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Gratuities

 

tuscany-tripTips are commonly extended in Italy to servers, drivers, housekeepers and guides. For most of Italy, including Tuscany, you may tip as you want, but it is not expected.

Restaurants/Cafes

In Italy service, which usually ranges from 1 to 3 euros depending on the restaurant, is automatically added to the check and must be visible on the menu. "Il coperto" is the cover charge, which is generally one or two Euro, and which takes care of such items as bread and a glass of tap water before the meal. "Servizio incluso" means that service is included, meaning they've already figured in a tip for you – it's usually around 15% – so the total due on your final bill is all that you will owe. If the service has been particularly outstanding or you have had an exceptional experience, leaving a couple Euro on the table is a lovely gesture.

If you do not see "servizio incluso" on the menu, you may still see some kind of automatic tip or cover charge on your bill, so just because you do not see "servizio incluso" does not mean you need to leave a tip. And even if you see "servizio non incluso" (service not included), you still should not feel compelled to leave a tip. Normally, just round up the bill, a few Euro. If you were given outstanding services, a good tip -- 10 euro in cash -- will make the staff happy, but you are not compelled to do so.

Cab Drivers

Tipping cab drivers is unusual, but appreciated -- especially if they help you with your luggage and provide you with useful information about getting around.

Le Casacce

Our Workshops, Tours and Special Events would not be possible without the help of the friendly staff at Le Casacce. For our excellent support team at Le Casacce , Tuscan Muse recommends that you tip no less than 30 – 50 Euros per person for your stay. This money will be divided amongst the staff that helps to make our second home comfortable. These tips are not shared by the owner of Le Casacce or Tuscan Muse. Typically, near the end of your workshop or tour the tips will be distributed to the staff after being collected. We often do this during our farewell dinner. The staff enjoys displaying their personal appreciation upon receipt of their tips.


2015 Schedule

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Our Tours - Discover Tuscany!

Tuscan Muse offers creative tours that provide the opportunity to see Tuscany from every angle, from large cities to small villages. Tours designed for specific interests such as photography and painting are often planned. Tuscan Muse knows the best places to go for incredible subject matter and where to find the famous light of Tuscany, often far away from the beaten path of areas filled with tourists. Your days are filled with discovering Tuscany and your nights are filled with the warm hospitality and the fine cuisine of Tuscany.

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Our Workshops - Find Your Muse!

Tuscan Muse offers culinary, artistic, photography, music and writing workshops in this land known for the presence of Muses. Tuscany has been a place of artistic creation for centuries. Tuscany is the perfect source of inspiration. It is a place that promotes the very best work from artists, photographers, chefs, writers and musicians and for anyone looking to spark the flame of their creativity. Tuscan Muse provides the space and the instruction for understanding yourself as the creator of your work, giving you a haven for experimenting and allowing your artistic vision to take form. Once you have experienced the burst of creativity inspired by being in Tuscany, you will understand that it is impossible for your Muse to be elusive in this enchanted land. The Tuscan Muse workshop instructors are the best in the industry. We take great pride in the fact that you will not leave a workshop without having had both the experience and the education of a lifetime. You will truly know what it means to have your Imagination Inspired by Italy as only a Tuscan Muse Workshop can provide.

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Private Tours and Events Designed for You!

In addition to workshops and creative tours, Tuscan Muse is also delighted to offer private tours and events created especially for your needs. Private tours designed for specific interests such as painting and those who want to travel to distinct areas of Tuscany with a specific group of people, such as a Club, are a favorite way to see Tuscany. Tuscan Muse also hosts corporate retreats, weddings, honeymoons, vow renewal ceremonies, family reunions, birthday parties and anniversary celebrations.

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Our Incentive Program

At Tuscan Muse we encourage you to let others know about the incredible opportunities that we offer in Tuscany. The enthusiasm of our workshop and tour attendees is our most powerful advocate. In recognition, we want to pass along savings to those of you who introduce others to our workshops and tours in Tuscany.

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  • 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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