We are Italy's south-easternmost region, right in the middle of the Mediterranean sea with culture and traditions that are a results of the several different dominations and cultural and economic influences.
First of all I'm a traveler (for leisure and work) and I like to discover foreign countries and their culture, customs, food, etc.
I have been working in tourism since 1998 (as freelance or with tour operators) in different sectors: tour guide, tour leader and travel planner either for free individual travelers either for leisure groups either for incentive and congress travelers coming from USA, Canada, Australia, Asia and Europe and travelling or cruising in Italy and interested in art and history, archaeology, culture and traditions, wine and gastronomy, nature, photography, opera, religion and spirituality).
As you can see on my badge on the photos on my profile, I'm a LICENSED TOUR GUIDE, food and wine lover (CERTIFIED OLIVE OIL AND WINE SOMMELIER) and tour leader. I work mainly with private tailor-made tours in the Centre-South part of Puglia Region (Castel del Monte and Trani; Bari and surroundings; Polignano a Mare and Mopopoli; Alberobello and Valle d'Itria; Brindisi and surroundings; Lecce and Salento; Taranto, Manduria and the west coast), Altamura and Matera.
I'm passionate about my region and I like to share our wonderful attractions and culture with other people.
Puglia is an "easy region": the weather is quite warm all year long (the best time to come is from March to November but it's worth to come also in winter time), people is friendly (… but only a few people speaks English or another foreign language), there are always lots of events and things to do and our Mediterranean diet is healthy and tasty for everybody (you will be spoilt for choice among meat, fish, pasta, rice, legumes, vegetables and fruit recipes).
Travelers who come for the first time in Apulia usually are fascinated by the Apulian day light and the colours of the seaside and the countryside.
I'll show you the soul of Puglia, its culture, traditions and flavors.
If you're looking for an hyper detailed and boring excursion I'm not the tour guide for you but if you like a friendly and easy going person who will make his best, thanks to his experience and empathy, to understand and satisfy your needs, to suggest the right choices for your interests, to introduce in our culture and traditions, to help you in spending a very nice time … then contact me.
A Recent Review of this guide
We highly recommend Alessandro as a tour guide. He is highly knowledgeable about the history and culture of the region and is a fun guy to hang out with for a day. He tailored the tour to my family's interests. The 8 hour tour of Otranto and Lecce was a great way to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time and get the flavor of Apulia. The highlight of the tour for my family was the olive oil and cheese tasting at a local farm (was also a nice lunch). See Apulia with a local!
I'm a LICENSED TOUR GUIDE (you can see on my badge's photo), CERTIFIED OLIVE OIL AND WINE SOMMELIER.
Education and training:
Degree with experimental final essay (with photographic appendix) in Geography about Apulian countryhouses (masseria, villa, trullo);
Master in Tourism Economics and Management;
Tourist guide training course;
Cooking, wine and extra virgin olive oil tasting classes;
Workshop about recognition of Apulian wild orchids;
Photography's workshop about show and Entertainment, nature.