Welcome to Vino & Velo, your guide for cycling, wine, and food excursions in Italy! Our goal is to make your vacation dreams a reality, and send you home with memories that will make you smile for years to come. Our focus is on wine and cycling, but tours aren’t restricted to bicycles. Hiking, bus or van tours, even Vespa or car tours are all possible. The only limit is your imagination…

Imagine riding a bicycle through the Tuscan countryside, stopping along the way for a cafe or gelato, lunch and a little wine. The rolling hills of Tuscany offer spectacular views (think stunning photo ops) and you’ll have the chance to stop as often as you like to snap a photo, walk into a field of grape vines, or maybe pick a few figs fresh from the tree.

Imagine touring Tuscany in a van with the whole family, perhaps even several generations together sharing an amazing experience. Search for the best gelatos, strongest coffees, most beautiful wines, and greatest family adventures without the stress of finding a parking place or getting lost.

Imagine hiking in majestic forests from one small village to the next, or taking a spiritual journey along part of the Francigiana (the road St Francis of Assisi walked from Canterbury to Rome). From the rolling hills of the Crete Senese to the rugged mountains of the Appenines you’ll find the right terrain for your adventure.


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Leif Karlsson

Leif is a licensed countryside tour guide and AIS certified Sommelier who has lived in Tuscany for over twelve years. His lifelong passion for cycling coupled his fascination with wine and food brought him here. Sharing those passions with others is what has kept him here. His network of contacts and over ten years of experience guiding in Italy allow him to design a truly personal experience for each traveler or group. Leif’s mother tongue is Swedish and he is also fluent in Italian and English.

Licensed Tour Guide (Guida Ambientale Escursionistica, tessera n°  016/2012)
Certified Sommelier (AIS Toscana, tessera n° 81995. 10/05)
Cyclist and Founder (ASD Velo Club Florence By Bike)


Michele Karlsson

Michele moved to Italy six years ago after her first trip here. She began cycling four years ago as a way to see the countryside and spend more time with Leif…and hasn’t stopped since. She loves to share her love of all things Italian with visitors. As a watercolor artist Michele has a unique way of viewing the countryside, finding those little details that make the experience come alive for guests. She frequently assists on cycling tours with larger groups. Michele’s mother tongue is English. She is competent in Italian. Swedish is going to take awhile.

Tour Assistant – Vino & Velo
Owner and Instructor – Memories of Tuscany Art Journal Workshops

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“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” ~ Helen Keller

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