22-30 SEPTEMBER 2023

shake it up tuscany 2023

Journey into the historical heart of Italy as you trek Tuscany to fund cutting edge Australian research to slow, stop and cure Parkinson’s disease.


Fast Facts

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22-30 September 2023

9 day trip, 5 day challenge

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Fundraising Target


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Twin-share in 3-star hotels and country cottages




Pricing & Itinerary

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Your travel package is paid in instalments.

Payment 1: $475* when you register
Payment 2: $475* 4 weeks after registration
Payment 3: $1,255 6 months prior to departure
Payment 4: $1,255 3 months prior to departure

Payment plans are available.
*non refundable

The Challenge

38 Australians are diagnosed with Parkinson’s every day – that’s one person every 40 minutes. It’s the most common neurological disorder after dementia and, without a medical breakthrough, the number of Australians with Parkinson’s will double every 15 years.

But you can help change this.

Join the Shake It Up Tuscany Trek and, with every step you take, you’ll help Shake It Up fund cutting edge Australian research to slow, stop and cure Parkinson’s disease.

Immersed in the beguiling history and culture of Tuscany, as part of this incredible nine-day adventure, you’ll follow time-worn tracks through Italy’s mediaeval heartland, over gently rolling hills, past ancient olive groves and vineyards, into UNESCO World Heritage-listed towns and through fragrant oak and chestnut woods.

Best of all, your fundraising and physical effort will promote and fund Parkinson’s disease research in Australia aimed at better treatments and ultimately, a cure.



“It was an incredible experience that I will remember forever for an organisation close to my heart.”

– Georgia Donovan, Shake It Up's Camino for a Cure 2018

“It was a great experience, with thanks to our very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. And, our team worked well together to support each other through the challenge.”

– Cath Clark, NBCF Tuscany 2022

The Difference You'll Make


Parkinson’s affects an estimated 100,000 Australians and 10 million people worldwide. It’s a debilitating, degenerative disease that robs people of their ability to control their body.

But imagine a world without Parkinson’s.

It’s an ambitious vision. But together, we can find better treatments that will slow and stop the progression of Parkinson’s, and ultimately lead us to a cure.


As part of the Shake It Up Tuscany Trek, 100 per cent of the funds you raise will support vital local Parkinson’s research projects with international impact.

With the support of people just like you, in the last decade, Shake It Up:

  • Invested $22 million in Australian research, which funded 63 research projects across 19 institutes in partnership with The Michael J. Fox Foundation
  • Launched the Catalyst Programme velocity to fast-track research to accelerate the discovery of new drug therapies to slow, stop and cure Parkinson’s
  • Introduced a monthly Virtual Research Forum to share projects and research outcomes with the Parkinson’s community

Includes: Transfers as per itinerary • Twin-share accommodation • English speaking guides • Meals as per itinerary • Tour of Lucca • Water on trekking days • 2 pieces of luggage are included in the travel cost (max 20kg per piece). If you have more than 2 pieces of luggage, you will be charged 20€ per piece of extra luggage per day for transportation.

Doesn’t Include: Flights • Airport transfers • Travel insurance (compulsory) • Visas • City tax (compulsory) • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages • Personal expenses • Tips and gratuities (optional)

Arrive Florence

The adventure-of-a-lifetime begins today as you touch down in Florence, Italy! Upon arrival at Amerigo Vespucci Airport, you’ll make your own way to our hotel. In the afternoon, we meet for a welcome briefing followed by our first team dinner together.

Meals: D

Our Climate Commitment

When you travel with us, $10 goes towards carbon offsetting projects in Western Australia. You'll be supporting Carbon Neutral as they replant native plant species to create a green corridor for native wildlife, assisting in the recovery of entire ecosystems. For more on how we're bettering the planet, read our Climate Action Plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

For a comprehensive list of FAQs, download the information pack by filling in the form.