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Meet Tuscan Trip Leader Paolo

tuscan bike tour guide PaoloItaly“Andiamo!” (“Let’s go!”) That command in his native Italian sums up Paolo’s exuberant approach not only to travel, but to life. Never one to sit in front of the television, Paolo has always had a passion for being active outdoors. Growing up in Venice, he spent a lot of time on his bicycle and enjoying his close-knit family.

When he was in his twenties, however, he got the “travel bug” and set out to explore the world, visiting every continent except Australia. Thirteen years ago, he found a way to combine work and travel, and began leading tours for an Italian travel company to such exotic lands as the Sahara Desert, Mongolia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Ecuador.

Then, 11 years ago, Paolo was able to bring his bicycling skills to bear on his gift for leading tours, as he joined VBT and began delighting our travelers with his passion for life and zest for the varied cultures and traditions of Italy. A vegan who relishes local fruits and vegetables, he also enjoys sharing with VBT travelers the pleasures of Italian cuisine. As he puts it, “I recommend to every visitor to my country that they try everything they can, because Italian food made outside of Italy never tastes the same as it does here. And neither does the wine!”

When he’s not leading tours for VBT, Paolo lives in his adopted home—El Hierro Island, the smallest of the Canaries—with his wife Enrica and their two “demanding dogs and a very spoiled cat.” There, he spends his time gardening, hiking, biking, and swimming. Or taking a good book to a seat overlooking the ocean. It’s about the only time he sits still.

Paolo leads our Tuscan Coast and Tuscany by the Sea vacations tuscan bike tours

Gregg Marston to speak at New York Cycle Club

Gregg will share his story, how he has grown VBT, the ingredients of a good trip, how we build customer loyalty, marketing in the age of social media, and trends in the business. We are also offering NYCC members a special discount on our Bicycling and Walking Vacations at the event.

  • Date: Tuesday, April 12th
  • Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Place: Annie Moore’s Bar & Restaurant (downstairs)
  • Address: 50 East 43rd Street (1/2 block east of Madison Ave)
  • Buffet Dinner: 6:45pm – 7:30pm, $20 per person
  • Program: 7:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Kindly RSVP if you are having dinner to programs@nycc.org

VBT is the Proud Lead Sponsor of the New York Cycle Club’s 75th Anniversary Gala and the 17th Annual Escape New York!

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