October 19 - 27, 2019

Celebrity Instructor:
Giulia Manfredini
Giulia Manfredini

Package Price:
$3,974.00 | Air from New York

(per person, based on double occupancy)
Land only rates are available at request.


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This itinerary, pricing and escorts are subject to change. Insurance is available and highly recommended. Single rates are available upon request. Please consult the Terms and Conditions, as they apply starting with the first payment. A 3% discount applies off the cost of the trip, if the trip is paid in full by check with in 7-10 business days of invoice date. Gratuities are additional and will be collected with final payment. All prices listed are in USD unless otherwise noted.


  • Round trip International airfare from the New York to Florence, Italy.
  • Round-trip transfers to and from the airport/hotel.
  • A private, deluxe motor coach and experienced driver during the tour.
  • First class hotel accommodations in Tuscany.
  • Breakfast daily and some dinners.
  • Sightseeing in Florence & MontecatiniTerme.
  • A visit to the medieval town of San Gimignano.
  • A train ride and sightseeing through the beautiful Cinque Terre.
  • A walking tour of the historic town of Siena
  • A visit to the Davanzati museum in Florence
  • Shopping opportunities in special Florentine markets.
  • An optional authentic Tuscan cooking lesson with an Italian "Mama"chef, including a delicious five course lunch and guided tour of the vineyard.
  • A visit to the studio of a master Florentine mosaic artist.
  • A visit to an Italian leather school.
  • An optional trip to Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower.
  • Professional local and experienced tour guides
  • A professional Craftours escort the entire time.
  • Special optional dinner in Montecatini Alto and Funiculare ride.
  • Stitching workshops with our special guest instructor escort.
  • All taxes are included in this package and insurance is highly recommended.
  • A Craftours lanyard, luggage tag and commemorative gift.


Montecatini Terme Montecatini Terme Play Movie
Montecatini Terme is an Italian district of 21,095 inhabitants within the province of Pistoia in Tuscany, Italy. The most important center in Valdinievole. The town is located at the eastern end of Piana di Lucca and has a strong vocation for tourism, as well as industrial and commercial industries based around the spa, which in turn has increased the interest for hotel accommodation in the region.
San Gimignano San Gimignano Play Movie
San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany, north-central Italy. Known as the Town of Fine Towers, San Gimignano is famous for its medieval architecture, unique in the preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses,which, with its hilltop setting and encircling walls form "an unforgettable skyline".Within the walls, the well-preserved buildings include notable examples of both Romanesque and Gothic architecture, with outstanding examples of secular buildings as well as churches. The Palazzo Comunale, the Collegiate Church and Church of Sant' Agostino contain frescos, including cycles dating from the 14th and 15th centuries.The "Historic Center of San Gimignano", is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The town also is known for the white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, produced from the ancient variety of Vernaccia grape which is grown on the sandstone hillsides of the area.
Florence Florence Play Movie
Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the province of Florence. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with approximately 370,000 inhabitants, expanding to over 1.5 million in the metropolitan area.

Florence is famous for its history: a center of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time,it is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called "the Athens of the Middle Ages". A turbulent political history includes periods of rule by the powerful Medici family, and numerous religious and republican revolutions. From 1865-71 the city was the capital of the recently established Kingdom of Italy.

Optional Tours:

Tuscan Cooking Lesson
Cooking Class Tuscan Cooking Class
We will visit a family owned winery where we will participate in an authentic TUSCAN COOKING LESSON. This is a hands-on class, and we'll each learn how to make homemade pasta, different sauces, sample homemade crostini, and learn the recipe to make the popular Italian drink, Limoncello. Following our cooking lesson, we'll walk into the vineyard and learn about wine making and olive oil production. This is followed by wine tasting and a delicious five course lunch!
Cost of this optional tour is $125.00 per person.

