AN AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE
Why Tour With Us?
Tasting Tuscany is a Tour Company with offices in Pennsylvania (USA) and in Tuscany (Italy).
What began as a fun way of showing friends and family who came to visit us in Florence the beautiful hamlets. wineries and hill-top towns in the area has become a wonderful way of showing others around the world unique and very special places where I and my family call home. We do our best to include as many excursions and activities as possible into our tours and cooking vacations while maintaining that balance of personal time that is so important.
For me, my family and my friends, "la Toscana" is a place that we call home, eating a pizza in the warm summer evening at a beach resort or helping our dear neighbors pick olives to take to the press... it's all normal, something we don't think about, but for YOU, it's another world and we are thrilled to show you ours...
Tuscany is all about romance, its food and wine are treated with respect. Meals are long, never rushed and are very much a social event. They are a special occasions to relax, talk about the day's events and be with family and friends. Our tours have been developed with that ideology in mind.
Tours are designed to give our guests a truly authentic experience as we visit the hill-top villages or taste sheep "pecorino" cheese from local producers.
You will have the impression that you are not a tourist but actually living in Tuscany.We go out of our way to give every guest special attention from even before the tour begins right through to the last day. This could be visiting an olive oil mill and tasting the lovely extra-virgin oils or walking through a 1000 year old monastery.
How about visiting a 600 year wine cellar or touring the majestic "crete senesi" in the Val d'Orcia just south of Siena? You will be with a small group of "friends" touring the country-side and visiting markets. We'll take you to family wineries and taste their wonderful wines and stay for lovely dinner. We'll visit a cashmere farm and spend the afternoon with a amazing people who have built a life around something so simple.
We cater to people who are looking for something unique and that's what we strive to give, "something unique & something special".
THE OWNERS STORY
ABOUT THE OWNER
Ciao! My name is Marc Berarducci.
I spent most of my life living in Florence, Italy. After my graduate studies in Switzerland I went to work for a European multinational in Paris France, London, England and ending up in the eternal city of Rome, Italy.
One bright morning in 1990 I decided that I had enough and made the decision to leave the corporate world and head to Florence (where I met my wife and had a beautiful daughter) to open an art school.
For years friends and family would come to visit us from abroad and I would be their personal guide and truly enjoyed doing it! I then began organizing short tours for the students at my art school.
In 1994 I was asked to organize a food and wine tour for a group of ladies from California and I never stopped because it didn't feel like work, its a great feeling showing people so many special places that are special to me and my family.
I am also a trained chef, owned restaurants and worked in catering and hospitality consultancy... I LOVE GOOD FOOD (I suppose that it shows by the size of my mid-section in the photo above)! I love what I do and am able to divide my time with my family between a little hill-top village 50 km from Florence in Tuscany and on Lake Erie in Pennsylvania (USA).
I create tours based on what I know people will love. I basically manage the logistics while my team of local hosts, wine experts and professional guides back me up and are integral to the success our tours.
They are extremely knowledgeable in the history of their cities and more importantly have wonderful people skills.
Tasting Tuscany Tours focuses primarily on Tuscan food & wine, but occasionally tours will go outside of my beloved Tuscany. We do everything to ensure that our guests truly experience my love for Tuscany and Italy.
A few of our favorite Tuscan Guides
Our amazingly exuberant and knowledgeable tour guide in Florence, Veronica. She will amaze you with her wealth of knowledge regarding Renaissance Art History & Architecture and in particular Florentine trivia.
Raised in Chianti, Flo is an expert in everything Tuscan and especially smart on her history of art and architecture in Siena, San Gimignano and the Val d'Orcia. Flo is full of energy and wonderful with people. We are very lucky to have Flo on our team!
Does this lad know his wines ! Pietro is a wine guide like no other. A certified sommelier and licensed tour guide, this young man will amaze you with his knowledge of wines and their influence on the Region of Tuscany.