Author Suzanne Burdon came to Italy to do her research and she hired A Touch of Tuscany Tours to assist.



Let me start by saying THANK YOU, Italia is bellisima❤️. Our experience with Tuscany Italy tours was one of a kind, the personal touch of our own private tour guide allowed us to savor the essence of such a beautiful country and culture. We experience Greece as well and we all had an amazing experience. But what we most enjoyed and appreciated was Maria’s personal touch, her availability to answer all the wants, needs of our group, even when we had a little confusion and zone time difference, she managed to handle it all thank you from the bottom of our hearts. This trip will truly be in our hearts for ever.

Grazie Millie the Aponte & Rodriguez family.

 “We are not world travelers by any means.  In fact, this was truly the first time we left the continent..period.  Our 25th wedding anniversary was approaching and we found ourselves scrambling at the last minute as to where we should go.  Thus the dilemma. We ran into Maria after not having seen her for a few years.  She mentioned that she was a travel agent and could arrange a trip to Italy for us if we were interested.  We never could have imagined all the heart and care that would go into all the detailed planning she arranged for us. From the very start she made sure that we knew what to expect…and even who to expect upon arriving in Italy.  The people she arranged to help with our needs were friendly, personable and knowledgeable.  They didn’t hold back from assisting us…even far beyond what was requested by Maria.  As even more of a finishing touch – Maria made sure we were well taken care of literally at every place we were assigned to go.  It left us, well. speechless. It could seem as if we could go on and on about our experience with Maria…and if the space allowed…indeed we would!  We recommend using this business for your travel care.   We firmly believe we would  not  have experienced the same came with anyone else.”

Mr.& Mrs. D.L.

“There is no price too that could pay for the wonderful experiences meeting so lovely friends. We are so grateful! Tonight at dinner we experienced so nice fellowship. It was very touching and emotive.”


“Everything in the tour has been so professionally attended by all. So we are looking forward for tomorrow in the last stop in our tour.”


Thanks so much.

– Efrain & Dolores

“There are no words to describe how enjoyable, fantastic, enticing, and memorable our time with Francesco and Giulia was!! Gracie e Mille!!”


“Paris? What a way to end the vacation!! Paris!! Oscar and Macey were amazing and gave us an outstanding finish to complete our dream vacation. Merci Beau Coup Mis Amis!”


Thanks so much.

– Frank and Denise

“Our tour guide, Maria, was absolutely marvelous, her personal touch made our visit to the beautiful countryside of Tuscany unforgettable. Her informative and delightful tour, made our stay in Italy full of memories that we will cherish forever and we will always recommend Maria as the tour guide par excellence for all of our friends.”

– Darlene and Sue, USA

“Italy.. .ah, Italy, what a wonderful place and no one better to show Tuscany and some surrounding areas to you than Maria D’Arrigo. We had the most wonderful time being introduced to the local area, both restaurants, shopping, historical locations and local events, among other interesting things to see and do. And whatever we wanted was available before we even mentioned it. Leaving Italy was difficult and leaving Maria was more so. We returned to California only to work and save money so that one day we can return. We had such a wonderful time and highly recommend contacting Maria to tour Tuscany. Don’t forget to let her make the schedule and pick the tour locations. You won’t be disappointed.”

– The Tonon Family, California USA

“Maria – We had the best time! The sights were fantastic and the food amazing, and you made our trip that much more interesting and entertaining. Gotta love those Italian jokes!!! (along with some of that good ol’ wine! NOT GRAPPA haha good times, good times…) Especially for my first time in Italy, having you give us the tour of Pisa was a great beginning to our whole trip to Italy. Thanks for helping us learn the beauty of Italian art and culture, along with the more little known facts only locals know about, like which cafe to stop at, and where the best spots to get to the beach are! And I’m so glad you spoke English without the accent. I felt so bad for some of those other tours! I mean the accent is great and all, but not when you wanna get something out of a tour! Anyway, thanks again. We had a blast. Can’t wait to come back. We’ll keep in touch :)”

– Anthony and Mariana – California, USA

“How do we begin? Maria is by far the “Best” .. providing unparalleled service, making you feel perfectly at home”, attention to detail, always with a smile and always full of fun! We wouldn’t think of traveling to Italy without Maria being part of our adventure!”

