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Dino I.

Split, Dalmatia, Croatia

Hi, my name is Dino, I graduated in History and Italian language & literature and I have been working in tourism for 17 years.

After 7 years of experience in education, I have decided to fully dedicate myself to tourism which resulted with official 2017 THE BEST TOURIST GUIDE AWARD by Croatian Ministry of Tourism.

I am fluent in 3 languages: English, Italian and Spanish. Although a freelancer, very often I represent the National Tourist Board, therefore most of my clients are journalists, bloggers, TVs etc. I have cooperated with famous TVs such as BBC, CNN, Discovery Channel, RAI, SKY, Canal + etc. where I am quite often a host or the person interviewed by the host. Throughout my extensive experience, I had the opportunity to guide celebrities, politicians, senior officials, businessmen, but also many others who are none of the above. Regardless of profession or social status, all my clients have equal treatment: a lot of laughter and fun, interactive participation in the past & present and what is the most important on a journey - to make them forget their daily routine.

Personally, I love to travel. Yearly I spend at least 2 months outside Croatia exploring the world, different cultures, national cuisine and all those wonderful diversities that define the purpose of travel. So far I have visited more than 50 countries and there's no place on the planet that's not on my bucket list. Each journey enriches me and creates a feeling of happiness and fulfillment as well as the irresistible desire to share these feelings with others. Therefore, travelers are my favorite people because we share common interest - the reason why I quit the profession of teacher and dedicated myself to tourism. I think all people are condemned to work, but it won't do any harm if you are happy and satisfied with what you do. It makes everything easier.

I am also a passionate gourmand and hedonist. The little free time that I have is often spent in the kitchen trying out new recipes or improving the old. Being a chef, unless by profession, is to be a creative artist whose art vanishes in a second, but it gives endless pleasure to all participants.

Besides being a historian and a passionate traveler, I am also a descendant of a native family from Split that has participated over centuries in the creation of the history of this city. Love for my hometown and region is in my blood and through various stages of life The Diocletian's Palace was my playground, home and the object of scientific research.

Since we are all different, I adapt my approach to each client. The beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. So the history itself is interesting as much as the narrator. It's not a boring school subject. It's an endless source of good humor and the teacher of all knowledge. Those who didn't study history are doomed to repeat others' mistake. Yet the ones who studied history, helplessly sit aside and observe everyone else repeats it. So, avoid your mistakes by not repeating others'

It will be a pleasure to be your guide and welcome you to my wonderful hometown and region.
Why choose me? There are no better or worse. We are all different, but I am different in a particular way. To discover what particular means you'll have to book a tour with me. 

A Recent Review of this guide

Dino was OUTSTANDING. We have used Tours by Locals all over the world and he is among the very best. Dino is a history professor, full of knowledge and humor. He gave us a very thorough tour of Split, and a very enjoyable day. Highest recommendation.
Keith Alter

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* University degree in History and Italian issued by University of Zadar, Croatia
* Licensed tourist guide for Split-Dalmatia County since 2008
* Licensed tourist guide for Sibenik-Knin County since 2012
* Spanish C2 - degree issued by Ecela, Buenos Aires
*Driving license (B)


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