Visit to Pisa
Pisa Pisa Play Movie
Located in Central Italy, on the right bank of the mouth of the River Arno on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Although Pisa is known worldwide for its leaning tower (the bell tower of the city's cathedral), the city contains more than 20 other historic churches, several palaces and various bridges across the River Arno. Much of the city's architecture was financed from its history as one of the Italian maritime republics.
Cost of this optional tour is $33.00 per person.

Giulia Manfredini

Giulia Manfredini of Giulia Punti Antichi

Giulia Manfredini was born and raised in Massa, Tuscany, Italy. A medical doctor with specialties in nuclear medicine and endocrinology, she is responsible for the Endocrine and Osteometabolism Unit at Carrara hospital. Giulia began her journey into the needle arts at a young age under the guidance of her paternal grandmother and her mother, two very talented women who passed along their love for needle art. In 1998 she started what she calls her “needlework adventure” after being awarded first place in an online contest of the Caron Collection Threads.

After this, Giulia decided to start a designing company under Giulia Punti Antichi name (Giulia from her name and Punti Antichi meaning Old Stitches in Italian). In the following years, she contributed with four original samplers for the now out-of-print magazine Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly: Our Blessed Family Sampler, Parents Sampler and Pincushion, Assisi Peacock Sampler and September 11th Tribute Sampler.

Other designs published in this magazine were the reproduction of Ann Hull Sampler and two original Pincushion Dolls -- Summer 2014: Elizabeth, A Sampler Pincushion Doll Maiden and Trunk and Janice, A Thanksgiving Pincushion Doll. Giulia’s designs have been also featured in the Just CrossStitch magazine, Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine, and the now out-of-print online digital magazine The Gift of Stitching.

She is also a member of EGA and other U.S. needle art guilds and has supported them with designs and charts to raise profits for preservation of antique samplers and contributions to U.S. textile museums.

Giulia also became involved with The National Needlearts Association and started teaching her original embroidery projects and finishing techniques. She has since taught for many International organizations and guilds. She started to be a teacher at Annie’s NeedleArts Show in 2014 in Williamsburg with three classes, and then kept teaching at this show in 2015, 2016 and 2018.

Giulia has a passion for Italian artifacts like Deruta Majolica, Carrara marble beads, shell Cameos and Capodimonte porcelain half dolls. Most of her designs are tailored to include these precious accessories in a unique style. Giulia has a love for all needlework techniques and finds it extremely rewarding to share her love with fellow stitchers. She encourages them to create and finish projects utilizing her original techniques and design ideas.

To view some of Giulia’s designs, visit her website: www.puntiantichi.com or her Facebook page Giulia Punti Antichi (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Giulia-Punti-Antichi/177312952291871).


Jackie Kersh, Lakewood, CA - "This was my first trip to Europe and was a great way to go. Everything was planned and arranged so that all I had to do was show up! Our daily excursions were to places that were interesting and fun. I liked that we were given a lot of free time to shop and explore on our own as well as the guided tours."
Carole Green, Kuttawa, KY- "I loved all of the locations that we visited. The small communities gave the real feel of Tuscany. The local guides were excellent - very personable, knowledgeable and humorous. The winery experiences were wonderful (even for a non-wine drinker!)."
Beverly Brown, Bloomington, IN - "Tuscany tour was everything I hoped for in seeing this beautiful area of Italy!"
Paula Von Winckelmann, Paso Robles, CA - "Great Itinerary with just the right pace to enjoy the sights and have some free time."
Wayne & Jenny Harwood, California, USA - "My wife and I have traveled Sew Many Places to Tuscany with a quilting group from Los Angeles a few years ago. I have to say, by far, this was the best vacation we have taken in the 32 years we have been married. The hotel we stayed in was exceptional, the tour guides were knowledgeable and polite, and everything that was planned and the things we did exceeded our expectations. This testimonial is written with the intent to persuade husbands to travel with their wives on these trips. Even though there is a quilting element to the tour, I never felt it was anything that got in the way of my happiness as a person who does not quilt.

