I organised my wedding in Tuscany this August and looked for a coach service to transport my guests from our villa to Voltera. It is always a little nervous when you plan things at a distance.
My communication with this company was excellent. They spoke English with me and fulfilled every promise they made making my wedding arrangements run smoothly. I would recommend this company without hesitation. Thank you so much for your reliable, friendly and professional service. You were great!
We were in the Port of Livorno for only one day and we had a lot we wanted to see. So I went in search of someone that would provide a customized tour so that we would squeeze everything and not have to wait for 50 other people to tour the lovely area of Tuscany. . . I found Tuscany Taste Tour. Mauritzio was great at discussing the itinerary I wanted via email and made some good recommendations. The price was a set price for the day and up to six people could have fit in the Mercedes van but we kept the day to just the two of us. We got off the boat a little later than planned and so we had to really drive fast to get to Pisa to make our reservation time to climb The Tower or Pisa (well worth it) As we drove Mauritzio wore a microphone so that even in the back seat one could hear what he was sharing over the van's speaker system.
Mauritzio does not walk around with you but explains what things that you will see and allows you to wonder the area on your own and then we would make our way back to the van when we were ready to move on. We love to know about they day to day lives of the people in the area and he was great about answering all of our questions.
After leaving Piza we drove directly to Florence. We did not know that only operators of tours can drive through the streets of Florence to again it was great to have a brief overview of what was coming up in the next area and then we set off again to wonder. In preparing for the day Mauritzio purchased the tickets for Pisa, made reservations at the museums so that we could move through the lines quickly. We paid the day of the tour for the tickets that were purchased for us. We also liked that he accepted credit cards and now even accepts Paypal, which really helped with the exchange rate.
For lunch we had a choice or restaurants to eat and we choice pasta. We had some great pasta in a small, yummy, air conditioned restaurant alone and when we were done the restaurant called Mauritzio and he showed up shortly to pick us up and carry on with the tour.
We departed Florence with a stop at a very yummy gelato store on the outskirts of the city limits. We offered to buy Mauritzio a gelato but he said that was okay.
On our way back to the port, we drove through the Tuscan vineyards and then it was all over too soon. We had a full fun day.
Thanks for the wonderful memories and for making our one day in Tuscany fantastico!
We spent almost 4 weeks in Tuscany and used Tuscany Taste Tour for a total of about 16 day trips during our stay. They were superb. We had some of our own itineraries, and then they suggested several too (and their suggestions were better than our own). Maurizio is a superb guide, his passion for this part of Italy is contagious, and a true gentleman. No request was too big or small for him, from a last minute tour for 7 of us to a lovely day trip for just 2 people. And all of his staff are equally gracious and reliable. I highly recommend them, and will absolutely be using them again when we go back next year. We saw so much of Tuscany thanks to them, - no one knows the area better than Tuscany Taste Tour.
We recently went on a Mediterranean cruise, and decided that at one of the ports, Livorno, instead of going to Florence again, we would hire a driver and let him guide us around the Tuscan countryside. We were particularly interested in visiting Volterra and SanGimignano. We were very pleasantly surprised to have Maurizio as our guide! He picked us up at the port very promptly, with a huge smile, lots of energy, and water and umbrellas loaded in his gorgeous and super comfortable Mercedes van. He asked us if we minded if we started our tour in a town he felt was a "do not miss". Of course, we were up for anything he recommended, so Bolgheri here we come. He did not disappoint us with this or the rest of the entire day. Bolgheri was incredibly gorgeous and greeted us with a gorgeous cypress tree lined boulevard, 2400 of them if I remember correctly. Bolgheri is a very quaint, quiet, and breathtaking town with a population of only about 200! While driving Maurizio gave us lots of information about Italy and history, etc., but not too much information like some guides give. We then headed to Volterra while driving through the countryside, which I just could not get enough of. Volterra was amazing, then we headed to SanGimgnano which was equally as interesting and fabulous to visit. Maurizio took care of everything, walked us directly to our restaurant and did not rush us at all. He really tailored the day to our needs, and I truly did not want the day to come to an end! We decided hands down after our vacation that our day with Maurizio in the Tuscan countryside, was by far, our very favorite day, the highlight of our trip. I highly recommend a private tour with Maurizio, you will be thrilled, we still are!
Excellent service, highly recommended: punctual, professionals and very caring. We will use Tuscany Taste Tour again.
