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Hello Maurizio,

Please keep in contact and let us know about your ventures in the United States. Thank you again for a wonderful tour of Volterra, San Gimignano and the boutique vineyard. Our day touring with you is a special memory for us all.


Laurie Harrison

Hello Maurizio,

I do want to thank you so very much for the amazing day we spent with you on Sunday! From the very moment we met you, we knew it would be a great day! We had a WONDERFUL time...in fact, it was the highlight of our vacation. Our friends loved it as well, and we often talked about the tour throughout the rest of our vacation. The wineries that you took us to were all different, yet all interesting and exciting. We had all been on wine tours before, but nothing compares to our day with you! It was very personal, not a big tour bus. We so enjoyed talking to Guiseppe – we could have stayed at his place all day! The scenery was breathtaking, and we enjoyed chatting with you along the way. Michael and Sarah were thrilled with it all, as it was part of their wedding gift. Again, many thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.



Thank you, Maurizio!

I appreciate all you do to make our trip so enjoyable.



We can’t thank you enough for the best part of the trip. Tuscany is fabulous and we haven’t even scratched the surface!!! YOU made it the most enjoyable!!! Best to you and your family and we hope to see you in the US or back in Italy soon!! You are the King of Tuscany!! Stay in touch!!

Chow Chow

The Swies

Ciao Maurizio,

The Murphy’s were very pleased with your services and I thank you for the additional arrangements you made for them the following day I look forward to working with you in the near future as we are working on several Italy trips currently

Best regards,



On behalf of my family, thank you again for the wine tour. They really enjoyed it! Please email me the dates of when you will be in the United States (Arizona) next as we are considering having you come to my parents home for the dinner/wine party. We thought it would be a nice follow-up to our time in Italy.



Good morning Maurizio,

I hope all is well, We had such a wonderful trip in Italy and will back for another tour !


Patricia A. Kelliher, CTA

Hello Maurizio,

I'm Tom and Libby's travel agent and we met at my office. Since you had done such an excellent job for the Edwards as well as the rest of the group, I'd like to make arrangements for another group.

Look forward to working with you.

All my best,



Just wanted to let you know that Paolo was terrific. We had a awesome day with him. He was a pleasure to spend time with. He was so knowledgable about Chianti, told great stories and took us to wonderful wineries. He also chose a wonderful restaurant for lunch. I will recommend him to friends!

Thank you,


Dear Mr. Maurizio Matassoni

Golden Travel

Thank you for your cooperation for our group in October. We do thank you for your familiar service givento our clients from you and all your staffs. We'd like to kindly ask you for your assistance for tour in April next year.

Best Regards,

Mika K.



Thank you for a great 2 days in the Tuscany Region. What an experience! We are now home in the United States and miss Italy very much. I have been using my olive oil every day. Our experience with Andrea can not be described properly. It was amazing; thank you for setting that up for us. Thank you again for a great trip!! We want to go back. You were great!!!! Your knowledge enabled us to understand more about your region and culture.

Thank you,

Madeline, Marlene and Mary


My name is Cynthia P. Two years ago my family and I traveled to Tuscany, staying at the Villa il Colto. We used your services to tour a few surrounding towns and had a wonderful experience with our driver, Paolo Musticchio. We are returning again in October and hope to make arrangements for a couple of tours again this year. If Paolo is still with your company, we would like to request him for our driver.

Thank you.


Hi Maurizio,

Jayme and I had a great time yesterday. Thank you so much !



Hi Maurizio,

Just a quick note to thank you so much for an absolutely brilliant day yesterday, it is one of the great highlights of our trip and indeed probably the best wine tour we have ever been on, and there have been a few. We truly appreciate you open and informative approach and your sincere and generous nature, it is a blessing for all who experience your company I am sure. Take care, and if you ever come to the land of spiders and snakes down under, we will be happy to reciprocate your hospitality and protect you from all wild animals!!