We are looking forward to traveling to China next year. We have no doubt it will be another great adventure."
Paula Morrison - "The Tuscany tour was amazing! Italy has been on my bucket list for quite some time. I am so happy that Craftours made this trip of a lifetime exceed my wildest dreams! The magnificent itinerary, lodging, food, transportation and tour guides were beyond spectacular! Our group became one big family because we shared such amazing memories that will last a lifetime! Thank you all for such a grand time!"
Cecilia Ashcraft, Malvern, AR - "I had the time of my life! Tuscany was everything I imagined it would be. Sew Many Places did a great job of making sure I saw all the necessities while giving me time to explore on my own as well. The accommodations were wonderful and the details were all taken care of.
Anita Houston, Midland, TX - "It was the best ’creative’ vacation I’ve ever taken!!! Hands down! The places we visited, the people who tagged along, the Art I oogled at, and the art I made with Tim Holtz were all top notch!"
Kathryn Harpold-Dunn, Benicia, CA - "It was a wonderful adventure packed full of special destinations, sites and activities. I tell my friends that is was like an antipasti platter: lots of little tastes that wet your appetite for more."
Joy Kennedy, Orange, CA - "This was a trip of a lifetime! Thank you Craftours for allowing us to experience such an amazing journey!"
Ann McDevitt, Burlington, MA- "I enjoyed the trip so much I am planing to take another trip with this company."
Michelle Yantzonika, Willamette ESD - "I just wanted to comment on my trip with Sew Many Places. I went to Tuscany in October 2012 and I had such a fabulous time!

Tuscany has always been a place I dreamed of going someday. With Sew Many Places, that dream became a reality! All of the cities and sights that we visited were truly amazing! The architecture, and the colors and textures of the landscapes was breathtaking! The people in Tuscany were all so helpful and kind even when I messed up what little Italian I had learned for the trip. This was truly a trip that I wished had never ended, but I hope to return again to Tuscany in the near future, and continue my adventure.

Thank you, Sew Many Places, for making this dream come true for me."
Donna Mccartney-Smith, Salem, Oregon - "I traveled to Tuscany this past October with Beth on the McCall’s Tuscany trip. It was truly the trip of a lifetime. His attention to detail made the trip run smoothly, but his personality made it fun.

I smile every time I think of my week in Tuscany. Today, I was shopping for a bottle of wine, came across one that we had tried on a vineyard tour and started grinning ear to ear.

