Meet its people who have retained their Tuscan character, their humor, hospitality, traditional skills... and a love of good food and wine. Tours are fully guided by Ugo or Barbara Mariotti who live and work on their picturesque farm growing grapes and olives in beautiful Southern Tuscany.
Because we've made our life here in Southern Tuscany on an old farm producing wine and olive oil, we know the area and its people. We've also lived and worked in other areas of Italy which we've come to know and love equally well. Over the years, responding to the wishes of visiting friends and clients, we’ve developed a range of winning Tours based on this knowledge.
Small group tours - we prefer to cater for a maximum of ten guests whom we guide ourselves.
At a pace to suit - traveling time is kept short so you have more time on the ground. Guests can choose to explore on their own, go shopping or just sit and watch the passing parade...
Magnificent food and wine - we're well able to recommend the best regional dishes and local wines including the D.O.C. & D.O.C.G., plus those special places to eat. Che buono! Most tours include a cooking lesson and meal in farmhouse kitchens or private home.
Tours tailor-made - we've been particularly successful in designing customized tours for individuals, families and private groups. Let us know what you’d like to do. Or we can arrange one of the advertised tours at a time to suit you.
Walks & Tastes Of Tuscany - 4 departures per year. A fine food and wine walking tour of Tuscany with guides Ugo & Barbara Mariotti. Wander the byways and experience the simple beauty of the land its people, their lifestyle and culture. Wander ever-changing backroads and forest trails through the Tuscan hills, vineyards and olive groves visiting charming hilltop towns and shopping at local open-air markets. . Eight scenic days exploring some of the best of Medieval, Renaissance and Etruscan Tuscany.
Stay in Siena and dine on the famous The Campo, spend 4 nights in the picturesque town of Pienza famous for its cheeses and porcini mushrooms. Swim in a thermal pool and discover the art of 'pici' making at a farmhouse cooking lesson. The final night will be in Cortona, of Under the Tuscan Sun fame. There will be ample opportunity to taste the local specialties and local wines including the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello in farmhouses and regional restaurants. Our walks are between 3 to 5 hours each day.
- Fully guided;
- Charming hotels and pensions;
- Meals as indicated - dinners with wine;
- Farmhouse cooking class and lunch;
- Thermal pool;
- Museum entry;
- Afternoon tea;
- Wine tasting.
Venice & The Veneto
Capture the magic of Venice & and romance of Verona in this 10 day discovery of ‘hidden places’. In Venice witness a full costume historic parade of gondolas along the Canal Grande, join a cooking class on the Lido, participate in a Mask making workshop, take a Gondola ride and meet the local glass blowers of Murano. Who better to show you the hidden secrets of “La Serenissima” than Barbara Mariotti who with husband Ugo co-produced the 1970s cult classic film “DON’T LOOK NOW” set in Venice and starring Julie Christie & Donald Sutherland. Recently it was voted the Best British film ever! In Verona, one of Italy’s most alluring cities, we live like a local in charming B&B’s in a quiet, local neighbourhood and explore this romantic home of Romeo & Juliet.
- Fully guided by Barbara Mariotti
- Accommodation in characteristic hotels and B&Bs
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Vaporetto weekly ticket
- Mask making workshop
- Evening gondola ride
- Cooking class
- Entries as indicated in the itinerary.
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