October 19, 2012

Five Couples Discover Tuscany - September 2012

Hi Kathy,

We are home safely… and I wanted to give you some feedback about our trip. You did an excellent job. We all are impressed with your attention to us and how quickly you addressed every question we had over the months of preparation. We also agree that we were very, very lucky to find you. We are all so grateful for your help in recovering the lost luggage. Your collaborator, Francesco (our driver) is a remarkable person and his willingness to help was so appreciated. He is a fantastic source for driving and guiding....always prompt and "nothing is a problem" with him.

Our transfers from Florence to Montepulciano were perfect (and helping to reschedule for our stranded couples who arrived late was appreciated). Dinner in Monticchiello was excellent.

Sun. We had the most fun experience in Arezzo with a local festival and art fair. Cortona had wonderful views. Francesco took us to a delightful restaurant with quick service and fabulous food. For dinner Francesco took our orders for pizza and delivered them to us.

Mon. The wine tour with Donatella was great. She was adorable, helpful and fun to be around. The visit to the organic farm was very interesting. The cheese maker went into detail about the cheese and we had the best lunch and views with all the animals on a beautiful afternoon. It truly was an experience which we all enjoyed. Unfortunately we had a bad storm hit us soon after we arrived in Pienza, so we didn't get to enjoy or shop. Donatella was fantastic as she waited for us in a great spot to rescue us from the storm.

Tues. I think you know how we much loved the cooking class!!!! Truly just about everyone said it was their favorite day. And of course getting the luggage back at that time was a relief.

Wed. The trip to Siena was long, but Susanne was a wonderful guide and the tour of the church was incredible. Francesco took us to a delightful restaurant in the hills with quick service and wonderful food.

Thurs. The group loved Assisi. They had lunch overlooking a beautiful lake. The Etruscan villages were also beautiful. 

Fri. The wine tour with Francesca was good, we enjoyed both wineries. She took us to a restaurant for lunch where the food was plentiful and great.

Sat. We were so busy throughout the week that very little shopping was done. So when we got to the guide at San Gimignano, she was bombarded to allow us some time to shop....she did. Francesco took us to a country side restaurant for quick service and great food and then onto Florence.

Your initial comment to us when we were in the planning stage was that out itinerary was "busy". Yes it was. But we all had a fantastic time and we recognize that Tuscany is very large and spread out and to see all that we planned requires van traveling time.
Thank you!! Thank You!! All of our group agreed that you will be recommended to anyone who inquires and when we return to Italy, we'll be in touch with YOU.

My best regards,
Barbara R. - Pittsburgh, PA


See our blogpost for more photos of the groups' fun cooking class in Chianti!

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