Best wishes, Adam & Toni Catford

Good morning Joanna. I understand that you were responsible for booking our transportation from/to Florence and during the week we spent in the Tuscan countryside; Tuscany Tours by Golden Travel. I just wanted to quickly say how EXTREMELY satisfied we were with the company and service !! Their equipment was clean & comfortable, the drivers were terrific, and without exception they were on time. During our week in the countryside Maurizio Matassoni was our driver / host, and what a great guy he was. His knowledge enhanced our enjoyment considerably. They could NOT have done a better job ! Our experience was perfect ! Thank you !

Best wishes,

Mike Lamborn

Dear Sir/Madam,

Mr. H. T. was very impressed by the service and hospitality of Dr. Matassoni, and that is why we would like to ask again to visit several wineries with Dr. Matassoni as follows.

Best Regards

Enoteca Co. Japan


Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our Siena and the Chianti wine country. It was great to see you at the train station in Florence as well--we were on our way to Rome to fly home. We will definitely recommend you to friends who might be traveling to Italy in the future. Take care.

Chuck, Anne and Jan

Ciao Maurizio,

I want you to know that I had a very wonderful day today as I spoke with both the Orlando family and my sister and they were both so very happy with the transfers services you provided. Both families said that they were so impressed with the drivers, all who arrived on time, drove safely and were very, very nice. My sister said that the large van was great. Also, Marc Orlando loved talking with you about sports ! So, grazie mille. I truly appreciate your professionalism !

Ciao ciao, a presto !

Mary Ervolina

We miss you!! Sorry I haven't sent this sooner. It's amazing how quickly you get back into the routine of life after returning from an amazing vacation. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience in Tuscany! Our experience wouldn't have been the same without you! We appreciated your humor throughout the trip! We had a great time laughing with you! I don't think I had laughed that much in a LONG time!! Thank you for the beautiful DVD. It almost brings me to tears every time I watch it.

Keep in touch!

Jessica G.

Maurizo...just wanted to say thank you again for everything! I know you have heard this all before, but you made our trip SO wonderful! We could have never done this on our own. You rock! Ciao Ciao Kimberly P.

Thank You so very much, you are the best ! May god always bless you and protect you, till we meet again. Monika, Kamil, Eddie, Natasha, Edward.

Dear Maurizio, thank you so much for everything ! We feel very fortunate to have had such wonderful drivers and the confidence that we are in good hands. We certainly hope to return to Tuscany next year, perhaps the first two weeks of June and we hope to work with Holidays in Tuscany Wine tours again and pass the word on to the others. Best of luck and we look forward to working with you next year. Kindest Regards Carol D.

Maurizio: I hope you remember me. Let me reintroduce myself. I'm Brian Sparks. My family used you services several weeks ago when we visited Italy. First I must tell you we had a great time in your country. It was everything we were told it was and more. Your company's service was outstanding in every way and we will tell all our friends. Thanks again Brian

Dear Maurizio, Thank You for all you've done to make this trip one of the most memorable vacations for me.You are above all a gentleman and professional. Many many Thanks. Best Regards Mary L.

Dear Maurizio, Thank You so much for this past week. I have learned so much from you about Italy and enjoyed your company, as well as the wonderful, well planned activities you have put together. Thank you again. Sheridan D.

Dear Maurizio, we had such wonderful time. Thank you so much. With much love and affection. Vicki and Chris

Maurizio, Thank You so much for everything. Please bring your family to Washington DC and I will get you a special tour of the White House! Lauren W.


Many thanks. It was an awesome experience and we appreciate everything you did for us.

Best wishes

Willy P.

Good Morning,

I just wanted to send a note of thank you for the excellent wine tours we experienced with you.

Irna and Diano (not sure of the spelling) were wonderful and very patient with our group.

I would also like to pass a message on to Irna and thank her for her help and great tips about FLorence and Pisa. I am happy that we took her advice and booked tickets for the Acadamie. I could not believe the line ups to get in. We only waited 10 minutes to get in and it was well worth seeing the Statue of David. We would not have seen him otherwise. I heard the line ups without reservations were about 1 to 2 hours!

Thank you again.

I will certainly recommend your Tuscany Wine tours.


Susan M.

Many thanks for the MOST memorable day in Tuscany. We're home now and just wanted to say gracie (spelling?).


