Postcards from Italy
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Meet Our Guides: An Inside Look at Tuscany with Roberta

Over the past month, we’ve taken a virtual stroll with our top guides through some of Italy’s most important cities - both ancient and modern - but now it’s time for a turn through the Tuscan countryside!

If you’ve missed our past posts in this popular “Meet Our Guides” series, make sure you go back to visit Florence with Elvira, Pompeii with Antonio, Bologna with Nathalie, and Rome with Alessandro... all among our most beloved guides who have revealed the hidden sides of Italy with scores of our clients over the decades.

We’ve missed being able to meet up with these and other of our trusted guides this year to soak in their passion and knowledge about Italy’s historic and cultural treasures. In the meantime, however, we’ve been enjoying reading about how they chose this line of work and the pleasure they find in it and in the travelers they meet.

Roberta in Tuscany

Our featured guide this week is Roberta Marioni, who is not only a cultural guide for southern Tuscany but also leads guided hikes through the countryside and, as a certified sommelier, wine tours! In addition, she’s a passionate photographer, so be sure to admire her stunning photos posted below...

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Meet Our Guides: An Inside Look at Rome with Alessandro

We have been enjoying all the feedback we’ve been receiving from readers and clients about our new series of posts this month featuring interviews with our top Italy and Switzerland guides, including an insider’s look at Florence with Elvira, Pompeii with Antonio, and Bologna with Nathalie ...all trusted professional guides who have shared the treasures of their cities with countless of our clients over the years!

We are staying stateside for the moment and haven’t been able to reconnect with our guides as we usually do each year. These posts have been a powerful reminder of the passion and commitment that drives Italy’s licensed guides, who train for years, pass a rigorous licensing exam, and hold university degrees in everything from archaeology to art history.

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This week we stop in the Eternal City to chat with Alessandro Celani, our long-standing go-to guide in Rome. In addition to being one of the most dedicated and informed guides in Italy’s capital city, Alessandro has published a number of books and photography projects that reflect his interest in Italy’s history and culture. Read on to hear about his career as a guide and to pick up some secret tips to discovering the beauty of Rome.

Be sure to stay tuned for our next guide in the series that will take us across the border into Switzerland!

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