I’m saving up for another trip, hopefully this year. As my friend and I said after our trip in October..."We work to travel!"
Barbara VanBurger, Horseheads, NY-"Traveling everywhere is the best part of life... Not only seeing interesting, historic, inspiring places but meeting with fellow tourists and the people living in the area give the creative input to learn or look at the world and design in a new way . It is wonderful to be along with others of the same interests I enjoy that so very much. Tuscany would be a wonderful addition to my travels and also the collection of fabrics in new places . Exploring fabric shops in a different part of the world whether here or abroad is always a joy."
Evelyn Zachor, Bothell, WA- "My husband and I joined the Tuscany tour to celebrate my 60th birthday. It was a trip we had been planning for some time. I saw this tour in McCalls magazine. It was the perfect answer to how we would see so many places in one trip. This trip truly gave us the flavor of Italy with the freedom to enjoy sightseeing without the fuss of doing the logistics work. It left us with a lifetime of memories and look forward to building more. Another tough decision. :) where to go next... Sew Many Places!"
Besime Brierton, Burke, VA - "The tour was fantastic. everything was organized, Kathy and Amy worked well together."
Karen Naylor, Gainesville, VA - "Lovely accommodations, interesting daily tours, wonderful food, all carefully planned for maximum enjoyment with the pleasure of sharing this Tuscan experience with Bonnie Hunter."
Laura Pringle, Chandler, AZ - "Thank you so much for all your work. My mom and I will remember our trip of a lifetime!!!"
Susan Britt, Mississauga, ON - "Absolutely wonderful trip ... well organized and knowledgeable tour guides. Amy and Kathy did a good job keeping us all together and mixed well with the group. The places we saw were beautiful. Would have liked a little more time at a few spots but I now have places I will return to. Bonnie shared her quilting skills with us and we had a fun workshop. Her blog is amazing and certainly captured this trip. I had so much fun and met some wonderful ladies. Many thanks to you all."
Tess Griffin, Raleigh, NC - "This tour was not what I expected, it was so much more! We covered a lot of ground with much information about the places we visited. Friends have asked me what was my favorite place and I still can't decide!!"
Carolyn Stigler, Bryan, TX - "Great trip. Great weather. Great people. The tours around Tuscany were diverse. The bus was comfortable and our driver was safe. He also looked out for our bathroom needs. The cemetery stop was emotional and beautiful. I don't know what I liked best because it was all above expectations"
Rosemary Hoffman, Thousand Oaks, CA - "A good overview of the Tuscany area. Enjoyed the numerous small towns that we visited."
Pat Kilmain, Palmer, AK - "This was one of the best tours I've been on. The itinerary was great, I saw the Tuscany I was expecting."
Jill Lombard, Carlsbad, CA - "It was an amazing, magical week in Tuscany. I loved staying in one hotel the entire time and doing local day trips. Craftours has put together a fabulous itinerary that immerses you in the beauty that is Tuscany!"
Frieda Zuerner, Houston, TX - "Another fabulous trip with Bonnie. Tuscany was so beautiful and Craftours always manages the perfect split between group activities and having time on your own to explore."
Kathy Bonnell, Sterling, IL - "Great trip!! Well worth the money. I never would have seen or done as much left to my own devices!"
Theresa Arnold, Indianapolis, IN - "I have mostly traveled independently so was pleased with the balance of tour guided experiences with the freedom to choose once we arrived at a location. Sew Many Places did the hard part which allowed me to enjoy (without trepidation) the actual experience. Hotel was amazing! Bonnie Hunter was the "gravy" on this experience. Just a wonderful balance with an excellent tour guide!"
Elizabeth Dickey, Slippery Rock, PA - "It was a little piece of heaven here on earth"
Kathy Browning, Arcadia, FL - "I was a little skeptical of going on a group tour for the first time, but it was a perfect balance between group time and time to explore on your own. Information given on the bus rides to our daily destination was very helpful and then we had plenty of time to explore where we wanted which might have been different than the rest of the group. I appreciated the central location where we stayed so we didn't have to haul luggage around Italy. It was a beautiful city with wonderful restaurants, shop and gelato!!! Loved every minute of the trip!"
