ABOUT US


LAURA



MATTEO



HOW IT STARTED




I was born in England and spent the first 28 years of my life in the heart of the Cotswolds, the best of the English countryside in my opinion! From a very young age I worked in my parents’ shop, which is where my passion for meeting people and making a difference began. Naturally from this my career followed a customer service path and I found that I was always in my element when I could talk to people and help them in some way. After travelling around the world in 2006 I fell in love with Australia and so eventually moved here in 2010. I ended up falling into the health and fitness industry – the ultimate in customer service, helping people live better for longer, and realised I had found my calling! I was transforming people’s lives daily and loved it, so I embraced this new industry and worked my way up from Personal Trainer to Gym Manager and then Gym Owner. When my gym burned down as a result of a fire in a neighbouring restaurant I was forced to take a good hard look at the world and the way I was living. I had been putting my body and mind through an immense amount of stress and eventually it pushed back. I was in a bad place, both physically and mentally.

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.

Hi,

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.

I met Matteo in 2014, after my Dad gave him my business card in a local café. There was something about his honesty and kind heart that I just couldn’t resist, apart from his beautiful eyes and arse of course!! His passion for his culture quickly became clear, and I think I’d eaten more Italian food in the space of a few months than I had in my entire life! I’d never seen him so excited than when we decided to visit Europe for the first time together – for the 6 months between booking our flights and departing we discussed every day all of the places he wanted to take me and things he wanted to show me. I wasn’t disappointed. Of course it helped that everywhere we went we were accompanied by beautiful views, food and people, but it was Matteo’s enthusiasm and passion for his home country that made it truly beautiful. He went above and beyond even for me, and I realised that he was the key to the perfect Tuscany experience.

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


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.