I had spent some time in Tuscany and Sicily as a student, studying Romance Languages and Art History, and was overwhelmed by the country's culture as well as its charm, food and climate. Even after all these years, I am surprised by its treasures, many times hidden in little villages or remote mountain towns.
As a local guide in Assisi, not only do I work for Alumni Associations of various universities, but I also accompany small groups and individuals on walking tours 'in the footsteps of Saint Francis'.
Furthermore, I like to take people on roadtrips all over Umbria and Chianti. Having lived on a sheep farm for many years, I learned about local agriculture from sunflowers to vineyards.
I drive a Volvo V70 Kinetic, a large station wagon to offer safe and comfortable transfers for up to four passengers.
Requests can be very particular, such as people looking for family members they've never met or linguists doing research on ancient greek dialects surviving in Apulia. . .
A Recent Review of this guide
Werner was a fantastic guide for our day! He was extremely knowledgable and made our tour very interesting and thorough with history and stories. We were able to see some sites that were not part of the tour, as well! I would highly recommend, and would book with him again in the future.
My studies at the University of Leuven in Belgium couldn't have been more appropriate for my activities as a tourist guide in Italy: as a matter of fact I studied Romance Languages, among which Italian, and Art History - Roman classical art and Renaissance in particular. I have been a licensed tour guide in Umbria since 1989 and obtained a supplementary license for transportation 4 years ago.
I gained experience doing walking tours and visiting vineyards for companies such as Classic Journeys, Butterfield & Robinson and Abercrombie & Kent.