Girolibero Italy

Pierpaolo Romio

A born dreamer, Pierpaolo founded Girolibero/Zeppelin in...

A born dreamer, Pierpaolo founded Girolibero/Zeppelin in 1998. His travel diaries cover over 500,000 km of hitchhiking adventures the length and breadth of Europe and the most unusual collection of bikes. The latest? – A bike rickshaw. Favourite mode of travel? – Bike and boat. His CV lists some unlikely occupations, from ice cream parlour fittings consultant to novelty jewellery and trinkets salesman. Pierpaolo is also known to have had a go at the 80-km Kennedy Mars march in Holland, after which he irreversibly converted to cycling holidays... When not at the company's HQ in Vicenza, he's most likely out at lunch with one of his staff – something he enjoys doing with each of them in turn.

Giovanni Bottazzi

Has been aboard the Girolibero airship for a good 15...

Has been aboard the Girolibero airship for a good 15 years now, co-ordinating tour leaders and their destinations. A Vicenza thoroughbred, Giovanni is nonetheless driven by the adventurer's instinct to travel. Snow – and sliding down it – rank among his passions, with a never-ending quest for the perfect slope. Adores good food and fine wines and is working on visiting all the wine-producing areas in the world – preferably by bike (so as not to lose his license!:)). A Vespa enthusiast, he is the proud owner of four vintage models, all beautifully crafted: "Vespas are a passion that refuses to die," Giovanni says:"it's all about freedom, it's all about eternal youth."

Nicola Boaria

Born in Vicenza in 1978, Nicola caught the travel bug at...

Born in Vicenza in 1978, Nicola caught the travel bug at a very early age and spent years living in various countries in Asia, North Africa, Latin America and Europe, always working in tourism. In Lin Yutang's own words, however, "You do not realise how wonderful it is to travel, until you return home and lay your head down on your dear, old pillow." Which is why Nicola adores his home town so much: Vicenza, where he lives with his wife and two children, and works designing and planning bike tours in Italy.

Alice Tronca

Born in the Berici Hills outside Vicenza, the fourth of...

Born in the Berici Hills outside Vicenza, the fourth of five siblings and the only girl. A femminist and contrarian by vocation, she is never short of a pretext for being out on the road: particularly memorable are her temp jobs around Europe, including at a small ice cream shop along the River Main cycling track. Graduated with a thesis on Käurismäki's films, Alice still loves a challenge, despite settling down as a partner and parent. Next up: a marathon, teaching her little girl to pedal and... cycling the Paris-London!

Amerio Tronca

Born and bred among the woods and vineyards of the...

Born and bred among the woods and vineyards of the Berici Hills, barely a breath away from Vicenza and the sky, Amerio fell in love with his lands many moons ago, while saddled to his BMX. Nietsche’s philosophy comes a close second – and has done ever since his days as a university student, commuting by train to Padova. The lure of the two wheels has put Amerio firmly back on his saddle and on the roads of Europe, where – as a true-blooded Italian – his mantra is: “Never stop falling in love.”

Andrea Contarin

Andrea may be a boy's name in Italy, but this has never...

Andrea may be a boy's name in Italy, but this has never stopped her from being dead proud of it and travelling abroad with it. Her forays include Austria, where she has lived and studied languages. Andrea translates, checks and enriches our client information material year after year. She is a maniac for attention to detail (she is a virgo after all), and when not working on roadbooks and cycling guides, she loves group tours on two wheels – not least the family ones: kids on bikes are just great!

Andrea (Ferri) Ferrigato

A household name to any cycling aficionado: raced for 15...

A household name to any cycling aficionado: raced for 15 years alongside the top champs, before settling down – after 8 Giri d'Italia, 4 Tours de France and 17 international victories – with his new team: Girolibero. Andrea is in charge of programming our racing bike tours (many of which he also leads) on the most thrilling routes around Europe – and will happily take you to the moon if asked! When not pedalling, he loves spending time with his children, family and friends.

Anna Valle

Given the option, Anna will always bike it: not that she...

Given the option, Anna will always bike it: not that she loathes cars – she just hates parking them. Developed an early passion for languages through her friendship with pen pals, with cultural exchanges in France and Britain followed by a year in Lakewood (California) at the end of her secondary studies. Graduated in languages in Venice with a semester in pedal paradise (Amsterdam). Met her soulmate on a bike race – and sometimes thinks she would have been better off driving that day!

