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Our Staff and Guides in Europe

We Love The Cities We Guide In

Europe’s premier walking tour company

Explore I Connect I Learn I Unwind

The best way to explore any location is on foot. Not only do will you see the main attractions, but you have the possibility to take the unbeaten path and discover hidden gems you wouldn’t have otherwise seen…

Want an even better way to maximize your time during your vacation? Join a guided walking tour!

We organize the best walking tours to see the famous Acropolis, discover medieval, fairytale Tallinn, or marvel at the statue of the David in Florence. We have curated walking tours for everybody’s tastes in awesome cities around Europe, all the way from Istanbul to Lisbon.

Join us and experience the city the way locals do. This isn’t just another walking tour, but a tour that is created especially for you!

Lisbon

We are locals

  • Our guides can capture your intellect and your imagination by sharing both facts of history and stories from their own lives
  • We help you see both the big picture and the smallest details
  • Our tour guides are rated as some of the best in Europe
  • Walks in Europe guided tours make getting your bearings in a new city a welcoming and interesting experience

Get off the beaten path (and let us show you a different one)

  • Lose yourself in local neighborhoods
  • Experience famous cities in a new way
  • Understand life in the city and feel as if you aren’t just a guest
  • Make new friends along the way

Expert, experienced, and local tour guides in Europe

Arzu Owner

Arzu is an ex-tour guide, tourism professional, and entrepreneur living in Istanbul and Tallinn. She is an expert at creating themed walks in urban areas with a network of professional guides. Arzu has an exceptional knack at brainstorming new projects and an expert’s eye for details.

Arzu prides herself in her rapid response to queries, her organizational skills, and her ability to handle special or extraordinary projects. She is responsible for running and expanding all business in Europe.

Aside from work, Arzu enjoys writing, traveling, storytelling, rock’n roll, and good wine with good company.

Chiara Guide Manager - Florence

Our clients love Chiara! Not only because she has an art history degree, but because she’s a superb guide (who is also a very pleasant person to spend a day with).

Chiara’s ability to read her audience means her presentation, pace, and personal touch are always spot on. She provides great explanations and backstories throughout different museums in Florence, helping our clients get up close and personal with the art.

Aside from guiding, Chiara is also the Italy country manager. Her detailed way of thinking helps us organize our daily operations and guides, and she’s always ready to lend a hand at the last minute.

Sylva Italy Operations Manager

Sylva Florence is a freelance writer, editor, and translator with a journalism background. She has many years of tourism experience in logistics and guiding for ExperiencePlus!, a bicycle tour company in Italy.

When she’s not planning other people’s vacations with Walks in Europe, Sylva can most likely be found on her bike, heading out on foot with a backpack, or setting up her tent somewhere. She also stays busy trying to publish a book she wrote about a solo bike ride across the USA and hosting her podcast, Live From Suckville.

Although she was born and raised on the west coast of the USA, Sylva now calls north-central Italy home.

Dilek Operations Team Leader - Istanbul and Athens

Dilek is from Istanbul but, after teaching English in Istanbul for many years, she moved to Toronto, Canada to seek new adventures. She now divides her time between Tallinn, Estonia and Toronto.

Dilek is an outdoor enthusiast who loves hiking, cycling, and exploring. She is also a coffee lover, and is always seeking the best cafes while traveling.

Currently, she is supporting our awesome teams in Athens and Istanbul as Operations Team Leader.When she not at work, Dilek can most likely be found in the Canadian Rockies visiting her daughter, Yasemin.



Talya Customer Happiness Team Leader

Talya is an English teacher, writer, and baker when not leading the Customer Happiness Team at Walks in Europe. She has years of experience working in customer service and tourism. 

Talya spends most of her time making sure our customers have an enjoyable experience, through calls, emails, and texts. Incidentally, she also has the smoothest, most soothing voice on earth.

Talya is currently based in Turkey.



Asya Customer Happiness Manager

Born in Wales and raised in a little town in Turkey, Asya is our multi-lingual/national customer happiness manager. 

