Many thanks. It was an awesome experience and we appreciate everything you did for us.

Best wishes

Willy P.




Good Morning,

I just wanted to send a note of thank you for the excellent wine tours we experienced with you.
Irna and Diano (not sure of the spelling) were wonderful and very patient with our group.
I would also like to pass a message on to Irna and thank her for her help and great tips about FLorence and Pisa. I am happy that we took her advice and booked tickets for the Acadamie. I could not believe the line ups to get in. We only waited 10 minutes to get in and it was well worth seeing the Statue of David. We would not have seen him otherwise. I heard the line ups without reservations were about 1 to 2 hours!
Thank you again.
I will certainly recommend Golden Travel.

Susan M.



Many thanks for the MOST memorable day in Tuscany. We're home now and just wanted to say gracie (spelling?).
Beth Ann and Gina



We are back in the states and missing beautiful Italy. I can not tell you what an amazing day we had wine tasting in Chianti. Thank you for setting up the personal one on one wine tasting's with each of the wineries. I have to say our favorite was with Guisepie and his girlfriend Barbara, I think we through our schedule of because we were have such a good time.

I also want to thank you for have Erna as our guide what a warm and wonderful lady. She's a star.

Grazie Infinite, can't wait to return and will highly recommend you services.






THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. In my 30 years of working in this business my experience has taught me that transportation is always the most difficult part of the puzzle and the one most likely to go wrong. So it’s imperative to find a good partner to work with on the transportation needs. You were so fabulous to work with, and rose to the occasion every time a change or challenge presented itself and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Indeed, it was a magnificent wedding and the emails are flooding in. I can’t thank you enough.

Very best to you -




Hello Erna:

I wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had on our two day trips with you recently out to Siena, San Giamagnano, the wineries and the supermarket. I told Todd that you were delightful and helpful and took us to many lovely places. You asked that we get back to you about the little ice creams we bought at the supermarket that day. We have tried the lemon and orange, which are both good, but not as good as gelato!

Hope all is well with you. Ciao!

Marianne E.


March 07, 2008

Dear Dr. Maurizio Matassoni,
it has been a great pleasure to meet you. We have enjoyed your company, guidance, over all knowledge and the expertise you have provided us.
We are all very appreciative of your time and effort you have dedicated to make our tour a great experience for us all.
We hope we can meet you again some time in the not so distant future.
Thank You Very Much....Grazie Infinite !
The I. Tour Group



28/05/2007 22.30.05

Dear Sig. Maurizio....
Earlier this month I was in Italy with my daughters and I used your travel service. I want you to know that our 2 day tours with took were absolutely wonderful. We had Erna as our driver and tour guide and we all loved her. She is a sweet lady who loves her job and made it a great experience for us. We all enjoyed her and hope she will have an opportunity to see these pictures we took with her. I will highly recommend your company to my friends and will look you up again when we return to Italy. Grazie ancora.......tutti i Kamin
Peggy Kimberly, Sandra, Emily



Dr. Maurizio Matassoni your driver Paolo was very helpful. I am traveling with my husband and 2 teenagers. So much thanks to you. Again, paolo made our trip very enjoyable.
Audrey C. L.

13/03/2007 15.42.04

Dr Maurizio,
I wanted to first let you know how much my husband, sister, and I enjoyed the vineyard trip that you took us on during our stay in Florence. It was a wonderful way to see the countryside and educate ourselves on chianti wine. And how could I not mention the dinner we had at Ferragamo's castle. It was by far the BEST meal we had during our 12 day vacation in Italy!!
Warm Regards,

Elizabeth Mattei

13/03/2007 15.33.13

Dr Maurizio,
I want to tell you that you have a fine business - very reliable, friendly and we enjoyed using your car services. We will tell our many friends about your company and highly recommend you. Thank you for a job well done.....

Teresa Sefchek


28 Gennaio 2007

Hello again,
thank you for your very prompt reply. You are a very reputable service I know. We had a wonderful trip hosted by your driver Erna Longo. She took very good care to make sure we got to the destinations safely. I sat in the front seat with her every day and we had wonderful conversation, and I dare say I had the "Best View" of any one.
Thank you again.
Lynne L.

07/09/2006 14.57.18

Hi Maurizio,

We just wanted to say thank you for the greta service that you all provided for the wedding of our daughter Vicki to Jim last weekend. Thank you so much. We have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone who wants a courteous, friendly service that arrives on time and does what you said it would do.

Thank you again!

