All of our tours are private and they are led by Annie or Francesco.
For a personalized full-day tour, in conjunction with a guided tour of Volterra, we also offer other fun, hands-on activites.
As the parents of two young children, we are happy to make all tours and activities as children-friendly as possible. We personally hold that you don’t have to go to Disneyland to entertain the kids… it isn’t what you do, but how you do it that makes it memorable for the little ones.
We do not provide transportation.
For any itinerary outside of Volterra you can use your own rental cars or we can put you in contact with a local transportation company.
TuscanTour is a small company that was founded in 2001 by an international couple:
Annie Janvier Adair, originally from Washington D.C., received her B.A. from Brown University and has made Volterra her home since 1998. She is an authorized tour guide of the area specialized in art history and the ancient Etruscans, and offers personalized and family-oriented private tours of Volterra and off-the-beaten-track Tuscany.
Francesco Gronchi, from Volterra, graduated from the University of Siena with a degree in Political Science. He lived for a few years in Washington D.C. while working as researcher for the University of Pisa at the American Military Archives on massacres of Italian civilians during WWII. He was eventually (inevitably?) lured back to Tuscany by plentiful good wine, his family's home-grown olive oil, and being able to laugh with friends of opposing political views over a drink, among other things.
Francesco is also a certified sommelier and wine consultant.
Francesco leads private wine tours for couples and families, private wine-tastings, and offers wine-consultancy services for those who would like to tour local wineries with the aim of creating/augmenting their wine cellar.
When I first came to Italy I came across Volterra by pure chance and immediately fell in love with this unique city, its breathtaking landscape, its mysterious and rich history and the tangible warmth and openness of its inhabitants. I spent the rest of my vacation in Volterra and the surrounding area and soon decided that nothing could be better than a six-month stay in Volterra to learn the language and immerse myself in the Tuscan way of life (and thus began the endless deferment of law school!). Three months later I met my now-husband Francesco and my fate was sealed.
After a few years in the States, Francesco and I decided to move back to Volterra. We couldn't resist being away from all that Tuscany has to offer - from the food and wine (certainly a primary concern!) to the very human pace of life, the simple beauty of it all.
When we started Tuscan Tour, our aim was – as it still is now – to offer services and experiences that go well beyond the “been there, done that” mentality of most offerings of mass tourism. This land captivates us still, day after day, and we hope to share some of that “magic” with our clients.
Francesco has, from the start, been very excited to create this company because he feels deeply connected to Tuscany, the land, the traditions, the people, and the philosophy of life. Through his wine tours and tastings, he has found a way to share his enthusiasm for and knowledge of what is certainly one of the most cherished creations of his home land- wine!