“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes”. (Marcel Proust)
In 1994 I passed my professional exam and started work as a qualified tour guide. I mostly work in my home city of Genoa, but I also cover the wonderful sights of the nearby Italian Riviera. Some time ago, on a boat heading towards San Fruttuoso, I was asked if I ever get bored of visiting these places and showing them to travellers.
I replied no, I never tire of seeing them, taking photos and telling their stories. They are unique places that I know like the back of my hand, and I love them for their simultaneously heart-rending and intense beauty. I live amongst the places I describe, in the heart of the historic city centre: I know the roads, the palazzi and the churches. And I know the smells, the light, the spaces, the food and the faces even better.
Helping travellers experience the art, food, history and everyday life of this region is more than just my job. It is my passion.
I studied in Genoa, and graduated in Modern Foreign Languages and Literature, specialising in art. I began working as a tour guide in 1994, as well as collaborating with various conference organisers.
I have many years of experience as a tour guide, working for leading Italian and foreign cruise companies, cultural associations and groups; in search of new challenges, I decided to start guiding individual travellers.
Between 2007 and 2013 I helped various firms organise major automotive events, including the Mille Miglia, the Targa Florio and the Maserati Centennial Gathering, managing relationships with collectors and the fans of large brands like Ferrari.
For several years I was vice-president and secretary of the Liguria Tourist Guide Association, working with public and private bodies to promote the Genoa and Liguria region.
This experience of working with the public and my love for my local area were the inspiration behind Hello Genoa, which aims to act as a cultural mediator between travellers and my homeland.