Tours By Roberto Inc is a small American company specialized in tours of Tuscany and Italy. Our
strength lies in our very personal communication with clients and our collaboration with very
talented and passionate Italian collaborators. this page is under construction!
As any of my compatriots will tell you, our concept of self begins with our birthplace and expands outward. I am first passionately Sienese, then deeply Tuscan, then emphatically Italian (European? I'm working on that!). My family has lived in various zones of Siena, a walled town dating back to the middle ages, for hundreds of years. When I resided for brief periods of time in other countries, homesickness for Tuscan sights, sounds and smells was like a physical ache. Like most Italians, I am deeply attached to our landscape, architecture, art, cuisine and customs -- and to enjoying life to the fullest.
I'm not your guide, although my clients toss that word around - I would say I'm your professional driver and the heart and soul of your stay in Tuscany - My wife would say I'm a "charming know-it-all" always ready with an anecdote or a joke, sometimes both! I've always been a history buff -- wherever I am, I want to know more about those who previously inhabited the space around me. A convenient obsession for someone who spends his life helping tourists, this keeps my enthusiasm for the job constant and means that when my customers return to Tuscany, I have discovered or rediscovered new corners of the region to explore with them. Of course, I enjoy reading about the archeology, history and art of Tuscany, but I often learn the most intriguing facts and legends about a given area from long talks with the locals in the piazza.
In my former life as a restaurant owner, I loved meeting and getting to know visitors from all over the world. It frequently seemed to me, though, that tourists, Americans in particular, came to the area on "package tours," with hurried and stressful schedules: they never stayed in a single town for more than three consecutive days, and spent more time in souvenir shops than meeting local residents. Eventually, after marrying Patti, one of the Americans I had met, and living abroad with her, it occurred to both of us that a collaboration with her organization could turn my gift of gab, love and knowledge of my region into a career -- and I've never looked back!
provides quality guiding in the province and city of Florence:
ours are well trained professional guides,
university-educated, and all flawless English speakers. We'll show you the insider's view and the warm and lively approach of a native Italian
friend, a deep knowledge of the artistic and historical heritage of Florence, both through private tours and shared small group tours.
Our web site www.walksinsideflorence.com
Donatella infuses her work with such personality and verve that guests consider her one of the highlights of Siena itself! While not actually Sienese – she hails from Belluno in Northern Italy – Donatella couldn’t love her adopted city, nor embody its essential essence better, had she been born there. Having traveled extensively in her youth – from London to Tripoli to Paris – she finally settled in Siena after marrying there in 1969.
In 1973, Donatella qualified as an authorized local guide for the province of Siena – thus combining her love of art, passion for Medieval history and great talent for foreign languages. She speaks German, French and perfect English. Donatella is a true teacher at heart and supplements her work as a tour guide with a full lecture schedule and teaching affiliations with various University Study-Abroad programs including that of Stanford. She has an absolute passion for travel and has visited such exotic places as Burma, Thailand, the Philippines, India and the Seychelles, Africa. Although she ardently claims not to be a “fashion-addict,” most guests (and Roberto's teenaged daughter) associate Donatella with an innate sense of style as well as an expert on Sienese history and culture of both yesterday and today.
Ciao! I'm a licensed tour guide in Rome and the Province of Rome. Rome is also - perhaps principally- my hometown. My degree in Art History led me down this path of sharing my city's treasures, together with my experience in archeology.
Rome is an ancient city and that's why I never get tired of discovering it.