Heather and Michael Anstey

18/07/2006 8.57.57

you gave us a wonderful day in Rome from Civitavecchia thank you so much please feel free to use me as a reference
robin balkin

06/07/2006 7.32.28

I am writing to tell you that our wine tour with Erna last Friday was fantastic! We were thrilled with the entire day and her expertise and kindness were far above our expectations. She was the perfect guide. We have already recommended Golden Travel and Erna to some friends who will come to Italy next summer.

Our deepest thanks.

Beth and Elisabeth

01/07/2006 8.44.48

Dear Maurizio,

My sister Fiona and I are back in the US after a wonderful time in Italy. We wanted to thank both you and Edna for making it such a pleasant experience. After Florence we went to Milan, visited Lake Como and even went to Venice! We came home very tired and we definitely shopped till we dropped. We had to get extra luggage for all the things we bought.

You were a wonderful tour guide and we had a great time as you took us to Siena. We would definitely recommend you to all our family and friends. Attached are some pictures we took. Our only regret is that we did not get a picutre with you ( although you are in our camcorder).

Please send our love to Edna too - she is wonderful!

Annette Lewallen

13/06/2006 9.01.55

I would like to tell Golden Travel what a wonderful time my group had on the Italy by Vespa tour because of Maurizio. He was great throughout the whole trip. Not only is he very knowledgeable he is professional, fun and does a good job of reading his clients.

We all loved him very much. Please pass this on to him and let him know that our group of 7 women want like to say thank you for catering to us even when we were a pain.

Mary Tracy
National Sales Manager, Home Center Sales
United States Ceramic Tile

10/06/2006 8.59.01

Ciao Maurizio: Just wanted to tell you how great Erna was during our trip. She is an excellent driver and companion and we thoroughly enjoyed her company! The minivans were very clean and comfortable and we really appreciate you accomodating the changes we made to our schedule.

We have friends coming to Italy in July and August and will recommend your company and Erna and we will use you next time we come to Italy too. Many thanks and take care.
Mrs. Vanessa Tiffany

02/06/2006 12.42.20

Dear Maurizio,
Thank you so much for the great day in the wine country.
God bless you and you family,

Dan and Sally Irwin

02/06/2006 12.41.16

Dear Maurizio:
Just wanted to let you know that we were all very satisfied with our tour off the Norwegian Jewel. Your driver/guide was excellent and took us wherever we wanted to go and got us back to the ship on time. Thanks again. You can use me as a reference any time.


Julius Miller

23/05/2006 8.11.31

My husband and I had a great time. Marizio was wonderful and much more than your average driver. He has a wealth of knowledge allowing us to gain a meaningful historical perspective of the area. Not to mention, he is quite the oenophile and taught us a lot about Italian wines. Thank you again and we will not hesitate to refer your company to our friends.
Nurit Robin

20/10/2005 9.40.31

Dear Maurizio,
I just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful experience with Golden Travel. We really enjoyed the Chianti Classico tour on September 23 and our driver was so fantastic. He was so friendly and was a pleasure to spend the day with. Our time in Radda was one of the best highlights of our trip.

Many Thanks,
Dana and Ben Goodman


02/08/2005 16.01.46

Dear Dr. Matassoni,
We had arranged for transportation for our children and grandchild on 5 June, 2005, from the Fiumicino airport to Il Calcione, in Tuscany. We want to thank you for the excellent service provided. Our family arrived in a huge, comfortable, clean vehicle, driven by a lovely woman. They were very grateful for everything, and in fact, all were able to sleep a few hours on the long drive from Rome to Tuscany. We appreciated the fine service.

Many thanks,
Phyllis and Larry Selter

30/07/2005 15.54.02

Our driver, Paolo, was PERFECT on both days. He was a delight and we thoroughly enjoyed having him with us. We had a GREAT time, and he was responsible for a lot of that. Thank you for making our trip so enjoyable.
If we ever return we will attempt to contact you. Thanks again.

Stephen Stewart
Charlotte NC USA

20/06/2005 20.12.34

We were a group of 8 people (4 couples) who hired Maurizio for two wine tours. We had the pleasure of Maurizio's personal knowledge on the day we visited I Selvatici, Castello d'Albola and PoggioAntinore winery. All I can say is WOW!!
Maurizio's knowledge of the area is only overshadowed by his knowledge of the wine industry since he has first hand experience from a family history with the wine business.
If you are looking for small to medium size wineries with personal conversations with the owners and a great taste experience of some of the best of Tuscany, book now with Maurizio! In addition, he might include a surprise or two like a fabulous lunch meal at a local restaurant that is definitely the essence of excellent tuscan cooking! I know my friends and I appreciated the fact that we were transported from our Lucca
Villa through roads that we would not have found so easily, and with a nice host like Maurizio and on a seperate day with Paolo.

