.

The charming village of Villa, with it’s small harbor and cafes, is just a few steps away.  The larger town of Gargnano is a short 10 minute walk where you will find shops, restaurants, another harbor and fantastic artisanal gelato!

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The town of Gargnano, photo by Linda Mironti

The group will meet and spend the first night in a small hotel in the center of Verona.  We’ll have our first dinner together that night.  Then after lunch the next day we will travel by private coach to Lake Garda (about 1 hour).

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Verona, the romantic city

Unless you will be traveling around before the workshop, we recommend you fly to Verona’s Villafranca airport.  There are no direct flights from the US, but you can change in the European city associated with your airline.  Otherwise you can fly into Venice, Brescia, Florence, Bologna or Milan’s Malpensa airport. From there you can connect by train to Verona, our first meeting place.

On the final day of the program a coach will take participants to the nearby train station of Desenzano for your connections to an airport to catch your flight home, or to continue your travel.  We will take participants to the station to accommodate their connections.  If you are flying out of Milan on that day, please try to make your flight for noon or later.

This area is not as well known as Tuscany or Venice, yet it is a spectacular part of Italy.

The Province of Lombardy: Both Milan and Lake Garda are located in the section of Italy called Lombardy bordering Switzerland to the north and the Veneto to the east. It is the most populous province of Italy. Historically Lombardy was passed among Germanic tribes, the Spanish, French and Austrians, before finally becoming part of the nation of Italy in 1861. Hence, like most regions of Italy, the distinctive character apparent today in its artwork, food, wine and architecture is a fusion of bits and pieces of these past inhabitants. Geologically speaking, many of the Alpine rivers in the north have spread out to form the famous Lakes District. These lakes nestling among the gentle slopes of Pre-Alpine hills have won for this strip of Lombardy the name of “The Garden of Italy”.

Lake Garda: 

Those who are sensitive to all that is sublime. are invited to look at the map of Lake Garda. The shores of this lake with its beautiful forests and calm waters constitute perhaps the most beautiful landscape in the world.           Stendhal

Also called Lake Benaco, Garda is the biggest of the Pre-Alpine lakes and the largest in all of Italy. It was shaped by glaciers during the last Ice Age. The climate is temperate and mild supporting the unusual Mediterranean vegetation (vineyards, olive groves and citrus orchards) which has more in common with the southern regions of Italy. Given these features, the lakeside areas have since ancient times seen flourishing civilizations, from the Bronze Age to the first settlements of the Gauls until the area finally became one of the strongholds of the Romans. It takes its name from the powerful castle of Torri del Benaco that served to “guard” the entire lake area in times of pestilence and invasion. Today it is invaded mostly by German and Austrian tourists and is a popular weekend getaway for white-collar Milanese. The most famous section is the so-called Brescia Riviera, between Salò and Gargnano. This is an area of parks, gardens, large country houses, trees and well-known health resorts.

Gargnano: 

It was like another world: the world of the eagle, a world of wild abstraction, the resplendent sunlight was devouring all: it was a platform suspended in the light. Just below in a muddle of tiles, the roofs of the village, beyond which, lower down, the intense blue water of the lake; still further, before my eyes, facing me, the clear luminous snow of the mountains on the other side of the lake.

D.H. Lawrence, 1912, Twighlight in Italy
(of which the first 7 chapters are about our town of Gargnano)

Gargnano is a small town midway up the western flank of Lake Garda. It is a perfectly formed port with a bevy of yachts and sailboats bobbing behind a promenade of orange trees and lakeside cafes. Beyond this balmy beauty is the nearby town of Salò with more sinister associations – it was the capital of Benito Mussolini’s puppet government of Salò after the rout of September 1943. Mussolini himself settled in Villa Feltrinelli (yes, the same family as the bookstore) in S. Faustino. Villa Orsolina became the fascists` headquarter and the Prime Minister`s Cabinet settled in the nearby Bogliaco. This Repubblica Sociale was famous for doing nothing much except busing in whores from Milan to entertain the boys while they plotted how they might survive.

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The village of Gargnano, by Linda Mironti