Steve & Kristine L.
Splendors of Southern France
We have travelled with CountryBred three years in row. Each experience has been well thought out and has exceeded our expectations.
Regions & Areas Visited:
• Toscana: Florence, Cortona, Montepulciano, Siena, Lucca, Pietrasanta, San Miniato.
"It is with pleasure, that I write about the 12 day tour of Toscana and Liguria that CountryBred handcrafted for our family. On very short notice of about 9 weeks, and with little to go on except the client survey, you somehow worked your magic and put together an experience that has filled our minds, our hearts, our souls, our imaginations and yes, our tummies with the most incredible experiences that we will always treasure. This was an effortless adventure for us, once we arrived in Italy. From day 1, it was clear to us that we were in the best of hands. We rarely looked farther ahead on the schedule than the day at hand. It was a joy to awaken and find out what the day would hold, knowing for sure, that we would partake in food, drink, culture and the wonderful people of Italy. The accommodations were outstanding.The transportation was excellent, We had a delightful time with all our guides, I especially enjoyed getting to know each one over our lunchtime meal. Michele, Renee and their sweet pup, Oliva made a beautiful afternoon for us with a tour, lunch and wine tasting. We cannot wait to receive the wine and products that we have ordered from them. At Palazzo Vecchio, Maria and her pups, provided and equally delicious lunch, wine tasting and tour. It was so very memorable. I just received our delivery from her winery today. It is so nice drinking the wine from a place that we have visited and from people that we now share a connection. We toured with interest the city of Siena ,as it was preparing for the annual Palio. Only by chance, did we see the race a few days later on television. What a thrill.!! Francesco delighted us with his artisanal cheeses. We had the pleasure of meeting his cows and he entertained my daughter by reciting all of their names! Our last wonderful adventure was the truffle hunt with Billy the dog. Such a delightful family, that is so interested in sharing their passions. The food prepared for us was exquisite! What a wonderful way to end our time in Italy. Two people that I would like to make special note of are our guide for 3 days in Liguria and Simone, our driver in Cortona, Siena and Montepulciano. I must compliment you on your culture guide that you printed for both my husband and I, and my daughter. It is beautifully done with every piece of information and detail that we needed. The photos are beautiful and all make sense now! The bred bites were very much appreciated, Your research in these places is very accurate. We never lacked for something to do and never experienced a bad meal. The culture guide now serves as a beautiful momento of our trip. Thank you from that bottom of my heart for this most wonderful vacation. All the best. “
– Janet M., Albany, New York