"“Montisi delivered its magic…”"
“Montisi delivered its magic and that of its beautiful surroundings for us, on a week’s walking holiday this September. Thanks to Ann’s personal touch, attention to detail and commitment to making our holiday a success we enjoyed a break which flew by.
We were amongst friends. We had not done much walking and were a little apprehensive about the challenge. The routes we travelled did test us, but our party and the 3 great guides were patient and arriving at beautiful hill towns and villages, added for us extra appreciation we felt we would not have had by arriving by car.
The guides that Ann had chosen knew their subject, wanted to please and delivered an interesting insight into the history and nature of this part of Tuscany.
They were great company and along with Ann saw to it that we ate well at both lunch and dinner (!!). They chose the restaurants and we sampled excellent local fare.
Thank you all at Montisi Magica for this great experience .
We loved it !!”
Edward and Maria, Manchester, UK.
"“You added such a personal and welcoming touch..”"
"“I was enriched by the entire visit!”"
"“Your organization was magnificent…”"
“Your organization of the trip was magnificent and your help with our additional arrangements was very much appreciated. I would have to give the tours an A+. It would have been nice to have had more time because there is so much to see. And of course your work with the weather was fabulous! We would very much like to come back for a more extended and relaxing stay!”
Coin Card, Canada 2015
"The Palio 2014 – an ”incredible experience”"
“What an amazing event, nothing quite like it! It was one of those “you had to be there” occasions and would highly recommend this to be on everyone’s bucket list!! Brilliant organisation again Ann, thank you so much for this incredible experience”.
Gill UK July 2014
"“A fabulous 5 day tour..”"
“Ann you arranged a fabulous 5 day tour based around the Palio. With the help of your incredible guide Antonella who gave us such fantastic inside informative detailed “inside” understanding on the history culture and background both of the Palio and the places we all visited.
You and Antonella put together a really varied and interesting tour of the area.
Though I normally hate organised tours, the small group you put together was both manageable and cohesive. We all seems to gel and had a great deal of fun while learning a lot.
My views are not at all influenced by my choice of the winning horse Opio run by the Drago Contrada, but of course my winning choice was the icing on the cake.
Well done for a super 5 days”.
Clive UK July 2014
"Cooking with Giancarlo Caldesi"
“A week in Tuscany on a cookery course sounds interesting but with a famous chef starts to sound very interesting.
So a week at Montisi it was, still, being a realist I was a little cautious in what I expected.
We started at 10am on the Sunday and some of us may have been a little bit nervous, I know I was, but we were all soon put at ease by Giancarlo and his infectious sense of fun and humour.
We learned to taste, to smell, to touch, we ate, we drank, we laughed, we learnt knife skills, we made pasta, we made mistakes – but most of all we enjoyed ourselves immensely and each other’s company.
We had a visit to a vegetable market on Tuesday morning where the chef seemed to be buying a random collection of fish and vegetables. As always he knew what he was doing as we prepared an astonishing 18 dishes for lunch.
We learnt about olive oil – how it is made, the difference in taste and why you should only use extra virgin olive oil. We also learnt about the balance between wine and cheese with the very lovely and knowledgable Antonella.
So cautious at the start I shouldn’t have been. I was with 7 other enthusiastic and friendly cooks (not chefs) but most importantly we were coached by the most amazing chef who showed endless amounts of patience and encouragement, and cooked some astonishingly good food.
And finally let’s not forget Ann who looked after us like a mother hen and her brood.
If you are thinking about this as a holiday and are having doubts then don’t. The holiday was a truly amazing experience”.
Alastair Lang 2014
"“It was a really special time”"
“It was a really special time. Thank you for all your help in making it happen.
Ann excels in putting the right ingredients together for a perfect bespoke holiday. In our case it was a mixture of wine tasting, painting and relaxation. The result was a vacation of a lifetime”.
John and Alison UK 2014
"“A truly 5 star experience”"
My granddaughter and I have just spent 5 days sampling the delights of Montisi Magica. Our plan was to cook and paint and do a little sight seeing. But with Ann in charge it proved to be so much more…her boundless energy and enthusiasm proved infectious and we couldn’t wait to see what she had In store for us each day. A visit to Siena with Antonella as our guide was superb; she brought the city to life and we learnt so much. We got to visit a cheesery, do a wine tasting and were lucky enough to visit the antiques market (we girls love to shop!). Ann found us wonderful places to eat and the views everywhere beggar belief!
A truly 5 star experience with memories to last a lifetime!
Virginia Sidi 2014
"If You Want Something Different, Call Ann"
You may think that after having visited Tuscany more than 10 times we would know it all, seen it all, done it all. This most enchanting part of the world is truly a gem and not to be missed. When we heard what Ann was doing and reading about her background and the endorsements we kind of knew she would add a new dimension to our Tuscan experience and what happened after our first call to her was amazing. She immediately worked out what we liked and without imposing worked through an agenda which turned out to be just superb. The two boutique hotels Ann recommended in Pienza and then in the remote hills near to La Foce, were wonderful experiences. We like trekking and Ann arranged a wonderful guide to take us for two days on 10+ mile walks taking in history, fauna and great lunches. We also had a personal incredible cookery class, enjoyed a special lunch and tasted and purchased 2 cases wine from the vineyard which we are now drinking our way through back at home. So much more to say, but I think you get the message if you want a special time in Tuscany with discreet, first class service and a personal care for ensuring everything runs smoothly call Ann. If you want something different and not sure how to plan your time, think you have done it all call Ann and this applies to a group of wine lovers, food lovers, walkers, talkers, sitters or just lovers – call Ann.