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Help Me Choose between Two Excellent Tour Guides/Private Drivers for Tuscany

Help Me Choose between Two Excellent Tour Guides/Private Drivers for Tuscany

Nov 21st, 2005, 08:21 PM
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Help Me Choose between Two Excellent Tour Guides/Private Drivers for Tuscany

I have been in touch with two different private drivers/tour guides for tours in the Tuscany area. One is Alessandro Camilli and the other is Luca Garapa from HillsandRoads. Both were chosen because of this board's (and others) excellent recommendations and high praise.

Here is my dilemma. Alessandro is MUCH cheaper than Luca. Luca, however, seems to have a "company" behind him, while Alessandro, it seems, has only an e-mail address. The problem came up because I recently read a review from someone on Slow Travel that "warns" about making sure to take a driver that is legit, has someone "behind him" in way of company, etc. And so I began to wonder.

Any comments? Any way of checking?

Many thanks.
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Nov 22nd, 2005, 05:15 AM
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Hi F,

>I recently read a review from someone on Slow Travel....<

I suggest that you post your question on www.slowtalk.com as well.

They are very knowledgeable about Italy.





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Nov 22nd, 2005, 05:26 AM
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Thanks for the reply Ira.
I will do that as well.

Hoping though that someone here will be able to help as well.
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Nov 22nd, 2005, 08:23 AM
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Well, Luca doesn't actually have a "company" behind him. It's just him, and he has recently taken on an associate. I had two days with Luca and one with his associate in September and thought they were worth every penny. I can't compare them to Alesandro, as I haven't used him.
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Nov 22nd, 2005, 01:55 PM
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Thank you SusanP for your input. I am hoping for some more from other people that may have used either one of these drivers, or both.

Thanks in advance.
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Nov 22nd, 2005, 02:05 PM
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I have used the services of neither gentleman, so should perhaps not offer an opinion, but is Alessandro Camilli not the guide who has written a hugely successful book caricaturing the tourists he has taken around Tuscany?
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Nov 22nd, 2005, 02:10 PM
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Eloise:

Perhaps you are thinking of Dario Castagno and his book Too Much Tuscan Sun?
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Nov 22nd, 2005, 02:11 PM
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Eloise,

I have not heard about this book at all until now. Do you have more information about it?
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Nov 22nd, 2005, 02:11 PM
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So sorry: I just checked amazon.com (should have done it first...) and the guide I am thinking of is Dario Castagno.

My apologies to Alessandro Camilli.
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Nov 22nd, 2005, 02:12 PM
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Thanks for the clarifications. Whew.....

Anyone else who can give me some guidance or opinions?
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Nov 22nd, 2005, 03:14 PM
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Hi Flame123
I just read Dario's book "too much tuscan sun". I requested it from the library. I did not read it thoroughly as I was disappointed with contents. I was hoping for info. on what to expect in italy, etc. The impression I had was it is a book on showing how ridiculous tourists can be.
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