Teatro del Silenzio – Lajatico – Pisa – Tuscany
TEATRO DEL SILENZIO 2018
with Andrea Bocelli – Date to be announced
DO YOU NEED TO GET TO THE EVENT OF ANDREA BOCELLI IN LAJATICO AT TEATRO DEL SILENZIO?
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OFFERS TO THE PERFORMANCE OF ANDREA BOCELLI AT TEATRO DEL SILENZIO AVAILABLE AS SOON AS THE EVENT IS ANNOUNCED
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to the EVENT IN LAJATICO on board minivans, minibuses or coaches
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TICKETS + RETURN SHARED TRANSFERS TO TEATRO DEL SILENZIOTickets to the concert on 3rd August + transfers on shared minivans, minibuses or coaches FROM FLORENCE, PISA, VOLTERRA, PONTEDERA or SAN GIMIGNANO
TICKETS + RETURN PRIVATE TRANSFERS TO TEATRO DEL SILENZIOTickets to the concert on 3rd August + transfers on private minivans, minibuses or coaches FROM ANY LOCATION IN TUSCANY
WHAT IS TEATRO DEL SILENZIO AND WHERE?
Teatro del Silenzio is an open air theater just outside of Lajatico, a small village of 1,000 inhabitants in the heart of Tuscany, 45 kms from Pisa and 95 kms from Florence.
WHY IS ACCESS TO THE THEATER COMPLICATED?
For the event about 12,000 people get there and private traffic is a major problem for the local authorities. Therefore, on the days of the concert and the rehearsal the village LAJATICO IS CLOSED TO PRIVATE TRAFFIC.
Private cars are forced to park in a huge parking area 3 km before Lajatico and visitors need to queue to take free public shuttle buses to Lajatico. The same experience takes place after the end of the event and queues continue for long time.
Only a limited number of licensed CARS, MINIVANS, MINIBUSES or BUSES LIKE OURS can get further to Lajatico and stop just before a completely pedestrian area connecting to the theater, where it is compulsory to walk.
Here all visitors are obliged to get off and access to the arena after a 15-minute walk down a little hill along a pedestrian pathway.
HOW DO I SKIP THESE DIFFICULTIES?
The easiest and most comfortable way to get to Lajatico without losing time in the traffic jam is by booking seats in our cars, minivans, minibuses or buses leaving from Pisa and Florence as well as from many other locations in Tuscany. We are a Tour Operator based close to Lajatico and we help you solve any logistic problem to the concert.
Our cars, minivans, minibuses and buses are allowed to reach Lajatico. You will get off directly at the entrance of the pedestrian pathway leading down to Teatro del Silenzio.
Our operators will be at the venue to orientate you on the way from the bus stop to the arena and on the way back to your bus.
DO YOU SELL TICKETS TOO?
SURE! We have some tickets in the best areas of the arena and we can sell them only associated with our transfer services or with our accommodation packages.
DO YOU OFFER PRIVATE CHAUFFEUR SERVICES?
OF COURSE! We offer customized return driver services from any location in Tuscany and Italy to Lajatico on board luxury cars, vans for up to 7 people or minibuses for up to 25 people for your private party.
WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS?
By train + public bus + taxi
In order to get to Lajatico from Pisa or Florence you can take a train to Pontedera, i.e. the closest railway station to Lajatico, just 24 kms away. Pontedera is on the Florence-Pisa line. Here you can check the Italian Railway timetable. From Pontedera you can reach Lajatico by taxi or by bus. Here you can check the Local Bus Company timetable (route 500 Pontedera-Volterra). The bus service stops before 9 pm and the last train service runs at around 1:30 am in Pontedera. Taxis cost around 50 Euro one way from Pontedera railway station to Lajatico.
NOTE: There is a limited number of taxis serving from Lajatico on the way back after the concert. You might need to wait over 2 hours for the first taxis to be back in Lajatico from Pisa. Taxi drivers might also not want to come back to Lajatico late at night.
By rented car or by your own car
If you drive a car from Pisa take the freeway FI-PI-LI in the direction of Florence. If you drive from Florence take the freeway FI-PI-LI in the direction of Pisa. In any case get to the exit Pontedera. Here follow the signs to Volterra. After about 23 kms you reach the small village La Sterza where the concert organization is arranging a huge parking area. From La Sterza you can take a shuttle service to the theater and back. It is advisable to get to the parking area at least a couple of hours in advance due to highly possible congestion problems on the road to Lajatico.
