Tuscany At Heart - Private Guided Tours

Tuscany At Heart - Private Guided Tours

Tuscany At Heart - Private Guided Tours
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8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
Tuscany At Heart is a Private Guided Tour Company run by Licensed Tour Guide and Art Historian, Martina Beatrice Manfredi. Over the past thirteenth years, it has specialized in bespoke Cultural Itineraries, Food and Wine Tours of Pisa, Lucca, Siena, Florence, Volterra, San Gimignano and Cinque Terre. Martina happily creates itineraries that meet the specific interests and needs of her guests (single travellers, families and small groups). Book a tour with Tuscany At Heart, make your stay in Italy unforgettable and experience a warm, authentic human connection! Note that since 2015 to date this company has been featured on Rick Steves' Italy - Florence & Tuscany - Best of Italy guide books (section about Pisa and surroundings)!
Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

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Travelers' Choice
2023

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ARG_77
Edinburg, TX6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Martina was an excellent tour guide! The booking process was extremely professional. She was responsive with emails and all of my questions. We had to make a last minute change to the time and she was extremely accommodating. Our kids, ages 8 and 11, were completely engaged and Martina did a great job answering all of their questions. When it was time to take pictures with the leaning tower, Martina took us to the right spots and helped us with our poses to get the perfect shots! It was a blast. Highly recommend!
Written January 9, 2020
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Rohan S
New York City, NY6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
This was not only one of the best tours I took on my trip to Italy, but one of the best tours I’ve had in my life. Martina took my family and I around the Field of Miracles and the whole experience was incredible. She was extremely knowledgeable and showed us a lot of things we would not have known about or things that were written in our guidebook. We also were able to go at our own pace and did not feel rushed to see any of the sights and had plenty of time to look around each of the sights and observe everything we wanted to. Martina was also extremely personable and incredibly kind and we loved spending time with her. In terms of booking the tour and communicating with her beforehand, it was all very straightforward and easy. She is very responsive via e-mail and also through WhatsApp and is very flexible in terms of making an itinerary that works with what you want to do. I only wish her schedule and our schedule allowed us to spend some more time with her during our trip. When we go back, there are definitely a few other places I would like to see with her. I highly recommend booking her tours in advance - it’s 100% worth it.
Written May 14, 2023
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Morgan H
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This might be the best guided tour we've ever taken. Martina makes it look so easy--she guided us through the Pisa square at a lovely pace, teaching us what felt like insider knowledge of the buildings, the art, the history, and ended the tour almost exactly where we began. She is clearly a passionate expert at her practice and we left feeling like we had made a new life-long friend. If you are interested in a tour in Pisa, don't look anywhere else.
Written July 29, 2021
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Dear Morgan, this is very kind of you! Thank you a lot for such an amazing review. I had a fantastic time guiding Keller and you through the 'miracles' of Pisa. Likewise It seemed to me that we already knew each other. I look forward to seeing you again in Tuscany! With much love to the two of you, Martina
Written July 31, 2021
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Aalap S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Martina is THE best tour guides for families in the Tuscany regions. Her customer service, communication, and knowledge is impeccable. She built an amazing itinerary for our family (it was a large group, 4 adults, and 6 kids under 10) for Pisa and the area.

Martina had amazing communication pre and post the trip, took great care to ensure the kids had an A+ experience. The stories, itinerary, and knowledge was geared and customized so all ages could enjoy.

Martina was also amazing and provided many tips and suggestions for the rest of our trip in the northern Italy region. I have since recommended Martina several times.

I highly recommend Martina - our kids still talk about the trip to Pisa many months later as they enjoyed the experience so much.
Written October 9, 2022
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Linda
Winnipeg, Canada2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Exploring Pisa with Martina is a quintessential part of any visit to Italy. Our trip to Italy this past summer would have been incomplete without our daytrip to Pisa from Florence. Martina’s passion and respect for Pisa and its historical significance is inspiring. We gained a deep appreciation of the Etruscan civilization from the moment we arrived. Courtesy of her expertise and fleet-footedness, we were able to navigate the crowds and capture memorable family photos frequently.

Our in-depth tour explored the beauty of Battistero di San Giovanni, Cattedrale di Pisa, Torre di Pisa and Camposanto. Accompanying us to the top of the Leaning Tower, she safely directed two-way traffic in narrow stairwells and simultaneously identified distant points of interest with ease. Martina answered all our questions while probing our curiosity with fun trivia. There is truly much to admire of subtle details.
Martina selected a welcoming and delectable trattoria for lunch and it was the perfect setting to share personal stories. We had a beautiful stroll through more of Pisa, including Piazza dei Cavalieri before savouring her gelato recommendation by the Arno River.

