People have been asking me about the trip, and I can’t tell them enough good things about the way our vacation was handled. The only bad thing is that when they ask me for my favorite place, I have to say that each small town or area we visited had its own little gem tucked away. I really loved the wine museum, and I know we never would’ve found it on our own. I’m so glad that you found them and decided to share them with us. I also appreciated the free time worked into the tour, so that we had time to do our own things in the different towns. And, Luca was great! I can’t remember how many times he made Ennio pull over so that we could have a photo op. That really made the trip special, and we got some photos we never could have had without him. (I don’t know if Jerry got a shot of that “terrific” view available only through the window of the public men’s room in Assisi, but Luca did mention it.) Luca, Ennio and Mario were a great team to have with us on the trip. They had such great fun together and set the tone for the rest of us. And, each local guide was a joy to hear. They all obviously took great pride in their towns and special care in their work. You also did an outstanding job selecting the hotels. We were blown away by the unique rooms and terrific views we had in almost all of the hotels. I count us as being particularly lucky in getting the room with the arched stone ceiling in Gubbio. That was so very special! And, our room in San Gimignano was just a few feet above from the posted “scenic view” on the wall below. We left the windows open most of the time and spent much of our time in the room just staring out over the hills.
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Our time in Italy was grand! We both felt you and Sonya had really done your homework in arranging hotels, meals and activities for us. We so enjoyed Ennio and of-course, Luca. And….we really enjoyed all our fellow travelers. We bonded quickly. That does not always happen. I fully understand why you have made Italy your home. It is a beautiful country, very diverse and filled with wonderful art, music, food and history. Thank you for putting together something that allows people like Jim and myself the opportunity to experience a “taste” of that!
Your tour was absolutely wonderful. It offers everything anyone might want to see and do in Tuscany and Umbria. We experienced more than we anticipated on your tour. Many thanks for all your work and fine planning. Your special dinners were evenings to treasure. And Luca, tour escort, and Ennio, driver, added a great deal of pleasure to our trip. Luca is so knowledgeable of all the places we visited, and Ennio could drive around those curves in the mountains like we couldn’t believe. They are both so professional and so entertaining. We now have great memories and pictures to share with our family and friends.
It may be redundant to applaud here once more the excellent professional and friendly service of Luca and Ennio. They made the tour group always feel good and every day’s outing feel like a family picnic!
I would highly recommend the tour to anyone All in all a great holiday. Well done on your organization. Would love to do another trip with you sometime.
I just wanted to thank you again for sponsoring such an incredible and awesome trip. I can’t stop raving about it – I have done a lot of traveling and this was by far one of the best trips!
I want to say how thankful I am that I was able to see Tuscany and Umbria with your tour company. I have recommended your group to almost everyone that I have come in contact with since arriving home. It was truly a wonderful lifetime experience, and Luca and Ennio were the best!
Quite often, Jane and I reflect on our recent trip to Tuscany/Umbria in October, with warm memories. The tour group was of a comfortable size, and with them we shared our discoveries and treasures, laughed often, and learned a bit more about the places they call home. Luca, our terrific guide, could not have been a more professional, yet friendly and humorous escort, especially as he tried to teach us some vocabulary, meanwhile tolerating our many fumbles with the accent. Always pleasant, cheerful, informative and welcoming, he is a friend in a truly special country, making sure we enjoyed his beautiful homeland.
Your choices of cities, hotels, restaurants, museums and roads taken were super! We felt safe with Ennio as our driver, while we relaxed and took in the beauty and special character of the “back roads”. We experienced the good tastes and feel of Tuscany and Umbria, which exceeded our expectations.
How fortunate we are to have found your tour company! Believe us that we have spread the good word of your professional hospitality and expect friends and family to seek you out, as we also hope to in the future. Please keep us informed of future itineraries. Many thanks to all of you: Sonya, Jonathan, Luca and Ennio. We wish you all continued success. All our best.
We had a terrific time on your tour. Luca was the best. It was great to meet all of you. Your choice of restaurants was really great. We hope to come back and see you again soon. Thanks again, the trip was great!
