Kara Mia Italian Adventures
Another on the growing list of boutique companies, providing a more intimate travel experience by harnessing their local knowledge of the Italian regions that they cover (currently Piedmont, Tuscan, Umbria and the Dolomites). Groups are limited to 14 people max, and they stay in traditional, non-touristy lodgings (3 stars and up). They also provide cooking and walking tours, and like many of these owner-run companies, you have a lot more flexibility if you have special requests, and they cater to novices and first-time riders. This is definitely a "kinder, gentler" active tour company. A testimonial from their site: "Kara is the real deal.A beautiful soul, she embodies the qualities you want in a tour guide warm, connective and sensible.