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Having a private guide in Tuscany is the best way to get to know the area, its culture, its people. With a personal guide you can have access to innumerable lesser known art treasures in a landscape of incomparable beauty. You can discover the world of wine and food at a more relaxed pace than that of mass tourism.

Siena and Tuscany have much to offer: come and find out!

My Profile

I was born and grew up on the beautiful island of Sardinia. After a number of years in Milan where I got a degree in foreign languages and literature (English, Spanish and Portuguese), I spent a year in California and then moved to Tuscany. After working in luxury hotel management, I became a licensed tour guide for Siena and its Province. I have taken a sommelier course and the Cheese Taster first certificate course. My passions are art history, wine, food, local traditions and literature.

I am very lucky to have so many repeat guests from all over the world. Apart from my knowledge they compliment me on my “wicked” sense of humour!

I am also the owner of Casa Parva, a charming apartment in Montisi that I make available for a memorable stay in Tuscany.
www.casaparva.com

I live in Montisi, a charming medieval town, with my husband, a wine making consultant.

Art Tours

Below are some ideas for tours in our area. Please contact me to discuss customized tours based on your personal needs.

Siena
A step into the past, through narrow back streets, fortified houses, medieval towers, tiny piazzas, lesser known churches rich in masterpieces. Discover the routes of pilgrims, saints, artists, travelers and the traditional arts and crafts workshops along with the masterpieces of Palazzo Pubblico, the Duomo, the Museo dell’Opera, and Santa Maria della Scala formerly an hospital and now a fascinating museum.

Palio
The Palio is a bare-back horse race that has been taking place for centuries in the main square, the Campo, between the various neighborhoods of the city, the “Contradas”. This tour takes you behind the scenes to visit a Contrada with its church and museum, and will help you to understand the spirit and the fascination of this event.

The countryside
Discover Pienza, built for Pope Pius II as an ideal Renaissance town, also famous for its Pecorino cheese; Montepulciano and its Renaissance church of San Biagio; the world-famous San Gimignano with its many towers. The lesser known San Quirico d’Orcia, Bagno Vignoni, Radicofani, Colle Val d’Elsa. Travel through the Crete Senesi, the typical lunar-like landscape, the Chianti area with its wineries and villages or the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Abbeys
Sant’Antimo, Monte Oliveto Maggiore, San Galgano and the hermitage of Montesiepi with the legend of the sword in the stone.

The Etruscans
Discover Tuscany’s ancestors in the towns and museums of Chiusi, Chianciano Terme, Murlo, Sarteano and visit their Etruscan tombs.

Gardens
Visit the famous gardens of this area, including some that are not usually open to the public.

Wine and Food Tours

Wine tour
Discover the great wines of this region: Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and the history of Italian wine, from Etruscan wine to the Supertuscans with tastings at important wineries.

Cheese and Olive oil tour
In combination with a wine tour, discover the local Pecorino sheepsmilk cheese from Pienza and the famous “oro verde”, the Tuscan olive oil, with tastings and visits to local producers.

NEW!!!: Cheese and Wine tasting at your villa or in Montisi

Discover how cheese is made, the true dietary facts and get rid of false myths during a fully informative and highly enjoyable 2 hour long tasting that will match 3 cheeses and 3 wines. Discover how to rate each cheese and wine and why they match together. You will also learn the basics of matching food with wine.

Comments

Dear Antonella,

We consider you the best guide in all of Italy! Your tours were a delightful experience.  We so appreciated your extensive knowledge and your delightful and professional presentations…

Jackie Gamble

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Dear Antonella:   

On behalf of all of our group, we want to thank you for a wonderful week in Tuscany.   You were magnificent– so knowledgeable AND FUN!    We learned so much about Tuscany, history, wine, food and the lovely culture.  You made our trip perfect.   Best of all, I know we are leaving you as a friend who we will all see again.   Please come see us in Texas!  Sincerely,

Jerry and Mark Clements

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Antonella

Thank you for such an amazing time. Tour guides are easy to find, amazing people are not.
We hope to see you somewhere in the world. Please stay in touch if only to share your humor:) I will do likewise.

Matt Fanning

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 Antonella has an amazing depth of knowledge regarding Siena and she really explains well the multi-layered culture of the town and the subtleties of the Palio.  Holy cow! People say it is a horse race like they say the Boston Marathon is a foot race.  I could spend a week with this woman.  Smarter than a whip.

Siena is a beautiful town. Florence has beautiful objects. These are two very different places and I am starting to appreciate what a mosaic Italy really represents.

John Grossman

 

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Hi Antonella,

I wanted to let you know what a fantastic time our whole gang had touring around Tuscany! You did an amazing job – from the information you provided, the interesting stories told, the places you showed us, the tastings and lunches you arranged – it was all perfect and better than we could have imagined!  You took the time to get to know each of us and at the end of the 2 days, we all commented that no of us had ever had a better guide! Many, many thanks for all your great planning, hard work and wonderful sense of humor – we loved every minute of it!

Dana Clements

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Dear Antonella,

My clients are now home from their vacation in Italy. They had a fabulous time.

