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Sommelier in Florence

1 week
18 to 85

Limited spots. Earliest available arrival is currently Aug 2023, and closing very soon.

Trip overview

Gone are the days of blindly ordering off a wine list, impress everyone at the table when you know how certain grapes, regions and years can combine to make the perfect drop. Safe to say you’ll never buy a bad bottle of wine again! 

And where better to learn the art of wine-making than in Florence, Italy? With generations of wine-producing heritage, this course is going to give you the lowdown on Florence’s longtime romantic rendezvous with the delicious product. You’re going to learn how to choose Italian wines, how they are made, the difference between grapes, how to taste effectively, and how to present these using techniques from a professional sommelier. 

To top it all off, you’re in what is known as Italy’s “Jewel of the Renaissance”, Florence! We provide a full program for you so you can spend more time focusing on learning this new skill and exploring the magnificent destination on your doorstep. Our team and in-country partners will take care of everything, from choosing the perfect classes for you, to offering advice when selecting the best accommodation, as well as providing you with any support you may require before, during or after your trip. 

Embarking on the unforgettable sommelier study trip in Florence, you will immerse yourself into a new culture, develop lifelong friendships, and most importantly, impress everyone you know with your awesome new skills as a wine connoisseur!


Small group sommelier classes

Receive a hands-on introduction to the wonderful world of wine through the senses of smell, taste and sight. Students will spend their time exploring grape varieties and their individual characteristics, as well as learning how to serve and pair wine with certain foods. The course doesn’t follow a fixed curriculum and is designed to accommodate students with different experience and objectives. With smaller class intakes, you will get enough personal attention from the teacher to ensure you get the most out of it.

Dedicated Trip Coordinator

Handpicked from an experienced team who’ve been there, done that and ready to guide you through your entire journey and leave no question unanswered.

Pre-Departure Guide

Our in-depth pre-departure guide will have all the information you need about your trip & destination, at your fingertips.

Trip visa guidance

If you need a visa, it’ll get approved as cheaply and easily as possible with our step-by-step instructions and personal guidance from your Trip Coordinator.

Personal Travel Concierge

You'll get a personal Travel Concierge to plan your flights, insurance or any other add-ons to synchronise perfectly with your trip. Deal with a real human and get personalized booking help that ticks all your boxes.

Private Airport Transfer

A private transfer to take you straight to your accommodation in style.

Choice of accommodation

You’ll be staying in a single, or double room, all with ensuite bathrooms.

Local cultural experiences

To ensure you get the most out of your time in Florence, you’ll be able to enjoy a Florence city sightseeing tour and also embark on a visit to a famous winery, where you will learn all about the history of wine making in this region.

Certificate of completion

In recognition of your hard work and dedication throughout the experience. Employers will love this addition to your resume!

Ongoing local team support

Throughout your time here you will have the support of a local expert. They will help to open up the wonders of Italy, supporting your every need while you work and travel around the country.

24/7 Global Emergency Line

Feel confident knowing we have a worldwide emergency team on standby, 24/7/365, so you can feel safe and secure throughout your whole trip no matter where you are in the world.

gWorld access

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Global Academy

Gain access to an ever-growing range of skills & languages to learn before & whilst you travel.


Marketplace deals

Get exclusive access to deals and discounts through our online Marketplace. Save big on a huge range of products and services from our brand partners worldwide.

$250 off your next trip

The “Travel Bug” is a very real thing! Once you catch it, it really doesn’t go away! Book any other trip with us later and save $250. Why would you ever stop travelling?

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To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between 18-85 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

Exposing yourself to a foreign culture is by far the greatest (and most fun) method to learn a new skill. Still, we're all human here, and we understand how overwhelming it may be to just throw yourself into it. This trip has been finely prepared to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible before embarking on your way to Florence.

Rest assured, you'll have our full support! Before you leave, you will have the assistance of your Trip Coordinator, and there will be a committed staff on the ground to ensure that all works well and that you never feel awkward or out of place in your new Italian home. 

Arrive in Florence with absolute certainty that you will be well ahead of any other visitor seeking a foreign European venture. With everything else taken care of, you can just unwind and get straight into the experience. Your course takes place 3 times over the week (3 hours each). 

Each class will be made up of a small number of students to ensure individual attention and an opportunity for everyone to integrate and share this once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience. When your lesson is finished for the day, you may go out and enjoy the vibrant city, making it your home away from home.

All sommelier training material is included, as well as a winery visit (public transport cost not included), where you will be taught about the intricacies of winemaking in Italian and interpreted for the class in English. A trip like this is fantastic for your resume/CV, for your personal growth and development, and for the world as you form lifetime connections and open yourself to new cultures and diversity.



What extra costs will I have? 

Flights, transportation costs, meals, travel insurance, souvenirs, daily subsistence, tourist tax & spending money.

Trip itinerary


Arrive in Florence where you will be met by a transfer team waiting to collect you and take you to your accommodation for the duration of your course. Should you have a few days between your arrival and the start of the course, make use of this time to get to know the new city on your doorstep and introduce yourself to your new classmates! Florence is truly magnificent, so start exploring right away!

