Stefano was absolutely wonderful!! What an incredibly patient and friendly man! He was early every morning and had bottles of water for us. He was incredibly accomodating. Whenever we saw a beautiful landscape where we'd like to stop, he would pull over and take pictures for us. On our second day, we got out to take a picture and realized our camera had died. Stefano generously let offered us his camera for the day, so we would not miss out on taking any pictures. He was also extremely flexible. When we wanted to leave Enoteca Italiana early, he without hesitation drove us back to San Gimignano and waited as we walked around and ate dinner, extending beyond the time we'd originally scheduled. We very much enjoyed having him as our driver, as would anyone else!
Alicia & Chris W.
Sauro, i just wanted to say thank you for everything during our recent visit to Tuscany. We really enjoyed you and Stefano. You did a fantastic job and we really appreciated how well you took care of my group. I will definitely recommend you to any of my friends who may be in need of a driver. Next time we are in Tuscany, I will surely contact you.
Sauro was excellent. We could not have asked for a better driver. At first we had a hard time understanding his English, but quickly adapted. The car was kept clean at all times, and well air-conditioned. There was always a bottle of cold water waiting for us before a drive. Sauro was so helpful throughout the trip, providing us with information on places we were visiting, translating for us when necessary, and making sure we were comfortable throughout the trip. He would even suggest places for us to stop to take pictures & walk around that he thought we would enjoy. He was at all times professional, courteous, and always punctual. Even though many of the wineries would ask him if he wanted to join us on the tour, he always refused (though Soldera was an exception as he had to translate for us). We never felt rushed, even when our dinner (at Eva's for example) went quite late.
Monica & Deven P.
Hi Stefan: I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our tour with you. We loved the Tuscan wine tour and look forward to returning to the area some time in the future. I have all your information and will not hesitate to pass that on to any of my friends that are making a trip to Italy and are looking for a guide. Thank you for such a lovely day in the Tuscan countryside. Wishing you all the best for your family and the arrival of your new little one. Best regards,
Gianncarlo my driver was wonderful. If I ever went back to Italy I would like to use his services again. He was prompt and knew his way around everywhere. He even accompanied me on a tour in another language to translate for me.
Bernard S. & Delena J
Dear Stefano and Sauro,
First of all, happy new year!! Hope 2008 finished well for you. We are delighted to begin our cooperation again this year with you, and look forward to sending you our VIP clients.
As for the drivers and the vehicles, they were top notch. The drivers were always on time and very professional. The vehicles were immaculate.
Sauro was a first class gentleman, guide and driver. We felt very comfortable being in his hands. A wonderful day from start to finish.
Carol & Neil T.
Our driver, Sauro was terrific and doubled as a great translator for Mr. Soldera who spoke virtually no English (as much English as we spoke Italian).
Marci & Andy S., New Jersey
...................... the driver was great. We spoiled him, with a great gratuity simply because he spoiled us. He was perfect. ...............................
Eric B. New York
Overall the tour was outstanding. Loved the walking tour in Siena. Your guide there is extraordinary. Really outstanding. LOVED Marco. A true professional. Enjoyed his company very much. We asked him to join us on the Pecerino and Truffle tours. The wine academy was the highlight of the trip for Steve. Massimo was knowledgeable about food and wine -- but about lots of other things as well. We thoroughly enjoyed the cooking class with Pamela. Marco joined us for class and even made pasta. That was fun. Everything went quite smoothly. As always, your attention to detail is excellent. The book is great. We showed our book to the family that we were staying with in Tuscany. Everyone was very impressed. ”
Sherri L., Colorado
Our driver, John, was courteous, punctual, and an excellent driver of an excellent Mercedes --- but these things are to be expected. What might be less expected was his friendliness, his willingness to slow down or stop for photo ops, his explanations and tour-guide information, his help and understanding with my broken Italian pronunciation and the rules by which to ensure proper syllabic stress. We heard so many different pronunciations of "Medici," "Accademia," and so forth, that we were grateful that John so graciously acceded to our requests for clarification. John was also patient, nonchalant and understanding when we managed to get ourselves lost in the twisting streets of Montalcino, making us almost fifteen minutes late for his scheduled 1 pm departure. In fact, he was congratulatory about our having finally found our way out of the maze so quickly. He had parked near the Fortezza, so there should have been no problem. But, incredibly, the Fortezza, which dominates the city, is not visible from most streets; a fact to which we can now attest. John was also funny, whimsical, and philosophical, and contributed greatly to our enjoyment of the day, which we shall never, ever, forget.
........................ Also a special note for our Mercedes driver for the eleven days was very important to our trip. He was fluent in English, knew much about the regions and had a great sense of humor for our American sometimes humor and fun. ................................