Presto Trip Captains are avid travelers and experienced tour directors selected for their traveling expertise and knowledge of various cities. Traveling with a Trip Captain provides travel groups the advantage of enjoying their holidays whilst delegating the logistics of the trip to a professional. Whether you'd like to travel the South or the North of Italy, the sea, the mountains, or the cities, we are able to pair you and your group with a specialized Presto Trip Captain.
Presto Tours will discuss the goals of your trip with you and will help organize each and every one of your travel days to a tee. Whether you are interested in focusing on art, history, cuisine, archaelogy, sports, vineyards, religion, language, geneology, or something else on your trip, we are always excited to create a personalized trip for our guests.
Presto's resident gourmand, wine enthusiast and certified Sommelier, Ettore, was born into a culture of food and wine from an early age. He is a native of the town of Genzano di Roma, in the countryside south of Rome, an area well known throughout Italy for its delicious yet rustic kitchen, frequented by every Roman at one point or another. Ettore is married to another Presto guide, Sarah, and together, when they are not frequenting the many wine bars of Rome, they are searching for hidden enogastromic treasures in the countryside of Lazio.
Ettore's background is very diverse. He attended liceo classico and from an early age was exposed to classical history, mythology, and philosophy, which gave birth to his lifelong interest in pre-Roman Italy and archeology. He is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Archeology at University Roma Tre . He lived in California, with his wife Sarah, for two years, and there spent much of his free time studying the wine and food he missed in Italy. He is very passionate about local food and wine traditions and their historical significance, and especially the food and wine culture of the Pre-Roman world. He is a passionate wine enthusiast and graduate of the Corso di Qualificazione Professionale per Sommelier and with plans to complete the rigorous Master di analisi sensoriale del vino. He was certified as a Sommelier through Associazione Italiana Sommelier Roma, in 2009.
Ettore is passionate about sharing the true treasure of his country, its food and wines, with people from all over the world. He is uniquely qualified to share his knowledge of Italy's food and wine with his educational background as well as a deep understanding of the roots of food and wine culture in Italy, as a native born Italian brought up in a food and wine culture that dates back thousands of years.
Ryan moved to Italy on November 4, 2004, shortly after graduating from college in Washington, D.C. with a degree in Public Communications. His family had emigrated from the Naples area to Connecticut, USA (where he grew up), about 100 years before. Now he had returned to find his roots and his passion in the land of oil and wine. Over the last 5 years working as a tourism professional in Rome he has given more than 3,000 group and private tours to tens of thousands of clients from around the world. He has read more than 100 books on Italy and The Vatican and loves his job - sharing what he's learned! He takes special pride in his skills for speaking extremely clearly, for storytelling in a way that brings art and history alive for 21st century travelers, and for helping people of all ages and backgrounds enjoy their experience of The Vatican and Rome. Meet Ryan on video
An Italian by birth, Federica grew up between Umbria and Rome where she attended classical high school and then continued with her very early passion for art history and at the "University di Roma Tre " where she graduated with a DL in "Comparative Art History of the European Countries." At the same university in Rome, she pursued a masters in Modern art history and is currently a PhD candidate with concentration in the delicate passage of the fine arts development in Europe between the XVI and XVII century.
Following her appetite for foreign experiences, Federica studied English as a second language in Dublin and then made her way to London where she earned a post graduate short master in Curating Art at the St. Martins School of Art and Design. After her studies there, she was presented with an opportunity to travel to the Balkan countries (Albania and Kosovo) with an Italian ONG. There, she was in charge of curating art and educational projects while also lecturing in universities on her chosen subjects. At present, Federica is an art curator and lecturer with various NGO organizations and Italian cultural institutes all of which keep her in close contact with a wide range of people and different cultural approaches. She considers guiding with Presto Tours the perfect frame for her passion for art history, the English language and the possibility to share these subjects in a pure international environment.
The Swedish girl that looks Italian and sounds American, Mitra, was headhunted from the corporate world to be a tour guide several years ago and decided to give it four months. Two years later she sold her apartment in Stockholm and made Rome her permanent home. Many years later she leads tours not only all over Rome, but all over Southern Europe. From private clients, to groups, to students, she enjoys them all and encourages them all to interact with her on her tours answering questions and asking them right back. With a degree in Business Finance and seven years in an office, this corporate dropout did a 180 and got the equivalent to a Masters in Classical History/Art History. She also teaches Global History to middleschoolers in the wintertime at The Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. If you ask her if would she do it all over again, she´d tell you she only wishes she got out of the corporate world sooner and to Rome faster.
When not touring, you will find Mitra either studying history ( yet despite all this she never wins at Trivial Pursuit ), riding, scubadiving or cooking with her Italian fianceé in the house with a garden they share with one Swedish and one Italian dog and the occasional very-hungry-for-basil garden snail. Meet Mitra on video