Stan and I want you to know how much we enjoyed our recent trip to Tuscany and Umbria that you organized. Your itinerary covered much more of the region than other tours that we investigated even though the amount of travel time was the same. We thought that the location of the hotels was very convenient, the included meals were very good, and the choice of attractions was varied and representative of the area. Please keep us on your mailing list, as we are interested in returning to Italy.
This is to thank you again for a very well put together tour that we really, really enjoyed. The places we visited were wonderful and having a tour escort such as Luca with his nice personality, patience and energy, helped. We will be following up with your new planned tours for 2007 providing that we will still be in good shape to participate and enjoy. Until then please do stay well and continue to show the beautiful Toscana and Umbria to many more tourists.
We just wanted to tell you how wonderful our tour was. We couldn’t have asked for a nicer trip. And Luca and Ennio added so much. What a very talented and knowledgeable person Luca is. On a scale of 1 to 10 we rate our tour a very strong 9.9. We’d give you a 10 but that implies perfection and no one is perfect even though our trip seemed that way. And thank you for your tour guide recommendation for the Vatican museum. She was extremely good. Once again, thanks for a great and unforgettable trip.
The tour was everything we had hoped for and Much more. We have raved to everyone here, shown pictures to those who were willing to look at 250 pictures, and passed out your card to several. Ennio and Luca were the best. Luca made the trip very special for all of us and went out of his way to take care of our every need – always with that wonderful smile on his face. He made the difference in a good trip and a fantastic trip. We loved all of the towns and our accommodations were exceptional. I think our favorite town was Gubbio (and we did skip the day trip to Urbino and spent the time touring Gubbio). Loved the little hotel in Pienza and we had a balcony and spectacular view in San Gimignano.
From the first day, with a lunch of pasta and truffles under a spreading linden tree in San Mommè, to the fond farewells of new friends and great travel companions in the Piazza della Cisterna of San Gimignano on the final morning, we enjoyed every moment of our tour. Each event, activity, hotel, and meal was just as it should be, often perfect, but even when not, a truly Tuscan or Umbrian experience. We took over 500 pictures and nearly all were as beautiful as the countryside and towns that we visited. These are indeed memories for a lifetime.
David and I had always dreamed of the Tuscany adventure for years. We finally decided to make it happen. From the moment we made contact with Jonathan the tour flowed. All questions answered. On arrival at the pick up destination we met the delightful Luca and Ennio the gentleman. The tour was well planned – only having 15 guests made it manageable and an opportunity to establish a friendship with all. Hotels, meals all of a good standard Independent city guides were knowledgeable Ennio was a wonderful driver, did not frighten me once. I would recommend this tour to all.
I wanted to thank you for such a lovely trip. Since I have been home there is hardly a day that I don’t think about something that we saw or something that we did on our fabulous trip with Luca and Ennio. Everyday I crave a different flavor of gelato. Without question this was one of the most well coordinated trips I have ever enjoyed. From long before we arrived until we reluctantly left Italy behind you were a wonderful coordinator and tirelessly answered my endless list of questions. I loved the back roads, the kindness of the people, the beauty of the countryside, the centuries old history of the area, the amazing architecture and the endearing culture of the Tuscans and Umbrians who welcomed us for an all too brief look at their day to day lives. I hope to see you again on another one of your back road journeys.
A random click on the internet fulfilled our dreams of a wonderful Tuscany holiday. Thank you, Jonathan and Sonya for putting together a well organized tour covering so many out of the way places that the normal traveller would miss. With just 15 of us on your tour it was not long before we all became friends. Luca our friendly guide and Ennio (my grandfather – private joke) who drove us safely through those winding back roads made our vacation even more special. Claire and I would highly recommend your tours to anyone who wants that little something different from a guided tour. We have recommended your tours to our friends, and we will most certainly be a return customer. Thanks again.
The tour was wonderful. We loved the itinerary and the fact that you included high quality meals and experiences that we would not have found on our own. We did not feel “nickle and dimed” …a complaint that I have often heard about other tours. Luca is an exceptional guide. His great sense of humor and attention to detail placed this tour another cut above the rest. We will certainly be recommending your company to our friends. Thanks for an outstanding experience.