Janet Roth, Red Deer, AB - "I found it a very fun group and enjoyed every minute of our trip. It is a great way for a single lady to travel, felt very safe and well taken care of. Thanks to our guides, Kathy and Amy!"
Norma & Burton Casad, Ponca City, Oklahoma - "My husband took flak for going on a quilting trip that he actually enjoyed it. It was very well done and we would travel with them again."
Paula Barton, Caldwell, Texas - "Words don't describe the beautiful Scenery, the gracious people and the exquisit food we experience on this trip - guides, drivers were all very helpful and professional. I would recommend this trip to any one. I would love to travel with Craftours again!"
Diane Michal, Trophy Club, Texas - "I loved this trip! Amy & Kathy were great facilitators that helped to bond the group into a caring, supportive, & adventours as a whole. Thank you for a fabulous retirement trip!"
Adrienne Peake, Rosedale Station, Alberta - "Thank You for the wonderful experience. I have travelled with Sew Many Places and enjoyed both trips."
Carla McGuire, Boynton Beach, Florida - "Fantastic trip! Well organized but yet plenty of free time."
Barb Larson, Chaska, Minnesota - "I enjoyed the Tuscany Tour with Bonnie Hunter. We had just the right mix of sight seeing and also time to relax. Loved it!!"
Kathy Freeman,Portland,Tennessee - "An amazing tour of Tuscany! Each day was better than the day before, even though I didn't think it could be possible."
Greg & Dolores Stefanski, Downers Grove, Illinois - "Excellent taste of Tuscany!"
Debbie Boeken, Ardmore, Oklahoma - "Fabulous trip"
Helga Brown, Lake Havasu City, Arizona - "I was apprehensive about the painting part of the trip but Deb Haugen, our instructor, was absolutely delightful. Deb made the painting class interesting and you wanted to produce something she was teaching us."
Connie Herbold, Pasadena, Maryland - "The trip was terrific, and the weather perfect. All members of the group seemed to get along well, and everyone was polite and pleasant. "
Janet Nagle ,Danvers, Massachusetts - "the trip was everything I hoped it would be and more"
Cindy Daugherty,Shorewood, Wisconsin - "The Tuscany Tour was incredible! Each day was planned perfectly with the right amount of activity and rest time. We experienced more of the region than we would have on our own including interacting with local artisans for a wonderful flavor of the culture and traditions."
Cathy Sandmann, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey - "I had a wonderful time. The balance between activities and free time on my own was just right. The countryside was beautiful "
Jenny McAllister, Pewaukee, Wisconsin - "I had a wonderful time, it was all I expected and much more."
Patricia Costa, Floral Park, New York - "It was the most informative tour I have ever been on. we saw and did things that we would never had the chance yo experience as an ordinary tourist."
Julie Archer, Haymarket, Virginia - "The tour of Tuscany exceeded all expectations. Every day was a new adventure. I will never forget this trip or the wonderful new friends I made."
Alma Lou Annab, Springfield Gardens, New York - "What I liked the most about the Tuscany Craft Tour was the opportunity to experience hands on how the traditional craft were made. We were taught by experienced artisans. In addition we saw close up such techniques as stone "mosaics" or inlay. The precision achieved using the simplest of tools, and the inspiration from the stones was absolutely mind-boggling. No word can explain the amazement of the final pice. Being able to see a sculptor in his studio wth the live model and the many steps and processes before the statue becomes reality gave greater respect and insight to the work of the old masters. But it was so enjoyable to be able to DO a fresco. To do the leather cover, to squish the clay into decorative shapes was wonderful. Even seeing the unique results of the paper marbling made us realize these were things we could do at home. Most to us show you only a brief glance at historic monuments. This one took you back to the beginning and behind the scenes. Since the group was small we got to know all the individuals very well."
Elaine Shepherd, Little Mountain Caloundra, Australia - "I first traveled 3 years ago with Sew Many Places to Ireland via McCalls Magazine. That trip was awesome so I knew I would not be disappointed traveling with Craftours to Tuscany. I was right. The trip was absolutely awesome and I will have no problems traveling with Craftours again. Tuscany was everything I was expecting and even more. Beautiful, breathtaking, and awesome is the only way I know to describe what I saw, experienced and ate."
