A good trip always starts with an excellent guide
All our guides are professionals and have the necessary permissions depending on the country in which they exercise to perform their profession: what is a guarantee of professionalism and competence. Human qualities and expertise are the basic qualities that guides shall have to assure a successful trip, this is way we pay particular attention to their training.
Alexandra grew up in a farm in a small town amid the French countryside, nurturing in her early years the deep bond with nature that is still at the center of her life today. During her college years, her ticklish curiosity for travelling and her nomadic soul pushed her to immerse herself in different cultures. She lived in Boston, London Granada and Aix-en-Provence and obtained a degree in Foreign Languages. In 1999, she moved on the Upper Modenese Appenines, finding again the roots of her family and finally putting together all of her passion by obtaining the qualification of Nature & Waking Guide. She is always ready to put on her backpack or get out her bike and her travels are guided by enthusiasm and curiosity from everything that might hide behind the next turn of the road. When she is at home, she enjoys letting others discover the trails and the traditions of the land where she lives through long wlaks and snow shoes excursions. Among her passions, in the top positions she definetly ranks high good food, good wine, music, dancing and laughing with her friends, but a very special place goes to pampering her nephews!
Alfredo was born and still lives in Canevare, a small village at the foot of Mount Cimone, on the Appennines of the Emilia region. The town is very small, yet it is truly wonderful, as he likes to underline. During winters, he lives up in the mountains and works as a ski instructor, practicing his patience and great interpersonal skills. He is one of the long-time tour leaders of Verde Natura, as he has been part of the team for over 20 years. He chose this profession as he loves to be in the middle of the wild nature, discovering new places, travelling and living his life to the fullest. What he prefers about his job is also staying with people and sharing with them the wonderful emotions that you feel during these experiences. When he is not working, he spends his time hiking, mountain biking across the woods and enjoying everything the mountain has to offer. He loves reading, possibly sat on a rock close to a stream gurgling down the hillside, listening to music, staying with his friends and sharing with them a good glass of wine and a borlengo or a crescentina, typical food of his mountains.
Born and raised in Napoli, Barbara earned a degree in Foreign Languages and then in Natural Sciences. She has always been fascinated by nature in all its wonderful forms and expressions. In Campania, the region where she lives and operates, she was a pioneer in promoting walking tours and the tour leader and guide as a profession . In 2005, she obtained the certification as Nature and Walking Guide and she is also a certified tour guide for the blind, specializing in the naturalistic and cultural sites of the National Park of Mount Vesuvius. For more than ten years, she has been introducing school and tourist groups, both Italian and foreign, to the discovery of the marvelous trails of the Regional Park of the Lattari Mountains (on the Peninsula of Sorrento and along the Costiera Amalfitana), the island of Capri, Mount Vesuvius and the other volcanic areas of this land, among which Ischia, Solfatara, and the Phlegrean Fields. Her life has only been moved by what she calls “the soul of the walker” and the love for sharing her knowledge of the world, thus, at the same time, taking in everything she can about culture, history, folklore and nature around her, with all the richness the Earth can offer, in each of its corners and in every season of the year. On top of everything, Barbara loves her city – Naples, felines, good old Neapolitan recipes, science-related essays, good music and good sessions of shopping.
Clément grew up along a countryside road in Québec (Canada), where he hurried to learn how to walk in order to go and see what was beyond the hill that stood behind his home. Given that behind a hill, another one is always to be found, he spent his free time in childhood roaming around fields and woods. As a teenager, Clément chose to study natural sciences, to better grasp the world around him. After his studies, a strong desire to travel pushed him to accept any job that brings him far from home. Therefore, he worked for a few years as a sailing instructor, in the Caribbean, on the Atlantic or along the Saint Lawrence river, depending on the season. During a journey in Tunisia he met his future wife, who brought him to Italy where he settled down in 1994. The discovery of a new continent and of natural environments different from those of his native country, induced him to deepen his knowledge of the world biodiversity. In 2004, he’s become a nature guide and has started working for Verde Natura.
