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 and stay 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 home drinking Chianti and making fresh pasta. I booked a outing with the 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.