The Chianti Experience: From our Travelers

Vignamaggio (14th century)

Vignamaggio, a 14th century villa

Here’s what some of our travelers in 2011 and 2012 had to say about their week in Chianti:

  • “My sister and I experienced our second marvelous adventure with Charley and Kathy! The Chianti trip was extremely well planned, every day filled with memorable experiences. Highlights included learning to cook an Italian meal; visiting local towns and finding “treasures” to bring home; dining and touring a castle with dinner prepared by its residents; visiting wineries; touring historic towns; enjoying local food. I am ready to visit Italy all over again.” (Leslie from California)
  • “The Chianti Experience enabled us to connect with many local, hardworking people who took time to share what they love with us. Hands on cooking class of Italian cuisine, a heartfelt lunch at boutique vineyard cooked by mama’s own hands and understanding their dedication to tending the vines. The gorgeous, breathtaking landscapes and feeling the locals’ love of their land made The Chianti Experience of 2012 one that is still very close to my heart!!” (Carol from Georgia)
  • “Kathy and Charley make every trip feel like a customized journey. The Chianti Experience we enjoyed in 2012 exceeded all expectations. A well paced itinerary with an emphasis on slow travel and local cuisine, the tour focuses on the highlights of the Chianti region: history, wine, food, art and enough down time for personal exploring.” (Lilly from Georgia)
  • “We took this tour with Kathy and Charley in 2011 and would do it all again in a heart beat. We loved the variety of activities, the lovely Italians we met along the way and the experiences we had, which were far beyond the “normal” tourist experience. We’ll never forget Papa waving at the window to us as we arrived at Francesco’s family vineyard and Mama’s homemade pasta…such an intimate, authentic event! From the cooking class, to the open markets, to the National Cemetery, this trip is staggering in its variety and scope. It was the trip of a lifetime for us.” (Saen and Doug from California)
  • “Some of my highlights were a memorable meal at a beautiful castle, where Rita and Rosita manage to make everyone feel like old friends; the serene, thought provoking surrounds of the American Memorial War Cemetery; and Vignamaggio, with its wonderful gardens, excellent wines, great food and the utterly charming guide.  This was a week of highs and highers. I cannot give enough stars… maybe 5 is not enough.” (Sandy from New South Wales, Australia)
  • “We took this tour in 2012 and fell in love with Tuscany! It is so easy and relaxing to be driven from one fabulous market, restaurant, historic site or vineyard without a worry. Fabulous tour guides, great restaurants, lovely Italian wines, and shopping too! We have taken two tours with these travel planning pros and plan to take our third this summer! The Chianti tour was the perfect way for us to experience this magical region.” (Sandy and Dale from Tennessee)

Chianti Experience group at Vallone di Cecione

Chianti Experience group with Francesco and Angela at Vallone di Cecione