Who I Am

“Io Sono Etrusca”
means “I am Etruscan”

Monica (Io Sono Etrusca)
Hello, my name is Monica and I’m a Sommelier and a certified Tourist Guide.

Maybe I’m not an ETRUSCAN WOMAN, as the title of my web site says, maybe yes… My familiy comes from Saturnia, Maremma, and partly from Castiglione della Pescaia, in the neighbourhood of Grosseto.

Being fond of my homeland, Tuscany, I acquired a professional background in the first place as a tour leader and later on as a food and wine guide.

I have an higher-education diploma from the Language School at Cecina, but it took me several years, spent in Germany, Spain and England, before I was able to really master the languages spoken in those countries.

My acknowledgement as a tour guide at the local Literary Park, conferred to me by Castagneto Carducci Township, resulted afterwards in a long-lasting professional experience on the field: the so called “Sentimental Journeys”, a unique occasion for everybody who feels like discovering and exploring this veritable manor of poetic inspiration through a path involving all of our senses: hearing, smell, touch, sight and… TASTE. This job gave rise to a consequent interest in practically everythig concerned with the gastronomic heritage in my region: from raw materials to the context which originated our food habits, including the reasons and motivations behind their transmission. On that ground, I started my education training both as a wine tourist guide and a sommelier.

Are you planning a trip to Tuscany, to Florence, or are you perhaps interested in Siena or Elba Island?
All great travel destinations that offer more than pure relaxation.
Are you looking for something unique? Do you want to get to know culture, culinary specialties and the local lifestyle?
Then you have just found your personal guide.

Here I work as a certified city guide from Florence, Siena, Pisa, Lucca, Elba Island ...