My wife and I spent 10 days in Italy with an itinerary of Rome, Florence, and driving to various hill towns in Tuscany. The highlight of our ten days, we both agreed, was our all-day wine tour (Brunello tour) with Donatella.
Donatella herself is incredibly knowledgeable with her wine and olive oil pedigrees, and just as important is very passionate, entertaining, and engaging in all things Tuscan. And, she had selected an outstanding group of local farm and winery owners who welcomed us with open arms. These friendly folks proudly shared stories of their history and business, gave us a tour of their operations, and offered a fabulous selection of food and wine samples. We made notes of several must-order wines along the way. A cozy and private multiple course Tuscan lunch in a lovely hillside kitchen / restaurant was another highlight of the day.
The size of the group is ideal to have a quite personal tour, but also to meet, share, and marvel over the experience with new friends (in our case, three couples including us) - made very easy with Donatella as the hostess! This small group tour style also allowed us to enjoy such intimate experiences at local farms and wineries, as Tuscany is meant to be seen.
Communication and logistics were flawless and simple. The weather was perfect. The scenery - amazing at every turn. And everyone we met seemed to enjoy it all as much as we enjoyed being there!
Five stars to Donatella, only because they won't let me pick 10!
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