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Cruises on the Road in Tuscany

Lucca, Italy
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About Cruises on the Road in Tuscany
Cruises on the Road is your tour operator in Tuscany and in Italy. It was built by an experienced and trained staff, with the dream of sharing the passion we have for our country with enthusiastic travelers! Thanks to our knowledge and expertise of the area, we specialize in tailor-made private tours with English-speaking Driverguides and deluxe vehicles that provide door to door luxory service, for a day in the spirit of exploration and amusement: day-trips, shore-excursions, holiday plans. Just think... while cruising you visit many countries in a short period of time, now you can do the same on the road and be able to tour and experience many cities in a day in full comfort, relax and safety! WE CRUISE YOU... BY CAR!
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Lefmom wrote a review Feb 2020
Haverhill, Massachusetts3 contributions
Absolutely the best trip ever! What an amazing trip to visit the Tuscany area during the Christmas holiday! To have Riccardo as our guide made the experience what it was! Informative, funny, experienced, gracious, Riccardo made sure we were comfortable throughout our stay and saw to it that we visited not only the major tourist attractions but were able to partake in the wonderful culture that is Tuscany. From Florence and Pisa, to Lucca , Garfagnana and Lerici , the views were beautiful, the people kind, the food so delicious and the laughter and memories endless.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Jim W wrote a review Dec 2019
Venice, Florida62 contributions11 helpful votes
We spent the day with Riccardo around Lucca and visited three terrific wineries that were smaller family owned and run operations with excellent wines. We also had a great time meeting the owners and learning from them personally about their passion for wine, food and the history of the area. We enjoyed excellent local food and visited two butchers where a tour of a lsausage making operation was very fun. Riccardo listens carefully to your desires and prepares custom itineraries that meet every need. Hi is a charming host and a safe driver. You will not regret using this business.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Sarafeline wrote a review Nov 2019
Maine18 contributions39 helpful votes
I have been exploring Tuscany with Riccardo since 2016. Last April, a friend and I started at the stunning Villa Torrigiani, a half dozen miles outside of town, one of the few local villas that has retained its original long entryway with poplar trees. It also boasts original 17th and 18th century furnishings, including Persian rugs and silk bedding. From there we cut cross-country to the little town of Montecarlo and wound up at the Carmignani farm and vineyard, whose current owner is the first woman in her family - and, if I understood her correctly, the first woman in the Lucca district - to operate a winery. After touring the farm, we enjoyed a two-hour wine tasting with delicious local meat, cheese, and home-baked bread; even the honey came from the farm's beehives. This April I enjoyed a private tour of the hill towns in Tuscany. Our first stop was Monteriggioni, a medieval walled where we were able to walk on part of the wall. Our next stop was a nearby borgo (originally the district where the artisans lived) called Abbazia Isola which had a small museum of Etruscan artifacts. A few of the pots were really remarkable in their detail. Then we headed cross-country on winding roads to a winery in Sant’Appiano, where we encountered our first tourists and enjoyed a wine-tasting combined with lunch. We made a brief stop at San Gimignano, which was awash with visitors but worth seeing for its many towers. Saving the best for last, in my opinion, we wound up in the perfectly-preserved medieval hill town town of Citaldo, from which we could see the towers of San Gimignano, It was lovely to walk around the ancient brick buildings and cobblestone streets. This would have been the end of the tour, had we not both had a yen for good seafood. Off we went to Livorno, a bustling port city on the coast. Our destination was an unprepossessing restaurant on a back street called the Trattoria Antica Moro, where the only English being spoken was our own. We started with fresh sardines and then had spaghetti con arselle, which are tiny clams only briefly in season and absolutely delicious. The piece de resistance was cacciucci, a wonderful local seafood stew. Riccardo's professionalism, charm, and exceptional local knowledge made each trip one of the highlights of my visit, and I look forward to another adventure next spring.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Barry M wrote a review Nov 2019
Houston, Texas3 contributions2 helpful votes
We had an amazing time with Riccardo. His knowledge and history of Italy is fantastic and educational. Great food and great friendship. Lucca is beautiful, we will have to come again and spend more time.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Trip20595432885 wrote a review Oct 2019
Boston, Massachusetts1 contribution
I recently spent a bright October day in Tuscany touring the small villages surrounding Lucca with Riccardo Scarafoni of Cruises on the Road. The memorable day he designed for me after exchanging emails featured visiting two of the historic Lucchese villas with the most beautiful gardens. He drove through the surrounding countryside while filling me in on Lucca’s history, telling many of the “backstories “and folklore that only a native-born history buff would know. Cruises on the Road in Tuscany is all about enjoying experiences not available to other tourists. For example, I didn’t know what to expect when we drove up to an organic winery in the picturesque village of Montecarlo. I was soon delighted to learn that our wine tasting was also a leisurely lunch that was served by the winery’s sommelier who described the wines that she had paired with each dish. Riccardo was fun and high energy, a great conversationalist who was focused on meeting my needs and interests. He seemed to know everyone and everything in town and was a brilliant source of recommendations. At the end of the day, he accompanied me to hard to find businesses offering locally handcrafted linens and ceramics It is an understatement to say that Cruises on the Road exceeded my expectations. I will return to enjoy exploring other “hidden secrets” of Tuscany with Riccardo. Meanwhile, I have a wonderful memory of the highlight of my vacation and several delicious wines to share with friends.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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