Throughout the years, I’ve met many guides from all over Italy and Europe. I always hire a guide when I travel, and I love it! In this page you find a list of guides of different Italian and European cities. This is a network that we’ve been creating to offer to our clients always the best quality. Enjoy your trip!
TUSCANY AND WINE TOURS – GIACOMO CECCARELLI
What people say about Giacomo: “My brother, sister, and I enjoyed a half day private wine tour of the Chianti Classico region with Giacomo and we all had a fabulous time! Giacomo is a local of Tuscany, and as such, he knows the places to go to receive friendly service & good wines while avoiding the tour buses. The winery visits were nice and informative, but Giacomo himself provided the best information about the region, Italy’s history, and more during our drive. He was very professional, friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend his services when traveling to the area. He also gave us restaurant recommendations and other suggested visits in the Tuscany region on our own and my family loved them all. Great job! Giacomo made our trip truly memorable!” www.ghibellinatours.com
ROME – SILVIA PROSPERI
What people say about Silvia: “At her suggestion (which was brilliant), we spent our first day in Rome on a 6-hour Vespa tour with Sylvia Prosperi, a wonderfully knowledgeable, thoughtful, and friendly guide. I cannot think of a better way to get oriented to the Eternal City and cover a lot of ground, while also staying cool on a hot day! Sylvia showed us so much more of Rome, and learned more about its fascinating history, than we ever could have done on our own. The next day, we lucked out again by having Francesca as our guide for an unforgettable 4-hour tour of the Vatican Museums, St Peters Basilica & square, and the Sistine Chapel. Francesca’s passion for art and her knowledge of these amazing treasures is unparalleled. She and Sylvia are truly our “friends in Rome” who also recommended several restaurants for us, which proved to be the best we dined at while in Rome. A Friend in Rome gets our highest recommendation!” www.afriendinrome.it
ROME – MARISA FICORELLA
What people say about Marisa: “Rome can be so dizzying with the choices, sights, sounds, history, food. There is so much to see and do, I felt a bit paralyzed trying to negotiate it on my own. And, of course, I wanted to get the BEST possible experience while in this amazing city. THAT is what Marisa gave me. I have been to Rome twice within the past year and am planning on going again soon. And, like I said, I wouldn’t do Rome without Marisa. Marisa’s love and expertise of Rome is exceptional. She was born and raised in Rome and has a doctorate in Archeology, even has dug up ancient ruins in the Forum! We didn’t feel like tourists at all with her by our side. We just melted right in and could soak in the city’s history like we were a part of it. Marisa was so accomodating and even helped us plan our itinerary based on our needs and wants. We were all very well taken care of and loved seeing Rome like a local. It was invaluable to us. Thank you so much Marisa!”.
UMBRIA – ASSOCIATION OF TOURIST GUIDES OF UMBRIA
The incredible cultural heritage of Umbria is based on the charm of many medieval towns, hundreds of villages, hamlets, castles and abbeys. Add to all this a number of Roman, Pre-roman and Etruscan monuments, all surrounded by an uncontaminated, green environment. The Association of the Tourist Guides of Umbria is the major local organization for the reservation of guided tours of Umbria. Every member is a regional Tourist Guide certified by the Umbrian Tourist Board and can take you through each of the Region’s towns. Thirteen European languages are spoken. Many of our guides are art history- or archaeology experts, and they all specialize in tours of museums, religious sites, traditional folklore and food and wine territories.
NAPLES AND AMALFI COAST – SIMONA MANDATO
What people say about Simona: “My husband and I recently toured with Simona for two days as we visited the Amalfi coast. We had been on a cruise that changed ports at the last minute due to bad weather. Simona was great about having her driver to pick us up at the new ports and modifying her plans to be able to conduct our tours despite our last minute change of location. We went with her to see Positano, Naples, Ravello and all along the beautiful Amalfi coast. Seldom have we encountered a tour guide who cared so much about taking us to the places which really interested us. We saw beautiful places and were able to visit them in a way that avoided the huge crowds. Simona has the ability to point out the beauty and history of the sights in a way that makes you feel as if a trusted friend were sharing it with you. Her passion and appreciation of this gorgeous region of Italy is apparent. We enjoyed the tour so much that we plan to go back next year to use her services again and see even more”.
GENOA – TOURIST GUIDES OF GENOA
A short stroll through the largest historic centre in Europe, discovering the “caruggi” (the typical narrow streets in the old city). Starting point da piazza De Ferrari – with the Opera House Carlo Felice and the liberty stock-exchange. A few steps and you find the Ducal Palace, ancient seat of the city government and the Jesuit Church, rich baroque building hosting works by Guido Reni and Rubens. Not far away, is the medieval Soprana Gate, Columbus Home and the Cathedral, gorgeous gothic-romanesque church, where tradition wants the Holy Graal to be preserved. In the neighbourhood is the medieval square S. Matteo, a typical example of genoese noble quarter. This is just the beginning of your tour in Genoa…
PUGLIA – GIUSEPPE GIORDANO
What people say about Giuseppe: “My family and I had a great time walking through the narrow lanes of Bari. I still remember the Saint Nicholas’ story, it was very interesting. We also ate a lot of very good food, in particular “sgagliozzhe”, great taste! I hope to come back soon and meet you again, perhaps in September. Thank you very much. Bye! “.
SEVILLA AND ANDALUCIA (SPAIN) – FRANCESCO SORIQUEZ
What people say about Francesco: “We had a spectacular tour with Francesco, it was exactly what we wished for and I wouldn’t hesitate to highly recommend the service that he offered to us. We had a gentle walking tour, the highlight of which was the tour of the Royal Palace and the Santa Cruz district – also our visit to the Metropol Parasol which was a fantastic viewpoint for the whole of the city. Francesco was extremely knowledgable and gave us a fascinating insight to this wonderful city – thank you so much for a wonderful day”.
BERLIN – BERNHARD SCHLEGELMILCH
What people say about Bernhard: “We learned more about Berlin in 8 hours with Bernhard than all of our history classes put together! He is a true historian and delightful companion. He began our tour at the Brandenburg Gate with an overview of the city including historical facts, personal stories and large pictorials he carried in his back pack. He was very willing to answer questions along the way and he showed us all the sights that were important to him and to us. Bernhard told stories about each location that helped us piece together the history of Berlin and its influence in the world. After lunch, we renewed our quest and learned so much about East Berlin and its historic significance. Only a person growing up behind The Wall could have told us these stories. Bernhard has the ability to weave history, personal experiences and today’s world into a most memorable day in Berlin. Thank you, Bernhard!”.