Beth Ann and Gina



We are back in the states and missing beautiful Italy. I can not tell you what an amazing day we had wine tasting in Chianti. Thank you for setting up the personal one on one wine tasting's with each of the wineries. I have to say our favorite was with Guisepie and his girlfriend Barbara, I think we through our schedule of because we were have such a good time.

I also want to thank you for have Erna as our guide what a warm and wonderful lady. She's a star.

Grazie Infinite, can't wait to return and will highly recommend you services.




THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. In my 30 years of working in this business my experience has taught me that transportation is always the most difficult part of the puzzle and the one most likely to go wrong. So it’s imperative to find a good partner to work with on the transportation needs. You were so fabulous to work with, and rose to the occasion every time a change or challenge presented itself and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Indeed, it was a magnificent wedding and the emails are flooding in. I can’t thank you enough.

Very best to you -


Hello Erna:

I wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had on our two day trips with you recently out to Siena, San Giamagnano, the wineries and the supermarket. I told Todd that you were delightful and helpful and took us to many lovely places. You asked that we get back to you about the little ice creams we bought at the supermarket that day. We have tried the lemon and orange, which are both good, but not as good as gelato!

Hope all is well with you. Ciao!

Marianne E.

Dear Dr. Maurizio Matassoni,

it has been a great pleasure to meet you. We have enjoyed your company, guidance, over all knowledge and the expertise you have provided us.

We are all very appreciative of your time and effort you have dedicated to make our tour a great experience for us all.

We hope we can meet you again some time in the not so distant future.

Thank You Very Much....Grazie Infinite !


The I. Tour Group

Dear Sig. Maurizio....

Earlier this month I was in Italy with my daughters and I used your travel service. I want you to know that our 2 day tours with took were absolutely wonderful. We had Erna as our driver and tour guide and we all loved her. She is a sweet lady who loves her job and made it a great experience for us. We all enjoyed her and hope she will have an opportunity to see these pictures we took with her. I will highly recommend your company to my friends and will look you up again when we return to Italy. Grazie ancora.......tutti i Kamin

Peggy Kimberly, Sandra, Emily

Dr. Maurizio Matassoni your driver Paolo was very helpful. I am traveling with my husband and 2 teenagers. So much thanks to you. Again, paolo made our trip very enjoyable.

Audrey C. L.

Dr Maurizio,

I wanted to first let you know how much my husband, sister, and I enjoyed the vineyard trip that you took us on during our stay in Florence. It was a wonderful way to see the countryside and educate ourselves on chianti wine. And how could I not mention the dinner we had at Ferragamo's castle. It was by far the BEST meal we had during our 12 day vacation in Italy!!

Warm Regards,

Elizabeth Mattei

Dr Maurizio,

I want to tell you that you have a fine business - very reliable, friendly and we enjoyed using your car services. We will tell our many friends about your company and highly recommend you. Thank you for a job well done.....

Teresa Sefchek

Hello again,

thank you for your very prompt reply. You are a very reputable service I know. We had a wonderful trip hosted by your driver Erna Longo. She took very good care to make sure we got to the destinations safely. I sat in the front seat with her every day and we had wonderful conversation, and I dare say I had the "Best View" of any one.

Thank you again.

Lynne L.

Hi Maurizio,

We just wanted to say thank you for the greta service that you all provided for the wedding of our daughter Vicki to Jim last weekend. Thank you so much. We have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone who wants a courteous, friendly service that arrives on time and does what you said it would do.

Thank you again!

Heather and Michael Anstey

you gave us a wonderful day in Rome from Civitavecchia thank you so much please feel free to use me as a reference

robin balkin

I am writing to tell you that our wine tour with Erna last Friday was fantastic! We were thrilled with the entire day and her expertise and kindness were far above our expectations. She was the perfect guide. We have already recommended Holidays in Tuscany Wine tours and Erna to some friends who will come to Italy next summer.

Our deepest thanks.