WHERE CAN I FIND TICKETS TO THE CONCERT?
We sell tickets to the event in the best sectors of the arena. Our tickets for the event are on sale only if associated with our accommodation packages.
WE DO NOT SELL TICKETS ONLY.
HOW MUCH DO TICKETS TO THE EVENT COST?
FACE PRICE OF TICKETS TO THE TEATRO DEL SILENZIO EVENT IN 2017
Prima poltrona tickets
Seconda poltrona tickets
Tribuna non numerata tickets
WHERE CAN I FIND ACCOMMODATION CLOSE TO LAJATICO?
We arranged many packages with accommodation near Lajatico or in other Tuscan towns with or without concert tickets.
We can arrange a customized holiday schedule for you or your group including accommodation in the area of the venue, as well as in the beautiful towns of Pisa, Florence, Siena or Lucca.
You can choose to stay in Florence or Pisa and then get close to Lajatico just for the days of the venue. We personalize your package according to your plans!
IS IT POSSIBLE TO BUY ONE OF YOUR PACKAGES AS A GIFT?
SURE! We can send you a nice gift card in the form of a voucher with concert tickets, accommodation and transportation (upon request) from your accommodation premises to the concert and back. This is an original idea for an unforgettable gift.
IS THERE A DRESS CODE TO THE CONCERT?
There is no dress code officially but most people get there in elegant suites and dresses. Remember that the arena is in the middle of the countryside in an unpaved soil, so comfortable shoes might help.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN LAJATICO THAT TIME OF THE YEAR?
Though unpredictable until a few days in advance, the season is usually hot and dry during the day in July. Yet, because the arena is on a hilltop in a breezy region not far from the coast, it is probable that temperatures get chilly during the evening. We recommend watching the weather forecast before departing.
CAN I STAY INFORMED ON ALL ANDREA BOCELLI CONCERTS AT TEATRO DEL SILENZIO?
If you subscribe to our BOCELLI CONCERT NEWSLETTER we can keep you informed about all editions of Andrea Bocelli’s concerts at Teatro del Silenzio in the future.
This is the message of Ged, who loved our transfer service from Pisa and the guidance of our guide Alessandro during the transfer:
Thank you Veronica for another outstanding transfer to and from Lajatico and of course to the guy Allessandro with his Christmas lights J
If you could please keep me informed regarding Lajatico 2018 with VIP tickets and perhaps rooms in Lajatico – that would be fantastic please.
Here is a message of Ryoko from Japan, who took our transfer service to Lajatico for the 4th time in August 2017:
Ciao! Veronica and Arianna&Friends all of members,
I came back to Japan last Saturday.
Thanks to your help, I had a really good time this trip. Thanks for always being a big support!
On the Concert day, I was glad that Massimo talked to me on the bus at La Sterza!
I miss Toscana, I will be back again.
Here the words of Maaike from Holland who enjoyed our organization of her stay in Tuscany during the days of Teatro del Silenzio 2017:
We have found the fan, thank you very much. We are safe at home now and would like to let you know that we have enjoyed our stay and the concert very much.
Would you be so kind to use the email address email@example.com for future mails? Thank you very much.
Met vriendelijke groet,
Here is the message of Monica, who took our private transfer service to the 2017 edition of the concert of Andrea Bocelli at Teatro del Silenzio:
Just a note to say how much we enjoyed our trip with yourselves and of course the concert. Everything worked to time and our drivers looked after us well. We were very surprised to be met by our driver at the gate post concert and to find the car within 50 feet!
Yes we will book again in a few years and we have passed your details and sung Arianna & Friends praises far and wide.
This is a comment on Tripadvisor about our services:
We came to Tuscany to hear the ‘Last’ performance of Andrea Bocceli and our accommodations were booked by a wonderful agency Arianna & Friends who at the time we did not know and had no idea as to what our hotel in San Gimignano would be like!
From the moment we arrived at the Relais Santa Chiara we were enchanted – by the setting, the service, the room and the tranquility……not to mention the convenient proximity to everything….it could not have been better. As they say “you can’t improve upon perfection” We would definitely return to Relais Santa Chiara…truly a gem!
