Italy 2016


A privately chartered, unique Airbus A340 jumbo jet with all first-class seating will take off from JFK Airport in New York City on a direct flight to Rome. Once on board the spacious and exclusive aircraft, passengers will enjoy a private concierge and team dedicated to making their flight pleasant.


After arrival in Rome, guests will be driven in luxuriously appointed vehicles to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel Cavalieri. Shortly after they check in with a private reception, guests will make their way up to the hotel's rooftop terrace overlooking Rome for an enjoyable gathering and fine dinner and entertainment provided by The London Essentials. This night is provided by Fregoli Luxury Handbags, which are the epitome of love for beauty; colors, refined materials, interchangeable covers and handles burgeon into emotional metamorphosis. Attire is cocktail.


The evening will begin at Palazzo del Quirinale, residence of the President of Italy, for a brief tour and a welcome cocktail in the presence of President Sergio Mattarella himself. The Palazzo del Quirinale stands on a location that, thanks to its lofty and particularly respectable position, has hosted residential compounds, public buildings and places of worship ever since ancient times. The night will proceed with dinner and entertainment by José Carreras, Igudesman and Joo, Malika Ayane and The London Essentials at Palazzo Colonna, one of the oldest and largest private palaces in Rome. We are happy to have Stefano Ricci returning again this year to underwrite this night. Their brand represents indisputable elegance that goes beyond exquisite taste, flourishing through design excellence, challenging the boundaries of true quality. Wine is graciously provided by Marchesi Antinori.


Before our Gala concert, guests will attend an exclusive dinner generously provided by Euro-Toques at Galleria Doria Pamphilj, where splendid renaissance arches and adjoining halls house a large private art collection dating back to the 16th Century. Then the night will continue with a feature performance from Maestro Andrea Bocelli, Sir Elton John, Steven Tyler, David Foster, Sumi Jo, Chris Botti and other prestigious guests in the world famous Colosseum, which will be aired on RAI Uno television. The majestic Colosseum is an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome and was built nearly 2000 years ago. The performers will be joined on stage by the young and talented JuniOrchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, bringing a refreshing message of hope to the next generation. Wine is graciously provided this night and the next night by Ca’ del Bosco. Attire is Black Tie.


Guests will have the extraordinary opportunity to attend an exquisite, gourmet dinner provided by Il Palato Italiano, which promotes authentic Italian cuisine in the world. With Executive Chef Filippo Sinisgalli and his kitchen brigade at the helm, alongside Sommelier Tiziana Sinisgalli, diners will be guided on a tasteful journey devoted to Italy, an experience through aromas and atmospheres, discovering some of the top-notch Italian agri food products. Throughout the centuries the Villa belonged to various noble families; and in the twentieth century it was bought by the wealthy French engineer Maurice Bergès, and then by Count of Frasso, and lastly it became the property of the Italian Government in the 1940s. Separately, guests will also have the option to visit the Fendi Flagship Boutique earlier in the day for a private tour and opportunity to design a Fendi bag.


The trip will end at AMBI Media Group’s annual Gala, which will be hosted at Cinecittà, a large film studio in Rome that is considered the hub of Italian cinema. The Cinecittà set reproduces Rome during the time of Caesar. The evening will include dinner, music and dance alongside Maestro Bocelli, David Foster, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Joe Walsh, The Band Perry, Smokey Robinson, Kristin Chenoweth, and more. Dining in the surreal Rome of 2000 years ago is a unique and memorable experience. The evening will also feature an auction of a few select items. AMBI is one of the film industry’s most prolific financing, production and sales companies for worldwide distribution, whose founders, Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi, are both of Italian heritage. Generous support is also provided by Vhernier, an Italian jewelry brand that draws its inspiration from modern and contemporary art whose creations have come to be recognized for their use of bold volumes and color; and GVM La Civiltá del Marmo, a creative factory founded by Gualtiero Vanelli, that turns the ancient marble tradition into an innovative, artistic hotbed representing the best in Italy. We appreciate Eataly providing the dinner and chefs for this night. Wine is graciously provided by Bocelli 1831 and Bocelli Family Wines.


Guests will reminisce about the past days’ memories at a comfortable breakfast at the Hotel Cavalieri before heading to the airport for the journey home on the luxuriously appointed Airbus A340.


Wednesday, September 6: Cocktail
Thursday, September 7: Cocktail
Friday, September 8: Black Tie
Saturday, September 9: Cocktail
Sunday, September 10: White with a blue velvet touch
View of Rome, the Eternal City
Terrazza Aranci, Hotel Cavalieri
Piazza del Quirinale at dusk
Palazzo Colonna
Palazzo Doria Pamphilj
The iconic Colosseum
Piazza di Spagna
Cinecittà Studios Gala evening