Danièle was born in France and spent her “first life” in Paris, where she pursued her education in the scientific field and then started a significant career in the industry. Then, one day, she decided to leave France, traffic, and her frenetic life there all behind and move to a small seaside town on the Amalfi Coast, where the sun, the local traditions and the concept of “slow life” welcomed her. However, she loved hiking and the mountains, so the sea was not enough for her. Ten years ago, she obtained the certification as Nature and Walking guide. She now guides tourists to the discovery of the Lattari, the mountains overhanging the Amalfi Coast, with their stunning landscapes and amazing richness in terms of nature, culture and folklore. As a matter of fact, this destination used to be one of the stops not to be missed in the Grand Tour of Italy that the first great travelers of the Modern Era used to undertake. As for Danièle, she nurtures a special love for Naples, a city that, after 2500 years of history, is still a mix of energy and fatalism, beauty and negligence, culture and indolence, humanity and violence which is hard to describe. She loves her profession, as she affirms that walking and living together make the exchange, the meeting, the reciprocal knowledge easier and thinks that all Europeans need a little injection of Italy every once in a while!
Eva was born in Tuscany, a region where the beauties of nature, art and history abound. So, how could you not become a guide when you have so much wonderful things you would like to share around you? However, there was a time when she was little where she used to be quite lazy and would find her energies only when it was a matter of ballet. As a matter of fact, at some point in her life, she was close to give up to everything to devote herself only to dancing. Then, she kept studying and obtained a degree in Biology. It was when it came the time to write her final dissertation, spending a year in the Park of the Foreste Casentinesi studying the life of roes, that she found herself immersed in nature and understood that her life could not be far from woods, mountains, valleys and trails. So, hiking became something she felt as a necessity and working as a guide is her passion. Among her other passions are kids and she organizes projects on environmental education, from the fieldtrips in a vegetable garden to summer camps up in the mountains. Last but not least, music is a great part of her life and her dream is to be able to play every single instrument in the world!
Francesca is a mountaineer and excursionist, also working as seasonal collaborator in mountain huts. Due to her great passion, in 1995 she started her career as hiking guide, first as part of associations specialized in the exploration of the mountains in Campania and in National Park in Abruzzo. Since 2004, she is a certified Nature and Walking guide, and she leads Italian and French tourist groups along the trails of these two regions, in particular around the stunning Amalfi Coast. She loves animals and all open-air activities, knows thoroughly the Centre-South Apennines and she wanders in those areas quite often, in any season of the year, whenever her work let her do it, as she “technically” also works as an engineer, too!
Luigi is the founder of Verde Natura. He is a ski instructor and a Natura and Walking guide. Many years ago, when these professionals and this field of tourism were nearly inexistent, he decided to turn his passion into a profession. He was a pioneer then and he is a pioneer today, in the true sense of the term: as a matter of fact, he cannot stay too long behind his desk and he jumps into the next adventure as soon as he can, riding his bike to guide groups of travelers or enjoying solo trips. Travelling is his main objective in life, pure satisfaction for all his senses. Exploring, discovering and studying new territories is the first and essential step in being able to propose to his clients new and enticing experiences, letting emotions and sensations come through, together with all the details you can acknowledge only when you travel at a slow pace. This is the kind of travel that let you touch firsthand what you are experiencing and have the time to know the persons you are travelling with, enjoying shared memories that are always unique, like a good glass of wine in an amazing spot, something Luigi considers one of the pleasures in life.
