HOW IT STARTED
Once I realised that it was indeed my mind driving my body, I was finally able to begin restoring myself. When I visited Tuscany however and became immersed in their world my recovery went to a whole new level. I learned how to appreciate the simple pleasures in life again and be present, rather than worrying about all the things I needed to do or places I needed to be. The people were so friendly and welcoming, even though I could barely speak their language I felt like I was an old friend. I’d had Europe on my doorstep my whole life but I’d never experienced anything like this before. Back in Australia I’d started to build my new company Uppy, the basis of which is helping people to live more. I literally couldn’t think of a better way to live more than getting into the heart of Tuscany and experiencing all it has to offer. So I created Tuscany Untouched. With my partner as the inspiration, having grown up in that region and being ridiculously passionate about it, I wanted to offer people the same unique opportunity to appreciate the real beauty of life and live more.
I was born in Firenze and I lived my childhood in a medieval village called Castelfranco di Sopra.
I have lived in Tuscany all my life, and it has become part of my soul. It’s a place I love and respect, and it never ceases to take my breath away.
Although I attended art school in Florence, since my early 20s I have worked for a number of well-known travel agencies and tour operators.
While working there, I had the opportunity to plan and lead many tours for English, American and Australian visitors. I love leading tour groups and find great pleasure in introducing visitors to the hidden gems of a land that is so rich in history, culture, traditions, food, wine and the warm hospitality of the authentic Tuscan people.
During my time working as a tour operator, I frequently observed the great enthusiasm visitors exhibited when they were provided with an opportunity to discover places off the beaten track that other tourists are completely unaware of. This gave me the idea of developing more customized and personal tours that offer a privileged few the chance to see the real Tuscany that is known only to the locals.
Now, together with my girlfriend, Laura, I provide you with a memorable experience that showcases the very best of what Tuscany has to offer in a relaxed, informal and fun way. Through limiting each tour group to a maximum of eight people, we ensure that we offer personalized tours through which we give every member of the group the undivided attention they deserve.
Join us on a journey of discovery where you’ll become part of an authentic Tuscan family and explore one of the most wonderful places on earth from an insider’s perspective.
With our combined 35 years’ experience in hospitality and customer service, together with my passion for a beautiful life and Matteo’s passion for his homeland, we have built a series of tours like no other. Everything has been hand selected based on its authenticity, standards and quality. We have used our local knowledge and contacts to ensure you will experience Tuscany in its purest form, while helping to sustain local villages and communities by getting up close and personal with the locals and family businesses.
Our mission is to surprise and delight our customers, and deliver a unique experience so magical they won’t want to leave.
With Tuscany Untouched we strive to exceed all your expectations. From the moment you arrive you will feel like part of the family – this isn’t just a tour, it’s the beginning of a wonderful relationship with us and our beautiful country.