The trip fulfilled my dreams & then more. I knew it was priced higher than what I usually choose for a trip but was not disappointed in the least. In fact I would sign up again for another tour with the group of cyclists & Tourissimo.
Kathleen B.[fa icon="quote-right"]
Both Domenico and Alex were outstanding guides. So hospitable and knowledgeable about our hilltop hamlet visits. The rides were terrific and interesting with not too many busy roads.Both my bike and my wife’s ebike were excellent.
Bryan F. Tuscany Private Tour[fa icon="quote-right"]
This was my best tour ever for route selection, accommodations, guides' charm & expertise, and group compatibility.
Tom F.[fa icon="quote-right"]
It was incredible. So different in landscape than Romagna.
Bonnie P. Chef Bike Tour Emilia[fa icon="quote-right"]
Perfect Trip! First tour like this for me and I would absolutely do it again! Very well organized, planned, executed...I literally got to relax and enjoy myself since I'm usually the type A planner extraordinaire! I loved that we were treated like VIPs everywhere we went rather than like annoying tourists lol. The people in this region were warm, welcoming and very proud and passionate about their culture and culinary traditions. Beppe and Heather and Federica made the trip so enjoyable and fun because it was so apparent that they all love what they do!
Michelle F.[fa icon="quote-right"]
Beppe is so organized and structured! I really appreciated all the details done for me. Yet, he made it seem so effortless! ( I know it was not) Federica was such a caring guide always stopping to assist and provide water (for me :-) and quietly and gracefully working her butt off leading the peloton.
Cindy R.[fa icon="quote-right"]
Pre-trip research done by Tourissimo was essential to its success.
Caryl B.[fa icon="quote-right"]
The important components of the trip were all exceptional in my opinion. The riding routes were among the best I have experienced. Very well planned blend of loops back to one location, travel to the next lodging, and van transport to get us into Italy. Nice touch to have coffee stops every day after no more than 20 miles, and to include visits to historic places or interesting local merchants. The scenery was unbelievable and the climbs (if you could do them) made you feel like a hero. The food was wonderful, everything from the a pleasure having multi course dinners, with Beppe going around to fill the wine glasses, to tasty picnics with local cheese, salami, bread, other delicacies all laid out on a tablecloth. The blend of free time and group dinners was perfect. Mostly it was just so much fun every day, and I know I was not alone in not wanting this trip to end. I enjoyed every minute. In fact I did not want each individual day to end, and only slept because I had to, was up bright and early for the next visual and gastronomic feast, and fabulous riding challenge
Francine S.[fa icon="quote-right"]
Great low traffic, beautiful routes and attention to detail. Loved the bike.
Martha B.[fa icon="quote-right"]
Always fun to be lead by Beppe. Federica was delightful. Both are positive and energetic and flexible as to the
daysevents, even when questionable weather roles in.
Brad T. Private Tour[fa icon="quote-right"]
This was my first time to go on an organized tour and I really enjoyed it. I liked that someone else had done all of the research, homework, vetting
andplanning (I usually do this for my family and friends). All I had to do was show up, ride, eat, and drink...repeat! It was nice not to worry about paying for anything during the tour.
Nancy Peritz Chef Bike Tour Emilia Romagna[fa icon="quote-right"]
Federica clearly knows and loves the area and was so enthusiastic about sharing it with others. Matteo was great about taking care of the bikes and was a great source of amusement to us.
Amy Schoenbaum Emilia Chef Bike Tour[fa icon="quote-right"]
I was really impressed with every aspect of the tour. Really loved it.
Michele S. Magnifica Cinque Terre Hiking[fa icon="quote-right"]
As always, superb. We couldn't have been any
better takencare of on and off the road.
Kathy F. Private Tour[fa icon="quote-right"]
You did a wonderful job in planning our trip and we loved the biking portion. You make everything run so smoothly that it all appears seamless, yet we know how much work goes into planning and organizing such a big group.
Hildy and Jack Wold Friuli and Slovenia private bike tour[fa icon="quote-right"]
Beppe Salerno was my guide on a cycling trip through Puglia in Southeastern Italy.
Although I had cycled for many years and ridden in Italy before this was the first commercial trip I had ever taken. Riding with Beppe was central to the unique experience provided by this trip.
Beppe provided unique insights into Italian life and culture as well as useful commentary on cycling routes and styles. His knowledge of Italian wines and cuisine transformed the trip from simply a “ride on a bicycle” to a gastronomic adventure. He introduced me to new wines, new dishes and to the people who grew, bottled and prepared them. We discussed history, dialects, regionalisms, music and architecture.
Beppe's skills are many. Paramount among them, in my opinion, is his ability to motivate people of diverse backgrounds and with widely divergent interests into a cohesive, collaborative group enjoying the company of others while reveling in the delights of a shared ride.
