My wife and I arranged a non-guided cycling trip from the USA with Marco via the Internet based on his reviews and knowledge of the area. We specified some basic criteria i.e. miles per day, type of bikes, general area and level of accommodation (pools a must).
We started the trip by flying to Rome and catching trains to Arbia where the taxi Marco had arranged met us and took us to our first hotel. We collected our bikes (brand new carbon racing road bikes (as we specified). Marco provided backup telephone numbers for his staff should we have any mechanical problems while we were on our rides.
We could not be more pleased with what we experienced. It truly was a trip of a life-time. Marco's communication via email was flawless, his ability to alter the plan to match our changing needs and his suggestions were spot on.
Our accommodation (5 hotels between 3 and 4 star) were superb, the staff were excellent, the food superb and hospitality was beyond. Between Arbia, San Quirico, Montepulciano, Pienza and Rhadda we saw the most beautiful countryside, stunning villages and cycled along roads lined with vineyards and olive groves, which were purely idyllic. Cycling in Italy can be anything from Strada Bianchi tracks (tough) to single lane country lanes and Marco can tailor the routes to suit your ability. We had the best lunches and most amazing Cappuccinos I have ever had (and we have traveled a lot).
Marco also enabled us to download turn by turn routes via our iphones through "RidewithGPS" before our trip started, which meant we never got lost and each mile/ meter we knew exactly where we were, the gradient, the speed, distance to destination etc.
We finished our trip with a day in Siena (stunning) and 2 days in Florence which Marco recommended hotels for.
i would book with Marco in a heart beat the next time we travel to Tuscany - and we will!!!
Grazie mille Marco - 10 out of 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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