What a great day ! Massimo was both informative and charming . What a joy Aldo our host , chef And cooking tutor was ! My family of five including teenagers were captivated as we sat in his beautiful historic home drinking vino learning and discussing Tuscan culinary secrets - the view was a highlight and I have no hesitation recommending this wonderful tour .
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Andy grazie mille! I am really glad that you enjoyed our pizza making class with all your family. You were all great and Aldo and I also enjoyed your company so much! Be back soon for a truffle hunting experience next time! :) Ciao buon anno!
Dean P.United States
This was one of the most unique experiences my son and I have ever had. Massimo took us on a journey to truffle hunt and cook our bounty. My son will never forget a minute of it. Massimo also took us on a tour of Volterra on the way home. His knowledge of the area and of food culture was immense and infectious. We look forward to seeing Massimo again when he is a tourist in LA. We can't recommend Massimo and this tour enough!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie mille!! You both were wonderful. As I said I was incredibly surprised by how your son was able to appreciated all such foods. Well done of you! :) I hope we can meet soon when I'll be travelling to the us! A presto!
Ann StallingsUnited States
Where to begin! Massimo was just a delight! We emailed numerous times before our adventure. He gave me great information and I felt no pressure to book with him but am so thankful I did!! He was so full of great information and great stories!!! The Villa he took us to was so perfect- Alesso and his family along with Danielli and Patso ( hunter and dog) were so gracious and funny and warm- the food they made- delish!! Highly recommend this exquisite experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Buongiorno Ann, thank you so much for your lovely words! I was so glad to meet you and your kids and I am very happy to read that you all loved the experience. I hope we can meet soon again for another of my foodie tours! A presto!
Elizabeth LawrenceUnited States
Massimo is the best tour guide we have ever had in all of our extensive world travels. He was incredibly responsive to our emails before we arrived in Livorno, and the Tuscan truffle hunt and lunch was absolutely amazing. The six of us agree that it will likely be the most memorable day of our week long trip. We highly recommend Massimo for any tour or cooking class as this was such a truly amazing experience which we will all remember and talk about for years to come. Thank you Massimo!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Buona sera Elizabeth thank you for your kind words. It was a marvelous day and I truly enjoyed the company of all your family! I wish you all a lot of more fun in your holiday and I hope we can soon meet again. Saluti a presto Massimo
Heather BowlinUnited States
Massimo was amazing with his knowledge and relationships with everywhere and everyone! We couldn't have had a better tour guide. His passion for the region was infectious to all around him. We give him five out of five stars!!! Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie mille Heather! It was a great day for me too and I really enjoyed your company. I hope we can meet soon again! Ciao ciao
Brandon RalloUnited States
This was the most fun my family has had in Italy. Massimo was awesome, his insight into the ingredients to the technique of cooking was amazing. We will be taking recipes, cooking techniques & awesome memories home. Thanks again Massimo for making this a special day...
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie Brandon! We had two great days of fun, delicious food and beauty! You have a great family and you are doing a great tour of Italy and I am glad I contributed to its success. I hope we will meet soon again! Saluti a presto! Massimo
Lisa SuennenUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie Lisa, it was a great day and I am so glad that you enjoyed it!
Elizabeth WhitemanUnited States
Outstanding tour!! Massimo provided an informative tour explaining the Tuscan countryside and life. In addition the history of Tuscany. The truffle tour was fantastic and we were able to meet a top truffle hunter and dog! We also were able to go on a truffle hunt and then enjoy a perfect lunch with the truffles we found! We loved this tour!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Elizabeth grazie tante di una bellissima giornata in compagnia di gente splendida! Buona continuazione nello studio dell’italiano e ancora complimenti per come lo parla! A presto!! Massimo
Sue WeiermanUnited States
Cooking experience was fabulous! Massimo was fantastic! We three amateur cooks enjoyed the castle and pasta factory, but the cooking part was the highlight. Massimo is great to communicate, especially about the menu for a 4-course meal. Our favorites were three types of bruschetta and the tagliatelle with meat sauce. Making our own pasta and learning the secrets of cooking with virgin olive oil were fun; eating our lunch outside overlooking Tuscany was a delight. Thanks, Massimo, for a perfect day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie Sue! I am so glad that you enjoyed the cooking experience and the delicious dishes we prepared. I also complimented you for the results :) I hope we will meet soon again for another trip into the rural Tuscany! Saluti a presto
Val MurphyUnited Kingdom
