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Robert Terry, Fall 2009
The fall of 2009 I spent a month in Florence exploring this wonderful city and the surrounding Tuscan countryside. Since Florence is in the heart of the Chianti Classico region I wanted to take a wine tour while I was there. After a little research on the Internet I came across Angela's website and her wine tours. I scheduled the Chianti Classico tour and met up with Angela at a convenient location in Florence, literally about five minutes from my apartment. As luck would have it there were only three people in our group and we were picking up the other two on the way to the first winery. During the drive to meet them I received my own private lesson in wine making as well as a mini Tuscan tour, all compliments of Angela.
After picking up the other two members of our group, we proceeded on to the wineries. Both the people at the wineries and Angela were incredibly accommodating and generous with their time
answering our questions about the wine, wine making, and any other questions we had. As a photographer I appreciated Angela's willingness to stop for pictures in the scenic Tuscan
countryside and also offer suggestions for photo ops. Both myself and the two women in my group enjoyed ourselves immensely.
When my father came to visit the following week, I recommended that he take a wine tour with Angela. I believe that it was the thing he enjoyed most in Florence.
There are many wine tours available in Florence. Angela's is a great value and I would do it again in a heartbeat the next time I visit Florence.
Jose Fernandez 2009
For our honeymoon, my wife and I chose to visit Italy. Some friends of ours recommended that we call Angela for a tour of the Tuscan wine country. It was one of the highlights of our honeymoon. Angela picked us up right by our hotel and whisked us into wine country. On the way to Montalcino, Angela pointed out all of the different regions where grapes were grown and explained to us, not only the history, but also the differences and qualities of each of the different grapes grown and wines produced in those regions. When we arrived at Montalcino we visited three distinct vineyards. Through Angela's connections with the vineyard owners we were able to walk through the fields, see how their individual wines were made and even got to sample some great bottles! For lunch, Angela took us to a quaint town located on top of a mountain overlooking Montalcino. Aside from the breathtaking views of the valley, we enjoyed the best homemade pasta I have ever eaten in my life. To anyone looking to truly experience wine country I highly recommend giving Angela a call. Her knowledge of wine is unparalled and her hospitality makes the experience even more amazing.
Carol Poston, Nashville, TN
Our group of four wanted to visit some Tuscan towns outside of Florence, but didn't want to be packed on a bus with a bunch of people and didn't want to rent a car and try to navigate unknown roads. We found Angela on the internet and she proved to be the perfect Tuscan guide. We booked her for a San Gimignano/Siena day trip and loved every minute of it. Angela is very friendly, speaks perfect English, allows some flexibility with time, and is extremely knowledgeable.
We liked the first trip so much that we booked a wine tour to Montalcino to sample the fine Brunello wine. During the offseason, Angela searches for unique wineries in the area, and once again, she delivered a memorable experience. While driving, Angela shared her vast knowledge of the winemaking process and the requirements for Brunello wine. Both of our winery visits were unique and fascinating -- locations that you would not be able to find or access on your own. And, a highlight was our Tuscan lunch/feast in a small town near Montalcino.
You can't go wrong with Angela Saltafuori! Her charm and knowledge will create life-long memories from your visit to Tuscany.
Pama Mitchell June 2009
My husband and I took a tour with Angie in June. I have written about it on my blog today--two months after we went, I know, but better late than never, we say.
We thought it was great and I am recommending you to my friends!
Check it out: http://healthyfoodies.blogspot.com/search?q=angie
Lisa & Paul Koches, 24 March and 27 March 2009
In 2009, our daughter was studying in Florence and we had the opportunity to visit the beautiful Tuscan area for two weeks. We found Angela through the Internet and took a chance on her services. What a lucky find for us!! We used Angela for a group tour to the Chianti wineries and for a private day trip to Siena. In Chianti, we visited two wineries and had a delicious lunch in a small cafe in a nearby town. The visits were perfectly orchestrated and gave us fantastic exposure to the vineyards, wine tasting and local culture. It was clear the vineyard owners were fond of Angie and went out of their way to give the best to her clients. Angela provided us with historical facts and "inside" knowledge of the region. So pleasant, eager to answer our questions (no matter how many we asked!) and always ready to direct us to the best photo spot, gelataria or store.
On our day trip to Siena, Angela gave us a fantastic walking tour of the city. Since she has lived in both Florence and Siena, her knowledge is expansive. On our way back, we stopped at the most charming farm/vineyard in San Gimignano for lunch. It truly was a perfect day especially since we were not responsible for driving, parking and setting up tours.
Although the cost may seem pricey for a private tour, it was well worth it. We had a group of seven people and using Angela allowed us to customize our day. We were equally as impressed
when we went on a shared tour in Chianti. It was quite fun to meet other travelers and share experiences. Angela made us all feel comfortable and welcome.
We highly recommend Angela for touring Tuscany. Whether you are going to a vineyard or a city, you will get excellent service with a personal touch. We plan on returning to this region again soon and will be sure to use Angela for our touring needs. We miss her beautiful
Italian and warm smile!!
