Dear Traveler,

In 1994, I began my career in tourism by becoming a tour guide. I spent years traveling throughout Italy, my birth country, discovering the secrets and splendors that can only be found in that magnificent country.

The years I spent as a tour guide provided me with a strong background that has enabled my travel business to flourish during the last ten years.
Now I want to bring the splendor and beauty of Italy - an enchanting country that is, in my opinion, unrivaled and absolutely breathtaking - to travelers interested in exploring and learning about a side of Italy that not many have had the opportunity to discover.
Many people know of the big Italian cities, but it is the countryside that contains the true essence of Italy. The heart and soul of Italy can be found in the rich foods, relaxing country, enchanting medieval villas, and the simple life that is found in the countryside. Most of these villas are located within a reasonable distance of the larger cities, and so a complete discovery of Italy and its many gifts are available to you when you stay at one of our charming properties.
In addition to offering a taste of Italy that many never discover, the cities are rich with culture, art, and tradition.

 

And I'm always available to answer your questions and help you discover everything wonderful on the road less traveled in Italy. My native country has opened its doors to many. Let me share the Italy that I know with you. It would give me great pleasure to make my Italy your Italy.

Buon Viaggio!

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  • #1

    Virginia Wong (Tuesday, 29 May 2012 03:54)

    We had a great time visiting Cinque Terre because of our terrific guide Loredana. She gave us the history, the stories, and of course the most scenic locations for the best pictures. Not only did we walk the scenic routes, she took us on a train ride. Loredana, you are a terrific guide.

  • #2

    Jana (Sunday, 15 July 2012 21:23)

    Dear Loredana,

    GRAZZI! GRAZZI! GRAZZI!!

    We had such a WONDERFUL time today. It was just great to see you again, catch up with you and have you show us your beautiful Cinque Terre. You made this part of our trip so special!! You take care of yourself and sweet little Andreas (sp?) and please keep in touch!

    CIAO! ;-)

    ~Jana

  • #3

    Elena (Sunday, 15 July 2012 21:24)

    Loredana,

    Thank you very much again for being our tour guide this past weekend. Your positive attitude and willingness to “go with the flow” was greatly appreciated!!

    As per our conversation, please send me your address so I can send you the photos that we took on our April site trip.

    All the best,
    Elena

  • #4

    Marilyn and Elliot (Friday, 27 July 2012 06:48)

    Hi Loredana. We are safely back in Montreal with eonderful memories to occupy our minds. Our day with you in Cinque Terre was truly the highlight of our trip. You are beautiful, charming, fun and so knowledgeable about your towns. You speak clearly and your English is perfect. You are a true professional. Thank-you. Thank-you.

  • #5

    Beverly (Saturday, 25 August 2012 19:41)

    Lory

    I cannot begin to thank you enough for all of your efforts that made the week work so well.
    It just could not have happened without you!
    I especially appreciate your doing the olive oil visit
    Please know how much I appreciate all that you do for me.
    Take care and have a good summer.

    Ciao
    Beverly

  • #6

    Jeannie (Monday, 03 September 2012 16:08)

    Hi Loredana! I have been wanting to write to you since returning home from Italy. We all want to thank you for really making our vacation in Italy one of the best trips ever! With your guidance, we were able to visit and enjoy the Italian Riviera.
    We successfully rode the train to Florence and back to Rapallo. On Sunday, we took the boat cruise to Santa Margherita (where we were able to attend mass at the Basilica di Santa Margherita) and Portofino. Portofino was absolutely breathtaking as you approached by water. We probably would have driven to Portofino and missed the beauty of arriving from the water. Thank you for suggesting we take the boat to Portofino…FANTASTIC! And we drove to Chiavari and Sestri Levante on Tuesday.
    I am sure that we have so much more to experience and are sure that we will be making another trip to Italy in the future.

    Jeannie

  • #7

    Sheri (Tuesday, 18 September 2012 21:57)

    Hi Loredana,


    I just realized I did not send you a thank you note for your work to arrange a private tour for our CEO Hans in Cinque Terra last month. He came back saying it was his favorite tour and he thought the guide Loredana Pantano was the best he had for the entire Seabourn voyage.

    Thank you again,

    Sheri
    Manager, Land Programs
    Windstar Cruises

  • #8

    Ellen (Saturday, 22 September 2012 14:34)

    What a wonderful day that was! Thanks, Loredana!

    Ellen

  • #9

    Virginia (Saturday, 22 September 2012 15:15)

    Hi Loredana,


    How are you? I hope you still remember me, my husband Doug and I had a great time with you at Cinque Terre.

    You must be very busy now as the summer approaches and there will be more visitors to Italy. We had a very wonderful cruise and the tour portion at Cinque Terre is one of our highlights, we enjoy your knowledgeage guide to the area. We will not hesitate to recommend your service to all our friends. I was in your website, and I would love to put my review in, please let me know how to do it (I can’t find anywhere I can click and write my review regarding your service).

    Have a good summer and keep in touch!

    Virginia

  • #10

    Art Kraus (Monday, 22 April 2013 19:39)

    We recently returned from a trip to Cinque Terre where we were blessed to have Loredana as our guide. We researched various potential guides before our trip and we were delighted that we made the right choice. She was not only knowledgeable about the area, but was very attentive to our personal needs and requests. She even spent time with us when the tour was completed to go over our travel arrangements to other parts of Italy so that she could give us input on our transportaion and sights to visit. On a scale of 1 - 10, my wife and I give her an 11. Thank you for helping make our visit so enjoyable.

    Art

  • #11

    Joseph (Sunday, 19 May 2013 09:09)

    Loredana was awesome! She had fantastic suggestions, was extremely knowledgeable about the area, and went out of her way to make our tour a great one! I STRONGLY recommend her to anyone touring in the area. If/when I go back, I'm definitely contacting her again!

