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Rita O’Connor Ferracin has been leading tours in Europe for over twenty years, the last eight years exclusively in Italy. Rita and Lino founded Tartaruga (turtle, in Italian) Tours, the “take your time” way to travel. They live in Tuscany where they have restored a farmhouse built in 1693, grow organic vegetables and produce their own olive oil. Originally from New York, Rita enjoys sharing her knowledge of her adopted country and the Italian way of life.

Lino Ferracin is a co-founder of Tartaruga tours and our native Florentine. He comes from Greve in Chianti and for many years owned the Club House restaurant at Golf dell’Ugolino which caters to international golf championships. He is our expert Sommelier and enjoys sharing his extensive knowledge of Italian wines. He has been leading tours in Italy for the last eight years.

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