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“Best investment we made in our Italy adventure.”

Tours Around Tuscany - Day Tours
Ranked #2 of 55 Tours in Siena
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

One of the best things about travel is the people you meet, some of whom you enjoy so much, they become like family. This is how our family feels about Gianni. Gianni was by far the most helpful resource in planning our trip to Italy, even regarding the elements that did not involve him. I was planning a trip for 13 people and an infant, which through a process of events became 9 people and and infant. The age range of our group was interesting: 4 months, 19-33 years, 51-55 years and 78 years. Gianni transferred us from Rome to our villa (about 35 minutes outside of Siena), took us on three days of tours, and transferred us to our train upon departure. From the very beginning of our trip, Gianni kept us all captivated with his vast knowledge, delightful sense of humor, entertaining stories, and very caring character. As we were a large group, for most of our tours, we enjoyed the addition of Thomas, one of Gianni's associates. Both men were incredibly thoughtful about the needs of the individuals in our group as we moved from one location to another, and made sure to adapt the activities to accommodate both the various levels of mobility and desire for adventure. They were both especially attentive to the needs of our youngest and oldest travelers. We learned much about the region; wine, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, people, history and current affairs. We toured a crystal factory, during which the artists made a darling duck figurine from start to finish to show us the process. Our daughter and son in-law wanted the duck as a souvenir for our granddaughter, but the final stage takes hours, so we planned on returning to purchase it, later in our week. The rest of our time with Gianni was pure delight. We are big fans of farm to table, so we visited three Organic Farms/Wineries. Each one proved to be an amazing experience. The food and wine we enjoyed was incredible - our favorite during our 2 weeks in Italy. Each location and owner had their own unique rhythm, but they had in common a contagious passion. The views were surreal - in WINTER! On our last day, Gianni and his associate picked us up at our villa to take us into Siena to board the train for Florence. As we exited the property, our daughter realized her engagement ring was not on her finger. Gianni took his car load back to the villa and helped look for the ring (which was found) and then headed us all to the train's next stop, so that we could still make our itinerary. As this was our first train experience in Italy, he also educated us through the process. He showed us everything we needed to know, including that the train was running 9 minutes late, so we had plenty of time to get coffee and a snack. We sadly said our goodbyes to him, and made our way to the platform. While waiting for the train, we all reminisced how much we enjoyed our time with our very wonderful new friend and looked froward to the next time we would see him. Our daughter mentioned that we had never gone back to the crystal factory to collect the duck, and that Gianni had mentioned he would look into getting it shipped to her. After about 20 minutes, we looked up to see Gianni, out of breath, jogging toward us with a little white box in his hand. It was the duck. Gianni had managed to get all the way to the crystal factory and back before we left, just to make sure our granddaughter left Sienna with her duck - now a reminder of our new Italian family member - Gianni. We fell in love with him and with Tuscany. We are confident you will as well. I'd recommend you email Gianni with how many days you will be in Italy - your arrival and departure plans - and trust him to plan your itinerary. It will be an investment - but it will be a great value and the BEST investment you will make in your Italy experience. Enjoy!

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Reviewed December 12, 2013

We found Tours Around Tuscany and read the great reviews. They were right.

Gianni recommended having us picked up on our last day in Florence and spend the day in Tuscany and visit a winery. While he could not personally be our guide that day, he sent Francesca, who helped us meander through the hills, small towns and a have a great lunch over wine tasting. It was truly a great way to see this part of Italy. Gianni suggested that we stay in Siena for a couple days, and even though we didn't originally intend to go there, he arranged for us to end our day in Siena, which is yet another extraordinary site to see. Gianni picked us up the next morning for another day tour, south of Siena where we visited an abbey, more villages and another beautifully arranged lunch, and more and more and more. It was extravagant to do 2 days, but being able to see places we could only dream of seeing, was in fact a dream come true. Gianni loves his country, especially this area, and it comes out in his describing the land, the art and the people. If you may only go once to Italy, take his tour. I say it was 2 of the best days of our trip because Gianni recommended a colleague in Positano where we also toured for 2 special days on the beautiful Amalfi Coast.

Gianni is personable,very knowledgeable, and helped suggest places to go that we will never forget. We can't thank him enough (and Francesca) for sharing their love for this very special place on earth. If you don't see Italy when you are there, then what's the point of going? And you won't have this experience on your own or on a bus tour.

Grazie Gianni!!!!

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Reviewed November 24, 2013

I have to say we booked this company over the internet based on their Trip Advisor reviews, so when we were waiting for them to show up the first time we wondered what did we do? We booked a one day southern Tuscany tour with them and it was one of the most memorable days of our 2 weeks. Yes, it was expensive but it was a 100% treat to be driven around and have no worries. We went to Mozart Vineyard, Pienza, Montepulciano and Muntalcino and numerous stops along the way for pictures. We got an explanation of wine, it’s regulations and an introduction to the art of cheese! Our tour included lunch and we stopped a small place, and had the local specialties explained to us. We also used this service for a transfer from Radda to Venice with a stop at Modena for a visit to a Traditional Balsamic Vinegar place (very worth it!). Emails were quickly answered and easy payments with PayPal. Thank you Gianni, Christian and Thomas!

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Reviewed November 12, 2013 via mobile

We had a wonderful day. Gianni picked us up from our hotel in Sienna (right on time) and suggested a route we might like - we hadn't prearranged anything preferring to decide on things on the go. From start to finish Gianni pointed out to us little things that we would never have noticed had we driven ourselves around. Things like the famous winding Cyprus road, the stories behind the frescos on the walls in the Archabbey of Monte Oliveto, the differences in distance to Sienna on the two opposite road signs in San Quirco, the story behinds the sloping church floor in Pienza and how the township came about, the stories behind the warm springs filtration system in Bagno Vigoni and the various township/village challenges held each year - just a few examples. Gianni's passion for Tuscany made the day a wonderful one pulling over to answer questions or enable photographs and was at our service the whole day. Oh - and lunch was a delight of local fare we would never have experienced if we had not been taken there with Gianni. We highly recommend spending a day - or even two - with Gianni or one of his guides - it will be well worth it and well remembered.

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Reviewed November 2, 2013

Just returned from a wonderful trip in Italy - nearly 3 weeks, and the most memorable day, hands down for both my husband and I was the day we spent in Chianti region with Gianni! This man is amazing at what he does - goes above and beyond - entertaining, personable and full of wonderful stories. He showed us the best of the best - hidden treasures, gems and vibrant small authentic communities. Thanks so much for your dedication, Gianni. We wish you the best and thank you for this wonderful experience!

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