He was particularly complimentary of you and your services on their Siena tour. He thought you were wonderful, knowledgeable, personable and professional. He only wished that they had taken my advice and booked other tours with you! I couldn’t help but say “I told you so!”   J  Thank you so much for taking good care of our mutually valuable clients!      It’s a pleasure working with such a professional allowing me the peace of mind and certainty in my recommendations.

Bonnie Waite – Preferred Travel & Cruises – bonnie@yourcruise.com

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Thank you again for a great day, Antonella! The guests were very pleased by your knowledge and playful spirit. As was I. :-). They proclaimed you their favorite of all the guides . . . and they were pleased with everyone… Ciao, bella!
Caron Guillo
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Hi Antonella:  I just wanted to drop you a note to send you these pictures as remembrances as well as to thank you for our entire experience in Tuscany.  You really brought the history and region to life for us.  We were all so impressed with your knowledge, insights, sense of humour and frankness about the region and the sites you showed us.  We will have so many fond memories of Italy because of you.  So thank you much! 

Paolo (and Marko, Jacque and Wesley)

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Dear Antonella,

Doug and I want to thank you for your creative and enthusiastic leadership during the Siena portion of our Italy vacation.  The Tuscan hill towns and countryside were the attraction for us from the beginning. Your organization of our visits in Siena, Pienza, Montepulciano provided us the opportunity to enjoy Tuscany more deeply than could have been possible through the visits in the major cities.  We much appreciated your knowledge across a vast number of subjects from the historical to the modern day, and the conversations at dinner too!

Genie and Doug

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Hello Antonella!

It was so wonderful to hear from you!  We had such an amazing time!  You endured all the family dysfunction and we had an absolute blast!  You brought Siena to life and we have NOT stopped talking about the Palio!  We will ABSOLUTELY be back and will NOT tolerate anyone but you so expect to hear from us! 🙂 Take care!

Tina and Gordon

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Hi Antonella,

We just wanted to drop you a note to thank you so much for our tour of Sienna. Having been a couple of times on our own, we had absolutely no appreciation of the rich historical significances of the City, and your own personal involvement with the districts and the Palio just brought it all to life. It was one of the most enjoyable mornings of our non-stop holiday ( and the afternoon clothes shopping was pretty good too!!)
Sally and Roger. UK
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Bella Antonella,
You are amazing!!! What a pleasure it was for my group to have you lead us, educate us, and amaze us with your knowledge on Italian art, wine and Tuscan life!!  Your great sense of humour was also very much appreciated as were your personal stories. You are truly one of the best Guides I’ve ever had for my groups!! Your English is excellent, and your sparkling, bubbly personality  make all the difference.  An added benefit was your extensive knowledge of Tuscan wines which I loved. You are obviously doing what you were meant to do–your passion is contagious! Thank you for truly one of the best days in Italy!!  I look forward to seeing you again next year!  Hugs xo
Grace Cirocco, Vita Bella Retreats, St. Catharines, ON
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Dear Antonella, We can’t begin to thank you enough for making our holiday so special. Being able to spend the am with you in Siena was perfect, it just would not have been the same on our own. The cheese visit was brilliant! Just what we were looking to see and taste.
I hope we can visit with your husband in California.
Thanks again,
Joe, Bill, Ken and Rick
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Hello Dorothy,
Thank you for writing – I’m glad you found me and read about Antonella on my blog post.
In short, Antonella is just amazing and totally worth every Euro you spend to hire her.
She was so helpful in creating two highly personalized tours for me last October. First of all, I spent a week in Montisi with 10 girlfriends. Many of us are garden writers and/or designers so we wanted to see beautiful Italian gardens. Antonella created a tour that got us inside some hard-to-access estate gardens that just took away our collective breaths.
The following week, after my girlfriends left, my family arrived. We had three generations – from age 12 to 76 – and that was a bit of a challenge. Antonella also created a lovely, personal tour for our group to see some beautiful architecture, scenery, and a monastery. She managed to make everyone laugh and got the kids interested in funny details in the carvings and artwork that they would never have figured out on their own.
She is just wonderful, smart, resourceful, and generous with her knowledge.
Best of luck and please let me know how it all turns out.
Sincerely,
Debra Prinzing
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Dear Antonella,
We are now back in Chicago and reliving our wonderful vacation in Tuscany.  Wanted you to know how pleased we were with your tour, you highlighted everything of interest to us and all of us enjoyed it very much.  When we asked the children what they enjoyed most about their time in Tuscany, they all answered “Siena” and of course that was because of your tour.  The contradas were fascinating, as was it all.  Many thanks!
Diane Cooper
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Hi Antonella! I can’t stop thinking about how wonderful our trip was! We owe so much of that to you for being such a great guide and friend. I was glad to get home, but I find myself wondering what you might be doing and what fun memories we made in Italy. I’ll be in touch and thanks again for a fabulous time! Thinking of you…
Angie
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Hello Antonella,
Thank you for a wonderful day!   We will remember it forever.  Your knowledge of the wine area and all their particularities was very insightful.
Patricia and Pierre – Montreal

 

Contacts

Antonella Piredda
Tour Guide (Italian, English and Spanish)
tel. (+39) 0577 845142
fax: (+39) 0577 845921
mobile: (+39) 347 4565150
anto@antonellapiredda.com
antonella.piredda@live.it

www.casaparva.com

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