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.
A native of Genoa, with Piedmontese ancestry, Francesca Assandri’s enthusiasm for Italy is contagious. A certified guide of Liguria, Francesca generously shares her knowledge of the geological features of Liguria and Piedmont and her passion for the local cuisine and customs. With a degree in geology from the University of Genoa, her ‘other’ career has taken her as far away as Texas, working for an offshore oil company.
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!
Alessandro Pini makes his home in both Milan and his native Lake Como. Having studied art history, literature, and languages, Alessandro is a certified professional guide in Milan, the Italian Lakes and Lombardy region. Fluent in English and German, he is passionate about sharing his love of Italy with guests on our Piedmont and Italian Lakes tours.
Having lived in Italy for more than thirty years, Christopher Wellington combines a deep love of his adopted country with wide-ranging knowledge of its past and present. A history graduate of Cambridge, he taught English and religion before moving into guiding. He is fascinated by the art and architecture of Italy, and how it has grown out of the countryside and life of the people, the source, too, of his interest in the food and wine of each region. He guides in the Italian Lakes, Cinque Terre, and Piedmont.
Born in Genoa, Mirko Maggiani is a certified mountain guide with a degree in natural science. A passion for fine wine paired with a love of nature and local food make him the perfect companion on your Country Walkers adventure in the Piedmont region of Italy. When not guiding, you can find Mirko sailing the seas along the coast of his native Italy.