Martin & Lauretta Stewart – Toronto. Canada.
Martin & Lauretta
Here the words of Elizabeth:
As we discussed last night after the rehearsal, I would like to be able to be transported to tonight’s concert at the Teatro del Silenzio. Please write back as soon as possible, or send me a text message to […] to let me know you received this message, and also what time the bus will be departing my hotel.
Thank you so much for accommodating my transportation needs, and for all the other wonderful events you have organized that have made our stay in Italy so enjoyable.
Another great experience...
We are now back in England, and reflecting on the marvellous evening we were experiencing last night. We all thought the 2nd half of the concert was particularly good and spectacular.
We enjoyed our stay again at the hotel/B&B in Palaia. Please thank Massimmo for his kind recommendation of the restaurant in Peccioli (correct?) off the square – we thoroughly enjoyed our lunch there, but were sorry to discover that we missed Karine who was eating in there too…. we would like to have met!
Our only sadness was that we did not have such good seats as last year and we are not sure why that was, bearing in mind we did book up around November time (8 months before the event)?
We were right under one of the lighting scaffolds which were completely off centre of the stage which was a big disappointment. I know there is nothing that can be done about it now but we felt we wanted to let you know that we were annoyed about this part of our ‘package’.
We were so glad that the weather held for the evening, despite the rain earlier in the afternoon, and it was a great temperature throughout the evening.
Another great experience – we will wait to see if that really is the FINALE?!!
Travelling to Tuscany for the Maestro:
Dear Veronica and team,
We have just returned from our long weekend to the Andrea Bocelli concert at the Teatro del Silenzio, Lajatico and we must thank you for your wonderful attention to detail that you and your team at Arianna and friends did for us .It was nothing short of perfect!!! The hotel was perfect,the arrival package complete with maps and tour guides was high quality and well presented and the tickets were probably the best we have had over the last 3 visits ,the car hire as expected and every detail went so well for us.
Of course we had our concerns of using the internet but your professionalism was exactly that ………..totally ‘Professional’ and we again thank you for a wonderful service and especially the patience you and your team provided for our own confusion and short comings on the internet, file downloading etc.
Should we ever travel to Tuscany again or if Il Maestro has another concert in Lajatico be assured we will contact you and use your services again.
Once again Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Sue and Dan
Compliments for the complete trip..
Hello Arianna (and the rest..),
We have just returned from our trip to Tuscany, where we visited the concert of Andrea Bocelli in ‘Teatro del Silenzio’ on July 25th. We want to give you our compliments for the complete trip. Everything was perfect: the location (Cristina’s), the concert, the wine-tour….. We have really enjoyed ourselves and we will do it again if he returns next year (speriamo…). So thank you very much for everything and alla prossima!!
Jurgen and Vivianne
Satisfaction for hotel solution:
Thank you for arranging such a wonderful time in Gambassi at Cristina’s.
She was a wonderful hostess & helped us out a lot.We also had a fantastic time at the Bocelli concert.
Once again thank you very much for your assistance with our trip & other requirements.
Graham & Joanna
We'll recommend you:
THanks for everything.
We had a brillaint time.
Will definately recomment you and maybe book again soon.
A week in Tuscany to see Andrea Bocelli:
I am writing to thank Arianna and Friends for the week we spent in Tuscany. It was our first ever experience of Italy and we enjoyed every moment.
The Andrea Bocelli concert was a wonderful, memorable event in his home town which we will never forget. We do hope this is not his last one there!
The accommodation which you reserved for us (Massimo’s) was very good. We were very well looked after and the food was very good.
Thank you so much for everything. It was all very well arranged and professional.
We look forward to hearing from you regarding future events.
With best wishes.
Liz and Bryn
A wonderful weekend:
Just wanted to thank you and your team for a wonderful weekend that my in laws have just had. They said that the hotel and staff were excellent ( plus the food and wine of course!) and also to you for arranging the transfer for them at such short notice. Without that then this would have meant they would have missed the concert, a mistake on my part as we thought that we had booked this. So thankyou very, very much and please let us know if andrea bocelli will be performing again next year or if this was his last one!
Keep me posted:
Just back from Italy and the Bocceli concert, what an amazing time both my husband and I had. Thank you so much.
If Andrea ever does another concert in Italy that you get information on would you be kind enough to email me the details.