Beth and Elisabeth

Dear Maurizio,

My sister Fiona and I are back in the US after a wonderful time in Italy. We wanted to thank both you and Edna for making it such a pleasant experience. After Florence we went to Milan, visited Lake Como and even went to Venice! We came home very tired and we definitely shopped till we dropped. We had to get extra luggage for all the things we bought.

You were a wonderful tour guide and we had a great time as you took us to Siena. We would definitely recommend you to all our family and friends. Attached are some pictures we took. Our only regret is that we did not get a picutre with you ( although you are in our camcorder).

Please send our love to Edna too - she is wonderful!


Annette Lewallen

I would like to tell Holidays in Tuscany Wine tours what a wonderful time my group had on the Italy by Vespa tour because of Maurizio. He was great throughout the whole trip. Not only is he very knowledgeable he is professional, fun and does a good job of reading his clients.

We all loved him very much. Please pass this on to him and let him know that our group of 7 women want like to say thank you for catering to us even when we were a pain.

Mary Tracy

National Sales Manager, Home Center Sales

United States Ceramic Tile

Ciao Maurizio: Just wanted to tell you how great Erna was during our trip. She is an excellent driver and companion and we thoroughly enjoyed her company! The minivans were very clean and comfortable and we really appreciate you accomodating the changes we made to our schedule.

We have friends coming to Italy in July and August and will recommend your company and Erna and we will use you next time we come to Italy too. Many thanks and take care.

Mrs. Vanessa Tiffany

Dear Maurizio,

Thank you so much for the great day in the wine country.

God bless you and you family,

Dan and Sally Irwin

Dear Maurizio:

Just wanted to let you know that we were all very satisfied with our tour off the Norwegian Jewel. Your driver/guide was excellent and took us wherever we wanted to go and got us back to the ship on time. Thanks again. You can use me as a reference any time.


Julius Miller

My husband and I had a great time. Marizio was wonderful and much more than your average driver. He has a wealth of knowledge allowing us to gain a meaningful historical perspective of the area. Not to mention, he is quite the oenophile and taught us a lot about Italian wines. Thank you again and we will not hesitate to refer your company to our friends.


Nurit Robin

Dear Maurizio,

I just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful experience with Holidays in Tuscany Wine tours. We really enjoyed the Chianti Classico tour on September 23 and our driver was so fantastic. He was so friendly and was a pleasure to spend the day with. Our time in Radda was one of the best highlights of our trip.

Many Thanks,

Dana and Ben Goodman

Dear Dr. Matassoni,

We had arranged for transportation for our children and grandchild on 5 June, 2005, from the Fiumicino airport to Il Calcione, in Tuscany. We want to thank you for the excellent service provided. Our family arrived in a huge, comfortable, clean vehicle, driven by a lovely woman. They were very grateful for everything, and in fact, all were able to sleep a few hours on the long drive from Rome to Tuscany. We appreciated the fine service.

Many thanks,

Phyllis and Larry Selter

Our driver, Paolo, was PERFECT on both days. He was a delight and we thoroughly enjoyed having him with us. We had a GREAT time, and he was responsible for a lot of that. Thank you for making our trip so enjoyable.

If we ever return we will attempt to contact you. Thanks again.

Stephen Stewart

Charlotte NC USA

We were a group of 8 people (4 couples) who hired Maurizio for two wine tours. We had the pleasure of Maurizio's personal knowledge on the day we visited I Selvatici, Castello d'Albola and PoggioAntinore winery. All I can say is WOW!!

Maurizio's knowledge of the area is only overshadowed by his knowledge of the wine industry since he has first hand experience from a family history with the wine business.

If you are looking for small to medium size wineries with personal conversations with the owners and a great taste experience of some of the best of Tuscany, book now with Maurizio! In addition, he might include a surprise or two like a fabulous lunch meal at a local restaurant that is definitely the essence of excellent tuscan cooking! I know my friends and I appreciated the fact that we were transported from our Lucca

Villa through roads that we would not have found so easily, and with a nice host like Maurizio and on a seperate day with Paolo.

Best wishes Maurizio!