Maurizio met our group at the Port of Livorno right on time and we were off on a wonderful adventure. Maurizio offered just the right amount of information to keep us informed as we went along. We arrived nice and early in Pisa before the crowds and had lots of time to wander and take pictures before heading off to Chianti. We had a lovely visit there and before long our stomach's were ready for our lunch at Stefania's charming home and cooking school. Stefania owns a cooking school "Pasta al Pesto". She is a very lovely lady and we enjoyed a fantastic meal.
I had the opportunity to enjoy a meal at Pasta al Pesto last year and recommended this to the group. Everybody enjoyed the lunch. After lunch, Maurizio took us off to a cheese maker for a cheese tasting and tour of his working farm. He explained the process of cheese making and then we sat down to a tasting of his cheese - some fresh and some aged cheese. Amazing!
I think we might have enjoyed the tasting more if we were not already full from Stefania's wonderful lunch. However, I think some people in the group might not have realized that when you hire a company such as Tuscany Taste Tour - that anything other than the tour is an extra expense. Maurizio will ask the group what they would like to do for the day and he will use his contacts to provide what the group requests. We had a fantastic day and I will remember it as one of the highlights of my trip. I would recommend Maurizio to anyone who would like to do a private tour.
This was our 2nd day in Livorno, and we decided to give sightseeing a break, and instead opted to do a leisurely tour of food, wine and cheese. After being met at the pier promptly by Maurizio, we headed to Pisa first thing in the morning for a brief visit, in order to avoid the big crowds (job well done). Maurizio also took a couple of group photos for us. After snapping pictures to our hearts' content, we made our way to Chianti. It is a delightful charming little town with a few cafes, grocery stores where the locals shop, and the ever present souvenir shops. There is a bit butcher's shop that is worth a visit - the stinky smell might be offensive to some, but it was like a meat museum, with all sorts of meats in different seasonings, packed in paper, tins, plastics, stored in the fridge or just hanging from the ceiling - very interesting This was a very brief stop, mostly to stretch our legs and a bathroom break. Before heading on to the main feature of the day, lunch at Stefania's cooking school, we stopped at another walled village, which can be toured in about 2 minutes for the reasonably fit, to 10 minutes for seniors. Stefania's cooking school is housed in a very old stone building, and according to Stefania - a charming lady indeed, it was part of a fortress many many years ago. Now, it is a quaint home/cooking school. Cooking lessons can be booked in advance, and if multiple lessons are desired, a guest room is available for rent. The cost of the lunch that day was 30 Euro. After a leisurely lunch, we headed to an artisan cheese maker, where we were shown how cheese is made (no active production on the day of our visit) - we just toured the farm where the goats are kept, facility where the goats are milked, and a peek from the outside the main work area (off limits for sanitary reasons), then to the actual cheese tasting. After a full lunch just 30 minutes later, cheese tasting with bread and wine proved too much for us, and had we known this is an extra 20 Euros/person, we would have opted out. However, Maurizio was able to negotiate a slightly lower price of 15 Euro/person. After having spent thousands for the cruise, the additional 15 Euro is not going to kill the bank, but it is something worth clarifying beforehand. All in all, it was a very pleasant easy day, trying something new and different with an easy going group of cruisers.
My family and I were cruising on the Liberty of the Seas, and decided that in Florence we skip the whole shore excursion thing and hire a driver for a private tour. I found Tuscany Taste Tour through Trip Advisor, and WOW, this was worth every little penny!! Maurizio was our driver (he's the owner of the company), and he was AMAZING! He took us all over the place (Pisa, Florence, and drove us through the countryside in Tuscany). He had so much knowledge that he shared with us, and took us to all the great sites. We couldn't have been any happier with our experience with him. When we got back on the ship we all decided that doing this tour was the best decision made on our vacation!
Thank you Maurizio for your hospitality and warm welcome to Tuscany!! We can't wait to visit again – and next time, WINE TASTING! :) :)
We recently toured with Maurizion (Tuscany Taste Tour) and the experience was exceptional. We went to Pisa, Lucca and the Fattoria di Fubbiano winery. It was ALL good from the moment we stepped into Maurizio's Mercedes limo/van. Be sure to do the winery . . . it was informative, included a delicious light lunch with wine, and was in the Tuscan hills!
Mr Mancini is a fine gentelman who gave 8 of us a great tour of Florence & the Tuscany Coutryside with lunch & a wine tasting at a small family winery.He stopped at all the attractions we told him we wanted to see. He was very in formative & a great guide driver.
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