David Nasatir Puglia Bike Tour[fa icon="quote-right"]
This Fall will be our third trip guided by Beppe. For each trip, Beppe has flawlessly planned and executed even the smallest of details. We have found Beppe to be always up-beat, supportive and very intuitive as to the various personalities on the trips.
We cannot imagine doing an Italian trip with anyone else. Our upcoming custom tour is filled with incredible destinations and unique activities.
Cannot wait until September!
Patty and Brian McConaty Private Tour organizers[fa icon="quote-right"]
Heather was great to deal with online and made me feel comfortable in booking this trip as I was certainly not sure of what to expect on a bike tour.
Joan H. Piedmont Chef Bike Tour[fa icon="quote-right"]
The tour was even more interesting and fascinating than we had hoped in both experiencing the beauty natural, and manmade of Cinque Terre, and gaining insights into the lives of the locals and their special skills.
Out tour guide Beppe was marvelous. He is very knowledgeable, very well known and connected in the region of Cinque Terre, and came up with a great alternative on the one day when bad weather made the original plan infeasible. He was very attentive to our requests, extremely well prepared, always
good natured, and anticipated what we would enjoy at various stops along the way. We will definitely plan another hiking tour with Beppe. He was always lots of fun to be with!
Martyn Roetter Cinque Terre Hiking Tour[fa icon="quote-right"]
I really enjoyed the tour. The bike and cycling routes were great, loved the scenery in Slovenia and appreciated the off-bike tours. I loved the Italian lunch at the winery in Friuli and the special lunch on the last day in Slovenia (there were others too). I found that Slovenia was beautiful and while the towns in between were charming, there was not much to do in them during free time except for Llubljana. This is not a criticism, just an observation. I really liked Bled. In Croatia, I found Portoroz to be a bit too touristy for my taste but I enjoyed Piran. For me personally, I think 15 days is a bit too long.
Adrienne C. Friuli and Slovenia Bike Tour[fa icon="quote-right"]
Fascinating area, good routes, too much food
Eugene H. Friuli and Slovenia Bike Tour[fa icon="quote-right"]
Great experience and all aspects were well planned. Small issues were dealt with in a professional manner.
Bryan Fitzpatrick Emilia Romagna Chef Bike Tour[fa icon="quote-right"]
Amazing experience with very knowledgeable guides who were very well organized and prepared for us!
Bryan Frank Provence Bike Tour (private)[fa icon="quote-right"]
Best trip ever!
Doug Chesire Piedmont Chef Bike Tour[fa icon="quote-right"]
All the planning and preparation for this trip was evident every day. Loved the guides, the cities and restaurants chosen, and of course Chef Jody, Heather and Beppe. Everyone was so knowledgeable and accommodating no matter what the situation or question.
Elizabeth Weiss Emilia Romagna Chef Bike Tour[fa icon="quote-right"]
It was great! I loved how each day built on the next. Our guides, Massimo and Domenico, were terrific. They helped everyone get from the start to the finish.
David Goldman Tuscany Bike Tour (private)[fa icon="quote-right"]
It was great. I would definitely do it again. There were some issues that can easily be corrected.
Steve S. Tuscany Bike Tour (private)[fa icon="quote-right"]
Domenico and Massimo are amazing! I texted the following message to them after I returned to NYC: "I can't thank you enough for your excellent guidance through all of the rides and logistics. I had a wonderful time in your beautiful country & am so pleased I made it up the Toscana hills & your encouragement helped me reach every peak. The last day especially was a proud moment for me! I may not have finished in the "fast" group, but I proved to myself I could do it. I love cycling and I appreciate what you both taught me about the sport and, especially, how to properly change a flat tire!! I wish you both great success in your journeys and hope our paths cross again."
Christopher Mathias Tuscany Bike Tour (private)[fa icon="quote-right"]
The itinerary was terrific. The hotels were great. The food was very good. Domenico and Massimo were wonderful guides.
Jonathan Springer Tuscany Bike Tour (private)[fa icon="quote-right"]
The riding was challenging, but that’s why I did it. You can’t get good views without climbing. The towns we stayed in were great. Andrea, Umberto, and Gabriel were great.
Jeff Morrison Austria and Czech rep (private)[fa icon="quote-right"]
The hotels were the weak part of the trip. Would gladly pay more to have better hotels.
Steven J. Tuscany Bike Tour (private)[fa icon="quote-right"]
The tour guides were great and very accommodating. Although there were many bike paths and quiet roads, some of the roads were very busy with no shoulder and were scary to ride on. Personally I think I want my next year to be a multisport trip and not just biking.
Marianne Enslei Austria and Czech rep (private)[fa icon="quote-right"]
All in, we had a wonderful week and would recommend Tourissimo to our friends who bike, enjoy food, wine and laughing.
