I'm British by nationality with an Italian mother. I was born in France and grew up in the UK and Luxembourg. I studied History and Spanish at Middlesex University, London. I moved to Naples in 2003, then moved to Jesi, in the Marche in 2005 before moving to Casalecchio in 2007 to work as an English teacher and translator. I speak Spanish, French and Italian and can do guided tours in all these languages. Now I am working in two high schools teaching English conversation, and live near the city centre.
Why did you decide to become a tourist guide?
Italian culture is endlessly fascinating, and I feel very lucky to be living in Bologna, a city with an incredible heritage. I love studying the local and regional history, art, architecture and traditions, and decided to take the tourist guide exam so that I could share my knowledge and enthusiasm with as many people as possible.
What makes you different from other guides?
I am also very well-informed about the political scene in Bologna in the 1970's and can give tours on this subject. I am very happy to provide tours for people with physical disabilities.
What do you like about your job as a tourist guide?
I really love meeting new people and I really love Emilia Romagna. Every city in this region is uniquely fascinating, with its specific local history and culture.
What do clients usually ask you?
-What do I need to bring? In the summer, cool comfortable clothes and shoes, and sun cream.
Do you have any experience you'd like to share?
I took some student refugees from Nigeria, Mongolia and Syria on a tour. My friend from Bologna Refugees welcome organized it all for me, and it was a wonderful experience for all of us. Two summers ago I worked as a tour leader with a friend taking tourists from a cruise to Romeo beach in Ravenna. Ravenna is such a gem, it was so enjoyable, especially working with this friend. Last year I took two classes to the Turin Egyptian museum where we had a guide, in just one day. Exhausting but very interesting as you can imagine. Last summer working for Tours by Local in Bologna and Ravenna was just amazing, I met some really great, laid-back people.
A Recent Review of this guide
Weeks later we are still savoring our time in Bologna, and very much appreciate your having very knowledgeably guided us through the city's university and that institution's rich, centuries-long history, as well as museums and neighborhoods of special interest. You were the rare guide who, quite evidently, researched areas of particular interest to us to enrich and personalize our experience. Our time with you was both informative and pleasurable.
I am a qualified tourist guide for Bologna and Emilia Romagna.
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.