A Toast to Travel is your ticket to the promise made of Tuscan La Dolce Vita. John and Natalie, an American couple who are THE experts in Tuscany, lead these boutique Experiences. While living in Italy, Natalie fell in love with the country and established invaluable relationships. When other tour companies go to the wineries just outside of Florence, A Toast to Travel ventures out to small, high-quality vineyards that fly under the tourist radar and allow guests personal interaction with the winemaker and the opportunity to sample hard to find Italian small batch wines. When other tour companies sell basic cooking instructions, A Toast to Travel offers full immersion, hands-on cooking classes at a family owned villa with a menu personally designed exclusively for guests of A Toast to Travel. These personal relationships form the cornerstone of A Toast to Travel Experiences. You can rest assured that the Tuscan villa is as picturesque as a postcard, the accommodations in Florence are five-star, the Experiences are hand-selected and unique, and that the meals and menus are carefully curated by our favorite chefs at the local’s top tables. You will live like a local for a week with A Toast to Travel; you’re in good hands with a couple that speaks the language, knows the area and are friends with the locals.
Ah Tuscany! For many, this stunning Italian countryside became the epitome of La Dolce Vita after Under the Tuscan Sun permanently etched the romance, rolling hills, vineyards and quaint countryside into our imaginations. Ever since the book and the movie, many Americans have gone in search of their own slice of the Italian good life…and left disappointed. Instead of quiet, they found chaos. Instead of undiscovered cobblestone alleyways they found tour bus lined roads. And instead of La Dolce Vita they found La Dolce Stressato.
A Toast to Travel’s Ultimate Tuscan Wine and Premier Tuscan Wine and Culture Experiences center around wine, food and culture while its Cooking under the Tuscan Sun Experience centers around cooking, wine, leisure activities and culture. The Highlights of Florence and Tuscany Experience as well as our Holiday Experiences (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s) offer a sampling of all that the good life has to offer. Our groups are small, providing for good camaraderie and the ability to keep the schedule flexible. For the Ultimate Tuscan Wine Experience, we visit some of the most beautiful wineries in Tuscany. For our Premier Tuscan Wine and Culture Experience, we stay in a five star palace and all of our travel within the region is done via Mercedes vehicles-never, ever a tour bus! For our Highlights of Florence and Tuscany Experience and our Holiday Experiences, we live like a local in Florence, Siena, Pisa, Lucca and Chianti. For our Cooking under the Tuscan Sun Experience, we learn to cook the most authentic Tuscan dishes with our resident chef who secretly also specializes in desserts!
At A Toast to Travel, we pride ourselves on hosting you for an unforgettable experience. Are you ready to spend your week living like a local in Tuscany?