My name is Suzanne Waltz and that’s me in the photo, having a “Birra” in Gaiole in Chianti. I’ve been coordinating Villa and Farmhouse vacations in Tuscany since 1997. During that time, I’ve explored not only the main attractions throughout Tuscany (and Italy), but I’ve discovered the “nooks and crannies” where most tourists don’ t go. Here I’ll be sharing that information with you. Along the way, I’ll provide tips and tricks for great airfare and routes from the US to Italy, as well as details about money, packing, weather and other logistics. Ciao for now!
While vineyard tours are plentiful, fascinating and fun, after your third or tenth tour you might be looking for a different way to spend a day. I would highly recommend visiting an olive farm that produces its own oil. [...]