Asya graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science from Exeter University, after which she worked for several years in customer service. Her passions include languages, arts, music, and sports. 

Asya has traveled to 16 countries and counting. She desires to work and travel across all of Europe, improving her French while doing so.



Silvia Guide Manager - Venice
Silvia is as local it gets. First of all,  she was born and raised in Venice, and she is still a licensed tour guide (in Italian, English, and French) and travel advisor in her hometown. Furthermore, Silvia got her  degree in Tourism and Foreign Languages from Venice University. It’s no wonder that she’s totally in love with her city!
Silvia has over 15 years of background in the travel industry, and one of her greatest pleasures is still sharing the secrets of the so-called “Eternal City” with her guests.
Sarah Operations Manager Tuscany

Sarah is from California and has called Italy home for the last five years. She has traveled all over the world in search of adventure, and knows the value of a great tour guide! 

As a professionally trained chef, Sarah loves to share all that Italy has to offer, including delicious local foods and wine. Sarah speaks Italian and spends her free time hiking in the nearby mountains, teaching English as a second language to Italians, cooking, and planning her next trip.


Elvan Paris City Manager

Elvan has been a tourism professional since 2010. Today, she manages her own Destination Management Company, operating tours all across France, offering beautiful, unique tours off the beaten track.

Although she grew up in Turkey, Elvan has called the City of Light her home for almost 30 years. 

Work stuff aside, Elvan enjoys admiring art, dancing the Argentinian tango, acting, having fun, and drinking good wine! 



Quentin City Manager and Financial Advisor - Italy

Quentin graduated from Exeter University with Honours and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Management. He speaks German, French and English as he has a French father and a German mother.

Quentin has experience in startups, and is currently a city manager and financial advisor for WIE in Italy.

When off work, Quentin loves taking pictures and traveling. One of his greatest achievements is completing a double marathon at age 19. He also coaches and plays for the main team of Exeter volleyball club (BUCS).



Devrim Tech Lead

Devrim is a full-stack founder who writes code, non-fiction, and fiction. He’s a master at building everything from scratch and is responsible for taking care of whatever is technically necessary to serve and improve the operations and business.

After spending a decade in the tourism industry, Devrim moved to fintech for a second decade. Now he’s yo-yoed back to tourism again working with Walks in Europe. 

Outside the professional sphere, Devrim is married with two kids, and he triangulates between Tampere (FI), Tallinn (EE) and Ephesus (TR).



Monica Florence and Siena

Monica is incredibly passionate about art and history, which is why she decided to become an official tour guide. She has been working in tourism since 1977, when she got her degree in Foreign Languages.

Currently, Monica guides in English and Italian in Siena, Florence, and the surrounding areas. She is an expert on local traditions, like the Palio (Siena’s famous and fascinating horse race).

Monica lives in Castellina in Chianti, a small village perched on a hilltop halfway between Siena and Florence.

 

 

Elisa Florence

Meet Elisa! She is very knowledgeable and a pleasure to be around–and not only because she has a degree from Bologna University and did her thesis on public art in Tuscany. Elisa also has has work experience in Milan in journalism and communication.

After some years living abroad in London and Malta, Elisa returned to Florence. She is delighted to be back, sharing her passion for Florence, combining art, history, literature, and humorous “behind the scenes” local stories. She also has plenty of suggestions of where to eat and drink wine, as she is a qualified sommelier.

Duccio Florence

Duccio makes the gems of historical art accessible to  visitors from all over the world. He is a true Florentine,  born and raised in Florence, attracted to the beauty surrounding him, and happy to share it with others.

Because he likes traveling, Duccio is curious about other cultures and their stories. Maybe because of that, he lived in Germany for three years after he finished studying history at University.

Duccio is a musician and manages to excel in that area as well. He guides in German, English, and French.

Rossella Florence

Why is Rosella one of our favorites to lead people around Florence? Because she studied the history of art in Florence and has a way of transferring her knowledge to people which is at once accessible, informative, and fun!

