Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.
Manuela Ciri was born and raised on a farm in Umbria where she has been involved in leading cooking lessons and olive oil tastings. Educated both in Italy and in the US, she is a botanist, herbal healer, and certified environmental guide; her vast knowledge of nature, agriculture, and traditional food is warmed by her sunny smile and joyful nature. When not guiding, she teaches environmental education in public schools, works on landscape engineering projects, or can be found scouting new trails around the mountains and hills of central Italy.
Gianni Stanghellini was born in Siena, where he earned a Ph.D. in polar sciences (geology). As a certified walking guide, he enjoys sharing his knowledge about the Tuscan and Piedmontese countryside and their captivating villages with visitors. When not guiding our tours in Italy, he is a talented jazz musician, playing both sax and flute!
Angelica Turi has been working in the field of art restoration in her hometown of Florence for many years, specializing in paintings on canvas and icons. She is equally comfortable in the Tuscan countryside where her family has been producing wine and olive oil since the mid-19th century. An outdoor enthusiast, Angelica has a deep appreciation of the fine food and wine of Italy, which she gracefully shares on many of our Italian tours.
Passionate naturalist Marzia Borghi grew up on her grandparents’ farm in the historic town of Volterra, Italy chasing pigeons around the yard and exploring the scenic Tuscan landscape. She studied linguistics at the University of Pisa and spent years teaching Italian at a prestigious university near London before returning home to Pisa, where she worked as a researcher for the European Union. In addition to being a certified walking guide for Country Walkers, Marzia works at the Tuscan Archipelago Islands National Park on the island of Elba.
Alessandro Gullo is a native of Italy with Sicilian ancestry. Educated in the US as well as Italy, he is a certified guide of historic monuments in Umbria. He combines his charming personality with a vast knowledge of culture, art, history, food and wine on many of our Italian tours.
With his American mother and Sicilian father, Keegan Alagna grew up in a bilingual home in the Umbrian countryside near Assisi. From his childhood on a working farm to post-graduate work in geology, he has always pursued his passion and curiosity for the outdoors, through teaching, guiding, and exploring. He brings his depth of knowledge of geology, nature, Italian history and culture to his walking tours and to his position as a board member on Italy’s premier outdoor group—the CAI, the Club Alpino Italiano.