Lisa Kent Austria and Czech rep (private)[fa icon="quote-right"]
This was such a well organized and rewarding adventure. I really appreciated the small things such as loading up GPX routes. I like the fact that we mainly rode from town to town, instead of driving. The routes and selection of stops were always top-notch. Is there a better tour than this one? I don't believe I could express the level of gratitude I have for being offered such a wonderful experience.
Aaron Lazar Dolomites Bike Tour[fa icon="quote-right"]
It was wonderful. All hotels were great.
Kelly Crawford Dolomites Bike Tour[fa icon="quote-right"]
Overall it was very enjoyable. Excellent riding and Janna had a good time riding with Andrea.
James Fortier Piedmond and Liguria Bike Tour[fa icon="quote-right"]
It is a wonderful tour for touring and sightseeing and eating and drinking. Lake Garda area does not seem to be good area for driving! The bike paths were great, except in and around Riva del Garda. The guides were wonderful in finding places to eat and see when they improvised and as Alessandro had planned. LOVED Montagnana and Alesandro's leading us on our wander around Padua. Massimo's spontaneous ride on the island while waiting for the second boat was great, too. Guides - especially Massimo -- should indicate directions of turns or straight-aheads long before the fact. And should probably ride more slowly. We four were fine with how they guided, but we may be stronger riders than will be attracted to this tour. We four did fine on those steep short hills, but less experienced riders may find them intimidating or just not be able to climb them. Be prepared to take people in the van.
Bonnie Payne Lake Garda to Venice Lagoon cycling[fa icon="quote-right"]
Fantastic tour overall - really enjoyed the biking, food, group, and the guides. While I really liked both of the chefs, Matt and Kate, I didn't think they necessarily added anything to the tour. They didn't have any knowledge of that region and didn't cook for us - understand that wouldn't make sense either since they don't cook foods from that region. Really enjoyed having Kate there - she was super social and friendly. I found Matt to be standoffish and anti-social - but a nice guy.
Allison D. Chef Bike Tour Emilia[fa icon="quote-right"]
The tour was fantastic. Federica and Matteo were wonderful guides and Federica knew the region better than anyone could possible hope for. Matteo was great as well. He would tell me about the culture and history of a region as we were biking through small towns together. I think the size of the group was perfect, it for special moments and connections to be made between every individual.
The only slight negative I had, is that i wish we had more time to explore Reggio Emelia and Parma. I really appreciated the activities planned for us, but would have loved an extra hour or so of down time to self wander the towns. Again, the activities planned were fantastic, and i loved the amount of biking we did each day, so I don't actually know how to solve this problem.
Chau Nguyen Chef Bike Tour Emilia[fa icon="quote-right"]
This tour was a great way for me to be introduced to cycling, while also challenging myself. I loved the integration of food/ cycling for this tour as it allowed me to be more immersed in the culture and more immersed in the views. I saw the country in a different lens (due to the cycling aspect) and I will certainly do this again!
Emily Law Chef Bike Tour Emilia[fa icon="quote-right"]
Overall, you exceeded my expectations. I was so blown away by this trip. One of the best experiences I have had since doing these types of trips.
Amanda Blackburn Tuscany Bike Tour (private)[fa icon="quote-right"]
The best of 4 tours I've been on.
Steve Davis Tuscany Bike Tour (private)[fa icon="quote-right"]
The tour exceeded my expectations. When Beppe and I discussed the tour almost 2 years ago and discussed the various elements we wanted in the tour: gravel roads in Tuscany, riding with with friends, wine tasting great food, hot springs, flexibility in riding capacity it was all in there. Bonus was the tour of the vineyard Ciacci Piccolomini D'Aragona and its bike museum.
Henry van den Broek Tuscany Bike Tour (private)[fa icon="quote-right"]
Well designed and paced for this small group
Craig Olmsted Cinque Terre Hiking[fa icon="quote-right"]
It was absolutely AMAZING!!!
Eric Berry Loire Valley (private)[fa icon="quote-right"]
The Tourissmo tour of Piemonte was thoughtfully organized, well supported and done with an eye for quality.
Marc Meyer Chef Bike Tour Piedmont[fa icon="quote-right"]
The dining and food were exceptional. The cycling routes were challenging and the region was besutiful, more time to explore the little towns that we passed by would be nice. Please consider and match the age, experience and ability of the cyclists to avoid injuries and worries.
Sherie Hsu Chef Bike Tour Piedmont[fa icon="quote-right"]
The Chef portion of the tour was great. I found the cycling portion a bit weak only because of the inexperience of the cycling group which was a negative. Maybe related to the eBike option?? I really loved the area we cycled through and will definitely go back in the future.
Fred Clark Chef Bike Tour Piedmont[fa icon="quote-right"]
Extremely well organized and executed without problems.
Mark Lively Provence Bike Tour (private)[fa icon="quote-right"]