Wow, It's what I live for. Last fall I was so lucky to be part of an adventure to Florence. A wonderful woman, Marie Ashcraft, invited us to stay with her in an apartment, located just steps from the Mercado market. My companions and I went to all the expected tourist spots, but what was probably the highlight of my trip, was the afternoon I spent in a 1000 year old Tuscan Farm home, drinking Chianti and making fresh pasta. Afterwards we went upstairs where our hostess prepared for us a glorious traditional meal. We dined on fried eggplant frittata, spinach ravioli, linguini with fresh tomato and bay leaf sauce and for dessert tiramisu. I booked the outing with Accidental Tourist , a small private company who limits it's groups to about 10 guests. You get to visit private estates and homes, not the typical stops on many daily tours.