Our tour of Florence was a highlight. Our guide, Francesca was even better than I hoped for. She has her Phd in archeology, and decided it would be better to change her skills to a licensed guide, as she really likes people. that came through loud and clear. She also really took to heart what you had told her about our approach to art museums. She presented us with a truly outstanding education on a few very important items. No droning on about every piece of art in the museum. Lots of interesting discussion on the history of Florence and its current place in Italy. She joined us for lunch and continued to be a wonderful conversationalist. We had two requests – one member wanted to look at fine leather goods. I wanted to shop for high quality unique ceramic pieces. At the end of the afternoon, after the Uffzi, she took us to the School of Leather, which is in the back of a monastery! Our daughter’s significant other bought a beautiful briefcase, and others bought belts. We all got to watch the students learning on their pieces. Never would have known about it without Francesca! Then she dropped us off at a family run ceramic studio, where I bought the exactly right centerpiece for home dining room. Again, would not have known about it without her.
Luca, our tour guide for Chianti was excellent. We talked about what we wanted to see/hear do, and the fact that we wanted to shorten the day (we were bushed). He recommended a smallish vineyard for an education tour of the cellars and wine making, and that we have lunch on the terrace. It was called Casa Emma. the educational tour was terrific, led by a young Italian woman from the winery. Lunch was under the gauzy white canopy on the terrace. The food was excellent, and we had a five wine tasting over the course of the meal, with Paula doing the explaining. The wine just kept coming.
Luca had given us a lot of background on the wine region as we drove out, and then he took us to two small towns, one of which was Greve in Chianti. He dropped us off around 5 pm and we all sighed with satisfaction.
Our Rome guide sat with our granddaughter and was absolutely wonderful. She is only 8 1/2 but loves learning. The older grandkids we just as happy. I know they will never forget this trip. Making memories is what it’s all about.