Rossella is a very busy guide, and so she knows how important and precious vacation time is. That’s why it’s her pleasure to efficiently guide you through the masterpieces hidden all over Florence in German, English, Spanish, and French.

Roberta Florence

Roberta decided to be a guide during her early life, but she had no chance to graduate. So when she turned 40 she enrolled in the university of tourism, with a full time job and two children she graduated after six years with honors. Finally, with her degree she was able to take the exam to qualify as a tourist guide in Italian, English, French, and German! Her dream came true!

Her motto is: Do what you love and you will never work another day in your life.

During a tour with Roberta you can feel her passion, love for art, Florence and the pleasure to explain her beloved city to people from all over the world!

Roberto Pisa and Lucca

Roberto is a local boy from Pisa, home of the world-famous leaning tower! He’s been a guide since he was 20 years old, and he speaks several European languages including Spanish, Portuguese, French, and English.

Roberto graduated from Pisa University where he was probably already figuring out how to entertain customers. He’s a client favorite for his in-depth knowledge of the monuments of Miracle Square and the history of Pisa. Roberto is a great communicator whose knowledge also extends past Pisa to Lucca and the surrounding areas.

 

Gianmarco Pisa

Gianmarco, born in Pisa and currently living in Livorno, has been interested in the humanities since childhood.

After finishing high school, he studied Medieval History at the University of Pisa. In 2017, he decided to live for a few months in Dublin. He still remembers his time there quite fondly. The following year Gianmarco became certified as an official tourist guide in English, French, and his mother tongue (Italian).

Gianmarco loves sports and good food, and can’t wait until he can share it all with a family of his own.



Pierino Pisa

Pierino was born in seaside Livorno and he still lives there today. He graduated with a degree in Foreign Literatures and Languages from the University of Pisa, and has been working as a qualified guide since 2007.

Guiding is the job Pierino enjoys most of all, because he can meet different people from all over the world every day. He likes learning languages and this job also allows him to improve his skills. Pierino guides in German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian.

 

Carolina Pisa

Carolina was born in Florence where she studied at the school for tourism. She loves to travel and meet people. She has been working as a qualified tour guide since 2012. She took her first steps as a tour leader and during this period she learned a lot. She likes art, music, history and foreign languages. Now her passion for discovering the beauty of her country has become her job and she loves to share her knowledge with her guests. 



Fiorenza Siena

Fiorenza was raised in the Chianti countryside near Siena and grew up in a family-run charming B&B. Hospitality, as well as enthusiasm for sharing the beauty of Tuscany, has always been part of her life.
She has a background in cultural anthropology and loves to share the magical intertwining of cultures, traditions, art, food & wine of her incredible part of the world.

Ludovica Siena

Ludovica attended the German school of Rome from kindergarten until the diploma. She then moved to Berlin to study French and Russian at Humboldt University. She’s traveled several times to Russia to improve her language skills.

She has two internships in her pocket. One from the Italian Cultural Institute in Brussels and two from the German Academy in Rome.
She loves to travel and can organize cultural events, exhibitions.
Having moved to Siena, she studied to become a tour guide and is authorized to guide in Italian, English, German, French, and Spanish.
Her passion for Tuscany’s artistic and cultural heritage passes easily to customers making her a favorite easily.

Giulia Siena

Giulia is a lucky soul who lives in Siena where she was born and now lives with adoration. She studied art history and decided to become a tour guide.
Her passion for Tuscany passes easily to our customers as she explains all the beauty of the art, history, nature, and landscape.
She guides in English and French.

 

Bettina Siena

Bettina is German, but she moved to Italy because she wanted to enrich her knowledge in art and history. Just before moving, she got her master’s degree in social pedagogy at the University of Hamburg .

Bettina settled in Siena, where it’s written above one of the city gates, “Siena opens its heart to visitors.” Indeed, she found love in all senses, including art, history, and in the family sphere. When she first arrived, she worked various export companies, then got an herbalist diploma at the University of Siena and opened a herbalist shop with a friend.