Best wishes Maurizio!
Genaro Torres

23/02/2005 13.52.10

I wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had. Erna was fantastic. Not only did she show us all the things we had wanted to see, she made a special effort to show us places that had meaning for her and that were definitely off the tourist path. She went above and beyond our expectations. I would highly recommend Erna and your company to anyone I know needing a driver. It simply couldn't be beat.

Thanks again for everything.


02/02/2005 2.29.20

Hi Maurizio

It has taken entirely too long to send this, but a picture of our trip in late November of 2002 just surfaced and I had to write...

Your sense of humor and your knowledge made our visit to Tuscany truly great. You had awesome recommendations and made everything better and easier. You were able to convince us to try the wine tasting dinner and thank goodness you did...it was such a great experience.

Oh yes. You are also a very good driver!

Best wishes to you and your family.

Lisa Beattie

07/11/2004 12.06.08

Hi Maurizio,
We miss Italy and you already. We all had a fantastic trip and you made it so special for us by bringing us to Villa Masini (was this the name?) the last night. We had so much fun. Thanks for helping us along this trip. We hopefully will be back in Italy next year! I will pass your name along to anyone I know travelling to Tuscany.


28/10/2004 9.11.27

Ciao Maurizio!

We're the "Gang of 4" from Manila, Philippines who stayed in La Ferriera from Oct. 9-16, 2004. Thank you very much for providing our transfers from Loro Ciufenno to Montevarchi and back almost everyday. Please relay our thanks also to Erna, Sergio and Diano.

The day trip to Siena and San Gimignano on Oct. 12 was especially memorable. You're the perfect tour guide and interpreter. Among the many Italians we met during our one-week stay in Tuscany (plus the day trips to Rome, Milan and Venice), you were the most sincere and the one who was extremely helpful to us.

We're now back in our homeland after visiting Vienna, Munich, Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris from Oct. 17-25. But our memories of Italy are still fresh. Once again, many thanks and we will recommend Golden Travel to our friends who plan to visit your beautiful country in the future.

Best regards from

Joseph Gamboa,
Antonilo Mauricio,
Hilario Paredes,
and our muse,
Rosanna Quito

22/10/2004 7.19.02

Ciao Dr. Maurizio Matassoni,

We have ventured back to Canada and returned to snow covered terrain and -5 degree Celsius weather. It has snowed every day since returning ... how we miss TUSCANY!

I just wanted to express how happy we were with the services you provided to our family. You personally were more then helpful and we really enjoyed your company on our day trip to Sienna and San Gimignano.

Your other drivers, Diano and Erma, were both very professional and very cordial and friendly people. Both engaged in long conversations with my 80 year old mother, making her feel like a huge and important part of the tour. Cortona and Assisi were amazing!

I wanted to personally thank you once again and to say that I would definitely recommend your company to anyone that may wish to travel in a professional, comfortable and relaxed fashion in the Tuscany area.

Wishing you every success in your future,

Luciano Berti and Famiglia

22/10/2004 7.18.11

Dear Sir;
Just a quick note to tell you what a delightful experience we had on the 14th. Our Driver Erna couldn't have been more accommodating or pleasant. I will recommend your service to anyone travelling to Florence.

Rachel Van Leuven

01/10/2004 7.03.11

Dear Dr. Matassoni,

I want to tell you how much we enjoyed the services of Erna. She was waiting for us at our ship and was just a delightful person. She made our visit of Florence and Pisa very special. I will certainly be referring clients in that area to Golden Travel in the future.


Rosemary Rogers
Heritage Travel

05/08/2004 9.58.37

Dear Dr. Matassoni,
Just a short note to draw your attention to the professionalism that I experienced with your company. Erna showed a lot of enthusiasm to make us enjoy our itineraries and went out of her way to cover an area near Cortona which we had missed out on. I will definitely recommend your company to some of our friends. If you have some interesting tour in Tuscany which you intend to organize please inform me …It is a good excuse to return to Tuscany.

David and Sandra Mallia.

19/07/2004 9.11.48

Hi Maurizio,
On behalf of our whole group, I'd like to express our appreciation to you, Edna, and Marco for your time in showing us around. We immensely enjoyed our time wine tasting and our day trip to Florence!

Sincere Regards,

13/04/2004 16.53.32

Maurizio is a fantastic guide! Myself and my three friends (in our twenties) thoroughly enjoyed our day trip. Maurizio is very knowledgeable of the local area and we had a fantastic day visiting vineyards, Radda, Greve, a lovely castle and a quaint local restaurant. It was a day to remember! Thank you Maurizio! I will definitely use you again when I am next in Tuscany.


