Leslie Erickson, Cta

The Original Mad Tuscan

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.

Choose Your


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.