Wonderful holiday in Tuscany:
Thank you all for a wonderful holiday in Tuscany. (Reservation code K 203-09) We stayed with Massimo in Terricciola – excellent accommodation, wonderful food and lovely people. The taxi service was extremely comfortable to/from the airport and the journey to the concert most enjoyable despite the thunderstorm!
You all looked so cool..
We wanted to say a big thank you to ariannand friends especially Karine for all the help you gave us to make our trip to Tuscany such a success. The concert at teatro silenzio was amazing and you all looked so cool in spite of the fact it must have taken a great deal of organisation to get all those people and transport to Lajatico! We enjoyed our stay at the Hotel in Pisa and would like to return in the future to see more of the beautiful Tuscan countryside.
Margaret and Eric
The most fantastic music evening in our life:
The concert on Teatro del Silenzio was the most fantastic musicevening i our life. Its sad that it was the last time. Why is it the last time? If there are other place in future where we can go to hear him I will like to know.
Our week with Massimo was great. Lovely people, kindly and what a resturant. Waw.
Kindly regard from
I will not hesitate to recommend Arianna and Friends to anyone:
We are now sadly back home in Wales after another truly wonderful break in beautiful Tuscany. Everything was perfect thanks to your efforts and we just wanted to thank you most sincerely for arranging things so that we could relax and enjoy our holiday without having to worry about a thing. The view from the hotel in Volterra was breathtakingly beautiful, I never tired of looking at it and the concert was absolutely fantastic, Andrea was in fine voice and the atmosphere was just magical. The only thing that worried us was the thunderstorm on Sunday afternoon, but like the rest of the arrangements you obviously had that all in hand, as the rain stopped and the sun smiled down on us as soon as we stepped out of the car in Lajatico!
I will not hesitate to recommend Arianna and Friends to anyone intending to travel to Tuscany. Diolch yn fawr iawn iawn [Welsh]
We know that this fifth concert was the last scheduled one, but please will you let us know if you hear any news regarding further concerts at Teatro del Silenzio.
Hoping to see you again in the not too distant future.
With very best wishes to you all
Jackie and Phil
Thank you for a job well done:
We returned last night from our trip and I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your good service on our Bocelli Concert Package. The Hotel in Montopoli was an excellent recommendation. We only wished we could have enjoyed more than one dinner there. The transfer arrangements to the concert along with the presence of you and your fellow staff was appreciated. The seats you obtained for us brought tears to my wife”s eyes.
I cannot honestly think of a single thing that you did not have covered. I will make an attempt to most favorably review your services on the TripAdvisor website in the near future.
Again, THANK YOU FOR A JOB WELL DONE!!!
From Finland with love:
Thank you again for the wonderful concert package you organized for us.
We all, of course, liked the Lajatico concert. It was so beautiful and enjoyable. We liked the whole programme.
I was so happy to hear “Miserere”. The piece is one of my favorites after I heard it through internet years ago, Bocelli and Zucchero singing first time together, I guess.The evening was unforgettable, once again. We feeled, anyhow, quite melancholy because it was the last one in Lajatico.
Tuscany is wonderful. We were quite pleased to have our accommodation in Volterra, the beautiful old city in Tuscany. What a city ! The location of the hotel was quite excellent for us.
We also liked the walking tour you organized for us. Thanks to our excellent guide, we really liked her. So much we learned about the Etruskan museum.
Now we are looking for the upcoming concerts of Andrea Bocelli in Europa. We also dream of travelling in the beautiful Tuscany once again.
Cari Saluti dalla Finlandia
Kirsti e le mie amiche
We all thoroughly enjoyed it:
Just to say thank you for our lovely weekend in Pisa, the hotel, the romantic meal, arrangements for the concert and the concert itself were all great. We all thoroughly enjoyed it.
Can you let us know as soon as you hear anything if Andrea is doing a concert next year and we will look to book again.
Thanks to you and everyone involved.
Sara, John, Mags, Paul, Martin and Kay
We liked all your tours too:
Just a note to say how much we enjoyed your tour to Vinci and the Wine farm and the cooking at Licia\’s. You have both been so helpful and kind, and knowledgable about your subjects.
Ann, Bill, Tom and Toby
Hello my dear !
