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Optional activities, exclusively
available to guests in our villas

In addition to the great activities described in the button to the left, sometimes our clients want help organizing a special activity or two for their group. So we offer the optional choices on this page, all organized and ready to go, with guides, cooks, and drivers we know . . .

Cooking Class & Dinner at your own villa


"One of the biggest highlights was the cooking class with Alessandra. Great food and a great learning experience..." David J., Knoxville Tennessee, guest 2011

Personal Chef Dinner Party at your rental villa

Tour on Bikes of Lucca's historic center

Walking Tour of Lucca's historic center

"Each of us walked away with the most vivid memories - the vistas, the cup of espresso enjoyed while sitting on the patio, and of course, "pizza night" using the ancient, outdoor pizza oven... James made our stay so personal - mapping out the best of the best - we WILL return". Lois B, Ann Arbor Michigan, Guest 2008

Walking Tour of Florence

Meal Drop-Off at your rental villa

Olive Harvest & Oil Pressing (November only)


This was a trip of a lifetime for all of us and was more than we could have ever hoped it could be… Special thanks for the blacksmith tour. Tom is still talking about how incredible it was" Tom and Judy R., St. Louis, guests 2007

Village Treasures in the Lucca hills

Visit olive oil mill and wine tasting (2.5-3hrs) in the Lucca hills

"We learned how to make pizza in a stone oven, tasted wine only the locals know about and stepped onto the Ponte del Diavolo. So bring your book if you need some down time by the pool, bring your appetite to eat all the delicious offerings, ... and don’t forget your sense of adventure to discover all that Italy is known for" .Kay D., Atlanta, guest 2005, 2007, 2009

Driving Day Tour ceramics, truffles, and Pisa

Hi James, Thank you for your email. We are having a wonderful time at the Villa, it is more lovely than we expected. Paola [who prepared a personal chef dinner] was delightful and we had a great time chatting about lots of topics. She is a great find for you! The food was extremely good, we all appreciated being looked after..Cheers, Di L, Australia, guest 2015

Driving Day Tour to the Cinque Terre seaside

To do: RELAX at the villa, shop, hike, oliveharvest, swim, day trips like Cinque Terre, Florence, Pisa, wine tours, James' history of the villa tour, cooking class that highlights local cuisine using ingredients that grow WILD on the mountain- Just great!" .Pat H, Chicago, guest 2009

Driving Day Tour Wine tasting day in Chianti

Driving Day Tour Carrara/Pietrasanta and artists

"[James] made arrangements for tours, cooking class with Villa owners which were great. Also Pizza night using Villa's own wood burning outside oven was a memory for lifetime... If you are staying in Tuscany you can't find a better place.".Joe F., New York City, guest 2009

Driving Day Tour Siena and San Gimignano

Driving Day Tour wine and Maremma/Bolgheri

Driving Day Tour villa, hills & gardens of Florence

Driving Day Tour at your rental villa