I was born and raised in Umbria and, in my twenties, like so many young people, I packed my bag and traveled the world. I spent time in Paris, Istanbul, Madrid - in fact all the major European capitals and also spent several months travelling throughout the USA.
On my return I began teaching Italian and French to visiting students and then quickly realized that I wanted to share not just my language but also my passion for my heritage that is the natural beauty and the art of my land.
I studied art history and gained my Tour Guide's License twenty years ago and have never looked back.
Umbria is a land of treasures! It is home to some of the most incredible pieces of artwork in the world. At the end of a working day I always feel a sense of gratitude and pride for the unforgettable experiences which I have been able to share with my guests…
These might include a day of walking the cobbled streets of magnificent hamlets such as Spello, or the feeling of being almost overwhelmed by the famous and revolutionary frescoes painted by Giotto in the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi; we might have finished the day by savoring a glass of Sagrantino together while admiring the breathtaking view of the gentle countryside.
The choice of authentic cultural experiences which we can share is almost limitless.
I look forward to giving you a unique gift from my Umbria. It's a gift which cannot be lost and I hope will continue to give you the sense of an invisible link back here to my home forever.
A Recent Review of this guide
If you're in the Assisi area, Maura is who you want to have for your guide!! Our train was an hour late and she waited for us with a smile! She was knowledgable, funny and made Assisi and the frescos come to life. I would use her over and over. It was an absolutely wonderful time.
Licensed Umbria Tour Guide in 2001
Fully insured Licensed Tour Guide
Degree in English and French Languages and Literatures - University of Perugia
PhD "Italian as a Second Language" - University for the Foreigners of Perugia
Collaboration with Charles Byers - the Circle of Wine Writers, Canada, UK
Collaboration with David Lansing - National Geographic Traveler
Collaboration with the Italian Tribune
For multi-location visits I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.