Jan Wasson, Paris, KY - "I first traveled 3 years ago with Sew Many Places to Ireland via McCalls Magazine. That trip was awesome so I knew I would not be disappointed traveling with Craftours to Tuscany. I was right. The trip was absolutely awesome and I will have no problems traveling with Craftours again. Tuscany was everything I was expecting and even more. Beautiful, breathtaking, and awesome is the only way I know to describe what I saw, experienced and ate."
Cindy Gilmore, Sandy, UT - "Having never been to Italy before, the Tuscany tour was a great introduction to places I may have never known to visit. The trip was well planned with the right amount of planned activities and day trips but also enough time on our own to explore places I wanted to see."
Simone Sagan, Hvalstad, Norway - "SUPER TRIP!"
Mary Jane Leatherman, Rittman, OH - "The tour itself was very good. Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton was very informative and had three wonderful sessions."
Laurel Kieffer, Strum, WI - "It was a good introduction to Tuscany."
Judith Britton, Secaucus, NJ - "This was a great trip. Tuscany is fantastic, we had beautiful weather, and excellent food."
Lynn Ingle, Del Mar, CA - "The tour offered a lot for the cost. For a first time traveler, it gave you a good overview of the wonderful sites we saw. Our guide and the transportation we used gave us a good feeling of security."
Barbara Walborn, Griffin, GA - "Tuscany certainly lived up to my expectations! The mosaic inlay demonstration and the Florentine paper printing class were definite highlights. Though my husband is not a cardmaker he was never at a loss for something to do. Definitely go as a couple and you won't be disappointed."
Tom Walborn, Griffin, GA - "I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. I particularly enjoyed the paper printing and mosaic visit. As a husband travelling with my wife (the cardmaker) I would tell other husbands there is plenty for you to do. Our tour guide took very good care of us."
Mickey Basiliere, Longmont, CO - "A trip to Tuscany has been on my bucket list for years. My trip far exceeded what I was hoping to see and do. Jim was amazing and engaged us in very thought out tours. It was a great balance of free time and tour time. A Craftour is definitely the way to go! Your personal time is not used on trying to decide where to go and what to see. Words cannot describe how I was emotionally moved by the kindness and laid back approach to life that I experienced with the people of Italy. This was a trip of a lifetime!"
Lisa Schicker, Johnson Creek, WI - "This was my second trip with Craftours and, once again, I really enjoyed it. What I appreciate most is the very relaxed pace and while we travel to the locations on the itinerary together, once we arrive, we have the freedom to explore and see the things that matter to us most as opposed to be forced to stay as a group. I also like the fact that there are not too many activities scheduled in a day."
Vikki Bendle, Lakes Creek, Queensland - "Really enjoyed this tour... great company... made many new friends... great itinerary... great guide and great teacher. It was truly memorable. I loved the Grande Hotel in Montecatini Terme and the lovely staff who looked after us."
Marjorie Motto, East Hampton, CT - "This was a great trip. We saw so much in a short period of time. The tour guide was the very best. She really made our group feel like family. The hotel was more than I expected. All the towns and squares we visited was stupendous. I wish we could do other areas of Italy in the future."
Phyllis Schicker, Johnson Creek, WI - "Another fabulous trip. I very much like the relaxed pace of the trip with ample time to explore on our own mixed in with the planned activities."
Trudy McNish, Klondike, TX - "I was emotionally touched with some of the beautiful sites on the tour."
Connie Wideman, Sherwood Park, Alberta - "It was very well organized with a fantastic tour guide. We saw many things that we would not be privy to on any other tour. The balance of scheduled time and free time was very good. "
Margaret Mitchell, Oak View, CA - "The tour was very well planned and executed. We did and saw so many amazing things, and I "Gush" about it to everyone I run into. I will take other Craftours in the future!"
