Ellen is a real “people person” with tremendous knowledge about the area. A trip will never be boring or without conversation with her around. The fact that she is a sommelier was an unexpected bonus.
Excellent, WOW, awesome, bravo! Ellen has the patience of a saint, knowledge of a scholar (her wine lesson at lunch was a highlight), and if you'll pardon the comparison, the friendliness of a golden retriever.
Ellen is such a joy to be with and her knowledge of the culture, art, food, and wines of Italy is extraordinary. This was the third time we have been with her!
Ellen was enthusiastic, very pleasant and helpful, and willing to adapt to our changing needs. She knows a WHOLE LOT about wines, and shared that info with us.
Ellen was a pleasure to be with and her picnics were amazing. She has such a breadth of knowledge of history, cultural issues, food and wine, and is just a delight.
Ellen was a wealth of information on history and art. She is a delightful, caring person who added a lot of insight into the Italian culture.
Ellen's knowledge and passion for all things Tuscan was evident. We learned a lot about history, art, nature, and local issues, but we never felt overwhelmed or like we were 'in school'.
Ellen is an exceptionally well qualified, knowledgeable, and engaging Trip Leader.
Ellen was extremely knowledgeable about everything from art, Italian culture, wine, food and politics.
I will never forget Ellen and Gianluca belting out the Italian anthem at dinner! But also their wealth of knowledge about Italian history, art, food, wine, and geology—it made Italy come alive for all of us. I want to go back!
Ellen was an outstanding leader. She made the hills of Tuscany come alive with her knowledge and passion for the region.
Ellen was outstanding. Her knowledge of the region is encyclopedic, and she was very enthusiastic. She seemed to enjoy the trip almost as much as we did.
Ellen did an outstanding job!