“Wherever you go, go with all your heart” – Confucius

Baccanti came to be in 1999 in London, the brainchild of Filippo Bartolotta, “grapetrotter” with contagious enthusiasm and boundless love for excellent food and wine. Three years later Filippo met Vanessa Held, an entrepreneur and agronomist working in Tuscany. With Vanessa’s initiative the project was transformed in an Italian based tour company specialized in luxury travel and incentive trips built around wine, food, and art as well as team-building and entertainment events. Filippo and Vanessa’s goal? to bring part of the world to Italy to discover the best it has to offer in wine and food and help tailor trips and projects in Italy and beyond.

The undertaking combines Vanessa’s excellent organizational and business skills with Filippo’s creative inspiration and expertise with the incredible, wide-ranging skills of an international team. Le Baccanti Tours organizes leisure travel throughout Italy, crafting dream trips and tailor-made experiences for major partner agencies around the world and for clients the caliber of Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman.

Executive Team


The Architect

Drawing on her natural empathic sense, she has spent years building a strong team and crafting dream Italian vacations for the most sophisticated clients in the world. Vanessa holds the secret to creating the best incentive and corporate events in the finest places in Italy has to offer, from the Dolomites to Sicily. Nowhere is beyond knowledge.


The Wine Guy

Filippo has been the core of Corporate Events for over 15 years, serving as a Master of Ceremony and motivational speaker, sharing his knowledge and boundless curiosity with others. Filippo’s solid, long-standing relationships with producers, restaurateurs, and hospitality professionals throughout Italy are at the essence of Le Baccanti events.

”We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill



Originally from South Africa, Colette lived in London for years before moving to Florence to follow her dream to study the Italian language and culture. She worked for a small tour operator organizing bike tours in Chianti, and for many years, she worked for a major company, planning and organizing meetings and conferences throughout Italy. She is currently responsible for planning incentive trips and is a VIP Travel Advisor for Le Baccanti Tours, tailoring dream trips for discerning guests.


 “I’m a pleaser. I love helping people and making them happy. One of the highlights of my job is talking to my clients on the phone. Interacting with them on a very personal level gives me insight to plan an experience that even goes beyond my expectations-AND THOSE ARE HIGH!!”


 I’m never bored. I don’t understand the concept. There’s so much to do. So many people to meet, so many opportunities to gather together and learn. And when there’s no one around, there’s music.


It amazes me how many people tell me how much they would love to experience what I’ve done-change countries, meet extraordinary individuals, find the unusual wherever I go. It amazes me even more that people ask me to create my experiences for them. That’s cool.


 We are in the business of organizing highly personalized travel for many people. This translates into many, many moving parts. There’s no room for error. Nothing can get lost. Thankfully we are an incredible team: resourceful, intelligent, highly structured and 100 percent reliable.


What’s on his plate: Ricotta and Spinach Tortelli with Butter and Sage Sauce What’s in his glass: Castello di Ama Chianti Classico

Unione Europea
Repubblica Italiana
Regione Toscana

This company beneficiated by the financial support of the Tuscany Region for the development of internationalization initiatives
bando POR CREO FESR 2014-2020 – Azione 3.4.2 "Incentivi all’acquisto di servizi a supporto dell’internazionalizzazione in favore delle PMI” per la concessione delle delle PMI toscane operanti nei settori del manifatturiero (sub azione a) agevolazioni a sostegno dell’export - anno 2017