Expert Wine Tour Guide and Best Driver in Tuscany
Hi! I'm Anna Maria Madaffari but if you ask people around most probably they will not know about me...not under this name.
In Tuscany everybody knows me as "Anna" the expert wine tour guide and driver running Tuscan Wine Tours around the most amazing and juicy wine regions, giving you educational wine tours to taste high quality Chianti Classico, top Brunello di Montalcino, suggesting you boutique wineries where you will feel like home and away from tourists attractions.
I am a professional driver, tour leader, wine guide...all in one with all certifications.
Since 2016 Cooltours® became a registered trade mark as leader one woman business driving services and best driver guide in Tuscany and generally all over Italy!
Since 2016 I'm an official third level sommelier (wine expert) graduated with the Italian Association of Sommeliers (AIS Toscana)
How did Cooltours® start?
I got two degrees, one in Foreign Languages and one in Modern Cultures at the University of Florence and soon I started working as interpreter and this gave me the chance to travel all over Europe for two years and to develop my will of being among people although in a very informal and friendly way (totally the reverse when you work as an interpreter!).
As a "tuscany adopted" I felt a desire to really melt with the locals so I followed a training which resulted in a certification in Informazione Accoglienza Territoriale e Turistica (IAT) and by chance I ended working at an award winning winery producing both Chianti Classico and Supertuscan wines.
It is there that I started to learn technically about winemaking cause I still remember when the winemaker asked me what did I know about winemaking during my interview, I was going to answer "I open the wine bottle and drink it"!
From the winery to the tour business.... and after more than 6 years collaborating as a driver/tour escort for several upscale companies and tour operators Cooltours® by Anna was born in 2012 as a one-woman business.
Cooltours® deals directly with you!
Cooltours® partnered with several travel agencies and tour operators who sponsor my unique driving services and my Tuscany experiences to their clients.
Cooltours® can satisfy any request all over Italy since we have a net of English speaking drivers for every destination and type of service besides drivers for daily tours
We are all NCC so we are holders of an official license as a state-register driver ( so we can legally pick you up and drop you off at the doorstep of your lodgings in town, we do not need to set up a meeting point, we have access to any Italian city center)
So if you believe I already shared a lot with you just in few lines, you got it:
I am the right person for you and for your countryside and wine tours in Tuscany!
A day with Anna is the highlight of your trip, a true Tuscany experience with your "professional" friendly tuscan guide.
If you want to "feel" my personality listen to my recent podcasts at How to tour Italy and Total Tuscany