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March 12, 2015

Traveler or Tourist?

www.tuscanmuse.com-tuscany-traveler-tourist-600“We don’t do tours. We like to wonder about on our own.” I often hear this from people who are considering our tours. I can certainly understand that notion, since I am not a fan of tours myself. I don’t fancy following a raised umbrella held high by a tour operator. I tend to dawdle. If something catches my eye, I want to be free to stare a moment longer if I so choose. I like meeting strangers, despite any language issues. Charades have helped me immensely in communicating with native Italians. I don’t want to miss out on these exchanges while trying to keep up with a group. Certainly the main tourist attractions have their value and appeal, but I prefer an off-beaten path away from the common sights more often than not. A traveler travels and a tourist tours. Neither designation is superior to the other. It is all is a matter of preference.


Tuscan Muse tours are for either travelers or tourists. Our tours provide guests with accommodations, most meals, ground transportation, and pickup and drop-off from the airport. A typical day involves breakfast which may be shared with others in the group, or alone on a porch overlooking Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage site. At a specified time, we board upscale vans and travel to the destination chosen for that day. We decide on a time and place to meet at day’s end. Then we disperse to individually enjoy the venue at our pace, with no set structure to adhere to or any schedule to follow. Some in the group might meet for lunch. Others might not make lunch plans at all, choosing instead to spend their time wondering the venue and seeing the beauty of Tuscany without any agenda. Some members of the group are more comfortable with having an escort for the day and we are happy to provide this service. Either way, our guests have the option for complete freedom to immerse themselves into the culture, or to stay a bit more mainstream as an observer of the most popular attractions.

American writer Daniel J. Boorst had this to say about the distinction between travelers and tourists, "The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes 'sight-seeing.” Whether you are seeking adventure or to have interesting things happen, Tuscan Muse tours in Tuscany or workshops in Tuscany allow you the freedom to enjoy the beauty of Tuscany. Wonder about on your own, or stick together. Either way you can be sure that Tuscany will not disappoint!

  • Our stay at Le Casacce will always be a glorious memory. By the time the trip was over, we already missed our new friend, Linda. We came home filled with tales of the sights we had seen, the excellent food we had eaten and the good times made possible by Tuscan Muse
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