4 independent reviews for Tuscany vacation, Italy

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review 25 May 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Being shown the wonderful Tuscan scenery and introduced to the local culture by a simply amazing guide who looked after all our needs and made sure that each member of the group was happy and enjoying themselves. The family farm where we stayed was delightful - beautiful buildings, tasty food,quiet and relaxing. Most memorable of all was the Tuscan countryside.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

This vacation is classed as Grade 1, leisurely. It does involve walking at a relaxed pace, but you still need to be fit and able to tackle hills.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, I did feel it benefited local people, not only the family on whose property we stayed, but also the fact that we sometimes ate in local restaurants, visited local sites and bought local produce. The fact that the place we stayed at was part of the Agriturismo scheme meant that it supported conservation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was a really great vacation - just what I was looking for - staying in a lovely place, with a small group of pleasant people, in amazing countryside and with a guide who spoke Italian, obviously loved the place, looked after us really well and must be the best guide there is!

review 6 Oct 2008

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The walk along Cinque Terra... eating ice cream in the sun overlooking the sea!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Take good walking shoes/trainers; be prepared for a couple of early starts and a varied itinerary.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes as we often ate in local restaurants and had food delivered from local places.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

I enjoyed it immensely. The whole week was organised in a really excellent way and was varied and fascinating. The company was great and we all gelled very quickly. Our team leader was excellent and absolutely first class, besides being a really lovely lady!

review 15 Oct 2007

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Great swimming pool at the farm cottages, freezing water but still went in every day. Lovely scenery, every day sunny but not too hot.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

If you want a relaxing time, with enough organised for you but flexiblity to do what you want , this is for you.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

To a certain extent. Local bus drivers, local restaurants.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was a good mix of beauty, activity, culture, exercise, good company and relaxation.

review 23 Jul 2006

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Seeing Michelangelo's David, he is amazing, no man could ever live up to that!! Ach no, the whole trip was fantastic, I enjoyed every minute. The food was absolutely beautiful, our guide brought us to little country restaurants as well as to the larger more commercial cafes and pizzerias so we enjoyed a wide range of fantastic Italian food. The location of the house in which we stayed was breathtaking with panoramic views across the mountains and down into the valley. The facilities at the house were clean and adequate. The swimming pool was a bonus and what a setting!! The trips from the house were well organised and smoothly catered for all abilities and tastes. We experienced so many different things and yet it was still very relaxing!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Be open to meeting new people and experiencing new things. Bring sun cream (I went through a bottle in a week!) and a hat.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

We stayed in a house owned by a family in the village and ate in many of the local restaurants bringing business to a very quiet region with minimal tourism. The delight at our enjoyment of their food was always evident!! Traveling as a small group the impact on the environment was also reduced.

4. Any other comments?

I had a great trip - thanks! I'm sure I'll be back on your website soon booking my next trip!

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