This travel company is the best! I told them what type of vacation and activities I wanted and they booked not only the tours, but handled the logistics of getting me from one place to the next. I am a seasoned traveler but the ease and security of being met at the train station or picked up from my hotel each day made my visit stress free! The roads are so narrow in Italy and parking so scarce that having a system of private drivers was indispensable. Plus, all drivers and tour guides spoke English! Having the tours pre-booked was also essential to avoid the long lines that seem ubiquitous in Florence. I highly recommend this travel agency and Zicasso!
The farm and cooking tours were my favorites! In Sorrento, my driver picked me up from the fabulous beach front hotel and drove me to a small organic farm that had been in one family for 4 generations. The farmer and his family met us and answered all of our questions about the culture and raising of food today, then showed us how to make fresh mozzarella using milk from the dairy cows we saw in his barn! All while sipping local wine and sampling various cheeses from the farm. Next was a lemon grove to see how trees are grafted and how the ever present limoncello was made. In Florence I learned to make gnocchi, fresh basil pesto (muddled, not machine processed!), biscotti and sampled a variety of fruits and vinegars from the market. I didn't know white balsamic vinegar even existed!
I would spend more time in Cinque Terre. An overnight stay there would have been great to avoid the crowds during the busiest part of the day. I would also like to spend more time in Siena, especially to see inside the cathedral and town hall.
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