Our stay at Sojourn Venture's property in Cortona was amazing! With the helpful guides written by Stacey and Rob, we were able to experience Cortona like the locals do. From giving us the insider tip on where the best butcher and produce could be found to how to best experience the rich culture and history of Cortona. Our accommodations were impeccable - a beautiful apartment right in the heart of town. What's more, when the unexpected befell us and we were in need of a Doctor, Stacey made herself available to us by phone to help us navigate medical care. Thank you Stacey and Rob for your hospitality and for introducing us to our new favorite city in Tuscany!
We have just returned from our visit to Cortona and our one week stay at Casa di Bacco (Oct 4-11). It was a truly enjoyable experience. All our expectations were exceeded. The planning assistance provided by Denyse and Guilia was helpful and greatly appreciated. Most of the interaction was via Guilia, who did an outstanding job! We would highly recommend Sojourn-Ventures and Together in Tuscany to our friends and other interested parties.
We just wanted you to know that we had a wonderful time in Cortona. You notes were very helpful and made our stay extremely comfortable and enjoyable. Denyse and her team were very accommodating and were helpful in assisting us in renting a bicycle for my husband, setting up our car rental for a few days and setting up a wine tour to Montepulciano. Denyse stated that she is planning a trip to Portland in to visit you in the upcoming year and we have told her that if she is wanting to experience Bend she is welcome to stay with us while she is in Central Oregon. We just wanted to say THANK YOU and you have picked a wonderful village in Tuscany to spend your time in Italy.
Ciao!!! Loved, loved, loved Cortona! I find myself longing for the simple loveliness of it today. Thank you for the wonderful place to stay! We loved Denyse. She was great. Even after our luggage came in piece by piece from Florence airport, she made sure we were okay and had it brought to us as soon as she could! We had the best cooking class/dinner with Ivan! He and Christina came and cooked in our home one night. My boys will remember it always. La Bucaccia was our favorite restaurant. We ate their one evening for dinner and then went back the next day for lunch! I have some lovely cashmere now as well from your friend. I also have a painting from the gallery there. You have no idea what you have done.... We are ruined forever with the need to go back . Thank you!
We are at Casa San Marco and wanted to let you know how thrilled we are. This has to be the very best spot in all of Tuscany. The town, the home, the people....everything we are experiencing is better than we could have ever dreamed! Thank you for your contribution to the Amy Roloff Charity Foundation, because through that, we found Casa San Marco. I can understand why you purchased a home here in Cortona. This must be the most charming place on earth. When we return, we would love to take you to dinner to thank you, if you are open to this. We are all so overwhelmed with the beauty of your home, we would like to thank you for sharing it with us.
Italy was our favorite vacation when we went in 2005 but our recent return was even more wonderful. Our week stay in Cortona was the highlight of a month long trip. We loved the feel of this small hilltop town. It was large enough to have all the amenities; restaurants, shops, etc. but yet not too touristy. The piazza in the afternoon was so typically Italian and a “must” in our daily routine. It always included a stop at Marco's Enoteca for a nice bottle of wine for our evening out on our balcony overlooking the Cortona landscape. Stacy and Rob have created such a lovely Casa. They have decorated it with a truly Tuscana feel. Obviously a lot of time was spent in their selection of furniture, pictures and accessories to create this atmosphere. The kitchen was the scene of three incredible meals!!! There was a gourmet cook as you can see in the pictures that served Mushroom Risotta with sausage; 3” Tuscana T-Bone steak and a pasta dish that was to die for!! This kitchen has all the conveniences of home so it was a breeze for our cook. Hopefully, we can return someday soon.
Just wanted to write and tell you thank you very much for all your help with so many details while we stayed at Casa San Marco in Cortona. Everyone had a wonderful week that will long be remembered. Cortona and all the day trips were absolutely amazing. I really appreciate that you were easy to contact and always answered your phone when we had a need and then followed up promptly. Thanks again for your great service. Please pass along to Stacey and Rob that the house was perfect for us. We were very comfortable with 10 people staying there. We ate in for the welcome dinner plus 3 more that we cooked. It really felt like our home away from home.
I just wanted to write and tell you both how much we loved our time in Europe. Denyse, you were such a wonderful help to us...we thank you so much for all the many arrangements you made for us. Our time in Cortona was very special. We loved every minute of it. The wine tour was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. We had 6 bottles shipped home. They arrived yesterday...some of them will be Christmas gifts...we carried one bottle home with us and shared it at a special family dinner. The really fun part about the wine is that my husband and I are not usually wine drinkers!! But we loved the wine we had in Italy!! The drive through the countryside was amazing and Janet Hobbs was a delight. I would recommend her to anyone. Stacey, your contribution each year to the ALS association is beyond wonderful. Having lost a family member to ALS we are so grateful to people like you and Rob for your generosity. Not only did you provide a great service to ALS, my husband and I took a once in a life time trip which we will cherish forever. With help from Denys, along with the information you provided us and our Rick Steves' Travel Guide we did not have a problem anywhere nor were we disappointed in any of our choices. Thanks you so much!
We won an auction for a week in Bali and spent Christmas week 2013 there. I just wanted to let you know that our stay was beyond wonderful. In fact our week in Amed was the best part of our trip. The people who worked at Golden Buddha and Pazzo were amazing. The special dinner was our best in Bali. The food was incredibly delicious and all the work that went into decorating was awesome. Our daughter Jai enjoyed helping make some of the decorations. We so enjoyed the dancing as well. We didn’t want to leave and it has been a bit hard to adjust back to our life in Alaska!! It was one of our best vacations ever. - Jami Earsley
I have recently returned from my travels to Bali and Lombok and loved every moment of my time in Amed. Golden Buddha is an AMAZING place and I am so grateful that you connected me to Wayan and his people. Not only was the stay lovely, but the people of Amed, in particular the people at Golden Buddha/Pazzo/Apa Kabar, were so wonderful to me and showed me the best that Amed and Bali have to offer. One night I was treated to an amazing Balinese evening, including a delicious traditional dinner, Balinese decor and two very special dances performed by several lovely and beautiful local girls...the experience brought tears to my eyes and made me fall more in love with the country. I was overwhelmed by the kindness and treatment of the staff towards me. Having traveled the world as a single female, I was touched by the attention of the staff...from making sure I was always comfortable, that I was well fed and that I made it back to the property safely every evening - this was above and beyond expectations. I felt like the staff took me under the wings and made sure I enjoyed experiencing the local vibe, hanging out at Pazzo, going to their local hangouts rather than just where the tourists spend time and soaking up the relaxing lifestyle Bali has to offer. I can't thank you, Wayan and all the people of Amed enough for offering me such an amazing experience...I hope to return some day!! And I will certainly forward Sojourn Ventures information to any and all of my friends that may get the travel bug!!" - Christl Holtzel, Sun Valley