When German tourism began in Siena in the 1980s, Bettina saw the lack of German guides and decided change paths, becoming certified in this “beautiful profession.” She now guides in German, English and Italian.

Bettina has specialized in food and wine, theology, mineralogy and geology, iconography and artistic techniques. She particularly likes the history of the Middle Ages, of which Siena is very rich. It is truly a pleasure for her to introduce visitors to the Italian–and especially Tuscan–masters, in what can be called the cradle of our western civilization in the last 1000 years.

Martina Rome

Originally from Verona, Martina holds a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Birmingham (UK). She has worked as a field archaeologist, carried out research and provided consultation in Museums, taught University students. She has worked and lived in the UK, France, Croatia, Africa, and the US.

Incurable optimist and addicted night-time learner, she is a mum of 2 young children and step-mum of 2 grown-up children. Martina loves walking along the ancient Roman aqueduct at Tor Fiscale, cycling the Appian way, being taken to museums by her children, and indulging in Roman cuisine.

Dony Rome and Barcelona

Dony holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Granada, Spain, and an MA in Communication and Culture from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Traveller, art historian, documentary photographer, and visual archaeologist, Dony has written 3 books about history and music, including Electronic Samba.
Dony is an independent scholar who has explored the globe extensively. He has traveled to more than 38 countries and approximately 200 cities, stopping to delve deeper into Spain, England, Brazil, and Italy.
He regularly contributes to books and periodicals such as The Ecologist, Traveler magazine and Cambio 16, Lozzy maps and guides.
He is now based in Rome and leads our walking tours.

Alessandra Venice

Alessandra is a former station manager at Venice airport (Italy), with a vast experience in commercial aviation. Her passion for travel and recreational navigation has taken her along the Greek shores on a regular basis each year, with her husband and their sailboat, following the trade routes of the ancient Venetian merchants.  

In her world travels, Alessandra became a tour guide for the Australian Maritime National Museum and the Sydney Heritage Fleet in Sydney, NSW. There, her focus steered towards Australian history connected to maritime exploration.

Her love for Venetian history and art, alongside her outspoken personality and cosmopolitan experience, finally set her on her current career path: as a tour guide in her hometown of Venice, Italy.



Elisabetta Venice

Venetian born and Italian in every way, Elisabetta loves art, a good book, innovative ideas, and being surrounded by beauty.

Elisabetta lived abroad for many years, starting her tourism career in London before returning to Venice in 2000 to become a tour leader and private tour guide. In this profession, she imparts her passion for art history with a theatrical flair.

Elisabetta has limitless curiosity, although never enough time, to discover and share the many hidden gems of her island city.



Nicoletta Venice

Ich bin Nicoletta ,eine begeisterte Stadtführerin ,die Ihrem Beruf wirklich  liebt . Kurz etwas über mich :

Nachdem ich im Ausland gelebt und studiert habe (an der LMU ) und um die Welt gereist bin ,habe ich mit erneuten Neugier  mein Land zu betrachten und meine Kentisse davon zu vertiefen angefangen.

Ich liebe meine Stadt  und diese Liebe mȍchte ich, zusammen mit den Informationen und Hintergrundwissen ,meinen Gȁsten vermitteln, damit die Reise oder die Besichtigung  zu einem Erlebniss der Sinnen und vor alle der Seele wird .

Noch heute bin ich jedes mal gerüht vor dem goldenen Licht der Mosaiken der Markusbasilika ,vor den vechselhaften Farben der Lagune und ganz einfach zerzaubert von der Schönheit ,die als Geist meine Stadt prägt .

Herzlich willkommen in Venezia !

Chiara Venice

Chiara is a true Venetian! She is an expert guide and highly appreciated by our customers. Discovering special corners, visiting marvelous monuments, and sharing the knowledge of her magical city makes her a favorite.
She has taken the mission of making our visitors’ stays in Venice comfortable and happy!
She speaks English and Spanish. Come on and have fun!

Arianna Venice

Arianna is a professional tourist guide in Venice and its hinterland (Venetian villas).