Antonio Fasolato

Signed up to the Girolibero team in 2009 after a long...

Signed up to the Girolibero team in 2009 after a long experience tour leading. Born and bred in Padova, Antonio graduated in Tourism Economy at Venice University. A passion for travel and the Great Outdoors led him to a casual encounter with a cycling tour: it was love at first sight and his life, work and wanderlust have never been the same since.

Eleonora Contarin

The sun – whether on a beach or in a park – and a good...

The sun – whether on a beach or in a park – and a good book make her ideal day. Loves travelling in thought and body alike, often in the wake of what she reads. Eleonora is the fourth of five siblings and adores having fun with her tribe – not least sharing her passion for graphic novels. Her natural element: Water. Her dream: to swim in all of the world’s most beautiful stretches of water!

Elisa Bettineschi

A graduate in languages for tourism, Elisa has lived in...

A graduate in languages for tourism, Elisa has lived in half of Europe, exploring on foot and by bike. Forever seeking to learn as many languages as possible, Slovene now stands out as her favourite. After years abroad, Elisa has now rediscovered her native Vicenza, and will endlessly harangue her friends with the mantra: “There’s more to Vicenza than Palladio”. While passionate about softball and films, she relaxes by the seaside and snorkelling. She loves the Nordic way of life, not least tucking into a hearty breakfast.

Ilaria Cubalchini

After University, Ilaria found her new home in Berlin...

After University, Ilaria found her new home in Berlin and then in Melbourne, two cities where she left a piece of her heart.
She collects some experiences all over the world and then she comes back to Italy, but the thirst for travels and adventures didn’t end at all.
During the day she takes care of booking the tours and in between she daydreams, in the evenings she travels with her mind through books and travel stories. She loves aperitifs with her friends, walking in the nature and, of course, planning the next adventure!

Katia Brustolon

Born in a hamlet snuggled in the Pelmo and Civetta...

Born in a hamlet snuggled in the Pelmo and Civetta mountains, Katia moved down to the Venetian lagoon to study Chinese. Further East, strapped to her rucksack, she toured from frosty Manchuria to the remote mountains of Sichuan, from East Coast towns such as Shanghai and Canton as far as the desolate plateaux of Tibet. After settling in Vicenza for love and work, Katia now tours on two wheels with Paolo, forever seeking out new horizons and cultures. In her spare time she loves reading, mountain walking, jogging with colleagues and trying out new Chinese dishes. Adores ice cream.

Maddalena Dal Porto

With a rucksack full of adventures collected with the...

With a rucksack full of adventures collected with the Scouts, Maddalena loves mountains and nature. Ever drawn to what lies beyond, she graduated in translation and interpreting and has spent time abroad – notably in Germany but also in Ireland, Switzerland and Spain. An inquisitive walker, Maddalena loves to sniff out all there is to know about a town that is new to her. Through her passion for art, her work as an exhibition guide inevitably led her into the folds of Girolibero. Maddalena is also keen on drama and, needless to say, two-wheeled travel (both motorised and leg-powered). She is fascinated by cats and their feline perfection.

Marco Furegon

Whether it’s a barbie with friends, a Sunday outing or a...

Whether it’s a barbie with friends, a Sunday outing or a 20,000-strong festival, give Marco something to organise and he’ll be happy. When not immersed in his group tours, kids’ activities or megafests, he’ll be on a rugby pitch. A world-wanderer since childhood, Marco always comes back home bewitched by the places he visits, the people and their stories. His favourite adventure? – Strapped under his rucksack, and savouring the right mix of history, culture, nature, chillout, fine food and a beer or three.

Martina Marzari

Girolibero's "youngster" has been checking and...

Girolibero's "youngster" has been checking and translating our background material since 2007. She loves volleyball, beach volley and clubbing – always an opportunity to sport an impressive collection of high heels. Martina was keen to improve her German after qualifying in languages at high school in 2009: we packed her off to Bavaria for a few months, and she is now as comfortable with a Radler as she is with an aperitivo.

Natasha Hamrick

Joined the Girolibero ranks in May 2006 as a temp...

