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A Ruby Gem

  • September 11, 2019
Red Wine

One of the many reasons Fall is a great time to visit Tuscany is for the grape harvest. By this time the weather has cooled a bit, the tourists have thinned out and the countryside colors have awakened. September is the month of the grape harvest and there are many celebrations dedicated to it. I have been lucky enough to be in Tuscany for the grape harvest! It’s so exciting…

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Does Italy have the best wine?

  • August 30, 2019
Does Italy have the best wine?

Every wine lover has their favorite wine, region or even grape. Here at Ultimate Italy Tours we may be a bit biased, we think all things Italian are the greatest! But don’t just take our word for it – lastminute.com ranked Italy Wine #1 in a recent survey. One of the reasons Italy finished with the top score was it’s WINE TASTING EXPERIENCES. They have 993 to choose from, more…

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Overtourism is real!

  • August 30, 2019
Don't get lost in the crowd

By now you may have heard the term “overtourism” (ie. cruise ships crashing in Venice). Basically it is just a case of numbers; too many people in a particular place at a particular time. This can have a bad effect not only on the tourist, but on the community they are visiting. It can be stressful and deteriorate the experience for everyone. Travel is something I want to continue to…

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Urban Hiking Tuscan Style

  • July 26, 2019

While on a recent trip in Tuscany, some friends asked if I wanted to join them on a “walk” from Florence up to the beautiful Tuscan town of Impruneta. Of course! How could I pass up an opportunity to be guided by experts through areas overflowing with so much beauty and history? It turned out to be a sunny, warm Spring day. We started in downtown Florence, walked along the…

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The Art of the Aperitivo

  • April 27, 2019
Negroni

You may have heard of the Italian tradition of the aperitivo, but what is it? I recently went on an “Aperitivo Tour” while in Florence to gain some insight and get a real Florentine perspective on what it means. You could compare it to the American Happy Hour but that would be selling it short. It is a tradition observed all around Italy that serves as an “opener” to your…

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The Best Mountain Biking in Tuscany

  • April 8, 2019
Tommaso Tuscany

I’ll be honest, I don’t even bike at home but when tour guides Tommaso and Kerri finally convinced me to go on a ride with them through the Tuscan hills, it was a ride I will never forget! We started out renting electric bikes from a company in San Casciano, just a few miles outside Florence. The owner was super helpful making sure we had the right bike for our…

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The Best of Tuscany!

  • March 11, 2019
Montalcino, Tuscany

When my friend Tommaso asked me to accompany him on one of his tours last year I was really excited but also a little apprehensive, “would I enjoy Tuscany as much if I wasn’t making my own arrangements? I’m not used to keeping to a schedule so would I be exhausted by dinner time?” Now of course I didn’t tell him any of this, I wanted to experience this tour…

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Planning a trip to Italy?

  • February 9, 2019
Italy/Florence

Trip planning can be overwhelming – especially in another country. I know people that have always wanted to go on a European vacation but really didn’t know where to start. This is where we can help! I want to introduce you to my friends Kerri and Tommaso. They are both tour guides that specialize in Italy – Kerri has been running an Italian Tour Business for many years and Tommaso…

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