Thank you for a good arrangement, the concert was amazing and were we stayed in the Casanova was very nice and cosy, good food and sweet people.
Also our stay in Firenze was nice, and the hotel was also a good experience.
Uffe and Birgith
The most fabulous time:
Just a quick note to say thank you so much for organising the tickets and transport to the Andrea Bocelli concert for us. We had the most fabulous time!!
I have already recommended your company to a friend!
Until we meet again.
We had great seats:
We all enjoyed the concert on 24th but friends who went on both 24th and 25th said that the 25th was excellent.
Do you know if this event is taking place next year and if so we would like some tickets for the actual night, preferably near the front centre.
We had great seats this year 10rows from the front.
Look forward to hearing from you
We really enjoyed ourselves:
Dear Arianne etc
We really enjoyed ourselves so much and thanks for giving us such wonderful seats for the rehearsal it felt so personal. Also many thanks for finding seats for us on the bus.
We will definitely use you again if we come to Italy
All the best
We had a marvellous time:
To All at Arianna and Friends,
Thank you so much for arranging our Bocelli trip. We had a marvellous time and everything went wonderfully. We liked the hotel very much and the transport arrangements were great. I understand that there may not be another concert next year – let’s hope he changes his mind!
A message from George
dear Arianna –thank you for coming back to me and the refund to my credit card would be a lovely thing to do–we did not want to give you the impression that we were just complaining for the sake of it as this was not true ,the whole trip was first class and was very enjoyable,Hotel in Pisa was fine as were all your staff ,I do hope that if you organise any further trips we may take advantage of these in the future. with kindest regards george
A fantastic time in Tuscany
My wife Theresa and I had a fantastic time in Tuscany. Everything was arranged perfectly by you which made it all the better. Thank you.
Please put me on your mailing list as we will return next year even if there is not another Bocelli concert.
I would like to personally thank you:
I would like to personally thank you, tho we have not communicated directly, for your handling of our itinerary while in Italy. We could not have done it without you. We struggled getting on & off the many trains, but I know when going to so many different cities, unless one has a car & driver, the trains are the only mode of transportation. Going to Raiano & seeing our relatives was priceless. Cinque Terre was also very special and, of course, the Andrea Boccelli concert was a dream come true.
I know how busy you are, but if you could get me information, I would be most appreciative.
Mille grazie per tutti…
I can't say thank you enough:
I can’t say thank you enough for all the hard work and effort you put into our Tuscany package. We had a FANTASTIC time – the concert was wonderful, as was the cooking class with Licia and the winery tour. Thanks for adding the cost of the winery tour to my credit card. (Now it’s working!!) Our time in Italy was so special and we know it’s due to your help! Please thank Arianna and Licia for us.
And, if by some chance, you find out there will be a concert next year, please, please, please notify me as soon as you possibly can. We’d love to come back again and enjoy another concert in Lajatico and warm up in the Tuscan sun!!
Thanks again ever so much,
Here the words of Denise:
Hi Arianna & Veronica,
Hope you are both well?
It was great to meet you when I came over for the concert. Thank you so very much for organising everything & making my trip to Italy & the Bocelli concert a memorable one, it was fantastic!
Arianna, as I mentioned to you, I would love to come over to Tuscany and work with your company next year if possible? I have a real heart and passion for everything Italian, especially Tuscany! It this may be possible, please let me know and I will send you my CV detailing everything I have done.
Better than the previous year:
We’d just like to say a big thank you to you & the team for organising our trip to Tuscany again, we had a fabulous time & the concert was even better than the year before.
Unfortunately I left my concert program at the Teatro & wondered if you may be able to get me another one ? If this is not possible, could you please send me a copy of the page listing the musical performances.
Please pass on our kind regards to Consuelo.
Angi & Chris
Our lovely guest Michelina from Sardinia:
Buon giorno Veronica,
La immagino in ferie
Comunque volevo ringraziarla per l’albergo era veramente carino, incantevole, siamo rimaste senza parole, le persone disponibili, simpatiche, gentili.
Il concerto è stato eccezionale, i posti centrali, abbiamo goduto appieno della voce di Bocelli e degli altri ospiti.
Spero venga rifatto.
