About My Vision

My Heritage

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My family, the Stella's, are of  Italian heritage with a Passion for Tuscany with all of its rich history, delicious flavors and amazing Sensations!  I have created STEPS in Tuscany LLC  to immerse my guests into the Tuscan culture through small group Experiences with wine tastings in Chianti, Montalcino and Montepulciano areas, Truffle Hunts with dogs, Carrara Marble tours, local cheese and olive oil tastings, private cooking classes with internationally renowned chefs, private tours of Florence, Siena, Assisi, Perugia, Lucca,Cortona,San Gimignano, Pisa, & more.. Also, hot air balloon rides at sunrise over the majestic Tuscan Hills! 

Can you guess what STEPS stands for?

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 STEPS in Tuscany LLC is VERY unique and a one of a kind travel company. The  PERFECT excursions are created for you by offering a "MENU" of adventures and experiences to choose from. The tours are customized to your interests. STRESS FREE!  It works like a private concierge for you and your friends  OR you can join a group of no more than 8 with a pre-set itinerary for one week .

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Satisfaction guaranteed!!
STEPS in Tuscany LLC will be happy to work with you in every aspect of planning your vacation and  will be delighted to advise you with helpful travel tips to make your adventures fun!

A Night with STEPS in Tuscany and Opera in the Kitchen

This is one of the ultimate experiences with STEPS in Tuscany! Begin the adventure in the garden picking fresh ingredients for your scrumptious dinner that you will make in the cooking class. Afterwards, enjoy your meal accompanied by regional wines overlooking the breath taking valley at sunset. Musicians from all over the world will perform for you while you enjoy your dessert and coffee. It is an experience like NO other!

Experiences Provided

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 STEPS in Tuscany LLC offers a variety of fun and off the beaten track excursions as well as the "MUST SEE" adventures from Rome and throughout Tuscany. These experiences are all with licensed and private guides and drivers. You will be given a " MENU" with prices and in depth descriptions when you contact STEPS in Tuscany LLC. OR you join a group of no more than 8 with a pre-planned itinerary. The price includes EVERYTHING and there are NO surprises, however, it does NOT include airfare. 

Upcoming Events

STEPS in Tuscany LLC is now booking for Spring- May 9th-15th and May 16th-22nd 2020 

In these tours you will stay in an award-winning 15th century farmhouse located in the heart of the Chianti region. You will have 2 private cooking classes: one  in Certaldo in a 12th century convent and one with the incomparable Opera in the Kitchen. A world renowned chef will prepare a gourmet four course dinner accompanied with regional wines and homemade limoncello as you settle in and relax in the garden.  No words can describe the amazing Carrara Marble tour! You will go up the steep mountain in a 4X4 jeep to see and touch the finest marble in the world. These mines have been quarried for 2000 years! The great sculptor Michelangelo came to Carrara for his raw material. He said " I release my figure from the stone". Afterwards, enjoy a wonderful traditional lunch in Colonata. Private walking tours of Siena and San Gimignano, along with visits to Pisa, Castellina in Chianti and Greve in Chianti. An exciting Truffle hunt with the dogs in the forest and a four course lunch to follow with EVERYTHING truffle is an absolutely fantastic one of a kind experience!!! All private wine tours and tastings are accompanied with either a three or four course lunch or dinner. You will learn the history of wine and olive oil production through family owned and operated agriturismo farms and vineyards. One of the highlights is our famous Pizza Party! A variety of fresh homemade pizzas made for you in the wood burning oven while you relax or jump in and help! ALL is great fun!!! Come join us in STEPS in Tuscany! You will have the experiences of a lifetime!!!

$2750 per person.  


Also, STEPS in Tuscany LLC is pleased to announce Italian Language and Cultural Immersion Program

February 22nd -29th 2020

Check out this intensive program to learn the beautiful Italian language and culture while living in a beautiful apartment in Florence city center! Includes Carnivale in Viareggio, private chef, cooking class, and wine tastings!                               $2650 Per person 





Testimonials

  

Kevin Ash reviewed STEPS in Tuscany5 star

March 30  · Roxanne planned and organized a fantastic trip for us. She presented many options for us to choose from and then coordinated our itinerary. The whole trip from accommodations to restaurants to guides to transportation went perfectly. Roxanne is very professional and kept us in the loop throughout the planning process and pre-trip preparation. Thanks to Steps in Tuscany. Highly Recommend! 

May 9 · This was the most amazing girl trip ever. Roxanne had everything arranged with the top excursions chosen for us to do. Cooking classes, trip to the marble Quarry,and wineries. Everything we could ask for. Our trip to Cortona wasn’t on the itinerary and it was very important to one of the girls so at the last minute she changed to accommodate us. Our drivers were hand picked and top notch. The food provided was phenomenal. There is no way to ever repeat this trip. Thank you so much Roxanne. 

May 9 · As an International Flight Attendant I’ve taken lots of trips..... this trip, Roxanne put together, for 8 friends surpasses every trip I’ve ever done!! Just trust STEPS in Tuscany to make the best decisions on what to see and how to see it!! Truly a trip of a lifetime!! Five star in every way!!! Thanks!! 

March 1 · If you ever decide to visit Tuscany and cross it from your bucket list, then you gotta’ first check Steps in Tuscany! Customer service above any expectations! Only the best for you, specially if your desire is to avoid any tourist traps along the way! 

Diane Westlake reviewed STEPS in Tuscany5 star

October 19, 2017 · An amazing adventure! Every detail was perfect. The experience was unforgettable. Thank you ! 

October 13, 2017 · I had some of THE most amazing experiences on this tour!!!! Including some of THE best food, THE best chefs, THE best scenery and THE best laughs! 

