Tuscan Excursions

Tuscan ExcursionsExperience the Tranquility of Tuscany
with Ellen Masi.

Tours are created to fit personal preferences.  There is an emphasis on cultural aspects of Tuscany with a gourmet accent.  Contact with Tuscany’s genuine side in a relaxing atmosphere is foremost.

Explore the smaller idyllic locations of Tuscan medieval hilltowns, each one unique:  the Chianti region, San Gimignano, Volterra, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza, Cortona and Arezzo.  Along the Tuscan coast, visit the marble quarries of Carrara and the sculpture studios in Pietrasanta.

Ellen is an accredited sommelier who can introduce both novice and expert into the world of Tuscan wine estates, which offer cooking lessons.

Discover Renaissance Jewish culture in Tuscany inside the “Magic Triangle” of Sovana, Sorano and Pitigliano (including the Jewish Ghetto and the restored Renaissance-Baroque synagogue).

See the towns, museums and tombs of the mysterious Etruscans and experience the origins of Tuscany.

Hike in the spectacular Tuscan countryside.

Spend a day at one of the many spas frequented by Romans and Etruscans.  Relax in natural hot springs and enjoy a massage.

Stroll through the villas and Renaissance gardens of Florence and Lucca.

Tour Florentine artisan workshops and art studios.

Enjoy the architecture and lifestyle unique to Italy by admiring the treasures of Florence and Siena—museums, churches and palaces.