For us traveling does not mean only visiting a new place. What matters most is the journey itself and what it gives us, the emotions it will make us feel and the memories we bring back. Going on holiday is not just choosing a destination and a hotel to stay in. It is about discovering a new world, meeting the foreign, the stranger, the new and witnessing the passions, flavours and traditions of the place you visit.
Holidays are the time we dedicate to ourselves, our loved ones and the things we enjoy. This is YOUR moment, long or short as it may be. Together we can organize it the way you want it in order to leave you more time to indulge in every moment. We welcome you to Tuscany where we live, and according to your needs and tastes, provide you with the right services Tuscanescapes by Papilio Tours
Milo was born near Bologna, he spent his early years in Germany and later moved to England where he completed his studies. He then came to Tuscany at the age of 18 and found himself in the laid back and friendly outlook on life that the Tuscans enjoy. Here he has learned the respect and appreciation for the little things in life which are so often marginalized in modern society but that make up so much of a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle.
He has been working in tourism for many years and, also thanks to his years abroad and his love for travel, has developed a sense for what is truly important for the visitor to Tuscany: an authentic experience in touch with the locals, the magical and amazing Tuscany and a splash of great food and wine…
Milo has an outgoing and humorous personality and loves to learn and interact with his clients and has a passion for food and the history of the area.
Silvia was born in the mountains of Calabria and moved to Siena to study in university where she graduated in Language and Literature (English and German). She has fallen in love with this city, the quiet yet friendly people of the area and its beautiful artistic heritage and breathtaking landscapes which drew her to continue living here after her studies. She later continued to deepen her interests and studies of the area and has obtained her qualifications as an authorized Siena City guide and Nature Excursionist. Silvia has an outgoing and vivacious personality and has a deep interest in nature and everything creative. She loves to travel and learn from other cultures and traditions.
Elena lived her early years near Florence, where she graduated in Foreign Languages, studying English and French. She has always been fascinated by the area of Siena, its quietness and the clean air of Chianti hills. She moved here in 2009 where she continued her studies and obtained a qualification as an authorized Siena City Guide and Tour Leader. Elena has been working in tourism for many years. Her personality is friendly and outgoing, she loves meeting new people and cultures and is keen on many things, such as art, cuisine, traditions and travel.
Daniele was born in Ostuni, a wonderful coastal city in the south of Italy. He was raised in Siena and dedicated his studies to nature, agriculture and the many products obtained through alternative farming philosophies. He has worked at some of the most important wineries in the region, acquiring experience in the world of wine for more than 20 years. His close collaboration with the elders of the wineries and working the land with his own hands has helped him learn many secrets and all the techniques of wine production. Daniele has an outgoing personality and is able to make his clients feel at ease. He transmits his evident passion and knowledge of the areas' products and wines and will help you to understand them as well.
Claudia is a real local, she was born and bred within Siena’s city-walls, in the very heart of the town. Until recently, her parents had a restaurant not far from the main square. As a result since childhood, she has been surrounded by amazing art and history and extremely good food. She graduated in Communications at the University of Siena and has studied abroad as well: first in Barcelona, Spain, and then a few months in England doing an internship in a charity organization. She is a smiling and easy-going person, she likes outdoor adventures and discovering new hidden places. Since 2015 she works with passion and enthusiasm as an authorized Siena City Guide.
Marella was born in Venice and has been influenced by the open spirit and beauty of her city. She started to travel abroad at a young age. Graduating in Oriental Languages and Literature at Venice University (Chinese and English), she later moved to China to continue her studies and work for a few years. One day during a vacation in Tuscany she fell in love with the nature and art of this region and decided to move here, now more than 10 years ago. Marella has been working as an authorized tour guide since 9 years and enjoys meeting people from different countries and is enthusiastic about transmitting to them something special and new about Siena and its culture. Marella is an open minded person with strong a personality and full spirit. She loves travelling and walking through the beautiful Tuscan hills.
Domenico was born and raised in the thick mist of Piedmont, in northern Italy. Later in life, he fell in love with the Chianti countryside and the medieval city of Siena and decided to relocate there to study a degree in Archaeology. Throughout his years at University, Domenico worked in tourism in the area and took some time to spend a year studying abroad in Bradford, England. He went on to obtain qualifications as an authorized City Guide and Nature Excursionist. Domenico is sociable and fun and enjoys, above all, to be outdoors doing active stuff, and runs the mountain biking and hiking tours with a passion.