Your organization of the Andrea Bocelli event:
i just thought i’d take a moment to thank you for your organisation of the Andrea Bocelli event a couple of weeks ago
everything was just perfect and we all had a great time – tuscany is such a special place
many thanks and best regards
We enjoyed the concert and our stay in Tuscany:
Many thanks. I have received this on my credit card. Andy was very pleased with the bike, I only hope they collected it from the farmhouse as no one had been by the time we left on Saturday. We thoroughly enjoyed the concert and our stay in Tuscany. Fabio and Tatiana were delightful.
Many thanks for your assistance throughout and ensuring we had a memorable holiday.
Karen and Andy
Thank you very much for a super concert on the 25 of july, and a very nice stay at agroturismo Casanova, nice people and food.
Please tell us where we can buy a music/picture dvd from the lovely concert
Birgith & Uffe
An unforgettable experience:
I just wanted to tell you that our dream vacation became a reality thanks to your help and everyone involved. It was an unforgettable experience and we would like to thank you, Arianna and the whole staff for making it possible. It was a real pleasure meeting you in Lajatico.
We will continue to be in touch for all our future vacations in bella Italia.
Our stay at the farmhouse was superb:
Thank you very much for you help with our visit to Lajatico. We had a lovely stay and, as you will know, the concert was absolutely excellent.
In particular, our stay at the farmhouse was superb. We were looked after outstandingly well and enjoyed every minute of it. Unfortunately I can’t find an email address of them to send my thanks personally. Would you be able to let me have it. please?
Once again, my heartfelt thanks and we would be pleased to hear of any more events at Lajatico although I gather that, for the time being, the Teatro del Silenzio will indeed fall silent.
With kind regards,
The whole weekend was well organised:
I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our trip to the Andrea Bocelli concert. The whole weekend was very well organised and we really appreciated your attention to detail. Please keep me on your email list to receive all your news and information about upcoming events.
Many thanks and kind regards
Nice words of Betty:
Dear Arianna, Massimo, Consuelo and everyone at Arianna and Friends,
Thank you for a magical weekend and concert experience! My friend and I were thrilled with the charming town, beautiful hotel, the arrangements to Lajatico and of course, Bocelli and the entire concert! Dinner at the hotel and the bottle of wine were superb and much appreciated. The whole trip was such fun and I only regret that we were too rushed to talk with all of you more.
I normally visit Italy a few times a year and hope to arrange for a special vacation in the future with Arianna and Friends. Thanks again!
The concert was magical:
Just wanted to say how much my wife and I enjoyed our stay in Tuscany. The hotel Alessio in Chianni was lovely, the concert magical. All made possible with your help, plus the organisation on the night was excellent.
Sue and Graham
We will contact you again before next trip:
Thanks for taking care of that.
We will return to Italy in the next few years as we enjoyed our stay very much.
The country is beautiful, the people friendly & the food superb so why would we stay away.
We will contact you again before our next trip.
Graham & Joanna
Inform me for next year!
Hi Arianna & Friends,
I hope that you are well.
When we attended the Andrea Bocelli concert, there were a number of small airplanes flying around the area.
My husband has his own plane and flies regularly so this obviously interested him as he would love to fly over the beautiful countryside.
Do you know which airport these planes would have flown from? If you do, please would you let me have their details and if they rent out planes to visiting pilots. Perhaps flying holidays are something you already arrange for people visiting Tuscany?
I should also be grateful if you would let me know if Andrea Bocelli is expected to perform again at Lajatico next year.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Alla prossima volta:
It has been two weeks now since we returned from our lovely holiday in Italy but sadly I had to come home to the funeral of a very dear friend (we started school together aged 3) and whose sudden death I heard of the night before the concert, so please forgive the lateness of this email.
Our stay at Alberto’s was so much more than we had expected. After a very long, enjoyable but tiring drive we were welcomed very warmly by the family who helped carry our baggage up several flights of stairs and after sitting in a car for the best part of three days this was quite a shock to the system, especially in the late afternoon heat. Alberto was very helpful, especially his understanding of English. Carla’s breakfasts and buffet were plentiful and delicious and sustained us for the rest of the day. How very lucky this family is to live surrounded by such beautiful Tuscan countryside.
We would like to say a big thank you to you, Karine, for arranging this trip for us and we were honestly quite amazed at how smoothly the task of getting thousands of people to and from the Teatro del Silenzio was dealt with by everyone. I wanted to say hello to you in the car park but you were already engrossed in conversation, so hopefully another time. The concert was of course truly spectacular and I and others really hope that in time some other event with Andrea singing there will happen.