Genaro Torres

I wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had. Erna was fantastic. Not only did she show us all the things we had wanted to see, she made a special effort to show us places that had meaning for her and that were definitely off the tourist path. She went above and beyond our expectations. I would highly recommend Erna and your company to anyone I know needing a driver. It simply couldn't be beat.

Thanks again for everything.


Hi Maurizio

It has taken entirely too long to send this, but a picture of our trip in late November of 2002 just surfaced and I had to write...

Your sense of humor and your knowledge made our visit to Tuscany truly great. You had awesome recommendations and made everything better and easier. You were able to convince us to try the wine tasting dinner and thank goodness you did...it was such a great experience.

Oh yes. You are also a very good driver!

Best wishes to you and your family.

Lisa Beattie


Hi Maurizio,

We miss Italy and you already. We all had a fantastic trip and you made it so special for us by bringing us to Villa Masini (was this the name?) the last night. We had so much fun. Thanks for helping us along this trip. We hopefully will be back in Italy next year! I will pass your name along to anyone I know travelling to Tuscany.



Ciao Maurizio!

We're the "Gang of 4" from Manila, Philippines who stayed in La Ferriera from Oct. 9-16, 2004. Thank you very much for providing our transfers from Loro Ciufenno to Montevarchi and back almost everyday. Please relay our thanks also to Erna, Sergio and Diano.

The day trip to Siena and San Gimignano on Oct. 12 was especially memorable. You're the perfect tour guide and interpreter. Among the many Italians we met during our one-week stay in Tuscany (plus the day trips to Rome, Milan and Venice), you were the most sincere and the one who was extremely helpful to us.

We're now back in our homeland after visiting Vienna, Munich, Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris from Oct. 17-25. But our memories of Italy are still fresh. Once again, many thanks and we will recommend Holidays in Tuscany Wine tours to our friends who plan to visit your beautiful country in the future.

Best regards from

Joseph Gamboa,

Antonilo Mauricio,

Hilario Paredes,

and our muse,

Rosanna Quito

Ciao Dr. Maurizio Matassoni,

We have ventured back to Canada and returned to snow covered terrain and -5 degree Celsius weather. It has snowed every day since returning ... how we miss TUSCANY!

I just wanted to express how happy we were with the services you provided to our family. You personally were more then helpful and we really enjoyed your company on our day trip to Sienna and San Gimignano.

Your other drivers, Diano and Erma, were both very professional and very cordial and friendly people. Both engaged in long conversations with my 80 year old mother, making her feel like a huge and important part of the tour. Cortona and Assisi were amazing!

I wanted to personally thank you once again and to say that I would definitely recommend your company to anyone that may wish to travel in a professional, comfortable and relaxed fashion in the Tuscany area.

Wishing you every success in your future,

Luciano Berti and Famiglia

Dear Sir;

Just a quick note to tell you what a delightful experience we had on the 14th. Our Driver Erna couldn't have been more accommodating or pleasant. I will recommend your service to anyone travelling to Florence.


Rachel Van Leuven

Dear Dr. Matassoni,

I want to tell you how much we enjoyed the services of Erna. She was waiting for us at our ship and was just a delightful person. She made our visit of Florence and Pisa very special. I will certainly be referring clients in that area to Holidays in Tuscany Wine tours in the future.


Rosemary Rogers

Heritage Travel

Dear Dr. Matassoni,

Just a short note to draw your attention to the professionalism that I experienced with your company. Erna showed a lot of enthusiasm to make us enjoy our itineraries and went out of her way to cover an area near Cortona which we had missed out on. I will definitely recommend your company to some of our friends. If you have some interesting tour in Tuscany which you intend to organize please inform me …It is a good excuse to return to Tuscany.


David and Sandra Mallia.

Hi Maurizio,

On behalf of our whole group, I'd like to express our appreciation to you, Edna, and Marco for your time in showing us around. We immensely enjoyed our time wine tasting and our day trip to Florence!

Sincere Regards,


Maurizio is a fantastic guide! Myself and my three friends (in our twenties) thoroughly enjoyed our day trip. Maurizio is very knowledgeable of the local area and we had a fantastic day visiting vineyards, Radda, Greve, a lovely castle and a quaint local restaurant. It was a day to remember! Thank you Maurizio! I will definitely use you again when I am next in Tuscany.