 Linda G Michael If you like beauty, art, fabulous food & wine, history, all things Italian great weather & fun then this is a MUST for you!! 

 Karen Joy Thomas recommends STEPS in Tuscany.

I have traveled the world but nothing compares to my trip Roxanne Stella planned to Tuscany ❤️ She made anything and everything happen for each and every one of us!! HONESTLY, best experiences, accommodations & hospitality everywhere we went!! Everything was organized for us and the daily activities were planned so that we would love Italy as much as she does. She has a big heart, great connections and she really knows how to wine & dine you again and again !!! Don’t miss this small group experience of a lifetime !!

 Jenny A Lambert recommends STEPS in Tuscany.The trip of a lifetime!!!!!! Everyone needs to experience this! Just do it!!   Check it out.....Steps In Tuscany

 Kimberly O'Connell reviewed STEPS in Tuscany- It was awesome!!  

 Lynn Russell Owens  recommends STEPS in Tuscany.· 

This was truly the trip of a lifetime. From the time that we got off of the train from Rome to the time that we got on the train back to Rome, everything was planned. The first night was a chef prepared dinner to ease us into the Tuscan experience. The rest of the week was jam packed with truffle hunting, marble mining, wine tasting and cooking experiences. We also worked in a little shopping and touring Pisa. Roxanne plans everything. There is never a dull moment. You will not be bored. Friendships will be made and memories will be made. If you want a relaxing vacation, don't go on this trip. However, if you want to see Tuscany like a native, you absolutely have to go. Roxanne is the quintessential hostess and planner. Go, and when you get home, pizza and pasta will never taste the same.

 Lisa Sharp Miller  recommends STEPS in Tuscany.· 

I  still get tears in my eyes when I think about sitting under the Tuscany  sky as we listened to the music of a beautiful soprano voice and the  loveliest harp accompanist! Ending this awesome trip with an evening  with Opera in the Kitchen was just the icing on the cake!  I loved my  trip with Roxanne!  Not only were the planned outings perfect in every  detail, I came away knowing I had many friends for life!  Doesn’t get  any better than this!  Thanks for the best of food (I mean the best!!!),  best tours and great friendships!

 Margot Arsenault Kroll  recommends STEPS in Tuscan· 

Worry free, unique, well-designed itinerary. Everything is taken care of. The farmhouse is lovely, surrounded by vineyards. The owners are wonderful. It feels like your home away from home. Interesting, intimate activities planned specifically for our group. It felt like we saw the real Tuscany!



FAQ'S

 

Q-. Is airfare included?
A- NO -  Come to Florence and all the rest is taken care of!
Q- Should I take out travel insurance?
A- YES!!! Always a good idea! LIFE happens and always good to be covered! These websites may help you:

 https://www.allianztravelinsurance.com/travel/international

 https://www.travelguard.com/travelinsurance/international

Q- How do I reserve a place in STEPS in Tuscany?

A- Contact me through the STEPS in Tuscany website with your email address and I will get back to you with all pertinent information to reserve, as well as all the paperwork needed. Half of the monies are due at time of reservation, and the other half at least 60 days before the first day of the tour. If you would like to join after the 60 day due date, the entire fee is due at one time to book.

Q- What is included in a STEPS in Tuscany tour? Will I need any extra money?

A-STEPS in Tuscany is an ALL INCLUSIVE tour package that doesn't have ANY surprises! One price covers it ALL except on the itineraries where it is stated OYO. ( On Your Own). This may be an inexpensive lunch. 25 Euro per person will be collected the first day to cover all breakfast items supplied for you at the farmhouse. Wine/Prosecco is provided for the welcoming greeting and dinner, and Beer/Wine/Prosecco is provided for the pizza party. 

The balloon ride at sunrise is an extra cost- prices and info are on each itinerary. This is an add on that I am pleased to offer. 

There is also information about tipping on the itineraries.

Q- What happens after I book a STEPS in Tuscany tour?

A- You will receive via email all the paperwork needed to be signed and returned- this will include standard Cancellation Policy and Agreement, an Accident Waiver and Release of Liability Form, a checklist of any allergies, transportation wishes after the tour, and hot air balloon interest so it may be booked in advance. A copy of your passport is needed for the Italian occupancy tax which is taken care of for you. Also, you will receive a beautiful complimentary canvas STEPS in Tuscany travel bag  to enjoy on your trip!

Q- What travel documents do I need ?

A- A valid passport that will not expire within 6 months of travel home. More info can be found on:  

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/requirements.html

Q- Where is the best place to buy Euros?

A- The best place to get Euros is from your debit or credit card in the ATM's in Italy. Most require a PIN number to receive cash. They are in abundance in every city and they give the best daily rates. I do not advise bringing US dollars to convert. The banks charge a high fee and a higher exchange rate.

 BE SURE TO NOTIFY YOUR BANK THAT YOU ARE TRAVELING OUT OF THE COUNTRY!! 

Q- How do I communicate with friends and family in the US from Italy?

A- I suggest downloading WhatsApp on your phone. It is free text and talk if you have WiFi. There is free WiFi in the farmhouse.

Q- What amenities are in the farmhouse?

A- In the farmhouse there are 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. The award-winning farmhouse is located in the middle of the vineyards of Chianti. It is picturesque and typical Tuscan architecture. There is WiFI, a blow dryer in each bathroom, towels,  a washer and dryer for a few items, a fully equipped kitchen, and a hot tub.

 

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Chianti Classico

 Savor and enjoy Chianti Classico in private wine tastings throughout the Chianti region. 

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 Visit historical sites with private and licensed drivers and guides. All tours are no more than 8 people so you can thoroughly embrace the culture as you wander these fantastic cities!