Florence, the New Generation Festival, August 2018

“Just a quick line to say how much I enjoyed my trip to Florence for the New Generation Festival with AHA in August.  It is the first time I have been on a group holiday and as a solo traveler I wasn’t sure quite what to expect. I could not have wished for a more friendly and welcoming group and I had the most wonderful time. Exploring the rich treasures of Florence with such knowledgeable guides brought everything to life in an easy and accessible way.  The breadth and depth of your knowledge was amazing, always delivered in a relaxed and fun way.  Thank you for what was a most special and memorable trip – I can’t wait to see your 2019 schedule!!”

Florence, the New Generation Festival, August 2017

Just a note to say congratulations from John and me on such a wonderful visit to Florence.

The four days were organised with precise planning and expertise providing such a  good balance between the art history and the culinary delights that the city has to offer.  We relived the glory of Florence’s rich,cultural, historical and artistic heritage.  As guides you both imparted knowledge in such a relaxed,easy to listen to way which brought the city alive. You also shared some of your favourite restaurants which were all well chosen both for their location and cuisine.

The columns and ceiling of the Palazzo Vecchio courtyard in Florence.

Looking up in the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

The ‘Twist’ for us was the icing on the cake – on the 2 evenings at the Palazzo Corsini we soaked up a very special atmosphere.  The combination of the Gala Dinner and L’Elisir D’Amore on a balmy evening in Tuscany was magical.  This was followed  the next night by a concert and  amazing recital in the Ognissanti Church by Charlie Siem.  Quite unforgettable!

It was lovely to travel again with a number of familiar faces but also to meet and get to know some others.You have set the bar very high but hopefully you will be encouraged to continue to plan other itineraries with your own individual flavour and style which makes AHA so special.

Wonderful wonderful wonderful ……..  I loved every single moment.  The places we saw, the people we spent time with and you both have the most infectious enthusiasm for your subject!  The opera and concert were amazing!  I can’t thank you enough for all the effort you put into making the trip so special in every way.

Italian Gardens

Thank you for organizing the MOST AMAZING GARDEN TOUR – we saw so many marvellous gardens old and new. The roses were spectacular. Everyone is so jealous of our trip and you were so clever to get us in to such very special Villas and Castles. The food was excellent and the wines were delicious and everyone was charming – what more can I say! It was a delight to meet Alys, she is so interesting and I have never spent time with a botanist before so I learnt so much.

Rome – 2016

The two words “thank you” are short and trite but in this case they are charged with more than usual significance and weight. And the gratitude extends, also, to all that back office labour which prepared the ground and ensured an uninterrupted stream of pleasure.

I can’t tell you what an amazing time I had, and I hope this is going to be my first of many such trips. I so want to go back to school and study History of Art…I was completely bowled over but it wasn’t just what we saw it was the wonderful stories and the way everything was made so accessible by both of you.

Three days on and we are both still buzzing after that unforgettable trip. Beautiful places, stunning art, lovely people, super food, what more could we ask? Thank you for opening our eyes to these splendours.