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We are a group of 8 adults who enjoy cooking and drinking wine. What a perfect match to Villa Aquilea! The cooking class and pizza night with James were highlights at the villa, and "Butterfly" restaurant was spectacular! We enjoyed other culinary finds on our day trips in the area. The view from the villa is the best in Tuscany!

- Cindy B, Rochester Minnesota, guest 2010


My husband and I visited the Villa last August and I still can't believe the vivid memories of the house, flowers, the pool and the wonderful people in the surrounding town of Lucca. I can actually say to friends that I cooked an Italian meal in Tuscany. We visited Florence and Pisa during the day and then cmae back to this beautiful place in the evening. We watched the movie Under the Tuscan Sun while visiting and then looked around and it was not a movie it was real. We would recommend the experience to anyone.

- Bob and Edna P, Palatine, Illinois, guests 2009

 

Our friend Alessandra M. gives a fascinating walking tour of Florence.  This is a great experience, if you don't want a full day tour of Florence with a driver.  You can take the train or bus to Florence, have 2-3 hours with Alessandra, and still have plenty of time to shop or explore on your own.  Her tour highlights the Duomo, Baptistry, the many aspects of the piazza Signoria, and the David statue (located in the Academy Museum).  Alessandra will make reservations for you at the Academy museum, so you'll be able to go straight in with her, avoiding the lines outside the museum. 

Alessandra was born and raised in Florence, and has been a licenced tour guide since 1995.  She has given walking tours to our guests for years.  They love her!  She is fluent in English, having spent 8 years studying in Boulder Colorado and then receiving her masters degree in England. Her art history passion and studies continue, with a specialty in Michelangelo and the Renaisance.  Alessandra is one of the few scholars that has access to the Michelangelo library in Florence, where she works with original letters and drawings from the master. She and Paolo (he is one of our favorite drivers and provides some of our driving tours in the area) live in a beautiful home near Florence, that was once owned by Michelangelo himself! 

 

Price: 250euros for morning tour or 220euros for afternoon tour (this is total price, not per person) for up to 9 guests, with an additional 40euros for groups of 10-16 (for required headsets). The entrance fee to the Academy museum (about 20euros/person) is not included in the tour price - please let us know if you do not want to visit the Academy museum.

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