– Gail and Curt Young, Virginia, USA

“My trip to Italy has to be the best vacation I have ever gone on. Italy is such a beautiful place to visit, the countryside, the people, the food were all more than words can describe. Maria made the vacation very personal and was attentive to all our wants and needs. Italy came alive to us because we sat, ate and talked with the common ordinary Italian folk. I can still visualize eating lunch at the bed and breakfast overlooking the rolling green lush hills and vineyards. We were drinking the excellent wine made from the backyard and drizzling the house olive oil on my crusty bruschetta bread and eating olives that I’ve never tasted so fresh and wonderful before nor will again until I go back. It was wonderful. I would highly recommend Maria as she’s an excellent translator as she’s lived in the states for years. She has a wealth of information on whatever area you want to visit. Don’t vacation in Italy unless Maria is by your side.”

– Deborah DiGiacomo – New York

“Our plans for a great Mediterranean cruise were highlighted by taking a personal tour with Maria D’Arrigo. We docked at the port of Livorno when we were cruising the Med and Maria was the one that met us at the port for our personalized tours of Pisa and Volterra. She showed us Tuscany off the beaten path and we truly enjoyed ourselves even though it was for only one day. She was knowledgeable about the modern and ancient history, architecture and culture of both cities; she also is an American who speaks English and Italian fluently.. As school teachers, we were interested and impressed with the details. We were able to see and visit places, restaurants (HIGHLIGHT) and the country, pleasant drive….something a regular tour bus group could never do! We had a great, non-pulsed, relaxing full day. No complaints or regrets! When we return to the ship, others were green with envy with our personal tour versus the “other” shuffled tours! I have recommended others to go through Maria. When we return, we are definitely hoping she will be available again! Thank you Maria for a fine tour!”

– Betty and Tom Meekins

“As a Travel Agent, I am always searching for the BEST experience for my clients. How pleased and thrilled I was to have found a “gem” in Italy – Maria D’Arrigo and A Touch of Tuscany Tours!! I had a group of 50 people traveling on a Mediterranean Cruise. Most of these Americans were first-time visitors to Europe, and Italy, and some were even first-time cruisers! I had a wide range of ages within the group, from very young all the way up to passengers in their 80’s. Some were physically challenged as well, and needed extra assistance especially when some of the tours called for lots of walking. Maria handled my group with extra special attention, loving assistance and genuine care. I had hoped only for a good tour in Livorno… what I got was an amazing experience, and an extremely impressed group of cruise passengers!! Maria received such glowing remarks from my group, that I have now booked an exclusive 8 DAY TUSCANY TOUR in 2009 with A Touch of Tuscany Tours, and Maria has handled every detail for us, from transportation, to our meals, to our daily agenda. I will have the privilege of accompanying my group, also. I am so thrilled and excited about our Trip, I am counting the months, days and hours…. BOOK A TOUR WITH MARIA!! You will not regret it..”

– Esmee Kyles, WeeBee Travel, Inc. – Tennessee, USA

“Our family wants to thank you for the wonderful experience we had in Italy. We enjoyed it so much, that we want to go back to Amalfi and Capri. Everyone was so kind and wonderful, and very loving. Without doubt we will definitely recommend you. Thank you so much.”

– The Bran Family

“You helped make our trip fantastic, we really appreciate what you did for us.  Right from the start you made it easy, I only wish we could have spoken to you earlier in our planning of this trip.

 Your guides, Elizabetta was a wonderful guide in Venice. Her Knowledge and love of her country was over the top. We could have spent the whole day with her, she is a true treasure.    I can’t say enough about your knowledge and hooking us up the right guides to show the world of Italy.”

– Husak Family

“The cruise was great but had an amazing time in Barcelona!  The transfers were punctual and got us to our destinations in a timely manner.  Got to the hotel around 9:30 a.m.  Of course room not available but willing to stow luggage.  Offered us a junior suite available immediately for extra 35 Euro per night – top floor corner room overlooking Mediterranean. We took it. Lovely room except the air conditioning didn’t work.  We reported it & they said they would put in work order.  We loved the room & with the side windows open, it was very comfortable. A block from bus route which we took advantage of.  

Loved the buses and rode all three routes and learned an amazing amount of information about the city.   We hope to visit again. The dinner & flamenco show was wonderful and an awesome experience! Your recommendations were appreciated.  Thank you for your part in making this such a memorable vacation!”

– Bill &  Jeanne Wood