October 28, 2014

Photography Tour in Tuscany

Experience Tuscany: A Cultural and Culinary Journey
                                              through a photographer’s lens …

Joanne "at work" in Montepulciano!
New Tuscan Experience specializes in creating custom vacations in Tuscany. We work with families, groups of friends, and even professionals who would like to host personalized trips for their own groups in this magical region.

In September we helped photographer Joanne Heaviland launch her new private tour of Tuscany. Joanne brought a small group from the US to discover the art of photography, while living a full immersion Tuscan Experience. Together we designed the trip she had envisioned for her project – creating an itinerary according to her specifications. (view itinerary)

After nearly a year of planning, it was my pleasure to be on hand during the group’s visit to ensure that everything ran smoothly. All my top collaborators contributed their talents and services to make it an outstanding and memorable tour. We are thrilled that everyone enjoyed their stay and look forward to continuing our collaboration in 2015!







Hi Kathy,

Thank you again for a fantastic tour! It was wonderful!! You have been incredible and I can't thank you enough for all that you did. 

The tour was a real success!! Everything you helped me with turned out fantastic and I have only heard great things from everyone who participated - they said it was even more than what they had expected - and for that I am grateful!

I look forward to working with you on my next tours in 2015!

Ciao & Grazie Mille!
Joanne

Discovering Florence!

Enjoying the cooking class at the organic vineyard








Learning about pecorino cheese at the farm in Pienza

Celebrating a birthday with new friends!








Visiting an ancient wine cellar in Montepulciano

 Above photos are copyright of Joanne Heaviland 



October 21, 2014

Autumn Getaway for a Group of Couples

I am happy to say we are 2 for 2! Our clients from Finland returned to Tuscany again this year after a successful visit near Montecatini last October. We suggested the Val d’Orcia this time – and it looks like they really enjoyed their stay at this lovely villa in Montepulciano…  


Thanks Kathy,

The villa was superb for our group. Enjoyed the straight flow from kitchen through breakfast/dinner table throughout to balcony. Togetherness was strong. Rooms were spacious and everything so clean.

I can recommend this villa to all who enjoy also cooking at home. And serenades for the full moon will not disturb neighbours!

Hope you all the best!

Thanks,
Timo K. - Finland


October 11, 2014

Girls' Getaway in Chianti




Hi Kathy, 

I wanted to send a quick note to thank you again for all of your help and guidance in planning our trip! We had such a fantastic time!! What a great sunset you ordered for us that first evening, too! We are already talking about our return :) I think a couple of us may come next May and bring our husbands. I will keep you posted! 

I also wanted to let you know I gave your contact info to my friend. She and her family are planning a trip for next summer to Rome and Tuscany. She may be in touch in the coming weeks. 

It was a pleasure to meet you. Many, many thanks!! I've attached a couple of photos of that sunset and one of us with our wonderful driver, Simone. :)

Best, 
Sam W. - Chicago, IL

October 5, 2014

September in Tuscany with Friends


Hi Kathy,

We are home and we had a wonderful vacation in Italy.  

The villa was exquisite.  We all loved our stay there. We enjoyed planning our days around coming back to the villa for dinner, relaxation and the wonderful view.

The cooking class was wonderful. It was fun, informative and very filling.  Everyone said they had a good time.  My husband and I have tried some of the recipes since we have been home.  
We still need to practice more on the focaccia.

I’ve been telling my friends and even a few strangers in the airport how pleasant it was to work with you on planning our trip to Tuscany. Hopefully they will contact you in the future.

Thank you for the wonderful bottle of bubbly you gave to us on our arrival.  It was delicious.

Warm regards,
Chris S. - Olympia, WA (USA)