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TUSCAN TRIP PLANNING




Looking for Tuscany related travel advice? Wondering when to visit, which city to spend an extra day in and what restaurant to avoid at all cost? I can provide local trip planning help for individual travelers and small groups, who plan to taste the best wine and dodge the worst meal. 

Some Siena or Florence tips are relevant for most visitors and can be easily found on the internet or right here on my blogs (e.g. how to skip the Uffizi queue and which organic Brunello winery to visit) - other recommendations for your stay in Tuscany will depend on taste, age and interests of the traveler exploring our hills.

TRIP PLANNING HELP IN TUSCANY

For more local insight and 
info about Map It Out's expert advice for your Tuscan itinerary send Katja an email (more about me here). My tailor-made tips for recommended sights, winery visits and booking service of hands-on activities or guided tours during your holiday normally cost between 120€ and 180€ (depending on the size of group and type / amount of customized travel advice needed). Travel consulting is normally via email; as an alternative a skype call can be organized on request. 

Or just visit the Map It Out Instagram or Facebook stream to consult my very own Best of Tuscany itinerary. My favorite days start in a Tuscan museum or with an off-the-beaten-path hike, lead to a good local meal accompanied by a fine glass of wine and end on a lonely beach.  

a DIY beach hut on the Alberese National park beach



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