She studied English and German languages and art history at the University of Venice. Since high school, she knew she wanted to become a tourist guide in this amazing city.

She will help you find your way in Venice or help you get lost! Arianna is an expert in delivering the joy to our customers while understanding what they really want to see in Venice.

Alban Paris

A native Parisian, Alban has been passionate about the History of France since he was a kid.

His work as a concierge in a cozy left bank hotel was what first showed him how much he loved sharing this passion with his guests. Therefore, in 2015, he decided to return to University and get his degree in art and history.

Today, Alban enjoys bringing history to life through his stories as he does what he loves best.



Anne-Marie Paris

Anne-Marie moved to Paris 15 years ago from Brittany, in western France, and fell in love. As a licensed tour guide, she quickly became enamored of its architecture and the richness of its heritage, which she can’t help but show off on every one of her guided tours.

Nothing makes her happier than sharing her passion for art in a way that is not only educational, but friendly and interactive. 

 



Jérôme Paris

Passionate about Paris, art and history,  spends hours strolling, observing, and studying before sharing his secrets with his guests. Although he was born in the south of France, he became a Parisian when he took a job as teacher in Paris more than 25 years ago. 

Teaching is now a thing of the past, however, as Jérôme now guides those who want to discover and understand the City of Light. 



Josquin Paris

People love discovering the city with Josquin, because he knows Paris more than anyone else–when Wikipedia or Google Maps have a question, they call Josquin. 

Josquin studied political science and history in the university of Lausanne, and he has also a bachelor’s degree in theater. He knows how to bring accurate knowledge in an entertaining way, always adapting the tour to the wishes of his guests.

Aside from guiding, Josquin loves cooking French dishes and hiking in the Alps.



Maëlle Paris

Born in a Parisian faubourg (or Parisian suburb), Maëlle got her master’s degree in cultural politics and then began taking art history classes at The Louvre. She is now a licensed guide in her hometown of Paris.

Passionate about urban history, Maëlle would love to share with you the lesser-known spots around town, making sure you connect with both Paris and its museums in your own personal way.

When she isn’t guiding, Maëlle spends her free time writing.



Margherita Paris

Italian by birth, Margherita has always been passionate about cultural heritage, which spurred her to obtain a PhD in Art History at the University of Siena. She lived and worked in this enchanting little Tuscan town before leaving Italy and making Paris her adopted home.

As a French National Licensed Guide, it is a pleasure for Nadia to accompany visitors as they discover museums and historical monuments. More importantly, she relishes sharing memorable and fun moments with each of the people she guides.



Nadia Paris

Nadia is passionate about history, art and gastronomy, and she can’t help but share all of these passions as a licensed guide. She graduated with a master’s in history, and has been living and guiding in Paris for over 20 years.

Convivial and dynamic, Nadia enjoys meeting new people and guiding her guests through prestigious Parisian museums, all while making history and art come alive for them. A guided tour will always be joyful and lively with Nadia, an enriching experience for both her and those she guides.

Patrick Paris

Patrick was a born and raised Parisian, although he comes from a family with roots in Britanny. He has always been passionate about his city and loves to help people both explore and understand it. Perhaps this need of his to share what he’s learned about Paris is both logical and inherited, as his father is a lecturer.

During the first part of his life, Patrick traveled the world, and he is grateful to all those friends who helped him discover their countries. In a sense, he’s paying them back every time he takes visitors on a tour in Paris.

Patrick loves history, so clients cannot escape a historical contextualization during their visit. He adores architecture, so his clients will walk away knowing about French monuments and architectural styles. He also appreciates art, so he will help his clients find it everywhere–both in museums and on the street. Finally, Patrick loves French gastronomy and the French art of living, so he’ll have to share a few of his favorite spots to enjoy both.



Stéphane Paris

Stéphane was born and raised in Paris, but he fell in love with the city when he was studying geography and history at Sorbonne University. Since that moment, he has never lost his passion for either Paris or Art History.