  • #12

    Robin (Monday, 20 May 2013 08:01)

    Loredana was very good. We had customized requests for eating, shopping for certain foods. Her tour allowed us to see the most possible as she and our driver knew how to plan our day so as to avoid the most traffic. Very knowlegable. Would definitely hire again.

  • #13

    Jenni (Thursday, 13 June 2013 20:47)

    Our family tour of cinque terre was absolutely fantastic thanks to our wonderful guide Loredana. She customised our tour to fit in with a very tight schedule. During our planning any questions I had were responded to promptly. She organised to store our luggage which was a blessing . Loredana has so much knowledge and is so friendly I would recommend her every time and will be contacting her again in the future. Jenni Australia

  • #14

    Heather I (Thursday, 13 June 2013 20:51)

    Loredana was wonderful!!!!! Even though the weather wasn't the best she was so enthusiastic about showing us things and making sure we really had a great day. She took time with each person in our large group to make sure they enjoyed their day. I would highly recommend her and hope to have her help in exploring cinque terra sometime. Thanks Loredana for a fabulous day!!! and the best focaccia ever!!! Wish I had a piece right now.

  • #15

    Leigh Q (Monday, 17 June 2013 21:51)

    Loredana was wonderful. Picked us up at port, along with a very helpful driver, and kept us busy and happy all day. Thank you so much!

  • #16

    Joanne - Singapore (Tuesday, 18 June 2013 20:41)

    Loredana provided excellent service right from the booking to the actual guided tour. We increased our group size from 13 to 20 and she patiently guided me through the booking process and accommodated our varied wants and needs during the tour itself. She speaks excellent English with a quintessential Italian accent. Her passion for her country, intimate knowledge and energy ensured we had an great experience in Cinque Terre. We highly recommend Loredana for her professionalism and beautiful smile!

  • #17

    Linda F. - USA (Tuesday, 18 June 2013 20:43)

    Loredana was just wonderful. She arrived at our hotel on time and lead us through a fabulous day through Cinque Terre. She accomodated us 100%. Without her, our family of 9 would had spent the entire day trying to figure out how to get where we wanted to be. Booking with tours by locals and spending the day with Loredana exceeded our expectations.

  • #18

    Kimberly (Friday, 09 August 2013 22:55)

    We had such an incredible day touring Cinque Terre w/ you. Wish ithad been even longer! We all loved the area sooo much, & hope to comeback & visit again real soon. You were a great tour guide, & we verymuch enjoyed your company, & appreciated all of your guidance & direction along the way. Jim & I totally LOVED our hike from Vernazza to Monterosso. It was a wonderful
    experience. What a picturesque area. Just so beautiful &
    breathtaking. Anyway, hope to be in touch w/ you whenever we make it back to Italy!
    Warmest regards,
    Kimberly

  • #19

    Terry - USA (Tuesday, 08 October 2013 21:35)

    Loredana Pantano did everything and more....she was great and handled unexpected problems in a very professional manner. I would definitely use her again.

  • #20

    Jennifer (Tuesday, 08 October 2013 21:37)

    Loredana our guide at cinque terre was absolutely delightful. She was e xtremely knowleageable andtook us by ferryboat to all 5 lands at la cinque terre. I practiced my italian with her and that made it even more fun. She is the absoulete best tour guide I have ever had during my travels . She customized our tour and took us to places off the beaten path that only locals know about. Don't use any other guide for your trip. Don't miss out on a fabulous time. She even gave me a kiss goodbye.

  • #21

    Orlando and St. Angelo Cousins (Thursday, 06 November 2014 16:03)

    Loredana Pantano arranged a private tour for our group of nine travelers starting in La Spezia and stopping whenever we wished to admire the amazing views. Even with the glitch of the train strike on the day that we were scheduled, Loredana and our van driver Gianni created the most memorable day. We were able to visit four of the five towns, with Loredana providing the rich history and heritage that we would never have known had we tried this on our own. We experienced the rugged beauty of Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola and Riomaggiore only missing Corniglia due to the train strike. Having Loredana as our guide enabled us to enjoy our visit without worry or stress. Expert recommendations for where to eat and what to try were provided as well. We had the most amazing anchovies at Ristorante Gambero Rosso in Vernazza and enjoyed a local Cinque Terre wine. I highly recommend their homemade ravioli with the walnut sauce; it was like nothing else I had ever tried! Loredana assisted in translating and even helped me to track down a specific gift in Monterosso. We are planning another trip to Italy next year and have already decided that Loredana will definitely be booked again. Many great memories and amazing pictures will keep us ever grateful to Loredana!

  • #22

    Clara & Matt Jacob (Friday, 29 May 2015 12:39)

    Buon giorno! A group of 4 of us from Pittsburgh stayed in Tuscany for 2 weeks, making day trips here & there. Unanimously, we all agreed that our favorite tour was in in Cinque Terre, due in large part to Loredana. Things went so smoothly, she's a font of knowledge, she knows all the locals who all seem to love her & bend over backwards for her, & she's just a joy to be with. Simply put, she's one of the most stellar tour guides we've ever had the pleasure to connect with. I encourage you to do yourselves a favor -- if you're considering a visit to lovely Cinque Terre, book Loredana immediately! Hugs & kisses to you, Loredana :-) We all miss you terribly, mom :-)

  • #23

    Chai Ching (Thursday, 12 May 2016 05:10)

    A group of 8 of us from Malaysia descended into Genoa on April 17,2016 and had 2 days of amazing tour of Cinque Terre and the beautiful towns of Levante, Santa Margherita and Portofino guided by Loredana and her friendly driver. We highly recommend her for her great friendly spirit and her good knowledge of the region.

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