Joined the Girolibero ranks in May 2006 as a temp translator and preparing info packs before firmly planting her roots. Progressed to programming and bookings, enriching her contribution with historical and gastronomic hints and tips – which are always welcome! In her free time Natasha lets her hair down at rock concerts and funfairs, and relaxes with a game of "Super Mario" or a Scandinavian whodunnit.

Nicola Matteazzi

Astride a Girolibero saddle since 2017 and a Vicenza boy...

Astride a Girolibero saddle since 2017 and a Vicenza boy to the core, Nicola can’t get enough of his home town – especially its wines, Bigoli pasta with ragout, and the hills he burns with his bike or classic Vespa. Vicenza for him means la Dolce Vita and the place you come back to after drinking in some far-flung adventure. He has ticked all the continents with his surfboard and fishing rod, forever in search of the Perfect Wave and the most beautiful fish – which, more often than not, he just briefly admires. Costa Rica holds a special place in his heart for its wild nature – even as a child, Nicola preferred the forest to the playground. A stupendous collection of exotic orchids now graces his lounge.

Sana Mubashar

In Girolibero since 2018. Fourth of five siblings, she...

In Girolibero since 2018. Fourth of five siblings, she was born in Pakistan, but has lived mostly in Thiene (Italy). With the family she shares the passion of videogames and fantasy and Bollywood films. In her free time she likes to read and watch telefilms. One of her dreams is to make a journey on her own in Pakistan.

Sandra Hofer

From South Tyrol by birth and the Veneto by adoption,...

From South Tyrol by birth and the Veneto by adoption, Sandra was lured away from the Dolomites by the Muses to study history of art in Verona. Armed with her perfect bilingualism – and forever harmonising Teutonic orderliness with Italian brio – she landed at Girolibero via a roundabout route through galleries and museums. Attention to detail comes as second nature to Sandra, who loves puns and the small pleasures in life. Away from the office, she’ll be admiring a work of art or a landscape, enjoying a film, or baking pastries and crackers in the kitchen – not least for her colleagues. And to switch off work? – A good jog or an aperitivo with pals.

Valentina Maccà

Hails from the village of Camisano (Vicenza). Joined...

Hails from the village of Camisano (Vicenza). Joined Girolibero in 2010 and her main task is translating the background material into German and English (which she feels perfectly comfortable with) and compiling the info packs for travellers. What else? Valentina loves travelling with her husband and spending her evenings with friends and a decent glass of wine. Also enjoys getting far from the madding crowd and a good book.

Mechanics and Logistics

Antonio (Toni) Germani

Though many cyclists will be familiar with Toni as a...

Though many cyclists will be familiar with Toni as a tour leader, these days he is our logistics frontman at the warehouse. As well as fixing your bike he can share a few tips on buying a new one. In his spare time he will saddle his MTB and recce the Pre-Alps of Vicenza or the Berici Hills – or else, if the weather is too rough, a good film will do.

 

Leonardo Ceron

Born and bred in Polenta Paradise near Vicenza, by the...

Born and bred in Polenta Paradise near Vicenza, by the age of 21 Leonardo had already fallen head over heels for a Française and all things French, including foie gras. After trekking round Europe (and the Italy-France commuting routes) by Lambretta, Cinquecento, train and hitching, Leonardo realised – having reached the Age of Reason – that he’d never cycled to France. Since then, his two wheels and legs have become one; France is his second homeland; and he is to be found now in the Loire surrounded by orange bikes. In his panier bags? – Jazz, Pink Floyd, corkscrew, chopping board, Opinel knife, On the Road by Kerouac, Les Fleurs du mal by Baudelaire and (most importantly) Liberté, Egalité et Vin rosé. (Chilled.)

Luca Cecchinato

Passionate about bikes and mechanics from birth, Luca is...

Passionate about bikes and mechanics from birth, Luca is known to have crafted a bicycle out of a brolly as a child. This appetite, precision and care all shine through in our workshops, where – in between bikes, on his lunch break – he can be found fiddling around with a vintage Vespa, his great love. If you drop in, you’re likely to find Luca servicing bikes, one by one, or shooting through our offices to test them. Depending on the season, he’ll be saddling his own bike or enjoying falconry and birdwatching.

