Our guides are all residents of Italy and consequently have an insider's knowledge of the areas they guide in. You'll find among them experts in Roman architecture, art history, environmental science, horticulture, as well as a number of other specialties.
They are all bilingual, warm, and fun-loving and are pleased to help you go on a shopping spree or introduce you to a game of briscola (an Italian card game) with the locals at the central cafe.
They also know the restaurants where the locals like best to eat, as well as the Michelin-starred eateries. And if you wake up in the morning wanting to walk a few more hills than the day before (or a few less), they can easily adjust accordingly.
Flexibility and spontaneity informed by an intimate knowledge of the local region, supported by thorough organization and attention to detail: these are the hallmarks of every GIROSOLE tour (not to forget all the good fun involved, too!)
Michelangelo has a degree in Environmental Science. His expertise in all things flora and fauna, combined with his sparkling good humor, are sure to keep you both entertained and well-informed.
Francesca hails from a village in the mountains east of Rome. She combines a degree in botany, a love of hiking, and a fine sense of customer service, to make a great guide.
Ulisse's family has its roots on the Amalfi Coast. His father, a longtime tour guide, taught him the craft, so that Ulisse leads our tours with a veteran’s confidence, blending exercise, fun, relaxation and history.
Giuseppe is a man of contrasts - a licensed alpine guide with a sommelier degree - whose gentle manner and wide-ranging knowledge wins the hearts and minds of his clients. He guides in the northwestern regions of Italy, including Piemonte, the Lakes District and the Cinque Terre.
Luigi is a native of the island of Capri, and since 1996 has guided walking tours both on his own island and along the Amalfi Coast sharing secrets about the region's nature, history, culture and culinary traditions.
Roberto (r) is an archeologist, trained at the University of Rome. Born and raised in the Terni province of Umbria, he fascinates travelers with his in-depth knowledge of the ancient world.
Luca, a licensed Wilderness Guide, is a dedicated naturalist who enjoys imparting his deep appreciation and knowledge of the outdoors and horticulture to his clients.
Alessandro works as a researcher for the National Park of Abruzzo. His expertise is in the wildlife of the Italian forests, and he knows the trails of Abruzzo up and down, having hiked them many a time in pursuit of his researches.
Giorgio, a licensed Wilderness Guide since 1990, was drawn to the mountains as a young boy learning alongside his grandfather, a forester and woodcutter who was a partisan during the second world war. Giorgio has taken his love of the outdoors to the far corners of the world in Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan and Africa. He loves to laugh and is an expert on local wines.
Pasquale, originally a teacher of English, received his license as a tour leader/guide for the Calabrian region in 1999. He's particularly knowledgeable about Magna Graecia culture and archaelogy, having come to realize, thanks to his guiding, that that is where his roots belong.
Terry came to Rome in search of "la dolce vita" and appears to have found it. He works with groups of deaf travelers, sharing his passion for all things Italian, and has started up his own company specializing in offering tours in sign language.
Luciano Nonino is your guide to GIROSOLE itself - that is to say, he's our main Travel Consultant, and he will help you develop a great walking tour custom fit to your specifications. A Roman by birth, he has traveled throughout Italy (as well as many other destinations worldwide) and now lives in Denver, Colorado.
Peter Crawford was a teacher and writer until he decided to take to the trails of Italy one day and, by the by, founded GIROSOLE. That's him on the left with Niko, chairman of the board.
We had a marvelous trip, and much of it was due to the planning that went into the Girosole itinerary - it was the perfect combination of walking, scenery, history, culture, time spent with the group, and time to explore on our own. I can't imagine a better way to see the Amalfi coast. Our guide Ulisse was very friendly and helpful - he did a wonderful job of keeping us organized, giving us the history of the area, and providing advice on things to do when we were on our own. We would like to travel again with Girosole (maybe Tuscany next time) and will certainly recommend the walking tours to all of our friends.
Debbie & Richard Green