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Meet Our Heart of Italy Guides

One of our most popular tour itineraries — the Heart of Italy in 9 Days — also boasts some of our most beloved guides. To help you get acquainted, here's a handful of interviews we've done with a few guides who will be leading our tour groups through the heart of Italy in 2022.

Nina Dierckx


After growing up in Belgium and spending 18 years in England, Nina relocated to Italy, where she appreciates the hospitality, sun-soaked climate, excellent daily cuisine, and wine… Read more


Born and raised — and now raising his own family — in Sicily, Alfio weaves his passion for Italy into every tour he leads. He is also a born storyteller, as our interview shows… Read more

Colleen Murphy in Venice


Colleen has been leading groups of curious travelers around Europe since 1992. Although some things have changed over the years, her adventurous spirit and enthusiasm for travel… Read more


Lisa — born in the US but living in Italy for the past 20+ years — has been leading tours for Rick Steves throughout her adopted country since 1999. She also writes about her life… Read more

Tommaso Pante


Tommaso has worked with Rick Steves' Europe for years — first as a local guide in Taormina, then as a Rick Steves guide for the Best of Sicily, South Italy, and Heart of Italy… Read more

Tour guide Anna Piperato


An Italian-Hungarian-British American, Anna has always been proud of her roots (but confesses that she still needs to learn more about her Hungarian side). After graduating… Read more