One of our days during a first visit to Florence and Tuscany was spent on a countryside tour for our group of three. Of the options on the internet Filippo's company floated to the top of my searching based on his responsiveness, the reviews and flexibility with planning. We planned a whole day tour which costed about the same as other large group day excursions I have taken in Costa Rica and Cuba however this was personal and felt special. The day before our pre-booked excursion the company contacted our hotel to suggest a change in plans based on a forecasted full day of rain. We agreed and were able to shift our plans. The day turned out to be very wet. We were really pleased with our trip to Siena, Chianti and Sam Gimignano when the sun did shine. The highlight of our day was a stop at Casa Emma - a Chianti winery who's wines we can find (with a bit of effort) at home. Our driver Paolo is well informed about the history of the area and the wine and gave a lot of background information which is great to have. This tour is very flexible and we got to all the spots we had hoped to visit and we ended our tour at Michelangelo Square in Florence at our request. The entire day, including the wine and food and especially the countryside views will remain as fond memories. One of those places you can visit in your thoughts and instantly feel relaxed!
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