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Ecco La Cucina

Siena, Italy
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About Ecco La Cucina
We are a culinary tour company offering small group immersions into the Italian way of life, via the discovery of its amazing food, wine, culture and history. Please see our website for dates and pricing Gina no longer offers single day cooking classes in Tuscany.
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Barry L wrote a review Nov 2019
Louisville, Kentucky181 contributions82 helpful votes
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Gina, Mary and Mike take several small groups to different regions each year, including Piiedmont, Puglia and Tuscany that I know of. Gina Stip operates a small Italian restaurant here in Louisville called "At the Italian Table" where she serves up great authentic Italian
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from ginastipo, Owner at Ecco La Cucina
Responded Nov 12, 2019
Barry, you crack me UP!! I remember laughing when you sent me an email before the trip and asked if you needed to bring wine with you to the villa because you "didn't want to run out"! Believe me, in the middle of Tuscany with no way to get to a store and they're all closed anyway, you do NOT want to run out of wine. But after so many years living there, I know that's right and we've got you covered! We had such a lovely time with the two of you, thank you for bringing such a great group of your friends to share the experience! We enjoyed meeting them all and getting to know you better. We can't wait to show you Puglia and Piedmont!! Damiano is the owner of the estate and he loves to do karaoke sing-a-longs, it's always the best way to round out a fabulous week in the Siena province! Big hugs to you both and thank you for such a wonderful, detailed review! Gina, Mary and Michael
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JZK96 wrote a review Nov 2019
Bowling Green, Kentucky8 contributions4 helpful votes
This was my second tour with Gina and Mary and every bit as much fun as the first. These trips are well planned, accommodations are top notch, food and wine is sublime, and meeting people with similar tastes in travel experiences is so much fun. I really enjoy learning about the
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from ginastipo, Owner at Ecco La Cucina
Responded Nov 12, 2019
Thank you so much for coming with us to Puglia! It was lovely to see you again and to share this amazing region, full of history and beautiful sites. We love sharing these experiences with like-minded travelers. We have more planned for future areas in Italy and I hope you'll join us again! Gina & Mary
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Kackie104 wrote a review Jul 2019
Murphy, Texas2 contributions1 helpful vote
Having just returned from a fabulous trip to the Piedmont region of Italy,l I have to say it was Top Notch in my book!! The majority of our group was returning customers from previous trips with Gina, Mary and Michael..thats speaks volumes! As soon as I signed up with a friend
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Date of experience: June 2019
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VanTravels wrote a review Jul 2019
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Gina/Mary and Micheal are wonderful hosts/hostesses. They were welcoming, knowledgeable and gracious. Their love and passion for what they do is outstanding! I had toured with Gina and Mary in Tuscany area in 2017 and it was the most outstanding trip I have ever been on. So I
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Date of experience: June 2019
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zeldathecat wrote a review Jul 2019
Louisville, Kentucky6 contributions1 helpful vote
The tour was full of unique activities as well as plenty of good food, wine and education. The tour guests were absolutely delightful. The professionalism and customer service of the tour hostesses however, left something to be desired: * Information in advance of the trip was
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Response from ginastipo, Owner at Ecco La Cucina
Responded Jul 10, 2019
Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback on your experience with Ecco la Cucina. We strive hard to do our best and deliver as enjoyable a time as possible to all our guests. Our goal is to help our clients learn about Italian culture through its food, wine and history. We keep our groups small specifically to allow us to ensure guest satisfaction and enable us to interact closely with everyone. As small business owners, we take our responsibility to our clients very seriously and work hard to provide an excellent experience, in a safe environment, and to give value for the dollars they spend to come to Italy with us. We were glad to read that you appreciated the activities and enjoyed the other guests. We hope that you will continue to enjoy travels to Italy to increase your knowledge of this amazing culture.
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