Belinda Swan
(a South African in London)

21/06/2003 11.27.57

Dear Maurizio,
I am a little late with this message so please forgive me. I wanted to thank you for taking such good care of us on our day trip back in March. My wife and I had a wonderful time and can’t begin to tell you how much it meant to us. We are looking to return to Italy in the next 12 months with my wife’s parents and we would love to have you show us around again.
I hope all is well and you are enjoying la dolce vita .


14/04/2003 2.14.48

we visited italy in late feb/early march 2003 and
did a trip to tuscany with golden travel. our guide and driver, Maurizio, was excellent!!!
he was interesting to talk to, his english was just fine, and he was able to translate for us when we had questions or wanted to make purchases.
We were able to visit some wonderful wineries in montalcino and montepulciano because of maurizio's knowledge of the area. It was great not to worry about directions or drinking and driving issues.
we saw some beautiful countryside and had some great wine. we also went to a wonderful sheep farm in pienza where we tasted & purchased some pecorino cheese right from the source!!! bella, bella, bella :-)
we will be sure to tour with maurizio again when we return to italy, his services were worth our time and money :-)
best wishes from upstate new york
malinda and peter heeran

13/04/2003 10.42.22

Dear Maurizio,
I am finally writing to thank you for helping to make our vacation in Italy so fabulous. We all had an amazing trip and miss Italy, all the wonderful wine, food, people and gelato!
Once again, thank you for looking after us!
Stay well, regards to you and your family

22/09/2002 22.34.37

After visiting many of the world's wine regions, and hiring cars & drivers in most of them, I must say that Golden Travel, and Maurizio in particular, was the best experience! He went out of his way to assist in many ways, and his winery, wine, restaurant & accommodations recommendations were superb.

Carl Wescott

15/07/2002 13.21.53

We just wanted to thank you again, Maurizio, for taking such good care of our family during our trip to Tuscany. It was such a pleasure not to worry about driving, directions and language issues.You knew where everything was and the quickest way to get there. Most of all we truly enjoyed your company and had lots of fun with you. We would recommend you to everyone! We hope to see you again.
The Torosian Family
Mount Laurel, New Jersey

14/02/2002 23.27.06

Hello Maurizio! This is a very belated greeting! One of the highlights of our trip to Tuscany in September of 2001 was the wine tour/dinner we took with you. We are still talking about it to our friends! The tour exceeded our expectations. We just need to find out where to buy the wine in the states! We have been recommeding you to our friends that are going to Tuscany this year.
Thanks again for such a great tour (we did take your advice and bought olive oil from the co-op you showed us...it is fabulous!)The Scotese's.


10/10/2001 9.48.03

Thank you for taking such good care of us during our wine tour in September (9/12). You were very kind and made us feel at home. Nina & I really enjoyed that day, visiting I Selvatici, Castello D'Albola, and Dievole. We had lots of fun at dinner in the wine cellar at Dievole, and also our drink of grappa with the chef (ubriaco!)
Ciao Arrivederci,
Mike & Nina

Michael Tallering & Nina Bettinger
2630 NW Robinia Lane
Portland, OR 97229
Ph: 503-539-8835

26/09/2001 1.05.04

Maurizio and our day out in Tuscany was the highlight of our trip in Sept. 2001- from shopping at the Prada outlets, to wine tasting in the heart of Tuscany , then off to Siena and San Gmignano- we had a fantastic , fun-filled day. We could never have done it on our own and Maurizio planned it all for us- perfecto! Maurizio's enthusiasm to share his culture made the tour even more charming. I highly recommend going out with Maurizio- The Benbows, San Francisco, CA

01/09/2001 15.33.10

The two trips that you took us on were two of the best adventures that we had in Italy. You do a great job!
Robert M. Raymond
DataNational Corporation

30/08/2001 18.32.56

Hello from the good old USA
My sister and I would like to thank you very much for the great trip to Tuscana. It was one of the highlights of our trip.
Thanks again, Steve Tarquinio

29/08/2001 10.32.36

Our driver, Maurizio was knowledgeable, spoke excellent English and, with his sense of humor, made our visit a most memorable occasion. The service catered to our every need and exceeded our expectations. We were made to feel special. We recommend to everyone the Golden Travel Experience. Maybe you'll get lucky enough to have our friend Maurizio as your driver. Aloha from Hawaii, Woodii and Jan Carr.



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