From the very beginning I contacted my agent we worked together on planning our first trip to Italy. I told her we weren't the typical couple who wanted to spend time in museums. We wanted to visit wineries and have a couple of cooking classes and a couple of tours to see the main sites. It was a few months in the planning and she kept in contact with me the entre time. Our trip was the best it could have been for our first time. We saw three different territories: The City in Florence, the hillsides and country of Tuscany and the Mediterranean Sea in Cinque Terre. We loved our first trip and would return again sometime in the future.
In Florence we had dinner with a few people we met for the States afterwards we attended a concert at St. Marks Church. It was a Duet from Figaro's Marriage: One piano player and two professional opera singers. This Opera was unbelievable the singing was something we will never forget.
In Sienna during our tour we saw a Parade of Territories men and boys carrying large very colorful flags and drums marching throughout the entire town. They would meet other groups carrying different colored flags and meet and greet and continue through the town they did this for hours.
In Tuscany we had a private food tour that included a wine tour. When we got there we were hungry so their was a change of plans. They gave us a variety of cheeses and wine and a vegetable soup. We talked and ate for about an hour then we went to a beautiful winery for a personal tour and tasting. Returned to their home and had a pasta dish, wine and a chicken dish with more cheese and bread. We learned a lot about the region and history of Tuscany it was a tour we will never forget.
Cinque Terre we took a short train ride to Riomaggiore one of the villages in Cinque Terre. We met with our tour person. He took us on a hike through his vineyard, it was quite the hike only to have the most beautiful view when we reached the top. He educated us about the wine, region and how they work the vineyards. Afterwards he took us to his very small personal winery and tried his wine with some very good bread. We learned so much about wine another tour we will never forget.
I wouldn't change very much. We didn't enjoy the train ride with luggage we will never do that again. We would drive the next time. Our trip was perfect.
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