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.
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.
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 my gift of gab, love and knowledge of my region into a career -- and I've never looked back!