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