People often ask us what Tuscany is like; they want to know if what they see in the movies and read about on travel blogs is real. Our answer is always the same, Tuscany is every bit as beautiful as you can imagine. But like most things in life, not everything you see or do when you visit Tuscany is authentic as you might think. The big question you need to ask yourself as you start planning your first or next trip to Tuscany is; how can I get the most authentic experience possible?
In our 40th edition of the Total Tuscany Podcast, we have found the authentic experience your are looking for, KM Zero Tours. Don't let the "tours" in its name fool you, Arianna Cinci grew up in Chianti and is committed to giving her guests an authentic Tuscan Experience.
We first heard about Arianna and her partner Alessio from one of our favorite Tuscan bloggers, a former guest here on the Total Tuscany Podcast, Georgette Jupe. Her description of the KM Zero experience made us curious to find out more. From the moment we contacted Arianna, we knew she was going to have a fantastic story to tell.
KM Zero Tours tag line is, "Slow Travel in Tuscany". If you are like us, when you visit Tuscan you want to do more than just "see" things. You want immerse yourself in the culture and get a hand hands on experience that will create memories that last a lifetime.
As we get ready to celebrate Labor Day in the United States, we take time to celebrate a labor of love for a couple of expats who took a chance 10 years ago. Ashley and Jason Bartner are the creators of La Tavola Marche. They explain their business the best on the the home pate of their website.
La Tavola Marche is a unique culinary experience where you actively participate in Italian culture through seasonal activities paired with local artisans, farmers, and wine makers while staying in a 300 year-old farmhouse agriturismo. If you are willing to muddy your feet, we'll guide you off the beaten path where you will see Italy at its roots.
We combine searching for the best seasonal local ingredients, hands-on cooking classes, and the conviviality of the table to help you connect with the people through their food, culture, and terra.
In this edition of the Total Tuscany Podcast, we talk with Ashley about the journey she and her husband have been on. The ups and downs of owning a business in Italy; starting with what Ashley calls Kindergarten Italian to where they are now. Has it been easy? No! But getting what you want never is. A lot of us wish our dreams would come true, Ashley and Jason made theirs come to life.
Farming, lodging, cooking classes and most of all great people!
Normally, this podcast is about places in Tuscany, well we aren't afraid of going outside the region for a good story to tell.
From the Website:
Travelers who want the best of central Italy are now heading for Le Marche, the third region, alongside Tuscany and Umbria that makes up the area. The region lies on the eastern side of central Italy, between the Adriatic Sea and the high Apennine mountains. Much of it remains unspoiled by mass tourism. The Adriatic coast has been known as a sun and beach mecca for years. However, inland, perhaps more so than anywhere else in central Italy, you will find places where time really has stood still.
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If you are a regular listener of the Total Tuscany Podcast, you have heard us interview Helen Farrell before. She is editor of the Florentine, an English-speaking news magazine based in Florence. The publication was founded in 2005 and now has a circulation of over 10,000/month; The Florentine reaches over a quarter of a million people online every year.
The last thing you want when you go to Florence is to get ripped off. Sure there are plenty of authentic artisans practicing and perfecting old world technics that produce art and crafts that are of the highest quality. But don't kid yourself, for every "original" piece of art you find there two more like it that are fake and probably made is China, not Florence.
In this edition of the Total Tuscany Podcast, we talk to Laura Morelli. She has just released here second book in her Authentic Arts series. "Florence, A Travel Guide to Fabrics, Frames, Leather Goods, Maiolica, Paper, Woodcrafts, & more."
Laura is here to help! This guide is like one we have never seen before. Most guides tell you where to go, where to eat and maybe some off the beaten path shop the writer had a good experience at while visiting. Luara digs in deep with boots on the ground using her vast knowledge and experience in Italy to provide you the information you need to make an informed purchase. The great news about this book, there is also a companion guide that comes with your purchase in the form of an e-book. This companion guide is going to be continually updated by Laura and will tell you where to buy authentic goods.
We could go on-and-on about Laura and why you should buy her book. But don't take our words for it, listen to Laura on the podcast and decide for yourself. The last thing you want to do on a trip of a lifetime is to get ripped off!
Like what you hear? Make sure to ready more of Laura's works by picking up copies of here "Made In..." series and her award winning art-historical fiction novel, "The Gondola Maker."
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