This past May, my wife, daughter and I embarked on a unique adventure with Marco in the Maremma region of Tuscany. Having done little birding in Europe, we were thrilled to be guided to a wide variety of habitats and provided the opportunity to discover a wide range of bird and animal species – including several regional and European rarities. Having already spent a week driving around Umbria, I welcomed Marco’s offer to pick us up near Perugia and drive us around for 4 days through the back roads, fields and hills of Tuscany. [NB: Marco is an excellent driver!] We stayed at the Locanda il Poderno in Manciano where the accommodations and cuisine were excellent. In addition to the nature, we also visited many medieval villages as well as Etruscan and Roman ruins. Marco was very knowledgeable about the biology, culture and history of central Italy and seemed genuinely happy to share time with us. We learned a great deal but most importantly, we had fun. On a special note, my daughter is not particularly enthusiastic about birding, but by the third day she was scouting for Rollers and calling out birds as they came into view (we saw so many bee-eaters!).
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