Nicolò Minati

Well and truly from Vicenza, despite landing at...

Well and truly from Vicenza, despite landing at Girolibero on secondment from Verona University's Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature. Spends his days at our warehouse loading up bike trailers, or on the road delivering bikes to our clients in the Venice Lands and Croatia – or else shuttling to our boats (Ave Maria and Vita Pugna) in Mantua.

Tour leaders

Alain Rimondi

Born into a family of wanderers and with a diploma in...

Born into a family of wanderers and with a diploma in tourism under my belt, I have always loved sports, travel and people, searching for the magic thread that connects them all. I found it in the form of a bicycle. My two wheels allow me to feel part of the landscape, to be greeted as an old friend by strangers, admire new horizons and simply to be out there. My pedal baptism? – A year on the saddle discovering Europe and what makes us all the same and yet unique. An experience so powerful and fulfilling that it wrote the script for my next chapter: my bike became my profession.

Antonella Ricci

A physical trait of mine I love? – It's got to be my...

A physical trait of mine I love? – It's got to be my curls: free and windswept, just how I like to live! Ever since I was a wee girl, I've always looked around me dying to discover something new: I think I was two when I first ran away from home to explore the village piazza! A passion for foreign languages and cultures is something I've nurtured through my studies, along with sport. My bike became my favourite wheels during my years in Dublin. The Emerald Island's winds and rains have turned me into the toughie I am: there's no stopping me now!

Chiara Tessarotto

Originally from Trieste and a traveller from a young...

Originally from Trieste and a traveller from a young age, in the course of my Environmental Science degree at university I set off for the most magical, outlandish and unpolluted of all territories: Iceland! On the road, there is nothing better for me than sitting down to a spread of local dishes and chatting to locals, hearing their stories and sharing with other travellers experiences that will make me dream – perhaps in front of a smørrebrød, a steaming goulash or a humble pan y tomate, a good Wachau wine, or a bowl of tortelli di Valeggio.

Claudia Hartwich

Despite my German roots I have always been in love with...

Despite my German roots I have always been in love with Italy and Italians, not least for their gastronomy and wine. I adore travelling, striking up new friendships and getting to know new countries. My bike is my perfect travel buddy, especially in the summer. When I am not wandering around the world you will find me in Dresden, helping Italian and German visitors discover the city known as "Florence on the Elbe".

Daniela Zarpellon

Two-wheeled traveller by choice and tour guide by...

Two-wheeled traveller by choice and tour guide by profession, my career is all about the open air. Even the lure of Vicenza cannot keep me in town for long: if I am not on the mountain slopes I am on the road discovering new horizons. Linking up with Girolibero was inevitable and it was love at first sight. My most memorable travels? Australia, Patagonia and anywhere else down-under!

Elisa Bettineschi

A graduate in languages for tourism, Elisa has lived in...

A graduate in languages for tourism, Elisa has lived in half of Europe, exploring on foot and by bike. Forever seeking to learn as many languages as possible, Slovene now stands out as her favourite. After years abroad, Elisa has now rediscovered her native Vicenza, and will endlessly harangue her friends with the mantra: “There’s more to Vicenza than Palladio”. While passionate about softball and films, she relaxes by the seaside and snorkelling. She loves the Nordic way of life, not least tucking into a hearty breakfast.

Fabio Perselli

A nomadic childhood straddling East and West probably...

A nomadic childhood straddling East and West probably accounts for my later life as a bike&boat tour leader and linguist. I blame an eccentric grandmother for the rest: a passion for the Venice Lands (where my roots lie), their history, culture, wines and dialect – which I love to share with my groups on two wheels. Cycling also lets you absorb your surroundings, stop and chat with strangers, observe the birdlife (I never get tired of the Po Delta). My partner and daughters share my enthusiasm for Girolibero life and gelato, and are tolerant of my enjoyment of lower league football.

Hein Hoefnagels

Dutch by birth but a citizen of the world, I have also...

Dutch by birth but a citizen of the world, I have also lived in Italy, which I know and love as much as I love Italians! I have a sunny personality and what I love most about my job is laughing and joking with new people. I am a hydraulic engineer and enjoy taking Italians around to discover Holland, with its windmills, tulips and canals. I also lead bike&boat tours in Italy, between Mantova and Venice – a type of tour which is common in Holland and now popular further south too. When I am not leading Girolibero tours, I cycle around the world, read and dance the tango.

