Leslie Erickson, Cta

The Original MadTuscan

Leslie Erickson is a Certified Travel Consultant who wants to share her boundless passion for the regions of Tuscany, Umbria, and Italy itself, providing her clients with an authentic and personalized Italian experience through an extensive network of local relationships, contacts and Italy-based travel professionals.

Leslie offers her clientele an intimate knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm built on her extensive study and travel in these vibrant, pastoral and historic destinations for nearly 20 years.She is a fourth generation Italian-American whose maternal great-grandparents immigrated from Sacco, a tiny Commune in southwestern Italy, in the early 20th Century.One of her fondest memories as a young girl is her great-grandmother, Carmella, trying to teach her Italian.

Handcrafted Itineraries

The experience you are looking for can be crafted with care. With MadTuscan Travel, the flavors you seek and the history you explore are put together with ease. You share with us what you hope your trip will entail and we will find those high-points and adds our expertise to pull a excursion together for a special and memorable trip-of-a-lifetime.
Whether traveling independently or in a small group, the goal is to provide original and wonderful one-of-a-kind experiences not provided in the typical tour or itinerary. The regions of Umbria, Tuscany, and the whole of Italy are yours to choose from.

Authentic Experiences

Whether it be dinner at sunset in a vineyard, cooking classes in an Umbrian farmhouse, participating in the many local village festivals, or just simply relaxing with your Espresso while sitting in a centuries old piazza in an ancient Tuscan hill town - MadTuscan Travel offers over a decade of travel experience off the beaten path.

Our goal is to help you by-pass the tourist traps and lead you to an authentic Italian experience. Your senses will be heightened by real Italian pleasures chosen just for you and your travel companions.

Select Accommodations

Perhaps you are seeking villa for a group trip, or maybe you and your partner want a small private get-away at a bed and breakfast with the personal touch, or could it be you seek a bustling world-class hotel with all the amenities at your fingertips? You pick the kind of accommodations you wish and you can be sure that your destination spots will be selected

with care with the finest experience for you. Mad Tuscan has the travel experience, the connections of a long-successful travel consulting firm, and the contacts to help find the comfort you deserve to enjoy.

Choose Your Destination



What Our Clients Say

First let me start out by saying BRAVO Leslie, for a job well done on planning our amazing trip to ITALY! Upon exploring several options for a vacation for my family I came across Leslie’s web site and it was at that moment that I realized I had found the perfect gift for my wife’s birthday, (who was 7 months pregnant at the time of the trip). Leslie let me know through e-mail that she had planned many other trips for families to Europe and that she would customize an itinerary for myself, my pregnant wife and my four year old son. This included restaurants, maps, airlines, dinner times, lunch times, must see sights as well as activities that would cater to my child and us as well. For such a nominal fee you receive “top notch” custom vacation planning. I would highly recommend Leslie Erickson for your next dream vacations experience. FYI, we will be going back this upcoming September and will be utilizing the talents of Leslie Erickson once again this time with our latest addition LORENZO!!
The Wagner Family, Millstone, New Jersey

The joy of a vacation can come through some of the big moments experienced, but the satisfaction of a restful trip comes through the smallest details. That’s where Leslie Erickson’s expertise is priceless! After many years of dreaming about an Italian getaway, our family made a rather spontaneous decision to go this past summer, and while we had fantasized about the places we would go and the sites we would see, we had little idea about how to plan for this trip. Leslie thoughtfully considered our individual likings and clearly understood our family’s hopes for this vacation; in addition, she provided us with the benefits of her experience by making suggestions that we could not have known to consider.

From the train schedules, to the right place to stay, from the arrangement of tours, to the purchasing of tickets, Leslie gave us the peace of mind to know that everything was taken care of, and she did so while being patient, pleasant, and prompt. We left for our vacation without worry, and we came back with a lifetime of memories and a great deal of gratitude for her help.

The Bhargave Family, Peachtree City, GA

I found Leslie Erickson’s travel services through the Internet. I gave a brief outline of what kind of vacation my husband and I were looking for in a trip to Italy. I have nothing but praises for her services. She customized our vacation to exactly what I had imagined for myself and husband. Leslie recommended great places to stay as well as restaurants and “tips” on things to do. Initially, I was hesitant about renting and driving a car through Tuscany but she encouraged going ahead and driving and I am so glad she did. She made all our hotel and transportation reservations (even looking- up train schedules) and coordinating all our travel plans within Italy. Her quick response to my many questions by email or phone were greatly appreciated. Leslie’s enthusiasm for Italy was contagious and I always trusted her advice. I would not hesitate for a moment using her services again on our next trip to Italy.

Leslie and Dick Dezendorf , Colorado, USA

I can’t say enough about the service that Leslie provided for us. From the plane reservations to the hotel accommodations. We had a lot of special requests and Leslie was able to manage all of them with a smile in her voice. I really enjoyed having her put together the trip for us as we both have very busy schedules. She was quick to respond to our questions and provided us with great information regarding Italy. We are planning another trip in the Spring and are looking forward to Leslie planning the trip for us.

Norm and Clara, California

Our Blog

When it comes to our advice we’re proud to say we’re different. We offer something a little more special.

Subscribe For Travel News And Updates!