Tuscany Under The Skin


"Your great gift is to facilitate a feeling of intimacy with the people, the land and the history - even for total strangers. We can never forget the sights you showed us and the local folk you introduced us to; meeting the grand dame of local wine during our late evening walk on the cobblestones of an ancient hill top village ... and the many other local rhythms of the area that you shared. Around every corner was another discovery ... In the company of Ugo it always feels that we were the first to ever discover these riches ourselves." - Oliver Schofield

"Ugo & Barbara - words can't begin to express my gratitude to you. You have given me an experience beyond anything I could have hoped for. Thank you for opening your home and heart to us. Please know you always have a friend and a place in Virginia" - Mindy

"My time in Tuscany was WONDERFUL. Thank you so much for making my trip worthwhile. It wouldn't have been the same without you ... you added that 'personal touch' that made it extra special. You're so warm & welcoming - there should be more people in the world like that!" - Carla

"Ugo, to me you have given me the culture, the history and the fine living of Tuscany. I now want to research, read & learn Italian!" - Julie

"Tuscany lives in our heart and souls forever, we have many smiles and hope to return for more. Thank you for putting Tuscany under our skin." - Joe, Diana, Claudia & Randy

"Have just had the best 8 days thanks to Ugo & his care & expertise"- Jenny

“I absolutely loved the tour in Puglia. It was great fun and a great variety of people in the group. Barbara did a brilliant job of leading, and was very thorough in all her preparations. So many stories to tell” - Maureen

"Dear Ugo, all this was so unexpected - not touristy, not crowded, hard to express. Thank you for looking after us as individuals. I hope to get back soon." - Maggie

"It was all so much more than I expected. You do it so well Ugo. A great mix - I'm sorry it's over." - John

"Ugo & Barbara, a little glimpse into Tuscany under your guidance is tantalising - it leaves one wanting more - a bit like a good dish/wine!" - Jill

"Dear Ugo, this has been a delight for me. To walk the Tuscan hills with someone who truly loves & understands this earth has been a memory I will always cherish." - Penelope

"Caro Ugo & Barbara, questo mio desiderio è stato esaudito, di passare una bella vacanza in questo magnifico paese." - Edda


"Ugo, what a wonderful way to taste Italy - a walking tour with a difference! Wine, food, an exceptional tour guide - a real salt of the earth person - and fun companion." - Maria

"What a wonderful way to see this beautiful part of the world." - Osvaldo

"Ugo & Barbara you have helped to realise a dream of mine - to experience Tuscany, its lifestyle, customs & food. It has been a fantastic holiday & exceeded all my expectations." - Val

"This is my first trip to Tuscany, indeed to Italy. I always thought that Tuscany looked too neat, from the postcards, like Switzerland. I am glad to say that I enjoyed Tuscany & particularly the bush and rougher patches in the countryside - the brambles & wild places we saw on the walks. It was nice to see & meet real people and see the relaxed way of life here." - Neville

Matera, city of stone