OUR AMAZING TEAM
We look forward to getting to know you when you travel with us.With a Secret Tour guide, your experience is that of a friend and local representative of the country you’re visiting. We believe strongly in working with local guides and tour directors, experts in the areas to which we travel, and they hold the keys to unlocking the hidden delights of your chosen destination. Although you will never know they are at work – the mark of a truly great leader – our guides make magical things happen and add a dimension to your trip that you could not experience on your own. We also collaborate with the best tour guides and skilled drivers to make your vacation running smoothly.Thanks for travelling Secret Italia Tours !!!
OUR MALTA & SICILY OFFICE STAFF
ALDO: Nearly fifteen years ago Aldo decided to embark himself in the overseas job adventure and after 15 years he does not regret it at all. He says: “I know that we have the pick of the best tour itineraries because we’ve visited every country possible. I think our clients are very special too – because they seem to share our appreciation of all that’s best about Sicily and Malta.” Aldo devotes his considerable organizational and managerial skills to ensuring that Secret Italia Tours always provides the level of service that clients deserve. After so many years working overseas Aldo felt it was time to make all happening and Secret Italia Tours represents a dream which finally came true!! Best part of the job – “Getting to know in person our guests when possible and the satisfaction of knowing that we can help people make the most of their precious holiday time.”
KATRIN: A real gem for Secret Tours with an enviable task of taking care of everything Sicilian for us. Her experience in the tourist industry has given Katrin the knowledge and know-how to confidently handle everything we pass her way – she has a great sense of humor and is very passionate about her island. Katrin has a degree in languages and has enjoyed travelling throughout Europe. She loves swimming in the sea, listening to music and reading when she has the time. She’s very sociable – making her delightful company – and has a huge amount of local information, tips and advice, that you could only get from a local girl! She really has a strong character which proves to be successful in managing Valerio’s madness… Katrin is our Groups Controller & Quality Manager
OUR AMAZING TOUR DIRECTORS & GUIDES
FRANCESCA: Francesca was born in America from a Sicilian family that had soon returned back to Sicily when she was 5. Her father was a farmer and could not stand staying away from his olives and vineyards and her mother’s endless love for Sicily made her wanting to grow up there. Francesca inherited their love for this beautiful country ; the gorgeous land, its rich history , the sublime cuisine and picturesque people.Francesca always admits” if I had to choose with my mind I would leave Sicily in a second, but if I have to listen to my heart I would live here forever”. Being exposed to both cultures she has come to have a very specific personality : traditional as a Sicilian and free, outspoken as an American so, after years of interior dwelling, she has come to fuse the best of both worlds. Francesca attended school in Italy but left home at early age, working already for the European community in an international voluntary service in Germany, travelling around Europe and even venturing in New York city where jazz became her passion. Come to discover Francesca’s Sicily. You will not regret!
TOURS: SICILY,CALABRIA & BASILICATA
LUCA : The lovely and charming Luca is a native of Palermo and a new addition to our group of Sicilian tour guides. He has worked in tourism as tour director for major USA tour operators for the last 3 years. His bright personality brought him to live in the UK for several years for improving his English as a foreign language but Sicily was always in his heart. Luca loves meeting Secret Italia guests, showing them the beauty of his beloved Sicily or “Sicilia” as he keeps saying. His humor and bubbly personality is infectious. You will fall in love with Luca. Come to discover his Sicily..You won’t regret!!!
PAOLA: Paola is a new addition to our exclusive Puglia & Basilicata small group tours portfolio and we are very excited to have her on board. Becoming a professional licensed guide has always been Paola’s childhood ambition which became a reality once she obtained her license. Recently she further enhanced her studies by successfully gaining a Diploma in Languages and Literature awarded by the University of Bari and a Master in Tourism Management in Trento. Our guests deeply love Paola who would be delighted to show you the enchanting land of Puglia, through her passion, knowledge and enthusiasm, bringing to life years of history. Paola has traveled extensively throughout the world in order to learn from other countries and culture while keeping Puglia in her heart. You will fall in love with this funny and heartbreak girl!!
LAURA: Laura is a real find for Secret Italia Tours and has an enviable task of taking care of everything Spanish and Portuguese for us, she is a true native, born in Toledo.With a huge wealth of experience in the travel industry, Laura’s knowledge of Spain is more than impressive, and she will happily make suggestions and recommendations to ensure you make the most of your time in this beautiful country. Her experience in the tourist industry has given Laura the knowledge and know-how to confidently handle everything we pass her way – she has a deep sense of humor and is very passionate about her homeland. Laura’s experience and professionalism shines through, ensuring you get great care and excellent service whilst touring in this gorgeous country.
CYNTHIA: Cynthia is our Maltese guide from the beautiful Archipelago with its hidden treasures, charm and spectacle of colors, no matter what time of the year you visit Malta. She is proud and passionate about her home Island, and rearing to go to give the visitor every possible Maltese experience!. From their stone wood baking ovens, creating their crusty Maltese bread, to the spectacle of color in fireworks landing on a dry terrain in summer, to experiencing their freshly caught Mediterranean fish, with a cuisine that is a fusion, reflecting their 7000 year history, is only the start of flavoring Malta in evert possible way.She is definitely in love with their sister Island Gozo, where overnight one gets a better understanding, why the saying the Island where time stood still in the year 2018, still applies. Come to the discover the tiny and picturesque islands of Malta and Gozo with our perfect guide Cynthia.
TOURS: MALTA & GOZO
PIERO : Piero is a native of Olbia, a beautiful town located in Northern Sardinia but living in Sassari for the last 30 years. He is a new addition to our group of Sardinian tour guides. He has worked in tourism as tour guide for over 35 years with a wealth of knowledge about his Sardinia and Corsica difficult to match. He is also a great story teller!!! You will find Piero not only as an excellent ambassador for Secret Tours but also a new friend in a foreign country. There is only one thing greater than his passion for good wines, history and culture: his love for the Island of Sardinia!!
TOURS: SARDINIA & CORSICA
LUISA: Luisa was born in Lisbon and still lives there with her family.Graduated with a degree in Tourism from the School of the University of Lisbon. She has been working as a national guide since 1992. She continues to take many courses, as a continuous formation at various Lisbon Universities or Cultural centers. Her interests range from history, art, geography, languages to religion.Come to discover the world of our guide Luisa in the amazing land of Portugal