I can't express enough how much we enjoyed having Maurizo as our driver and tour guide. We were a party of 5 lively women and Maurizo was a wonderful host showing us Florence and the Tuscany area. He was very helpful in accommodating our requests and was very knowledgeable with all aspects of Tuscany. He arranged a wine tour after touring Florence and that is something we will always remember and still talk about. He even stopped in a very little town to accommodate our need for a beverage for the long drive back to our ship. We were impressed not only by his professionalism and expertise but also by his patience and willingness to alter and accommodate our wishes. Thank you Maurizo! We will see you again.
This was an excellent tour. Had time to do everything we wanted. Maurizio Mancini was an excellent host. I would recommend this tour and Maurizio to anyone visiting the Florence area. Trip exceeded my expectations..
Author: Calvin B.
Without a doubt, the best advice we ever received for planning our recent family trip to the Tuscany Region was to contact Tuscany Taste Tour and its owner, Maurizio Mancini. He was a tremendous help to us during our planning stages and throughout our entire trip. Maurizio's personal dedication to us was incredible. His ability to guide us along our journey was top notch. Even when we experienced a medical emergency and had to alter our plans, he and his staff (Valerio of Pisa) were there to support us all the way even with follow up contact once we returned home. Don't miss the opportunity to work with Maurizio and his company whether it be on a first trip to Italy or one of many. Special thanks again to Maurizio and Valerio for the fine job they did!
How great the day started was when we met our driver, Maurizio (handsome dude who had great command of the English language!). He was so knowledgeable and took us to see some of the greatest and most amazing views/places we have ever imagined! Florence and Pisa were amazing! He altered our journey to accomodate us in any way he could. It was just awesome and I HIGHLY recommend anyone traveling to Florence, take his tour!!! Plus the museums and shopping were beyond compare! Thanks, Maurizio, for making some of my lifetime dreams a reality! Just perfect!!!!
One of the Baltimore Babes Who Toured with you on 5/23 (or it could have been the 22nd!)
Maurizio was an excellent guide and companion for me and my group of college aged friends. He was able to set up a great day for us based on his reccommendations which turned out to be perfect. We went to a friend of his vinyard for and wone tasting and to a butchers restuarant for lunch. The rest of the day was filled with sightseeing and visiting of the towns all over Tuscany. This tour is so great because it can be tailored for exactly what you need. Maurizio is open to letting you decide where you want to go or you can leave it up to him to set up a great day.
Author: Matt C
Thank you Maurizio for a wonderful tour of Pisa and Florence! It was obvious that you love the Tuscany area and want to share it with others- and this is the vital part of a excellent tour guide!
In May 2013 my wife and I took a 12 day cruise to Italy. After doing some on line research during the planning phase we decided to book two day trips to Florence and Rome with Mr. Marurizio, Tuscany Taste Tour. Trust me when I say I couldn't have made a better decision. I am not one to write reviews but felt compelled to do so due to the exceptional service we received. During the months of planning Mr. Marurizio was always quick to respond to my questions and was extremely helpfully in ensuring all the fine details were addressed. This included booking the climb to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa, pre-booking the Academy in Florence, arranging for a personal tour guide of the Vatican, and providing the necessary info to pre-book the Vatican tour. With his service we were able to skip the long lines at Pisa, the Academy, Vatican and Colosseum. All of these actions to include his ability to drive practically right up to the sights (very little walking) ensured we had the maximum amount of time to see all the must see sights in Pisa, Florence and Rome. The day trip to Pisa/Florence we had Mr. Maurizio as our driver. He was an exceptional driver, informative, charming and fantastic guide. He even arranged a tour of a winery for us at the spur of the moment. In Rome we had Mr. Luigi as our driver - with no drop/change in services - who also provided us with exceptional service. Our tour guide for the Vatican was Ms. Manuella. She was very knowledgeable and fantastic at ensuring we got to see all the important sights in the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peters Basilica. The services Mr. Marurizio provided were very affordable and I would say much better than any tours provided by the cruise line. What a fantastic time we had and would do it all over again. The best two days of the whole trip. You can't go wrong in using Tuscany Taste Tour!!!
Author: Joseph L.
Maurizio proved to be an excellent guide and companion for my wife and I and our good friends and traveling companions as we wined and dined in the Chianti wine region of Tuscany. This was only my second time in Tuscany and I did not have any prior experience with a private guide/driver there but was put in touch with Maurizio through a series of recommendations. What a wonderful experience. Of course, Tuscany can be wonderful in anyone's company on the right day but Maurizio was perfect company on a perfect day. He selected the wineries we visited, made the recommendation for lunch and brought us around to other interesting locales. We could not have been more pleased. We would seek Maurizio out again on a return visit.
Author: Larry R
On April 19 2013 My wife and I took a tour of Florence with Maurizio from Tuscany Taste Tour. He met us and 3 other couples from our ship right outside the gang plank, on time. We had a wonderful time. He was informative, charming and a fantastic guide, he bought us the tickets for the Academy and we skipped the line. I had wanted to skip Pisa, but he insisted we see the tower and the church. He was right. He always responded to my emails and he arranged the perfect day for us. You could not do better than Maurizio
Last year we traveled with a Cruise Critic group to Florence with Maurizio and had a wonderful day. When we decided to sail again to Livorno, I immediately contacted him to set up another tour. This time he took our group to Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano. What a wonderful day!
Maurizio greeted us with a hug on the dock and we were whisked off to Pisa, arriving before the ship buses arrived. We then meandered through the gorgeous Tuscan countryside on our way to Siena. In Siena we were taken to the Duomo, then on to the famous Campo. The final destination was a winery near San Gimignano where we enjoyed a rustic Tuscan lunch, each course paired with a different wine. A perfect day!
I must add that Maurizio has a permit to park in areas that the larger mini buses and buses cannot go. This means less walking and more time to enjoy the sights. It also allows those with less mobility the opportunity to visit the important sites without long hikes.
At the end of the day as we headed back to Livorno and our ship, we all agreed that tour was the highlight of our cruise. Maurizio, grazie e arrivederci!
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