Link, catalyst, connector, advisor, tutor, guru and guardian, our B&R guides for Italy can be many things to many people, but at the end of the day – as you’re relaxing poolside with a Campari and soda – they are the key to introducing, revealing or reacquainting you with this endlessly wondrous land. So permit us the opportunity to introduce you to some of the team who are as adoring of Italy as you are with the idea of coming here sometime soon. Very soon, that is.
Restless, curious, active or more likely a combination of the three, Giacomo is a man in constant motion, whether scaling a rock face, carving turns down an impossible mountain slope, piloting his sailboat over the rolling seas or, in the comfort of our company, guiding a group through the beauty that is Italy. Of course, he wouldn’t settle for just one region of his home country, rather he’s eager to cover Puglia, Tuscany, Piemonte, the Dolomites and, naturally, his home in Venice.
Giorgio is a speedy Milano-born cyclist who dreams of steep hills and Tuscan vistas. As an avid skier, mountain biker and sailor, he loves the diversity of Italy’s geography. When he’s not guiding with B&R, Giorgio lives on a boat moored off the Tuscan island, Elba. His advice to our travellers: “You must love your bike. Give much to your bike, and it will give back.” His most recent trip was guiding a group of Bespoke travellers biking from Zurich to Avignon. He smiled the whole way.
Ireland may be her home but Tuscany is Yvonne’s playground, a region that rescued her from the world of corporate marketing, which undoubtedly would’ve been a better place with her around. Their loss, our gain. Well, the true beneficiary would be our guests, unless they arrive during one of Yvonne’s occasional excursions to Argentina where she is consumed by the tango.
When Luca’s parents loaded him into the camper van at the age of eight and toured the coast of Portugal the seed of adventure was firmly planted. Since then, this inveterate traveller has added numerous countries to his passport, but he will forever enjoy the chance to introduce travellers to his abiding passions of Italian food, wine and cooking for far too many, while leaving some room to discuss his professional pursuits in the world of architecture, which he studies in Madrid.
Tabita hails from a town outside of Venice where she connects with her love of the land in the company of la famiglia by either pedaling the stunning countryside or perfecting her golf swing, elusive as it may be. One thing is for certain, determined as she may be to keep hitting it straight down the fairways, she’s more than willing to indulge the twists, turns and endless hills that accompany her off the beaten path explorations aboard her bike.
B&R guides are an eclectic lot, there’s little question, but to think ‘guide’ covers the full scope of Lisa’s talents well… we think she deserves a more complete profile. Think maestro to interpreter, picnic artist to plumber, mechanic to, yes, guiding maven. Little wonder this former aerobics instructor has been tagged as an unguided missile by others who bask in the glow of her endless energy.
An eight year veteran of the B&R world, Alessio has the confidence of knowing he can always fall back onto his other careers as a veterinarian or a carpenter who loves to resuscitate old houses (yes, as in aged Italian houses). However he’d rather roll forward or hike up in the company of B&R guests and share with them the subtler shades and tastes of living the life of a local.
The continuing journey of Sarah Lewis all got started at the tender age of 14 when she attended a camp in France. Since then, she’s covered 21 other countries throughout Europe and South America, summering or backpacking or teaching her way en route. Having recently secured a Masters in Environment and Development, she aims to parlay all that travel experience into showing B&R guests the endless charms that await in Italy.