Empoli, Tuscany Italy (PressExposure) December 21, 2006 -- Arianna & Friends is a tourist incoming project that offers both accommodation in country houses in Tuscany, and tourist services such as wine and food tours, cooking classes, cultural tours, arts classes, outdoor activities. The website is http://www.ariannandfriends.com
The project originated by the desire to increase the tourism and the quality of the tourist services in two areas of Tuscany which are not a destination of the mass tourism, the area between Pisa and Volterra and the area around the medieval village of Vinci.
The owners of the accommodation facilities together with professional tour leaders, cooks, tour guides, chauffeurs, teachers and artists, farmers, restaurants owners, and many other "friends" work together to give to their guests and customers very personal and exclusive services.
Accommodation is available in rooms or fully equipped apartments in farm houses and villas, that still preserve the Tuscan country architecture and furniture.
The activities offered by Arianna & Friends are thought for visitors who want to experience as local people the culture and the traditions of the region. There can be only two people as well as families, and bigger groups of friends or colleagues. Activities are planned also for solo travellers.
Arianna & Friends organizes wine and food tours with the visit to traditional family-run estates producing wine, olive oil, sausage, cheese, honey, marmalade, spelt, pasta. But also visits to modern companies such as big wineries, and chocolate factories are included in the programmes. The tours are led by a tour leader that accompanies the guests and guides them during the visits. At the end of the visit a tasting of the typical produce is always offered.
The cultural tours are focused on destinations like small medieval villages, castles, local museums, ruins of ancient fortresses, handicrafts production such as ceramic and terracotta. During these tours guests can see how local people live and what their history, usages and traditions are.
Cooking is another important activity offered by Arianna & Friends. Guests have at their disposal local cooks and interpreters and can learn a lot about Tuscan and Italian cookery. Lessons usually last 2 or 3 hours and after the preparation of the meal, the attendants can enjoy their dishes with local wines. Everything take place in a familiar and informal atmosphere.
Also sport activities are offered by this project. Guests can choose among bike tours, horse riding, quad tours, trekking and gold programmes.
There is even the opportunity to take part in painting classes, classes of decoration of ceramic and decoupage, as well Italian language courses.
Arianna & Friends is able to customize and personalize any kind of vacation or holiday in the countryside and satisfy its guests' wishes.