Natura and walking guide for more than ten years, passionate photographer and mother, Maria is not only a tour leader and guide, but she feels as this role truly describes her essence. She mainly works in Tuscany, the region where she now lives, but she has Calabrese blood running in her veins, and relatives and friends scattered around Italy, so she likes to wander here and there throughout the booth, always looking for new roads and trails, in an attempt to never “stand still”, unless it is for the time needed to plan a new itinerary or to put down on a computer the ideas that pour out generously while she walks. She splits her time between leading Italian and foreign groups in one-week treks and guiding simple “walks”, as she calls them, where participants are often people who discover that hiking is a powerful resource in life to untie knots, open up the heart and mind, crash down barriers, give space to creativity and burst new ways to relate yourself to others. She also experimented for a while with bike tours, but she knows that hiking truly reflects her inner pace, irregular and unpredictable as she is. She never loses her faith in places and in the nature, with the treasures that she gives us in every moment of the year.
Riccardo is a nature lover, mountain bike enthusiast in all its forms, fond of travelling, trail running, hiking, climbing, mountaineering, survival techniques… and in general anything that is outdoor sports and activities. He comes from the flatlands of the Pianura Padana but he is often up in the Apennines. He hiked around in Italy, in Africa, in the United States and in Turkey and he really cannot stop travelling, because the best trip ever… is the one to come! In addition to sports, he also loves good food, good wine, history, arts, photography and anything expressing beauty. He assesses how good he feels according to the number of days he manage to spend outdoor and he firmly believes that there is nothing in the world which is not worth to be learnt.
Part of the Verde Natura team since the very beginning, Rossella has always been switching from the job behind the desk to the one on the field, guiding groups on her bicycle or by foot. She obtained the habilitation as Nature and Walking guide in Italy many years ago and, since then, has largely worked abroad, mainly in France, a country she loves and which she has great knowledge about. Her favorite activity is studying and designing new itineraries and she thinks that the best way to acquire knowledge over a certain place is through the tales of the people living there. Always keen on listening others and passionately narrating her life, her greatest love is her kid, then followed by open spaces, broad horizons, deserts, mountains and the raging sea. She enjoys watching movies and reading books and she has a penchant for ancient prints, gothic cathedrals, Qui Kung, and Middle East in general. At some point in her life, she decided that it was time to take her dreams out of the drawer. She wrote them in a list she hanged on the wall and she is now trying to turn them into reality one after the other. She already obtained the official qualification as Tourist Guide of Emilia Romagna, she started saving up money to buy Jung’s “Red Book”, she enrolled in a class of Arabic. The list is still long and she is sure that it will take her busy quite a lot!
Sabrina has always felt an irresistible attraction for places, languages and cultures different from hers. This is why, when the time for university came by, she started studying and living around Europe. After her graduation, she worked as an interpreter and as an Italian, English and French teacher, then ending up in the journalism field. For a few years, she wrote about music, which is still one of her biggest passions. In 2006, she “bumped into” Verde Natura right after obtaining her official qualification as Nature & Walking Guide. Since then, she has swung on saddle and never jumped down. Besides riding up and down all Europe as a bike tour leader, she is also into web and communication. Outside her working hours, she dedicates herself wholeheartedly to her long-time passions (yoga, meditation, photography, trips into the wild nature) and to the new ones, that never start evolving: at the moment, she is studying to become a wine sommelier.
Sicilian to the bone, Vera was born, lived and grew up in a small seaside village at the foot of her beloved great mother Etna. This meeting between the opposites created a daughter of the sea and the volcano, halfway between seas and mountains, water and fire, salt and volcanic ash. The great passion for all that is nature, in all its forms and all its essence, the spirit of adventure and discovery, the interest for everything that is foreign and the desire to share the emotions and the wonders of her land, kaleidoscope of natural, artistic, cultural, historical, folkloristic and gastronomic delights has always animated her! Athletic, cheerful, always smiling when she is immersed in her natural habitat and surrounded by travelers like her, she turned her passion into her profession and, after graduating in Foreign Languages and Literature and having lived for a while in Cardiff, she decided to respond to her vocation and she obtained the certification as Nature and Hiking Guide. She now works among the active volcanoes of her land, bathed by the waters of the Ionian and the Tyrrhenian Sea!