What a fabulous Vespa tour our family (5 of us) with Massimo on 1/7/2018. We met at Pontedera Station, collected our scooters for an 80 km trip. Visiting local towns, stopping for a delicious lunch and guide through the process to produce tasty olive oil - Massimo with his knowledge has completely changed how we buy our olive oil and pasta. Massimo was outstanding, from initial contact, his historical knowledge, making the trip fun for all of us - boys thought it was best family activity ever! Thank you
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie Val it was an honor for me to meet your lovely family and spend a great day on vespa visiting the rural district around the vespa company in Pontedera. I hope we will soon meet again! Saluti a presto Massimo
Sue StanleyUnited States
Massimo was a wonderful tour guide. His wealth of information and passion for Tuscany made our day a great success. What a beautiful part of the world we were so fortunate to visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Buona sera Sue thank you for your words of appreciation. I’m glad that you enjoyed the tour to the rural Tuscany we had today! I wish you a great stay in Italy and I hope we can meet soon again. A presto Massimo
Sheikha Al ThaniQatar
Omg this was the highlight of the trip to Florence , the truffle hunting experience in the Italian country side , and the amazing food that was cooked for us at the house of the amazing family who own truffle business it was unforgettable and Massimo the guide is so knowledgeable and amazing I highly recommend this tour
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie mille Sheikha! It was a memorable day for me too and I hope I can soon provide another tour to you!! Saluti a presto
Karen ThomasUnited States
We spent an absolutely lovely day in Tuscany with our guide Massimo and our driver Andrea. Massimo shared information on everything from the tower of Pisa to the conquest of the Etruscans. Our visit to the olive processing facility and the olive oil tasting was enlightening. We will not look at olive oil the same way again. Then it was on to the sheep farm for a lesson in cheese making. After a lovely lunch of locally prepared meats and cheeses we then toured a medieval village.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Buongiorno Karen, thank you so much for your kind words. I am so happy that you and Rocky enjoyed so much the day in the rural Tuscany with us! Soon after we dropped you off in Florence I think a storm hit the town and I hope it did not bother your plans for a great fiorentina steak :) Hopefully you can get back soon and enjoy another foodie day in Tuscany with me. saluti a presto Massimo
Bob HaydenUnited States
A wonderful day with Massimo. His English was great. He was very flexible and accommodating to our requests. The truffle hunting and lunch were something we will remember for a long time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Buongiorno Bob, thank you for a kind feedback! I am really glad that you enjoyed the truffle hunting experience and that we still made it even if in such difficult conditions of draught! I hope you enjoyed also the rest of the cruise. Be back soon! Massimo
Diane B.United States
Massimo planned a fabulous day for us. The cooking class exceeded our expectations. He was wonderful with the children. Very memorable. Thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie Diane! It was a great day for me too! I loved all your family members and the kids were magic! I hope the rest of the cruise was also good. See you soon in Tuscany!
competent and friendly :-)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Buongiorno Johanna thank you for your message and thank you for the score. Just to be clear, here is how we spoke: Are your grandparents able to climb stairs? I would like to show you a village with a nice castle and a mini pasta factory. The castle is reachable by a staircase which is not too steep but it is about 20 mts high. Would it be ok? My grandparents can walk stairs that is no problem they are just a little slow. I enjoyed your company and Opa and Oma were sweet! All the best for your career!
We were regaled with stories of then and now as we explored and observed the cheese making and olive pressing in the Volterra region. Massimo showed us how extra virgin olive oil should look and smell and taste. What a pity we couldn't bring the products home with us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am so glad that you enjoyed this program and that you became new and aware consumers of extra virgin olive oil!! Arrivederci a presto, Massimo
Massimo proved to be a fount of local knowledge. He was lovely company and an enthusiastic foodie. The cooking experience was such fun and certainly all we hoped for. I would recommend this tour without reservation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Carol, thank you for such precious words! I hope the fair in Milan was also interesting. Thank you for great days of nice conversations. Be back soon!
Diego was ready and waiting for us at Florence Airport and was a very welcome sight. He drove us straight to San Gimignano giving short commentary along the way.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: A big thank you on behalf of Diego who is not able to access this system! Grazie mille
Mary HolcombUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie mille for your scoring. I am glad you like the private cooking class at the olive farm in Tuscany!!