Belinda Swan

(a South African in London)

Dear Maurizio,

I am a little late with this message so please forgive me. I wanted to thank you for taking such good care of us on our day trip back in March. My wife and I had a wonderful time and can't begin to tell you how much it meant to us. We are looking to return to Italy in the next 12 months with my wife's parents and we would love to have you show us around again.

I hope all is well and you are enjoying la dolce vita .



we visited italy in late feb/early march 2003 and

did a trip to tuscany with Holidays in Tuscany Wine tours. our guide and driver, Maurizio, was excellent!!!

he was interesting to talk to, his english was just fine, and he was able to translate for us when we had questions or wanted to make purchases.

We were able to visit some wonderful wineries in montalcino and montepulciano because of maurizio's knowledge of the area. It was great not to worry about directions or drinking and driving issues.

we saw some beautiful countryside and had some great wine. we also went to a wonderful sheep farm in pienza where we tasted & purchased some pecorino cheese right from the source!!! bella, bella, bella :-)

we will be sure to tour with maurizio again when we return to italy, his services were worth our time and money :-)

best wishes from upstate new york

malinda and peter heeran

Dear Maurizio,

I am finally writing to thank you for helping to make our vacation in Italy so fabulous. We all had an amazing trip and miss Italy, all the wonderful wine, food, people and gelato!

Once again, thank you for looking after us!

Stay well, regards to you and your family


After visiting many of the world's wine regions, and hiring cars & drivers in most of them, I must say that Holidays in Tuscany Wine tours, and Maurizio in particular, was the best experience! He went out of his way to assist in many ways, and his winery, wine, restaurant & accommodations recommendations were superb.

Carl Wescott


We just wanted to thank you again, Maurizio, for taking such good care of our family during our trip to Tuscany. It was such a pleasure not to worry about driving, directions and language issues.You knew where everything was and the quickest way to get there. Most of all we truly enjoyed your company and had lots of fun with you. We would recommend you to everyone! We hope to see you again.

The Torosian Family

Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Hello Maurizio! This is a very belated greeting! One of the highlights of our trip to Tuscany in September of 2001 was the wine tour/dinner we took with you. We are still talking about it to our friends! The tour exceeded our expectations. We just need to find out where to buy the wine in the states! We have been recommeding you to our friends that are going to Tuscany this year.

Thanks again for such a great tour (we did take your advice and bought olive oil from the co-op you showed us...it is fabulous!)The Scotese's.


Thank you for taking such good care of us during our wine tour in September (9/12). You were very kind and made us feel at home. Nina & I really enjoyed that day, visiting I Selvatici, Castello D'Albola, and Dievole. We had lots of fun at dinner in the wine cellar at Dievole, and also our drink of grappa with the chef (ubriaco!)

Ciao Arrivederci,

Mike & Nina

Michael Tallering & Nina Bettinger

Maurizio and our day out in Tuscany was the highlight of our trip in Sept. 2001- from shopping at the Prada outlets, to wine tasting in the heart of Tuscany , then off to Siena and San Gmignano- we had a fantastic , fun-filled day. We could never have done it on our own and Maurizio planned it all for us- perfecto! Maurizio's enthusiasm to share his culture made the tour even more charming. I highly recommend going out with Maurizio- The Benbows, San Francisco, CA

The two trips that you took us on were two of the best adventures that we had in Italy. You do a great job!


Robert M. Raymond


DataNational Corporation

Hello from the good old USA

My sister and I would like to thank you very much for the great trip to Tuscana. It was one of the highlights of our trip.

Thanks again, Steve Tarquinio

Our driver, Maurizio was knowledgeable, spoke excellent English and, with his sense of humor, made our visit a most memorable occasion. The service catered to our every need and exceeded our expectations. We were made to feel special. We recommend to everyone the Holidays in Tuscany Wine tours Experience. Maybe you'll get lucky enough to have our friend Maurizio as your driver. Aloha from Hawaii, Woodii and Jan Carr.