We will return to Tuscany and when we do we will be sure to call upon your services again, so in the meantime, very many thanks…
Alla prossima volta
Anne and Roy
From Australia with Love:
Hello my friends,
I am now home in Australia after a magical holiday. My favourite place is Tuscany and favourite people are all of you…Veronica, Adrianna, Massimo, Counsello and Diego you made my holiday in Tuscany more than I could have ever dreamt of. Time really stood still in Tuscany, I felt like the wonderful time would never end.
Lots of laughing, magical moments, friendships created and sharing your good wishes and humour will last a lifetime. I hope we can all meet again and share some more “mucho bellissimo” times with you that may be in Australia or in Italy.
We remember all of you also with tenderness and affection, and we are happy to be able to call you our friends, you are a really wonderful group of people.
Everyone we met, the wonderful things we saw, Andrea Bocelli’s rehearsal and concert and our trip to the Bocelli cantini and then on the Volterra for more hospitality and Damiano playing the violin by the poolside. meeting more lovely people and enjoying a true Tuscan meal surrounded by good friends and new friends are moments to be treasured.
Please use my credit card to pay for the postage, thank you so much for your kind help. Would you please forward this email to Arianna and Massimo for me, when I have time I will send some photos to you that you may like to have.
What a huge task for you all after the Concert to look after all the people you booked accommodation and activities for, you must need a holiday also. Everyone that we spoke to that had booked their holidays with you was very complimentary.
Thankyou for you wonderful assistance before our holiday and during our holiday, you all deserve gold stars for all the care and attention you showed to us. I have recommended Arianna & Friends to people I know already and have to tell you that out of all the countries we visited Italy is my first love, and you have all helped make this holiday one I will never forget. I hope to return to Tuscany and stay for longer and get to know it better.
Please say a special hello to Diego, he is a really wonderful man, I hope he has had a magic holiday in Rimini.
My very best wishes and love, I hope we can keep writing to each other and stay in touch.
You made our holiday in Tuscany so special:
Dear Arianna and Veronica,
After all our emails and chats on the telephone it was great to meet up with you both. Thank you so much for helping make our holiday in Tuscany so special by organising hotel arrangements, concert tickets, tour guides and cooking lessons. The hotel in Pisa was ideal, especially the interconnecting family rooms, the price was even cheaper than we would have got going direct to the hotel. The position was perfect too as only a 15 minute walk to the piazza. We arrived before midday and they even let us book in to our rooms and park the cars. Later we tried the restaurant in the hotel – very interesting and delicious menu!
The tickets for the Andrea Bocelli concerts gave us superb viewing for both nights so thanks again.
The Vinci tour was most interesting and we much enjoyed having the lunch at the wine loft, the children loved looking behind the scenes!
We have all come home with lots of wonderful memories including the recipes from our cooking course with Licia – what a lovely lady: so kind, patient and welcoming. It was a great honour to be invited into her home. You will be pleased to hear we have made all the recipes at home – I bought some Alchermes in Lajatico so we can make the salamino pudding authentically!
We very much look forward to visit you all again so will be in touch for your expert help!
All our best wishes to you,
Naomi, John and Isobelle
Hello from your friends in Canada:
Dear Arianna and Veronica
Hello from your friends in Canada. Thank you so much for such a wonderful adventure while in Tuscany. The primary focus was on seeing Andrea Bocelli which did not disappoint at all. It was fabulous. We expected that. What we did not expect was such a wonderful time when not at the concert.
My wife and I stayed at Alessio’s with friends for 5 nights and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in July 2010. Margherita and Giacomo provided the best service a person could ask for at the onsite restaurant (thank you very much for the reservations, service, advice, etc as you helped make this a wonderful stay). The atmosphere more than met my expectations to make me feel what 5 days in Tuscany should be (relaxing, stress less and enjoyable). All the local sites are within an easy drive (Pisa, Livorno, Volterra, and Bologna) with no issues on the roads. Ask for a room overlooking the main entrance / bell tower if they are available. The food was quite good and the cleaning staff looks after you very well. On Saturday night there was a really nice local market brought to the hotel where you can buy / taste local products.
Thank you again Arianna
See you again,