Tuscany Testimonials

A man riding a bike through a small Tuscan town


Quality is outstanding, the gear, the accommodation, the riding, the scenery and towns, the non riding program and of course the food and wine. Did I mention the food and wine well it deserves two mentions. This is a trip of a lifetime and an experience to be savoured. We did the Tuscany trip. What’s also fantastic is that if your better half doesn’t ride they also get an awesome experience. Nancy and Damian are superb hosts. Quality, quality, quality! I’ll be doing another trip.

Martin B

A man and a woman sitting in a piazza in Tuscany


We signed up to do the Tuscany tour for a friend’s 50th birthday. Karen was not a rider so the non-riding element of the tour was quite important to us.

In the months leading up to the tour Damian and Nancy were in regular contact. Damian with training advice and ensuring he had all the information necessary to equip me with the right gear (which was of a very good quality) and Nancy to discuss the types of activities and experiences Karen wished to do as a non-rider.

The trip itself was excellent and it was a truly great experience.

The cycling routes were well thought out, the cycling support was great, the scenery breathtaking, the accommodation hosts so welcoming, and the food magnificent. Karen enjoyed the non-riding side of the tour so much she’s eyeing off our next tour!

Damian and Nancy clearly put a lot of time and thought into their tours and it certainly shows in the quality of the product. We would thoroughly recommend A’qto Cycling to anyone wanting to do a European cycling trip.

Sean & Karen

Two men cycling up a hill on a Tuscany cycling holiday


I had been looking forward to this tour for almost a year. Even though my expectations were very high, they were surpassed by the superb rides, the delicious food & wine, the unique accomodation (always at the top of a hill, so you can have the best views says Damian) and most importantly the attention to detail that Nancy and Damian bring to these tours. Everything was so much fun.

We had such a great group of riders, not all of the same ability, yet all of the same mindset – enjoy the ride, take in the spectacular scenery and push up every challenging climb and embellish your ride around the dinner table at night. It was the best riding experience of my life and I’ll be back for more with the A’qto Puglia already booked for 2020.

I highly recommend A’qto cycling tours if you are planning a cycle tour in Europe. You won’t be disappointed.

Mark M

A man cycle on the windiong roads south of Siena in Italy


I had wanted to do some cycling in Europe for a long time and always thought it would be self-organised and in France. I am so grateful that I found A’qto when my 50th was looming and I was looking for a memorable way to celebrate.

The combination of riding, food and wine was irresistible – it was very easy convincing my brother and mates to join me. So off to Tuscany we went. And what an experience Damian and Nancy provided.

It was the best riding of my life, all the better because it was shared with a great group of people. And the same was true for all of the experiences off the bike that Nancy and Damian organised. All up, a fantastic holiday that only another A’qto tour could rival. Piemonte in 2021 perhaps .


A man and woman watching the sun set over the Tuscan hills


Rod is a keen Cyclist – I’m not.

He has talked about doing a cycling tour of Italy (I wasn’t that keen as – what was I going to do?) He had liked an A’qto cycling Facebook post, I saw this and downloaded the itinerary (as I have always wanted to go to Italy).
I was impressed!!

I placed it on his computer at work with a sticky note saying “Choose tour and date and I will book”.

Welcome Tuscany!!
We incorporated the bike ride with an extended holiday in Italy and to say the Tuscany part with A’qto Cycling was the best part was an understatement.

Damien had chosen rides that were challenging but rewarding and achievable with great back up support. Nancy had tours and days that catered for all the non riding partners in the group and we were totally immersed in what Tuscany had to offer. Their attention to detail and thought in choosing Local menus, wines and accommodation locations (even massages) is what made it so memorable for us

We are already choosing dates for our next A’qto tour.

Meg & Rod

A man and a woman cycling in Gaiole in Chianti on a cycling holiday in Tuscany


WOW what a ride! I have just experienced the most amazing time on Aqto’s Tour of Tuscany. As far as experiences and holidays go, it was right up there with the best ever! It is often said that the ‘devil is in the detail’ and Damian and Nancy were wonderful, caring hosts, who really did take care of every detail to create the complete experience, that took this trip from great, to truely memorable. From the stunning scenery, to the long lazy lunches, luxurious and authentic Italian accommodation in beautiful Tuscan villas to aperitivo hour followed by fantastic food. Add to that the incredible cycling journey through the heart of Tuscany and the only word that I can think of is wow!

I’m a keen, social cyclist and prior to the trip, I had all the normal worries of not being able to keep up, or manage the kilometres each day and…..get up those Tuscan hills! But with Damians’s training program and encouragement, I turned up with my much better cycling husband Bob, nervous but ready to give it a go! What can I say, yes it was sometimes challenging but with a 32 compact on my bike I found my pace, even learning to love those 15% pinches because the coffee, or the beer and the view at the top was always worth it. Once I stopped looking at the gradient, I was totally fine, I felt a sense of achievement every day and got stronger as the week went on. If this is you, don’t think, just do, because you can!

After 8 days, riding nearly 600kms and climbing over 10,000 meters, our tour of Tuscany adventure finished in the beautiful walled city of San Gimignano! I am still saying WOW! Can’t wait to do it all again one day!

Jen Q

A lady and her bicycle on holidays in Tuscany


The A’qto Tour of Tuscany is the best holiday I have ever had. Prior to the trip I was really anxious about my cycling ability and whether I could keep up and do the distances and climbing day after day. Turns out that everyone had the same worry; but we all made it just fine and got stronger every day! Turns out you can do a lot more than you think you can. It was challenging, but I feel really proud of myself and the rest of our lovely and supportive group of cyclists. I have nothing but admiration for Damian and Nancy, they are amazing; the tour is incredibly well organized but it never felt over organized. Food and accommodation were stunning – and you can eat as much as you like ‘cos you will burn it off the next day!’

Di H

A man riding across a piazza in Italy


The ride routes took us through iconic Tuscan landscapes, towns and villages, and when you thought the scenery cold not get better, around the next corner it did. The free-flowing, sweeping descents were an exhilarating reward for the climbing beforehand.

The atmosphere throughout the tour was warm, friendly and inclusive and there was a good balance between riding/activities and free time. The accommodation was exceptional, with locations appropriately chosen to make the most of the beautiful Tuscan landscapes and the hosts were warm and friendly, making you feel as though you were part of their family.

Michael F

A man riding a bicycles across a bridge in Tuscany


If anybody is even remotely considering undertaking an overseas cycling experience, A’qto is the company to go with. Damian and Nancy are not only quality people but their knowledge of Tuscany and the beautiful riding, eating and drinking associated their tour is first class. Our recent trip presented me with everything I had wished for and much, much more.

Damo, Nancy, Sergio and their Villa hosts enabled us to cram pack the Tuscan experience into 9 brilliant days and not for one minute did I not love it all. Thank you so much Damo, Curly and Sergio, and hope to see you all again very soon.

Rick P

Three people enjoying a glass of prosecco


We would sincerely like to thank you both for an inspiring, amazing, enlightening and wonderful trip around beautiful Tuscany.

We were so impressed with the diversity and attention to detail you achieved in putting this together for us. Every moment was special. Every moment was exciting and rewarding.

Teresa S

Two men riding bicycles on an Italian cycling holiday


My Tuscany cycling tour in September 2018 with Damian and Nancy exceeded all expectations, a wonderful combination of scenery and gourmet delights along with wonderful accommodation in Tuscan villas. This tour was the most rewarding active holiday experience and I recommend A’qto Cycling Italian cycling tours without hesitation.

Peter M

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