As a result, he has an intimate knowledge of most of the area which derives from his life here and invariably has intertwined its rich cultural and historical background. The itinerary of each of Mario's tours is based on the individual or group's personal and/or professional interests, custom-designed with a particular level of adventurousness. The best part, however, is that every day he continues to learn more about his beloved adopted metropolis, allowing the excitement and spontaneity of the moment to influence any given journey. He therefore, helps visitors, new and old, to discover its vast tapestry from the view of the lesser-known path.
¨…As an intrepid city-dweller with no limits when it comes to discovering new things about this city, my tours explore a combination of routes. While we search cultural treasures with an abandoned curiosity, our map is one that tends to etch itself as we go: the route of magical moments and hidden gems of a mystical wen. This is my modus operandi…. ¨
¨…What I try to encapsulate on my jaunts is something unique that you can bring home, as if it were a collection your very own sensory souvenirs…¨
¨…If you would prefer to ride a bike, trek, walk ever-so-slowly or merely jump into a taxi to get to those places you really must see in a hurry, then that's exactly what we would do. Remember, there are no rules. It's all about getting to know this city from a new perspective, exactly as a local might…. ¨
¨…My only desire for these tours is that you might actually become privy to Barcelona's own nirvana-like moments during your travels here. . . And that you might fall as much in love with Barcelona as I have over the years. ¨
A Recent Review of this guide
Mario was simply unbelievable. He obviously has extensive knowledge of the city and all its ins and outs. On top of that, Mario helped me and my girlfriend make this a special day. He took us to an unbelievable spot in the city that was pre-arranged with him and myself. He helped set me up so I can get down on one knee and propose to my fiancee. And he recorded the whole thing in unbelievable high quality pictures. Mario has immediately become an intimate part of our life and we will remember him forever.
I have been guiding independent tours here in Barcelona and most parts of Catalunya since 2001.
My worked also consists of commercial film shoots in Spain since 2001.
Graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1986 ( Toronto, Canada ).
I have over 30 years of experience as a photographer and visual artist.
Not a licensed guide. No vocally aided tours within historical monuments or museums. We can certainly quietly discuss within the confines of most museums and monuments. In general I work with professional chauffeurs and licensed taxi's drivers.