Day 1 (Monday) & Ongoing

Find yourself a nice spot for breakfast, maybe even choose to go with your new classmates! Fuel up on croissants, crepes and out-of-this-world coffee before you head out to discover more of this beautiful city.  Your time in Florence is pretty much yours to design, so long as you’re back for your 3-hour sommelier class (taking place 3 times a week). After this though, you’re free again to explore the city in all its majesty. Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, is fascinating, captivating, and downright tempting. It is a place to feed on world-class art and delectable Tuscan delicacies. You'll be spoilt for choice with things to do and places to visit.  We'll constantly keep in touch with you throughout your stay. If you need advice or support at any point during your trip, our team will be on hand to answer all your questions. Don't forget you can jump on our social media pages too or buzz our 24/7 emergency support line for urgent matters.

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Frequently asked questions

Why go with Global Work & Travel?

As the world’s leading gap-year and “work & travel” company, we offer you the ability to not only choose from a number of awesome experiences all over the world but, we'll be your support system from the very first moment you become a Global Traveller! We provide a premium service that allows you to pick the destination of your dreams, get our visa & pre-departure assistance, book great flights and organise the perfect travel insurance or tours for when you arrive. Plus, we’ll back it all up with some cool and exclusive tech features that are with you the entire time.

As a Global Traveller, you’ll get exclusive access to gWorld, our personalised app where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global. This is where you will find exclusive Marketplace deals for discounts with our brand partners, a unique social network to connect you with other Global Travellers when you’re overseas, access to our Academy with an ever-growing range of skills & languages to learn as you travel, invites to bucket-list side trips with other travellers, local meet-ups and so much more. Think all of your favourite apps merged into one, but like, better?

And it doesn't even stop there. We continue to be there from the moment you land with a dedicated 24/7 emergency team, over 90 staff and ongoing support ensuring that you have the tools you need to feel like a local. That’s why 65,000+ Global Travellers from all over the world have chosen to turn their travel dream into reality with us and we can proudly brag that we’ve got the most & best reviews in the biz!

Why should I book now?

Covid-19 threw us a curve ball and pretty much halted all travel. This means that we have a backlog of travellers, just like you, who are desperate to get out and explore the world! Global Work & Travel works on a first-in-best-dressed basis. Booking earlier ensures that you don’t miss out on the best intake, season, placements and more! We recommend our travellers take 6-12 months to plan their trip for a reason - to make sure you’ve got everything organised perfectly, stress-free.

As a Global Traveller you’ll get exclusive access to gWorld, our personalised app where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global. This is where you will find exclusive Marketplace Deals, a unique social network to connect you with other like-minded Global Travellers, access to our Academy with an ever-growing range of skills & languages, and so much more. Think all of your favourite apps merged into one, but like, better?

Why not give yourself something to look forward to by booking that trip!

Can I travel with a friend?

Yes you can! Simply tell your Trip Coordinator after booking that your friend is also going and they can link your profiles. For most of our trips we should be able to have you and your friends placed together or nearby. Meaning that you can live, work, play & travel together!

But wait there's more! Not only can you travel the world with your besties at your side, you can also earn some extra cash towards your own trip just by referring your friends to Global Work & Travel. You can learn more about the great referral rewards program inside your gWorld account once you join.

And for those who decide to go-it-solo, we’ve made it easier to meet other Global Travellers in the same region as you. Just like any other social platform, you’ll be able to interact, share, chat and meet with some really cool people who are doing trips just like you!

What happens if COVID affects my trip?

If you have to make any changes to your departure date, you’re protected with our Lifetime Deposit Guarantee and our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility. With this, we will change your trip dates for free. If this doesn’t fit around you and you can’t go on your trip anymore, we will give you a 100% refund in the form of a Trip Credit with us (See terms). If you’re unable to use it, you can also transfer that credit to someone else for them to put towards any trip too.

If you’re affected by Covid-19 while you’re overseas, you will have all the support you need from our team or partners in-country as well as have access to our 24/7 Global Emergency Line. We recommend travellers purchase Global Travel Cover travel insurance that provides Covid-19 medical protection too.

Do I need to be vaccinated to book?

As border restrictions for countries begin to ease, being fully vaccinated will maximise the number of locations you can visit. So while you are not legally required to be vaccinated, and it’s also not a requirement to travel with us, it will limit some of the countries that you can visit and may make it harder to travel through over the next 12-18 months. We highly recommend our travellers look at the current travel restrictions of their destination, speak with a medical professional or get in touch with our team for travel advice.

What happens if I want to cancel my trip?

Our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility means you can change your trip’s start date up to 84* days before departure without incurring any charges when you rebook it for any time (or even any other trip) in the next 2 years from your original start date.

In the event that you want to cancel your booking altogether, if you give us over 84* days notice you can do so with only a 50% cancellation fee. Your refund of the balance will come in the form of a Store Credit which you can put towards booking absolutely anything travel related with your Travel Concierge within the next 2 years!

*Some select trips excluded, including Teach (Spain, Italy & Czech Republic) and USA (Summer Camp, Working Holiday and Hotel Professional), and others as listed in Booking Conditions.

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