Hugo Gietelink

I hold a degree in Political Sciences and have led tours...

I hold a degree in Political Sciences and have led tours for many years – cycling trips as well as bike&boat ones – in Holland and other countries too. I am passionately enthusiastic about my job: it brings me happiness and the opportunity to meet new people and hear their stories and ideas. They say that in my groups laughter is always guaranteed – so... step aboard and find out for yourself! My heart, incidentally, is tied to Italy in more ways than one: my partner Barbara is an authentic Pugliese.

Marco Quaglio

I was born and bred in Mestre (mainland Venice) where I...

I was born and bred in Mestre (mainland Venice) where I took to cycling at a very early age out of fun and passion. You will still catch me cycling through the hills of theVenice Lands, along the banks of the Brenta or the Lagoon, which I also like exploring by canoe. Travel is something I enjoy best pushing pedals: I have traversed Europe from London to Venice by bike and explored Thailand, Australia and South America. With Girolibero I spend the summer in Provence and Camargue, where the landscape is similar to my homeland – all regions I love profoundly.

Michele Quaresimin

Sports trainer, in love with the Great Outdoors and......

Sports trainer, in love with the Great Outdoors and... Ireland. I espouse Pierre de Coubertin's philosophy, which advocates that sport is not just about competing, but also a lifestyle, pleasurable, healthy and for absolutely everyone – and that what matters is to partake in it, not winning. My greatest passion is my family: Marta and my children Mattia and Aurora. The only sports my kids do at the moment is cuddling – and for the time being I am fine with that!

Rosita Menghi

I was born in Romagna but am Bolognese by adoption. I...

I was born in Romagna but am Bolognese by adoption. I grew up to the rhythm of polka and mazurca, and then the dance beats of the Eighties. I have worked in all manner of jobs, from welder to masseuse, to keep me going through my studies until, in 1998, a summer job turned into a career as a professional guide. From that point onwards I set off touring by bike, vespa and on foot, in Italy and the rest of Europe – but beyond my continent too, non-stop! A passionate cycle tourist and traveller, I love horse riding, scuba diving, comedy and live music. I adore kids and animals, both two- and four-legged...

Silvia Pezzetti

If being born on lofty ground – at the foot of the...

If being born on lofty ground – at the foot of the Bergamasque Pre-Alps – gave me my sense of adventure, water is very much my natural element: sailing, scuba diving, voyaging. The steps from family holidays to back-packing, to tour leading all came easy, and discovering the big world out there soon became my passion – and don't get me started on architecture! Whether it's trekking on the Côte d'Azur, scratching under the cultural surface of the Baltic Republics, or island-hopping through the Cyclades, what I always pack in my bag is inquisitiveness, enthusiasm and a smile!

Stefania Corà

I teach English and German, and never get tired of...

I teach English and German, and never get tired of pedalling. Like all good citizens of the Veneto on tour, I strive to be precise and give it my all: in fact the best possible reward for me is seeing people enjoying themselves on their holiday. I adore large towns – I need a good fix from time to time, and throw myself in headlong – the travelling, the people who fuel me. Nothing gives me a better buzz than a good group tour, especially on my own saddle!

Tamara Veenendaal

I am 50% Dutch and 50% Italian, and my bike is both my...

I am 50% Dutch and 50% Italian, and my bike is both my hobby and my job. From April to October I lead cycling tours in Italy and abroad, but even in my free time, my passion for nature and the woods makes me jump on a bike – especially my MTB. In winter I work at a skiing school in Val Badia... quite a change from the flats of Holland to the mountains of Northern Italy. Before tour leading, I used to teach the disabled, the elderly and children. Besides cycling I love skiing, walking, reading and playing music.

Crew Italy

Alberto Reghellin

Born in Schio (Vicenza) in 1981, Alberto started working...

Born in Schio (Vicenza) in 1981, Alberto started working in the kitchens of Venice while studying philosophy and theatre. From the hobs and ovens of boatmen and fishermen, he moved inland near Milan where, with his two partners, he opened a restaurant. Its menu: a fusion of delicacies from Venice and Pavia, along with a progamme of cultural events. Back in Schio, Alberto dived headlong into another adventure: a resto-pub where he could further his ambition of feeding body, mind and soul through culture and cuisine.