Bonny Groneman, Springville, UT - "It was an amazing Fashion and Textiles Tour! I am a Clothing and Textiles teacher and loved visiting the silk factories where I saw up close the production of the beautiful fabric. Milan and Florence were beautiful in the Fall. Loved the cooking lesson at the family owned winery. Cinque Terre was beautiful and great for shopping! Had the opportunity to meet many new friends who love textiles and sewing!"
Linda Tabaska, Los Altos Hills, CA - "The tour was very interesting and a good balance of tours, shopping and free time. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Italy."
John Larimer, Tigard, OR - "The tour was very informative and we had a wonderful time."
Kalena Popson, Denver, CO - "I have never heard of Craftours before but accompanied my mother on the trip. Though I am not big into Fashion and Textiles Inhad a blast! Being in Italy itself was such a treat! I would definitely do another tour when I can afford it on my own."
Yael Hellman , Beverly Hills, CA- "The Tuscany tour was wonderful."
Christine Brock , San Diego, CA- "Your tour provided a very special opportunity to meet local tour guides and crafts people, and learn their stories, making the visit to Italy more personal."
Arlene Watters , Lemon Grove, CA- "Your choices of craft experiences were wonderful. The guides and transportation were terrific, I felt very well taken care of!"
Roberta Allen , Oceanside, CA- "Have visited Tuscany before however, the Arts & Crafts component of this tour was awesome. Loved the variety of arts and crafts that we participated in. The farewell dinner was AMAZING!!!!"
Joyce Mann , Alpine, CA- "Loved it! Tuscany was just as I had imagined. Beautiful fields of grapes. Great food, tours, wine and hosts."
Louise Goodman , San Diego, CA- "Lovely hotel, plenty of interesting places and crafts."
Judy Gentry , Haymarket, VA- "Great tour of a beautiful country."
Barry K Durie , Bethlehem, PA- "A well planned and led tour with a good balance of guided group time and free to roam time. Information was always clear and shared in timely fashion. Appreciated the efficiency of our overall escort and the particular knowledge of the various guides who joined us."
Michelle Baggett , Columbia, MO- "I can’t say enough good things about Craftours. Our guide Mary Ellen Francis went above and beyond our expectations. We missed flights getting to our destination due to weather issues and she was always watching out for us making sure we were getting where we needed to go to make it to our destination. My mother fell and broke her knee our last day of our trip and Mary Ellen was right there to get an ambulance and help us make arrangements for me to stay at a hotel near the hospital where my mom was getting treatment. She also made sure I had contacts of translators and headquarters to help me get home when it was possible. She was a huge help to us. Mary Ellen is fantastic!"
Jeanne Schmaltz , Benicia, CA- "Great craft tour with many opportunities to try different crafts as well as tour of different Tuscan cities"
Deborah Parrish , Tucson, AZ- "Loved the tour! Saw so much every day. Our Craftours Escort Mary Ellen was excellent. Kept us on our toes!"
Wendy Madden , Summerfield, FL- "Enjoyed it immensely. The small towns and the countryside are beautiful."
Leslie , Enola, PA- "Wonderful trip! It was more strenuous than I thought it would be."
Debra Fenton , Saukville, WI- "The Ultimate Arts & Crafts Expedition of Tuscany was the ultimate Italian tour. The towns and places we visited were the most old world tours of a lifetime. In the time we were there the tour took us to as many wonderful places we could hope to be."
Gail Warnes , Ashland, OH- "I loved the tour, the extensions and the optional trips. Italy was incredibly beautiful, the sites selected for visits were very interesting and worth the time and money, and the art and craft lessons were fun and rewarding."
Janice McAdams , Brookeland, TX- "My trip was great fun Our escort made the trip very enjoyable, our group was very compatible, all in a the expedition was awesome."
Judy Rosalez , Cary, NC- "It was a good trip. I had a nice time and met some wonderful people. It was terrific being at 1 hotel the entire time."
Debbi Torri , Morris, IL- "This trip was phenomenal in every way! The cuisine, the vino and the optional tours were exceptional! So glad we took advantage of them.."
Audrey Wilson , Beaumont, CA- "I enjoyed the trip very much....."
Margaret Casey , Seattle, WA- "I enjoyed seeing places I have never visited before. I also liked staying in one hotel..."