Martina’s devotion to her craft and gentle demeanour is a breath of fresh air. She is an exceptional tour guide! Such an incredible, memorable experience should not be missed!
Written August 27, 2023
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T S
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I've been wanting to hike Cinque Terra for many years now and knew it was not something I wanted to do without a guide. There are so many details missed when exploring self guided, and it was important for me to have as local an experience as possible.

There were a handful of guides I was deciding between, and eventually selected Martina because of the consistently positive reviews from others. So glad we did!

Martina is exceptionally well versed in the history of the area. Growing up just a few towns to the north, she's lived much of her life here. Before the hike began, she offered clear communication on where we would meet, what was included and not included in the experience and the amount of time expected for the full experience.

We found each other with ease at the train station and began our train ride to the first of three towns. The hike between towns was filled with stories about the area - spanning all sorts of topics: religious, myths of old, stories of Turkish pirates as well as recent events . Martina added wonderful details about architecture and helped us learn about the various building materials of throughout the centuries.

Our day was divided by lunch at a local restaurant along the sea and wine tasting at the end.

My son and I fully enjoyed this experience and would absolutely recommend it again!
Written November 26, 2022
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MissMarple
43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Great thanks to Martina for giving us the best tour in Pisa!
Martina is a very lovely person and the tour was well organized. She gave us so much good information and historical facts during the tour, made so many beautiful pictures of our family and also gave us recommendations for a restaurant where we enjoyed a nice lunch. We would definitely recommend her!
Written October 12, 2021
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Mary
New York City, New York2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
I had a wonderful tour with Martina of Pisa and Lucca. When we started, she shared that she wanted to show me Pisa beyond tourist pictures of the tower~ and she certainly did! Her knowledge and passion for the City coupled with her art history background provided for an engaging and insightful tour! We climbed the Tower and even that was colorful and delightful. Lucca is an enchanting City and Martina captured its history, commerce and folklore woven through dialogue and stories. I will definitely suggest Martina to anyone traveling to Italy! I look forward to exploring with her in the future!
Written March 9, 2022
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Dear Mary, thank you so much for this great review! Likewise I had a special time with you in Pisa and Lucca. I really hope to see you again sometimes in the near future: I would love to explore the fascinating hilltowns of Volterra and San Gimignano + the oustanding five hamlets of Cinque Terre and Portovenere on the Italian Riviera di Levante with you (and yours)! Un abbraccio e a presto, Martina x
Written March 13, 2022
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Brian M
Newburyport, MA173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Our family of 4 spent a full day exploring beautiful Cinque Terre under Martina’s guidance in late October, 2023. It turned out to be the absolute best day of our ten day adventure traveling in Italy.
Martina is simply the most personal & professional guide you could ask for. She knows everything about navigating the trains, the walking trails, the towns, the restaurants, the sights. In short she is the consummate professional and we never would have experienced the beauty and history of Cinque Terre without her guidance no matter how much we researched the process.
Martina is superb at communicating prior to your tour and she is ultra flexible at free lancing if you need to adjust on the fly.
We managed to squeeze in the most remarkable tour of a 14th century vineyard, with the owner himself and then a private tasting afterwards in his ancient cellar. While sipping a his wines we also got to see first hand the workers handling the grapes from harvest. It was so interesting and we felt privileged to experience it first hand.
Cinque Terre is beautiful but it’s also heavily touristed and you could easily spend the entire day wandering on your own and not experience a third of what we saw, ate and shared with her. It was fantastic and the best $$ we spent during our time in Italy.
We hope to be back again in this area and we’ll absolutely hire Martina again. She is a gem!!
Written October 28, 2023
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Steve W
Petaluma, CA25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Martina is the best guide I've ever had. She is full of knowledge which she gladly passes on in terms everyone - young and old - can understand, and she has an energy and enthusiasm for her areas that is infectious. You cannot help but come away wanting more. There were seven people in our groups on tours in Pisa and in Volterra, ages 8 to 74, and included people who were new to those towns as well as previous visitors, and Martina spoke to everyone. Even people who did not think they would learn much new, changed their mind by the tour's end. We all felt both tours were well worth it, and everyone wants to take another tour with Martina! She's the BEST!
Written July 20, 2022
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