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Tomaso, the driver, was great. The trip was wonderful. Truly a highlight of our trip to Italy. It was well worth the expense to take a private tour as we utilized our time to the maximum benefit. The vehicle wss new and clean and Tomaso drove safely and obviously knew the area extremely well. We could not have been more pleased.
Francesco was amazing. We had the most awesome day. Took us to several towns on way to Siena at our request. Made lunch reservations for us.
This was our first private excursion and I cannot say enough about how great our driver/guide Alessio Alex was! We visited Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni. Alex took the time to discuss our day and determine what we wanted/expected. He then tailored the day to fit us. His personality and and knowledge made the trip enjoyable and educational. We were able to see quite a bit of off the beaten path Tuscany on the back roads back to the ship. If I could give Alex and this excursion more than 5 stars I definitely would!
We chose this tour instead of some other excursions offered by our cruise ship when recently visiting the port of Livorno. We're glad we did. We're not sure what we enjoyed more -- the day-long drive through and visit to beautiful Tuscany and several of its sites, including Monteriggioni, Siena, San Gimignano, and a local winery, or, the professional service provided by and getting to know our driver, Alessandro. He was simply great. He was impeccably dressed, met us on the pier at the designated time with a sign with our name, a big smile and a warm hand shake for each of our group of 6 adults and two teenage boys. He then escorted us quickly to his large, clean, new and air conditioned van, and then provided us with cold water. Throughout the day he enthusiastically answered our questions, provided us with interesting information about the places we were passing through and visiting, got us close to the places we were visiting, and then patiently waited for us. We felt we learned as much about the area and culture from our conversations with Alessandro as we did about the places we visited and reading various tourist information we had about the areas. For lunch, we went with one of Alessandro's suggestions and visited a local winery, Podere La Marronaia, in a farm-house setting with beautiful views just outide of San Gimignano. We enjoyed our stop there very much, eating home-cooked pasta, along with fresh breads, hams, and cheeses, and tasting several local wines and olive oils. The people at the winery, like Alessandro, were very friendly, informative, and passionate about sharing and answering all of our questions adding to our memorable day. We ended our day as scheduled back at the port at the designated time, well before our ship departed for its next port. Grazie, Alessandro, for a great day and life-time memory. We highly recommend this trip and would give it more than 5 stars if we could.
Amazing trip through the Tuscany Valley to Siena and San Gimignano. Our driver Luigi was excellent and pointed out points of interest along the way. He also arranged a wine-tasting and lunch for us at a small family-owned vineyard which we thoroughly enjoyed. We had enough time in Siena and San Gimignano to wander around and enjoy the towns on our own. Overall, it was a wonderful day and a trip we highly recommend.
We had a fabulous day, and our driver Leonardo is what made it so special. he was on time, and took us through the countryside telling us stories and describing why he loves his home so much. He took us to a private vineyard outside San Gimiano and we had a wonderful lunch and wine tasting. He was fabulous, as i am sure the other guides are from Prestige Rent.
Davide was a superb tour guide and arranged for a luncheon which was a highlight of our trip. Very punctual, professional, knowledgeable, and conversational.
This was our favorite excursion of the trip.
THE TOUR WAS WONDERFUL.SIENA WAS A REAL TREAT,ESPECIALLY WALKING DOWN THE NARROW CURVED MEDIEVAL STEETS.IT GAVE ONE THE FEELING YOU WERE STEPPING BACK CENTURIES AGO.WE CHANGED OUR TOUR FROM SAN GIMIGNANO TO VOLTARRE.VOLTARRE WAS VERY PRETTY SITUATED HIGH ON THE MOUNTAIN WITH A BREATHTAKING VIEW.IT WAS SMALLER THAN SIENA BUT JUST AS NICE WITH THE SAME NARROW STEETS.
Simone was waiting for us when we got off the ship and took us in her huge van to Siena and Chianti wine country. She was very knowledgable about the are and took some great back roads along the way. She got us close to all the sites and then left us to wander on our own. She was a great driver and we thoroughly enjoyed our conversations and traveling with her. She was most accommodating. thank you Simone!
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