Marilyn Wallace , Ash Fork, AZ- "I believe that going on a tour with a group of people you do not know is an experience not to be missed. You get to know those people and might want to stay in touch. I met some wonderful people on the bus that I was on. I will stay in touch on Facebook."
Dennis & Dawn Auker , Salem, OR- "This was our second tour of Tuscany. The first time was with Jim West 8 yrs ago. We enjoyed both tours very much."
Shelly Wickham , Sturgeon Bay, WI- "I loved thi trip! There was just the right amount of craft activities, sightseeing, and downtime that I did not feel like I didn’t have enough time to enjoy Italy."
Deneen Nash , Bedford Heights, OH- "Fantastic trip. I would go back to Tuscany."
Jackie miller , Westbury, NY- "I loved it! We had so much fun. Everyone was so nice. The hotel was terrific, the tour was great. Holly, Alice and Deb were the best"
Ellen March , Morrison, CO- "What a fantastic experience! Despite the long days and packed schedule, I feel like I saw everything that Italy has to offer and then some. The special tours to the Pino Grasso embroidery studio, silk factory and atelier were once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. I made friends I will cherish forever. Thank you for a wonderful time!"
Vicki Wofford , Bastrop, TX- "It gave me a new appreciation for ’handmade’ textiles and fashions from Italy."
Maxine Constantine , Fishers, IN- "A very special tour that exceeded expectations! I am still on a Tuscany high!"
Anne Hirner , Kent, WA- "I had my very best ever vacation. Italy is so inspirational. Our tour guide Agnes was so organized, helpful and a wonderful woman. All of the tours and local guides she had arranged for us was awesome. Would love to take another tour with you someday. Agnes was also very knowledgeable about handling some not so well behaved clients. She was great."
Rosemary Costabile , Palm Coast, FL- "The trip to Italy was a dream realized. The places visited were more than I would have done on my own. My love and interest in sewing was rewarded. Visiting Milan, Montecatini Terme, Florence, Pisa and Cinque Terre and San Gimignano were absolutely a treat! Loved them all!!"
Elisabeth Prescott , Astoria, NY- "Overall the tour was a great introduction to Italy’s craftsmanship and tourist sights and was inspirational from a creative perspective, too."
Jocelyn King , Richmond, KY- "The tour was well-organized to include a variety of activities. The crafts were superb--we were all awed by the dedication of the artisans. Plenty of tourist sights, also."
Bonnie Bloom , Lewes, DE- "Absolutely an amazing experience!"
Lynn Jaffe , Encinitas, CA- "I really enjoyed the trip! I had never been on a group tour and was traveling alone, so having someone handling all the details of traveling was fabulous! The local guides were very informative and the planned crafts were fun."
Linda G Spurgin , Mena, AR- "I had a wonderful time. It was great meeting creative people from all over the US. Sometimes when you get a number of creative folks together, there can be personality problems. But this group got along very well and even helped each other when needed. We just ended up enjoying each other’s company."
Cynthia Knight , Van Buren, AR- "Wonderful, incredible, magical, heavenly experience in my life. I left my heart in Montecatini Terme!??"
Andrew Black , Princeville, IL- "This was very well organized and appreciated all that Mary Ellen did to keep the group together and on track. Putting something together of this caliber with all of the stops, plus to throw in the water taxis, buses, hotel stays, etc. can be a challenge. From our end we felt it went very smoothly and we had a FANTASTIC time. Many, many good - long lasting memories of Italy."
Cindy & Rich Norton , Brimfield, IL- "We loved the Italy Pilgrimage. We couldn’t have had a better experience."
Peggy Boettcher , Brimfield, IL- "The tour was well planned. We had no concerns throughout the entire trip. Our buses, hotel rooms, luggage transfers, everything was well taken care of. We experienced so much more than we thought we would. We also felt we got a very good value for what we paid. It was wonderful not to have to pay for extras such as tips and admissions. Well done tour for sure."
Franke Keefer , Elmwood, IL- "I loved celebrating Mass in so many sacred places. Our close proximity to tombs and relics of so many saints was amazing!"
Rashelle Ludolph , East Grand Rapids, MI- "The Catholic Treasures of Italy Pilgrimage packed in all the highlights of Italy into a wonderful two-week trip. My family and I enjoyed spending time together seeing the sites, drinking the wine, and eating the food while all the details were taken care of."