Kristin DohertyUnited States
This tour company was so kind and accommodating! We had to change some plans last minute and Massimo made all the arrangements to still make our tour special and memorable! Extremely knowledgable and very friendly! We also went a few extra places to get a feeling for the location and history. I would definitely highly recommend this company and use them again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Kristin, thank you so much for your kind words! I am glad that you enjoyed the truffle hunting tour and you have great memories. I can still smell the great truffles and the foods we had! Rescheduling all the program due to your change of position was just my duty as I know how difficult it can be when events change plans at a last minute. So I was very glad that everything went perfect in the end. Thank you all for a great day. I hope I will meet you again next time you are in Italy. Saluti a presto
Thomas H L.Stavanger, Canada
Massimo's tour was a FANTASTIC experience for the entire family. His knowledge of the history and people in the region combined with his personal interaction was great (this guy needs his own travel show on TV). The locations were great, the food was amazing, the sights were gorgeous. Couldn't recommend more highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thomas, thank you very much for your beautiful words. Sorry, that I am replying only now. I am considering your advice of a TV show :) I hope we can meet soon again next time you are in Italy! A prestissimo Massimo
Karen KasenUnited States
Massimo gave us an excellent tour. He picked us up at the ship in Livorno. He was on time and we were in a very comfortable car with air conditioning. We drove about an hour or more to our first stop, an authentic oil mil. He made us understand the olive oil differences and was charming telling us about his father and his life. The cheese farm was extremely interesting and the lunch excellent. He was knowledgeable and nice and we felt we understood so much more about olive oil and cheese.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Karen, thank you very much for your feedback! I was really glad to meet you and had a fantastic day with the three of you. I hope the rest of the cruise was pleasant too. Hopefully we can meet soon again. Saluti dalla Toscana
Roger SheffieldAtlanta, GA, United States
Massimo was a terrific guide,showing great flexibility as the weather became uncooperative during our Vespa tour in the hill country east of Florence. He was unfailingly gracious and full of good humor and knowledge relating to our activities. We feel like we made a new friend and we will contact him again the next time we travel to Florence.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Roger, thank you very much for the beautiful feedback! Indeed the bad weather was against us that day but we managed to have a fantastic day together. All your friends were also amazing, so thank you for a great experience. I really hope we can meet again next time you visit my area. Saluti dalla Toscana Massimo
If you are up for the excitement of a vespa tour through Tuscany, you MUST ask for Massimo to take you. Not only is he an incredibly sweet and kind family man, he is extremely knowledgeable about the area as this is his proud homeland. His knowledge base was endless about anything we asked. He catered our tour to exactly what we wanted and even changed it up a bit in the middle when we asked about something specific.It was wonderful! Dont forget to ask for Massimo!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Darlene, thank you very much for your kind words of appreciation. I am really glad that you appreciated my guidance and this message tells me a lot about how good a person you are! I am really glad that I had the chance to show me my area and I really hope that I can do it soon again. Saluti a presto, Massimo
Bj MauleUnited States
This tour was wonderful! We were comfortable from the first moment and learned a lot about the region as well as truffle hunting. Massimo, Monica, Ricardo, and of course Nebbia were all welcoming. It was clear that Massimo loves the area and he enthusiastically shared his knowledge with us. We would highly recommend this tour to others.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie tante Bj! I surely love my area and like the people whom we meet during my tours! But the thing I love most is when my guests are happy after a unique experience!! I hope we can meet soon again in Tuscany. Saluti a presto Massimo
Ron MillerUnited States
Massimo was amazing. His passion for food really came through. He knew exactly which family to take us truffle hunting with. He organized this tour to really work well for a tour. The length of time was just right. Anyone going to Florence/ Tuscany that misses this tour is making a real mistake!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Ron thank you very much for your kind words. I hope you managed to visit Pisa too and easily got down to Rome after. See you next time you visit Europe! Saluti Massimo
Kim LipczynskiHolland, PA, United States
From initial contact to finish of the tour, our interactions with Massimo were excellent. He designed a custom tour that perfectly met our needs. He was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Florence, food, and wine, and provided the depth of information desired. Moreover, Massimo was enthusiastic and very personable. Our group agreed this tour was the highlight of our 4 days in Tuscany. We will recommend him to our friends and family.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Kim thank you for your kind words of appreciation! I enjoyed very much the company of all of you too and I am really glad that you enjoyed the places we visited and the stories related to them. I hope we can meet soon again next time you visit. Please, say 'ciao a presto' to all your friends. Tanti cari saluti Massimo
Karen DraperUnited States
This has to be the MUST DO on your trip. Massimo is a fantastic person and the Savini family welcomes you to their business. A delightful tour and best lunch in the area. Will definitely will plan to do this again on any return trip!! We found 5 White Truffles. Amazing to watch the dog work.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Karen, thank you for your great words of appreciation! The White truffle season this year is sensational. I will be very happy to meet you again next time you are around. Saluti a presto Massimo
Nina S.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie Nina! A great hug to all your family. I really enjoyed our day together and I hope we will meet again next time you visit Italy. Saluti dalla Toscana, Massimo
Cristina CioccaUnited States
A tour not to be missed! It was the most wonderful day one could ever imagine on a holiday! Massimo, our guide, was bar none. He took us into the Tuscan hills with a mushroom hunter and his dog. We found truffles and then ate a beautiful lunch with the truffles we gathered. The people were great and so hospitable. And if that wasn't enough, Massimo took us to San Miniato and told us the whole history of the region and we ended with some wine tasting. Totally recommend this tour!!! Well worth it....
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Cristina, grazie for your fantastic words. It was a great day for me too as I enjoyed your company. I really hope we can meet again soon for another memorable day in Tuscany. Saluti a presto, Massimo
Robert GoodyearUnited States
This was more than a tour...it was a man sharing his love of a part of the earth and a passion for the products it produces. Massimo left us feeling jealous that we are not Tuscan by birth. I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to truly experience what makes the area around Volterra and its products magnificent. Thank you Massimo.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Robert, thank you very much for your passionate words. I really enjoyed your company and I am very glad that you were all very satisfied. I hope to have soon another chance to guide you here around. Saluti a presto Massimo