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Francesca made our holiday! She greeted us at the airport with her van rental. It was brand new, clean and comfortable for 7 adults and well equipped with GPS and a phone. She was knowledgeable and helpful in every way. Her rental home was beautiful and spacious. We had two wonderful day trips with Francesca which were fabulous including wineries and castles in Tuscany, and an exceptional tour of Florence. She was fun and a wealth of knowledge. She organized private tours, pre-bought tickets, got us ahead of lines and showed us things we would have missed. She is amazing with details and got back to us quickly with answers. Did I mention she is a great cook and we loved her Tiramisu! Thanks for customizing our trip and making it so special!

Francesca and Best of Mas was truly amazing! Talk about full service in every sense of the word. We rented a car through her which was fantastic and EASY! She met is at the airport in FLR, gave us the keys and a short tutorial of the car and some key tips on traveling toll roads then off we went! She included an Italian cell phone and Wi-Fi hotspot to help with navigation which was crucial!
We rented a Villa from her as well for part of the stay. The Villa was charming and perfect for our group of 4 although it can definitely accommodate more like 6-7 easily. We loved the location and it was easy to do day trips everywhere we wanted to go from the Villa. We also had her cook us a meal the night we arrived and we all agree that it was definitely one of the best meals we had the entire time we were in Italy! She was very accommodating to dietary requests (I don't eat red meat) and the food was glorious.
We also hired her to take us on a wine tour of Montepulciano which was AMAZING! She took us to a newer winery that has been around for about 6 years and we had a spectacular private tour and tasting. Then she took us to the oldest winery in Montepulciano which dated back to the 1300's and part of the wine cellar goes back even further. We had an amazing tour with the current owner, a tasting and awesome lunch and then we even got a chance to visit the actual vineyard and wine making center. What a treat! I cannot say enough about how wonderful Francesca was, she kept in constant contact with us, answered every question we had and was truly an amazing host and friend! If you want to visit Tuscany, you must seek her out to plan the most amazing trip! You will not regret it!

We loved our recent stay in Siena with Francesca as our host at the Capanna al Lago. We had a party of 3 adults and the house had plenty of space for us. We used the fireplace to keep the place warm and cozy in early December and we made a few of our own meals in the fully equipped kitchen. We were welcomed by a gift basket with some necessities. We were especially happy to see the house had an American Coffee maker and the gift basket included some ground American style coffee!!! Both hard to find in Italy!!! Francesca and her husband Francesco entertained us twice for dinner during our 8 night stay. Both were great evenings - something I would highly recommend. We also took advantage of the car rental and a number of tours from our host Francesca. She was a great tour guide and well worth the price we paid. Her English was great and we loved the tours -- I would use her again no questions. Overall the Villa and the optional Car Rental, Dinners, and Tours provided by Francesca were a key part of our amazing Tuscany vacation. We will return.

Three weeks in Siena at a gorgeous property with Francesca as our host: life doesn't get much better than that! Francisca is a one-woman powerhouse of knowledge and a passionate believer in customer service. From car rentals to a cooking class (thank you Gino!) to a tour of Siena to a day on the road tasting the best of Tuscan wines, Francesca does it all. She even managed to get us tickets to a special Palio dinner despite the fact the the contrada host, the Wolves, are the sworn enemy of Francesca's own Porcupines. Now that's service! Francesca and Gino have kind hearts and generous spirits which took our visit beyond the average stay in a foreign country to the wonderful sense of being among friends. Grazie mille, Francesca. You truly are the Best of Mas.

From the moment I emailed Francesca about her beautiful home, I knew it was the place for me to stay. The farmhouse is spectacular, the views are breath taking and the house it self provides every comfort of home. The house was so clean and comfortable. The hot tub was also amazing every evening we really enjoyed that. As for Francesca she is the perfect host and couldn't do enough for us. Was there at every phone call, text, what's app. She also provided superb recommendations to wineries and restaurants and site seeing worth every penny. Francesca is also an amazing tour guide who brought us to Florence for the day and provided information and history you couldn't get with a big tour. We were enarmoured the whole time. Thank you Francesca for everything we loved your home and can't wait to come back soon. This a is a 10 star in my opinion Thank you Your new friends Xoxoxo Deirdre, Don, Denise and Doreen

My family of 6 adults took a day long Wine Tour of Montepulciano and Montalcino. It was spectacular. Francesca is a very knowledgeable guide and her English was excellent. We all had a wonderful day sampling wine, cheese, and olive oil. Thank you Francesca for such a special day.

We were lucky enough to spend a day with Francesca - exploring Tuscan villages and wineries. It was the highlight of our time in Italy. She is incredibly generous with her knowledge and time and arranged the most wonderful winery tours. I would recommend a tour with Francesca to all those visiting Tuscany. Thank you so much for an amazing day. Kaela & Damon

Our three couples visited Siena for the first time and stayed in the apartment. The apartment was perfect for the six of us. Two balconies where we watched the sunset and BBQ our meals. Plenty of room and fully equipped with everything you could want. It is close to and in walking distance of restaurants, shopping and the old city.
We had asked Francesca to show us Tuscany, some wineries and olive oil manufacturers. The tour she prepared was exceptional. While we headed towards Montepulciano she gave us a history of the area. Her knowledge is amazing. In each of the towns we visited she shared the historical significance. She arranged lunch for us at one of the Wineries - La Palazzetta in Montalcino. Lunch was an understatement. Mama prepared a feast which we could not finish. Wines were exceptional.
We covered so much of Tuscany that day and gained so much knowledge of the area, the people and the wines that we cannot cover it all. Needless to say it’s a day we will never forget.

My wife and I and two other couples booked Francesca for tours of Siena, Montalcino and Pienza, plus a cooking class with her (and her delightful mother, Anna) during our week in the Siena area and stayed in her beautiful renovated farmhouse about five minutes from Siena's historic center. This woman is incredible - her English is excellent, and her knowledge of Tuscany is encyclopedic. She is warm, friendly, funny, and took us to local restaurants, wineries, and a cheese farm in Pienza that we would never have found on our own. On our first night there, we arranged for her to cook us a traditional four-course Tuscan dinner since it was the birthday of one of our group. Not only was the meal itself superb (better than what we had in restaurants in Florence), but she prepared a birthday cake complete with candles and a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday." Our only regret is that we did not hire her to come to Florence and do tours for us during our 3-day stay there (which she will do). Even if you decide not to book one of her properties for your stay, book Francesca for tours. I don't think you will find a better tour guide anywhere in the world. Mille grazie, Francesca, for what ranks as our most memorable vacation ever.

September 2017
Our girlfriends trip to Italy ended with a tour of Florence with Francesca. Not only was she a delightful guide, but her knowledge and obvious love for all this beautiful city has to offer made our day truly memorable. We loved her! And we learned so much more than we would have without her guidance. We left wishing we had booked her for other tours as well. Earlier during our stay, we also had the privilege of meeting Francesca's Aunt Lina, at whose beautiful villa, Casa Gaia, we stayed for several days. If you are planning a trip to Italy, we highly recommend all Best of Mas has to offer.

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