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“Not Ordinary Ways Winery Tour September 2010”

Not Ordinary Ways Tuscany Bike Tours
Ranked #11 of 20 Outdoor Activities in Lucca
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Reviewed September 30, 2010

We returned to Lucca again this year. While planning my trip I contacted Andrea of Not Ordinary Ways for a winery tour. Another wonderful experience. We were a group of 20 renting a villa. Andrea, Paolo and Mateo, picked us up in 3 vans and took us on a great tour. We visited Fattoria Fubbiano in San Gennaro, where me met the lovely Chiara again. This was my favorite winery I loved the olive oil and the wines and the scenery could not be beat. The second winery was Bonamico in Monte Carlo also very lovely, where we had a very nice tasting and cold lunch. I would recommend this tour company to anyone who visits Lucca. Andrea is the best.

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Reviewed May 8, 2010

Take a Tour into the deep of the Apuanian Alpes: with a van you reach (after 600 meters of ride through a tunnell) the center of the mountain where a marble quarrel has been created and is still operating. Everything around you, the floor, the roof and the basement are made of the precious white marble of Carrara. The tour is in 2 languages: italian and english. The guides are very friendly. I did it 2 times. The second time the quarrel housed an exposition of sculptures

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Reviewed September 25, 2009

Wonderful! www.notordinaryway.com I first contacted Not Ordinary Ways about 6 months before my trip. Andrea was very quick responding to my emails and all the information they sent was very clear. There were no surprises about price, transportation or logistics.

Chiara was our tour guide, she was fabulous. 9 of us met at Not Ordinary Ways office in Lucca for a wonderful day. We went by mini coach (driver Ricardo, also fabulous) to 2 different wineries, the first Fabbrica San Martino, which is located at the Villa Sardi in the hills above Lucca. Beppe the owner, gave us a fine description of his wine making strategy (organic and macrodynamic), we then viewed the vineyards and had a tasting of his wines and some cheeses. From there we went to Fattoria Colle Verde for a wine and oil tasting and wonderful lunch. Our meal at Fattoria Colle Verde started with 3 different bruschettas, followed by pasta, meats and desert. I would recommend Not Ordinary Ways and this winery tour to all. The wines in this region are different from the wines in Southern Tuscany, but are still very pleasant. We chose this tour because it was close to Lucca with not a lot of car time.

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Reviewed July 19, 2009

We stopped in Lucca as part of a honeymoon that also took us to Venice, Florence, and Rome. While there, we came across Not Ordinary Ways Bike Tours in which we took a guided bike ride to a local winery. Chiara was very nice and helpful in helping us book our trip. We ended up on the tour with two other British couples who happened to book the same day and all of us ended up booking the easy tour. Our guide, Andrea, did a great job taking us through Lucca and the countryside. I happened to get a flat tire on the way back and he was prepared with a pump and spare tube(which was necessary, just needed air). We were able to avoid heavy traffic areas for the most-part with the exception of one bridge that was unavoidable. Water bottles were included with the bike rental and we were able to fill them before we left and again at the winery. The ride to and from the winery took approximately 1 hour. The staff at the winery was very helpful and educated us greatly on wine-making. We stayed at the winery for approximately 1 hour as well. The whole experience was wonderful and would definitely recommend it to anyone going to Lucca!

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Reviewed June 4, 2009

We thought it would be fun to try and burn off the pizza, pasta etc by taking a tour with Not Ordinary Ways having seen their information online.
When we went to book the trip Chiara was great and very helpful, showing a real passion for what she does.
Andrea was our guide for the trip and we were very impressed with his patience at our inept cycling. He made sure the route we took kept up away from busy roads which was a help.
We did the easiest ride, and although it was a warm day it was fine to cover the distance. Water was provided and there were stops at fountains along the way. The trip included a visit to a local winery in the coutryside near Lucca. This was very interesting and insightful (the samples were good too).
I would really recommend Not Ordinary Ways tours because it's clearly something that Andrea and Chiara are doing because they are interested and enjoy it, rather than being just a tourist trap. This makes it a real pleasure and a lot of fun.

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