I'm a mix of the two cultures I get along with the Lombard pragmatism and the Emilian jovial and open minded lifestyle. But from both cultures, above anything else, I have taken the best: culture, history, art and …why not … good food and wines! What more can I ask for?
How did I become a guide? By pure chance, I was working in a big international company and I was asked to organize a week-end tour in the area for some customers. I was panic-stricken I didn't know how to manage it. Luckily somebody gave me a hint "Why not to get in touch with a licensed guide who can organize a wonderful art and gourmet tour?" The guide made such a wonderful impression on me that I felt really … in love with her job. It was love at first sight, I knew this was my custom-made job! Exactly in that moment I decided I wanted to become a guide. Why not?
Even if I had a very good art and history school background I knew that I had to work and study hard but I plucked up my courage and at last I succeeded! I became a licensed guide for Mantua in 2002, for Ferrara 2003, for Modena 2005 and now I'm a licensed Guide for the whole Emilia Romagna Region.
Years have gone by since my first guiding tour experience but nothing has changed since then.
I still go on guiding with enthusiasm, competence and passion, I like looking at people's faces and see their surprising eyes or hear their exciting comments like "No, I don't believe!" "Really?" "Are you joking?" "Wow!" "Amazing!"…
I'm used to propose and organize tours together with the groups even if I have learnt that the choice of the tour depends on time mainly, I usually suggest classical tours with the most important monuments for those people who are going to spend little time in a place, or special tours for those who want not only to visit classical sites but also elaborate further some topics such as music, theatres, different art styles, Jewish communities, typical food and wines, boat excursions, gardens and so on. Last but not least I'm a versatile person ready to plan tours as per people's needs.
Write me what you need and I'll do my best to make it true!
A Recent Review of this guide
This was our second tour with Tours by Locals and Manuela was as excellent as our first tour guide. She was able to recommend a secure parking lot and meet us at the lot. We had a fast paced 3 hour tour of Verona that was tops. She came prepared with maps to help us imagine how the city use to look. We were a group of 9 and she kept all of our attention. Her knowledge of history was excellent and it was obvious she loved what she is doing. I would highly recommend her.
I have been working as a Local Qualified Guide since 2002.
As a Local Licensed Guide I have access to any landmarks.
Degree in Modern Languages, Cultural Mediator and International Relations at the Universities of Bologna and Florence.
I worked as marketing responsible in international companies in Italy and abroad.
I am a Licensed Tourist Guide/Tour Guide and have access to any landmark