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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 live in Montisi, a charming medieval village, 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.

Casa Parva

 

Casa Parva is a one-bedroom romantic apartment in the charming Medieval village in Tuscany, where I live, Montisi. The village is off the beaten track and yet very close to the world known countryside of Tuscany and its most important art cities and wine districts. Pienza and Montepulciano are only 20 minutes away; Cortona, Siena, Arezzo, Perugia are 1 hour away, the wine districts of Montalcino and Chianti are very close. Thanks to my experience, you will have access to complete information on what to do during your stay and I will be happy to make reservations and recommendations.

The apartment has massive stone walls, thick wooden ceiling beams, terracotta floors: Casa Parva is just the way a home-from-home in Tuscany should be. A house which conserves the traces of its ancient past top perfection, whilst offering all the comforts of a modern home. The apartment is all decorated with antiques while in the kitchen you’ll find everything you might possibly need to try your Italian recipes or have a cooking class.

The living room is ideal to relax with your own music on the music system, watch a dvd, read, drink a great glass of wine and relive your days adventures.

The bathroom is luxurious and the supremely comfortable cast iron tub is indulgent. The charming washbasin is made of Carrara marble in one slab while the large shower is all made with local travertine. There is a small laundry adjoining with washer, dryer and ironing equipment.

Contacts

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

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