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Tuscan Fun for Kids: 16 Super Cool Things to See and Do

on Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:09
A pool in Tuscany, the Tuscan Untour

Our Tuscan Untour is a top destination for families, and for good reason. Here are 16 activities we are sure the kids and adults in your family will love.

1. Buonconvento: Visit the playground in town, where you may even meet local kids in the afternoons. Take a short local train trip in the country to look at the sheep. Take a swim in the public pool in town.

2. Montalcino: Rent bikes in town. Eat gelato. Climb the tower in the old town fortress. Locate the different town quarters and their banners...

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Helvi & Vincent Larson, Untourists of the Week: 'Returning to Tuscany was like going home.'

on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:49
The Larsons on their second Tuscany Untour

Returning to Tuscany for the third time was truly like going home. It was even more meaningful to be able to share our favorites with Stan and Jean: Pienza, Montepulciano, Siena, Montalcino, Assisi, the beach at Castiglione della Pescaia, restaurants like Da Mario and I Poggioli, even Harriet our wonderful Untours on-site rep. We even had time to discover new places, like the Chianti region, especially Panzano and its famous butcher, Dario Cecchini.

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Kathy Raines, Untourist of the Week: Alsace + Tuscany

on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:16

Feeling like a local, freedom to travel like you want, even if you get lost! I also love the onsite support and that Untours helps make sure that you have everything that you need.

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Sandee and Mike Lawless, Untourists of the Week: 3 "best" Untour memories

on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 09:13
Sandee and Mike Lawless, Untourists of the Week

The greatest difference between an Untour trip and other ways of traveling is experiencing the country more as a resident than as a tourist. We love shopping in the markets and bakeries just as local residents do. We love being immersed in a smaller village for the richness it provides in understanding the culture and everyday life of the host country.

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Il Palio in Siena: Porcupine for the day!

on Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:15
Palio horse race on the Tuscany Untour

This is a favorite of ours and seemed worth revisiting as the first of two Palio days approaches in Siena on July 2. This historic horse race is a critical part of Siena's culture, and a favorite spectacle for visitors to the Tuscan Untour. Andrea Cancelliere was there in the crowd and reports her experiences as an infiltrator with the Istrice Contrada, the Porcupines. Enjoy her first hand account of the action!

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Jim and Claire Graves, Untourists of the Week: and their wine is so good

on Tue, 05/20/2014 - 09:22
Untourists Claire and Jim Graves recount their experiences with Untours in Tuscany, Umbria and Rome

We had been to Poggiarellino twice before, with friends each time. Anna and Lodovico Ginotti are so nice and the farm is so relaxing (and their wine is SO good), that we wanted to go back again. We had never been to Umbria or Rome, so we decided to include these while we were in the country. We had studied Italian a bit and wanted to use what little we had (this turned out to be a lot of fun, and the Italians seemed to appreciate our efforts). The first sentence we learned in Italian was "I am an American tourist, please speak more slowly."

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Ted and Margaret Ricks, Untourists of the Week, join up with their "Roman son"

on Thu, 05/08/2014 - 11:17
Untourists Margaret and Ted Ricks share their experience with Untours in Rome and Florence

We learned quickly that you will never outdrive Italians on the byways and highways for not matter how fast you go, they will pass you often and quickly and so we let them. We spent a week in Tuscany and then drove to Rome to meet our son, Jim, who, as an artist, became our docent for a week. Rome was incredible, a living museum where there are churches on every block, a Bernini fountain seemingly everywhere, and enough Roman history to satisfy any historian in you.

We loved learning from Untours about the "slow food" restaurants in Rome and took advantage of as many as we could find; also, the bargain of the week was the on/off bus/metro tickets that we used daily to get around the city as driving would be more than entertaining. We intend to return to Rome as you can not possibly see it in a week.

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James and Susan Bach (Untourists of the Week), passing the Untour habit down the family line

on Thu, 04/03/2014 - 13:30
Untourists James and Susan Bach share a bit about their Untours to Tuscany, as well as the Oberland and Ticino regions of Switzerland

How is taking an Untour different from other ways of travelling?

The staff support prior to leaving is outstanding and the support of the staff once you arrive is also greatly appreciated. The support staff is always helpful and informative to situations of that particular area.

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The Abusivi Americani

on Tue, 04/01/2014 - 09:06
The chase!

You'll never believe what happened on this Tuscany Untour.

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The 2013 Brunello Harvest - A Four-Star Vintage

on Thu, 03/13/2014 - 10:26
Brunello grape harvest, Le Chiuse Farm, Tuscany Untour

Benvenuto Brunello just wrapped up in Montalcino. This year the 2009 Brunello and 2008 Brunello Riserva wines were premiered. The 2013 vintage was awarded 4 stars, but you'll need to wait until 2018 to drink it as Brunello. In the meantime, enjoy these sunny photos from the wine harvest at Le Chiuse, an award-winning wine producer, and one of our most popular host sites on the Tuscany Untour.