Giorgia was born north of the Apennines, in the very traditional and industrious Emilia Romagna, and partially raised among the wild and cultivated hills of the south of the UK. Here she was greatly influenced by the open spirit and beauty of her international school, which also enabled her to travel abroad and learn from different cultures from a young age. Graduating in Humanities and Art History in Oxford, Giorgia traveled to Tuscany and was enchanted by its natural beauty, history and art. She moved there, initially worked at an Italian Language School for Foreigners in Siena's city centre and then at a winery in the Chianti, mostly touring visitors through the vineyards and cellars. Giorgia enjoys meeting people from different countries and shares insights into Tuscany’s art, history, wine and cuisine with enthusiasm. She is an open-minded person with strong a personality who loves walking the medieval streets of Siena and touring through the beautiful Tuscan hills.
Davide moved to Siena from Rome at the age of 14. In this city he immediately felt at home. He immediately loved Tuscany with its wonderful landscapes, its towns and small villages with their cuisine, wines, traditions, art and culture. He acquired the tour operator diploma which gave him the opportunity to work in the hospitality field. Davide has now worked with Tuscan Escapes for 4 years, where he found a friendly and professional environment. Davide speaks English and Spanish fluently and is nice and polite, always available for the guests who immediately feel at ease with him, as he effortlessly drives the windy roads of Tuscany conveying the love he has for these lands.
Ambra was born in Milan, Italy’s fast-paced economic capital, from a family that came from Siena. In Milan she studied art and tourism and then moved to Siena at age 24 to discover her roots and to become a member of the Onda or Wave contrada, one of the 17 districts or neighborhoods of Siena, that run in the Palio horse race twice a year. Her love for the history of Siena and its Palio, laid-back pace, wonderful foods and wines, not to mention the stunning landscapes, drove Ambra to continue her studies and become an authorized City Guide for both Siena and Florence, as well as a Tour Leader. Ambra has a cheerful personality and she loves guiding people around Tuscany, sharing with them her passion and love for her job and the Tuscan culture.
Small Group Chianti and Villages tour
"It was a dream of mine to visit Tuscany's wine country. My husband and I travelled with our best friends and really wanted it to be something special. Daniele was our guide and he was BETTER than I could have ever imagined. We never felt rushed or that we asked too many questions. Tuscan Escapes SURPASSED my expectations and really made a dream come true. THANK YOU "
Siena and Duomo Group tour
"Every minute of the tour with Claudia was magical. She clearly loves Siena with a passion and spent a lot of time answering our detailed questions about all that we saw. Her people skills are wonderful and she has a good sense of humor. Seeing Siena through her eyes was a delight. It is a magical city and the tour highlights its major buildings and its history beautifully."
Small Group Brunello wine tour
"My husband and I had a wonderful experience on the Brunello wine tasting day trip out of Siena. Elena was excellent. She shows a passion for her country and the wine. All of the tastings were excellent. The farmhouse lunch was incredible as well. It was wonderful talking to the owner and the chef as our meal was prepared. If you love wine and new experiences, then this is the best you can do for both. "
Small Group Pienza and Montepulciano tour
"Silvia as our tour hostess was totally awesome! This was the best deal of any tour we have hired in the past bar none. We saw a lot of the beautiful Tuscan country and towns. We had a meal to die for at an organic farm where everything was produced on the farm: wheat/flour/bread, red and white wine, various cheeses, and fresh vegetables. It will be well remembered and talked about in our household. "
Small Group San Gimignano and Volterra tour
"Our guide, Marella, was outstanding! Her knowledge was incredible and her enthusiasm for what she was sharing with us was infectious. The lunch included was a highlight, the host couple were amazing and the food beautiful. The alabaster workshop was also a highlight and the artisan very talented. The 3 towns visited, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano and Volterra were each interesting in their own right. What a great day!"
Private Val d’Orcia and Montalcino tour
"We were so fortunate to have the opportunity to join Milo on a journey through Tuscany. It seemed to both of us that at each stop our mouths were open with awe and amazement! we visited small hill-top communities, tasted a wonderful organic farm lunch overlooking a valley, sampled sheep and goat cheese, and sipped wine with master wine makers of two very different vineyards during harvest! What was so great about travelling with Milo was his knowledge and passion of the history of the region and his warmth and accommodating personality. We would definitely not hesitate to plan another trip with him!"