Rick Steves Friends

"Travel is freedom... one of the last great sources of legal adventure. Travel is intensified living, with maximum thrills per minute. It's recess, and we need it. Experiencing the real Europe requires catching it by surprise, going casual... Through the Back Door."

- Rick Steves -


We are small businesses who share Rick Steves' passion for helping tourists to experience Europe with minimal fuss, putting a priority on cultural immersion and contact with locals. As we know one another, after years of being featured in Rick Steves’ Italy Guidebooks, it has occurred to us that by joining forces, we can enhance your travel experience. We can each say with sincerity that the members of this group will welcome you with open hearts and an open mind-ready both to give of our knowledge and hospitality and to exchange ideas with you over a glass of wine.

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The Friends

Antica Osteria Da Divo

Antica Osteria Da Divo

Bonus for Friends of Rick Steves: A glass of prosecco upon arrival, as well as biscotti with Vin Santo after dinner Only a few steps from the Cathedral (Duomo) and Piazza del Campo you will find ...

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 Agriturismo Cretaiole

Agriturismo Cretaiole

  Bonus for Friends of Rick Steves: We will welcome you with a complimentary bottle of Cretaiole's Orcia DOC wine and a small bottle of Cretaiole's extra virgin olive oil Built in...

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Frances Lodge

Frances Lodge

Bonus for Friends of Rick Steves: A tasting of our homemade Limoncello, from our own organic lemon trees in the Garden Frances' Lodge is a large, airy, elegant country house that was once the F...

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Meuble Il Riccio

Meuble Il Riccio

Bonus for Friends of Rick Steves: A numbered bottle of Rosso di Montepulciano DOCG Situated in the oldest street of Montepulciano, very close to the heart of the old town with its cathedral, the To...

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 Tours by Roberto

Tours by Roberto

Bonus for Friends of Rick Steves: A special Tuscan souvenir to remember us by- mention this website when you reserve! We have been conducting small van tours in Tuscany for over 20 years. Our tours...

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Hotel Santa Caterina

Hotel Santa Caterina

Bonus for Friends of Rick Steves: Special tariffs and room upgrades pending availability Hotel Santa Caterina , obtained by transforming an 18th century patrician villa into a small cozy hotel, is ...

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Events

Seven Notes in Seven Nights

Seven Notes in Seven Nights

14 December 2017

A fascinating and intriguing combination of art, music and tastings

All the Christmas of Siena

All the Christmas of Siena

14 December 2017

December 14, 2017

Micat In Vertice: Trio Gaon

Micat In Vertice: Trio Gaon

15 December 2017

December 15 at Palazzo Chigi Saracini

Siena for Kids - SMS Edu

Siena for Kids - SMS Edu

15 December 2017

December 15, a workshop on Ambrogio Lorenzetti

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