Cindy L. Jacques, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA March 2009
A highlight of my first visit to Italy in March 2009 was a day trip to Chianti Classico vineyards with Angie. It was a little scary to pick someone unreferenced from the Internet, but the information and guest comments on her website drew me to contact her, and once we e-mailed each other I was convinced I made the right decision. I am so glad I found her! Despite the cold and rain, she, the vineyard hosts and the friendly family group with whom we shared our tour made the day a warm one. She picked us up at the designated time that morning in front of the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze. The scenic routes through the countryside, Angie's knowledge of the area, the wine- and olive-tasting tours at two vineyards and our stop to walk through a medieval village were amazing (I took 100s of photos that day). Equally as satisfying was the relaxed multi-course lunch served family style with, of course, Chianti Classico, that we had in a cozy little family-run ristorante. She dropped us off back at the library that evening where we bid our new friends caio. Looking back, having a seasoned, knowledgeable guide who took care of all the details in advance, and did all the driving, was well worth every Euro spent. The bottles of Chianti I brought home with me have long been gone, but I now search wine shops for the Chianti Classico with a black rooster on the bottle. With every sip, I can relive a little of that day. It was an experience I will never forget and very much hope to repeat as soon as possible in the future. Angie: Mille grazie per la splendida esperienza!
Isabel and Ken, April 2009
Our trip to Montalcino April 2009
Ken and I choose Italy for our honeymoon and can definitely say that one of the best parts of the trip was the Tuscany / Montalcino Wine tour that Angela offered us. We love wine and Brunello di Montalcino is one of our favorites so we decided to take a private tour.
After looking in the internet we luckily found Angela's information and immediately contacted her. She was really easy to deal with, respondly promtly to all our questions on the trip.
On the date of the trip, after picking us up she right away started giving us her comments about the region the wine, the food, a little bit of history. The places and wineries that she selected for us on this tour were really nice. We visited two wineries that offered superb wines (we just regret not having bought more of those wines, I guess another trip would have to do it), and the insight on the wine production and all the information that we got from those two visits was amazing without being overwhelming, all in a very casual atmosphere.
We have recommended this tour to all our friends and will recomended to anyone that is interested in visiting Tuscany and checking out their amazing wines.
Isabel and Ken
Three of us (my husband, a friend, and I are all in our late 50s) spent the month of October touring Italy. Two of our most pleasant, relaxing days in the whole trip were with Angela. I don't think there can be too much emphasis on the fact that traveling with a knowledgeable, conscientious guide keeps the focus on the countryside, not the map.
The first day we visited the famous Chianti region, enjoying the lovely countryside and stopping along the way for wineries and scenic viewpoints. The second day Angela took us to Siena and Volterra, two beautiful old cities that deserved more time than I set out in our schedule. I would recommend having Angela provide a guided tour of Siena for most of a day, then add another day to tour Volterra and San Gimignano. The excellent Volterra Guarnacci Museum alone merits an hour or two for viewing the amazing collection of Etruscan antiquities. An empty duffle would have been useful to take away a few souvenirs from the fantastic alabaster shops!
As with any personalized tour, it helps if you can give your guide a short description of your interests and your depth of knowledge (on wines, for instance) when you set up the tour. If you just want to see the art and cultural highlights, Angela will take you to the best places. But if you've had enough of cathedrals and museums, don't beat a dead horse - call her and let her you want to go shopping!
I would highly recommend Angela as a guide for couples, families, groups of young and old alike, and especially for women traveling alone or in groups. She is personable, adaptable, gracious and just delightful! I wish her all the best! And I know anyone who visits Tuscany would enjoy spending a day or two with Angela!
Thérèse Turcotte, October 2008
We have really enjoyed our trip in Toscana. We keep good souvenirs and some beautiful pictures. We have enjoyed a lot our journeys with you. We have
appreciated your generosity. The vineyards owners were very interesting and young. We have learned a lot, like how to taste the wine.
We are sending you few pictures. There will be some more tomorrow. Hope you do not miss the French gang too much.
Therese and Rachel
Dorothy Dejmal, September 2008
Angela in Tuscany...
Some of my most memorable times in Tuscany are spent touring wine country - both Chianti and Brunello. Last September several friends and I enjoyed Angela's shared Montalcino tour and also her private Chianti tour. Her selection of wineries was outstanding, from a small family owned winery to an all women owned winery to a medium sized independent. Lunch was always a major highlight. In Chianti Francesco's mother, a fabulous cook, prepared and served lunch. In Montalcino country, a family member who happened to be a renown chef prepared lunch and the owner's daughter and her fiancé serve us.
Not only is Angela a very knowledgeable guide - of Italy and of wines - but she is a very charming, thoughtful person who does her utmost to ensure a great wine tasting experience and fun for all. I had toured with Angela the year before, and now again in May this year I will be visiting Italy and touring with Angela.