My family (parents and sisters, age 13 and 18) and my husband and I booked a private all day walking tour with Annie. If you are even thinking twice about this, don't look back, and I highly recommend the private tour. Annie is amazing, incredibly friendly, smart, and clearly loves her town. She quickly became acclimated with our personalities and our likes, and began telling us the Volterra stories she knew we would be interested in. Also, she accommodated what we wanted to do rather than just applying some cookie cutter tour to us. The tour was fascinating, and the history of Volterra and and the surrounding areas in Tuscany is simply fascinating. We were all, kids and adults alike, completely entertained by the tour and everyone loved it.
We also booked a private alabaster crafting (for dad and the kids) class after the tour and my mom, husband and I did the wine tasting with Annie's awesome husband Francesco. I can say at least for the wine tasting, it was equally amazing. Francesco is great, an expert in wine and its history. He's not some snobby sommelier who thinks he's better than anyone else, rather he explained everything we thought we knew about (and clearly didn't!) in simple and easy to remember terms, with stories, and advice on how to taste certain flavors, and why the flavors do what they do, etc. As with Annie's tour, I would not for a second hesitate to do this again.
The best part about Annie's tour is that we were able to utilize her vast fountain of knowledge to help us with the rest of our Italy stay (about 1.5 more weeks). After she told us about the Palio in Siena, we got to go see the "race track" in person, and spent quite a while trying to find the race on tv. She told us various things about Italy and the Italian people that was so helpful in our attempts to find things and communicate with the locals on our trip.
Yay! So happy we did this!!!! Annie, you and Francesco are the best, we wish you the best, and whenever you are in Atlanta, Seattle, or New Orleans, please look us up!
Jaime D (Daughter of Dave and Pam, sisters Becca and Meg and husband Sriki)
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