If you ever find yourself in Tuscany, especially with limited time to explore the area, we highly recommend Azzurra at Viaggi D’Ambra tours. We spent over a month in Europe and went on several tours, but none of them came close to the personal and friendly service, passion, personal knowledge, affection for the region, and accommodating style of this tour company, and our guide Azzurra.
We were staying at an out of the way villa, yet she found us using GPS coordinates, picked us up on time in her spacious van and we were off on local side roads to see and experience the heart of Tuscany. We booked the full day tour of the Chianti region and are so glad we did. She found amazing vistas and introduced us to local villages, farms and wineries. She thoroughly understands and personally loves the history and culture of the region because she grew up here. She tailored our day and the places we visited according to what was happening in that season. This was no cookie cutter tour.
From the beginning, she asked what we wanted to see and experience, and tailored the trip to our interests. Her pricing was straightforward and there were no surprises. Her English was flawless. The van was spacious, clean and comfortable. The wine tasting, several course lunch, with home made jams and locally produced olive oil at the winery surpassed every expectation. Even the view was stunning.
Whenever we wanted to pause for a photo or get out to see something up close, no problem. On a couple occasions, she dropped us at one end of a village, and picked us up 30-45 minutes later at the other end so we had time to browse at our leisure. We began the day with a tour guide and ended it with a friend.
We would not hesitate to recommend Azzurra and Viaggi D’Ambra. The full day tour we took was perfect and far exceeded every expectation.
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