Very informative yet also very fun as a guide, Stéphane is eager to share his love and passion for Paris with every guest on his tours.

Mathieu Paris

Mathieu really is a local: he was born in the maternity ward right next to Notre-Dame!

Passionate about history, Mathieu became a history teacher and then decided to he wanted share his passion for his city with travelers as a guide. He loves wandering in Paris and inside its museums, looking for hidden gems and curious stories to tell.

When he is not guiding, Mathieu loves traveling, bptj in France and abroad.

Vanina Paris

Passionate about the Middle-Ages since childhood, Vanina decided her passion would become her everyday life! Born and raised in Paris, she studied history, archeology, and history of art. Vanina worked in the field of heritage development for many years, alongside artists and craftsmen, finally becoming a licensed tour guide.

Guiding is a real pleasure for Vanina, as she enjoys sharing her love of Paris’ history, evolution, and endless beauty with everyone on her tours.



Margarida Lisbon Chief Guide
Born and raised in Madeira /Portugal from a tour guide mother! It is in her genes.
Margarida is a professional tour guide in Lisbon who is always prepared for challenges on the roots of traditions, history, art, and national treasures in the museums.
Lived in Germany while working for the Portuguese Tourism Office in Frankfurt
so she can guide in English and German.
She is also managing our diverse network of tour guide in Lisbon for the perfection.
Stan Tallinn

Stan can not improve on perfection! He treats our guests as his friends not only because he loves Tallinn but also he is a super nice person with a big heart. Every single tour he delivers is absolutely wonderful.
He has the ability to make people feel comfortable with a mixture of conversation, generosity, and humility. Stan has an impressive knowledge on the history and culture of Tallinn. You will just be lucky to have him as your guide!

Denis Tallinn

Denis is a graduate of Tallinn University, has MA degrees in Educational Sciences and Conference Interpreting. He was born and raised in Tallinn, Estonia.

Guiding is his passion and it is something he is very good at! He has been working as a guide for 17 years, so he may say he truly knows every nook and cranny of Tallinn and has knowledge in culture and history of Estonia.

He guides in English and Russian.

Julia Tallinn

Julia is born and raised in Tallinn. She has a degree in Tourism and Hospitality at the Tartu University of Estonia. Since her graduation 15 years ago, she’s been working as a tour guide.

You can see her passion showing the beauty and great history of Tallinn to our guests. Her interests are history, art, and cultural heritage.

Julia has a gentle approach and is very easy going as she interacts with people. It’s a great pleasure to see our repeat clients asking for Julia as a guide again!

Julia guides in English and in Russian.

Josann Helsinki

Josanne originally studied forest science. She knows Helsinki and the vast landscapes of Finland: lakes and forests and bears and berries.

She created a city walk to discover main attractions in Helsinki with music from Finland. She’s been doing radio programs in Finland because Finnish music has always inspired her a lot.

Her musical tours open a fascinating dimension of Finnish culture and deepen your experience in Helsinki in a unique way.

Josann guides in English and German

Janis Riga
Janis is a man of the mind. He is very organized and very good with numbers thanks to his master’s degree in economics. He is a finance analyst and enjoys to relax leading our tours in Riga. He is well versed in the history of the Baltics and specialized in Riga where he lives.
Janis is very attentive to our customers and manages to be accessible to all types of learners while staying fresh and engaging.
Kristupas Vilnius

Kristupas hails from a wide variety of disciplines including art history, environmental science, archaeology, and classical studies. He has the ability to unite all with deep knowledge and passion for Vilnius and its cultural heritage.
He loves giving tours on topics he really cares about and meeting travelers who are genuinely interested in Vilnius.

Jelena Tallinn
Jelena born and raised in Tallinn is a true local.  She knows places all trendy or historical. She has a degree in Written Translation at Tallinn University and has been guiding for 12 years already.
She loves traveling and to guide is her passion. She has lots of fun stories, local experiences in Tallinn and great knowledge. She does her best to introduce her native country so that the one would fall in love with Estonia at first glance.
Jelena guides in English and Russian.