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Great Italian Adventure—Tuscany by the Sea Traveler Review

VBT’s Traveler Ratings and Reviews have given our travelers lots of helpful feedback about our full Catalog of Biking and Walking Vacations. Of course, we’ve heard plenty of praise for our amazing local Trip Leaders and we’ve also gotten a lot of positive feedback about our unique approach to getting travelers in touch with local culture. VBT Traveler, Lisa W., has shared her experiences in Tuscany by the Sea with us and we couldn’t resist passing it along.

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“Our gang of twenty friends and acquaintances – all first time travelers with VBT, with bicycling backgrounds ranging from less-experienced to expert – had a wonderful time on our Tuscany by the Sea adventure.

Individually we came away with countless, great memories of Tuscany, Orvieto and Rome. The fabulous agriturismo accommodations had all the creature comforts including fabulous breakfast buffets and some very memorable dinners that let us experience the Tuscan way of life.

Our two wonderful guides not only saw to it that all our needs were met and that we stayed on track with our ambitious biking and sight-seeing schedules, they took us off the beaten path and shared their rich heritage with us. They made the experience fun, meaningful, and it will forever stand out in our memories.

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The trip included a Pre- and Post-Trip to Orvieto and to Rome where we stayed in very nice and conveniently located hotels and made the most of sightseeing. For me it was the trip of a life-time…”

-Lisa W.

Thanks Lisa! To give our travelers the opportunity to enjoy even more reviews, we’ve got a great contest. If you submit your own review about a previously taken VBT vacation by December 31, 2012, you’ll be entered to win $1,000 in Travel Credits!* Head to, find a tour that you’ve taken with VBT and click the Traveler Reviews tab to fill us in on your experiences.

*Contest rules: VBT travelers who post a review by Monday, December 31, 2012 will be entered into a contest to win $1000 in Travel Credits. This prize is non-transferrable and not redeemable for cash. Respondents must be 21 years of age or older and must have taken the VBT trip that they reviewed. Entries must be posted by Monday, December 31, 2012 and a winner will be drawn on Friday, January 4, 2013. To obtain the name of the winner, send your name and address to Paul Williams, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, 614 Monkton Road, Bristol, VT 05443. You may contact VBT with questions or concerns related to customer support and satisfaction.

Top 5 Italian Wines

In addition to iconic works of art, welcoming people and wonderful food, Italy is also often noted for its great variety of wines. Tracking down the right wine in the right region can be a bit of challenge. We’ve assembled a list of some of our favorite varietals and where to look for them, but if you find yourself in any doubt, stay local. No matter which Italian region you’re exploring with VBT, a great vineyard with delicious wine won’t be far off.

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1.  Chianti Classico

On any one of our Tuscan Vacations, you’re sure to find ample opportunities to sample a Chianti or two. Perhaps the best opportunity presents itself on our Tuscan Hill Towns by Bike​ vacation. We’ll make our way from Florence to Rome, straight through the heart of Chianti Classico country. So if you’re an avid biker with a taste for deep, dry reds, then you’ll certainly enjoy your time spent on and off the bike in Tuscany’s hill towns.

2.  Rosso della Maremma Toscana

Partly made up of the premier grape in Chianti Classico – sangiovese – Rosso della Maremma is a smooth red blend, often with notes of cherry, plum and even a hint of chocolate. Take advantage of the chance to sample wine at the beautiful Fattoria di Magliano on our Tuscany by the Sea vacation. One of their signature offerings is Sinarra, a delicious example of the Rosso della Maremma varietal.

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3.  Pinot Grigio

If you’re cycling through northern Italy and the crisp mountain air sweeping through the Dolomite Valleys has you in the mood for a dry white wine, then you’re in luck. This region produces some of the most notable Pinot Grigios in the world. Balanced and bright, this young white will be light in your glass and on your palette, complimenting the range of cuisine you’ll find in northeastern Italy.

4.  Primitivo

Moving south, into the Puglia region of Italy, you’ll find a wine that’s always in a bit of a hurry. Its name, Primitivo, is a reference to the grape’s tendency to ripen very early. As a result, this complex wine offers a vibrant range of flavors. But don’t let the name rush you. Be sure to take some time on your Puglia Vacation to sit back, relax and savor a glass or two.

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5.  Nero D’Avola

Though its title may have already given it away, this bold wine, indigenous to Sicily is very dark in color, but surprisingly easy to drink. Up until a couple of years ago, you’d have to go all the way to Sicily just to taste it. Fortunately, the varietal has recently made a splash in the international wine scene and you can now find it in many American wine shops. But don’t worry—we’ve got a great Sicily Bike Tour in mind if you’re up for an exciting, and delicious adventure.

Like Nero D’Avola, all of the wines mentioned are readily available without making the journey to Europe, but with nine different ways to Travel Italy, VBT is sure to have a biking, walking or skiing vacation that will tempt you all the way to the Mediterranean.

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