Who are the tour leaders
My name is Giovanni Crescioli, I was born in Fiesole in 1975, where my family has been living for generations. I am an Excursionist guide, the only legally-acknowledged profession in Tuscany, which is entitled to accompany clients on sightseeing and/or bike and hiking excursions.
My lands’ memory has become today a source of wealth and luxury, and I follow these tracks since they represent my roots. I use my legs and my imagination and knowledge to get in contact with the men who, generation after generation, helped shaping these wonderful places, lived here and left their signs and dreams. I feel privileged and blessed in reaping the benefits of the humble people who worked and struggled here.
To me, travelling today only makes sense if the journey is accompanied by a genuine attempt to confront with places, people and times: observing, listening, searching for crossings, interpreting dreams. And walking undiscovered paths instead of the usual ones.
This is why I do not like spectacularization of things, men, nature and past, or the celebration and exhibition of images and trophies as though they were postcards from ANOTHER world.
I aim at becoming a “craftsman of the territory”, being conscious of the luck and wealth of the time we are living in, and my wish is to turn this ambitious project into something real and into a concrete opportunity to discover, enhance and protect our territory’s magnificence.
Florence, the hills of Fiesole and Mugello are the places where I was born and bred. I grew up learning something new about these astonishing places day by day. I’m deeply in love with this territory and all the people whom with their efforts, their passions and their stories shaped it into a unique place in the world. This feeling is the reason why I decided to start exploring and to share these beautiful places. The joy of living in such a wonderful context that combines history, traditions, nature and beauty can’t be considered complete without sharing it.
For those who come from afar, I desire to unveil the most authentic aspect of these corners of heaven and let the travelers experience it through the eyes of a person who lives here every single day. For those who already know these gorgeous places I would like to change their perspective and make them gaze at the marvels they are surrounded by.
I’m an Excursionist guide of the Tuscany region, I got a qualification provided for by the Regional Law n. 42 of 2000, after attending a 600 hours professional course and passing the final exam. I have also attended a specialization course about leading tours in mountain bike. The law prescribes that the hiking guide must possess a Public Liability Insurance. In addition, it requires the proficiency in survival and first aid skills.