Italy Traveling Tour Guides
Travel in Italy with a professional Italy Traveling Tour Guide. Sick of planning logistics? Hand us the reins and enjoy your special trip. Presto Traveling Tour Guides are avid travelers and experienced tour directors selected for their traveling expertise and knowledge of various cities.
Traveling with a Guide 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 Traveling Guide.
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, archaeology, sports, vineyards, religion, language, genealogy, 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.
Sarah May is a Californian who moved to Rome in 2005 after completing her studies in European Humanities with a thesis in Jewish and Italian Studies. During college, Sarah studied abroad in her parents’ native land, Australia in Adelaide which is the closest city to Australia’s wine country. Whenever she had time, she would find herself in the vineyards getting to know everything there was to know about grapes and wine making. Wine became her greatest passion. Sarah was certified as a Sommelier through Associazione Italiana Sommelier Roma, in 2009.
When she returned to San Diego to finish her degree in photography, she started working in Southern California as a commercial photographer. She travelled in the meantime to Europe, especially in Italy where she eventually met her future husband, Ettore, in 2001 on a trip to Florence. While visiting the great art galleries and museums in Europe, she realized she wished she had a stronger background in European Humanites, so she decided to return to university in 2002 and completed her studies in 2005. Three days later she moved to Florence to study Italian in an intensive course before finally settling down in the Castelli Romani in September 2005.
Sarah lives in the countryside outside of Rome with her husband, Ettore (also a Presto guide) where they tend to their 22 olive trees, fruit trees, dogs, and cats.