Enrico Belloni

Born and bred in Vicenza, a graduate in Environmental...

Born and bred in Vicenza, a graduate in Environmental Science. Enrico's passion for music at high school led to the formation of a rock band with three friends, touring Europe, and later to a booking agency organising tours in Italy for foreign bands. Musicians from any corner of the earth would stay over at Enrico's in Vicenza, where he'd personally provide the catering and dish up authentic local recipes. His drums and cymbals have now given way to chopping boards and pans. Adores the bike-boat formula, which creates the unique atmosphere of an extended international family and leads to many enduring friendships. Enrico's ambition is to wear the captain's cap one day and he is currently training as an on-board mechanical engineering.

Esther Fontanella

A tireless explorer of the world and of herself,...

A tireless explorer of the world and of herself, Esther’s dream ever since childhood has been to travel – even if the original idea was to do so driving a taxi. Inquisitiveness has fuelled her days and the many professions she has ventured into. London, Milan, Mannheim, Paris: in every town a new job, home and a new corner of her heart occupied by fresh friendships, unfamiliar lights, smells and quarters which, once lived in, became her home. Esther loves healthy food that will nourish both body and creativity, while her experience in fashion design colours her culinary offerings.

Filippo Bonafè

A seawolf ever since boarding his first boat as a...

A seawolf ever since boarding his first boat as a toddler, Filippo is one of the few young skippers who know every bend and eddy in the River Po. His passion? – Honest, not-frills food, especially desserts, first and foremost Chef Giuliano’s fruit tart with Italian crema. Loves nature, the sea and, best of all, mountains. When not at the rudder or the dinner table, Filippo loves his sport, not least breaking into a sweat on his bike.

Giovanni Penzo

A skipper by nature, he names his boats after his wife...

A skipper by nature, he names his boats after his wife and calls his crew members "ciccio" ("matey"), irrespective of size or gender. For them, Giovanni is a natural seawolf and rat-catcher. Spends most of his life between prow and poop, usually accompanied by his four-legged companion, Lapo. Old habits die hard and after dinner Giovanni will make himself comfortable under the stars, whisky in one hand and cigar in the other. His repertoire of unlikely stories, all narrated in inimitable Chioggia dialect, is legendary and appreciated by crew and guests alike.

Giuliano Zarantonello

Chef by profession but especially by passion. Enlisted...

Chef by profession but especially by passion. Enlisted in the "Girolibero-Zeppelin Navy" to combine two of his cravings: boats and cookery – or perhaps to dream of a lady at each port of call! Will happily corrupt the Headquarters with crostoli and Venetian doughnuts to be part of the crew, and people say that his cooking is better than his English (although, thankfully, he does get by in this too). Giuliano's life is increasingly happy and intense, and he manages to juggle sailing, his sweetheart Giada and their little Leonardo with the disparate passions of a vagabond.

Irene Vigolo

Growing up amid sacks of flour at the family bakery,...

Growing up amid sacks of flour at the family bakery, where she used to play hide-and-seek with her brother, Irene has always had a weakness for carbs. Her first berth was a picturesque agriturismo, where her second family initially took her in as a waitress. Having finished her studies in tourism, Irene set off on the Camino de Santiago and soon caught the travel bug. With a passion for wines and fine food, she tries to stay in shape by leading motley crews through the orderly cycleways of the North, the elemental beauty of Apulia and the intoxicating vineyards of Bordeaux. A stroke of luck lands her on the Ave Maria; the rest is history.

Luciano Penzo

Hails from glorious Chioggia, the "other, real, Venice"...

Hails from glorious Chioggia, the "other, real, Venice" – famous the world over, he claims, for the sheer number of scooters and e-bikes. Though a seawolf cub by birth, Luciano never scorns the dry land where he's passionate about his ladies (wife and two daughters) and motorbikes. Like all true seamen, he is forever seeking the optimum balance between physical equilibrium and the perfect diet... without ever finding it. Aboard our Ave Maria Luciano is the Jack of all technical trades: he'll fix anything, and if he can't fix it he'll just buy it.

Riccardo Tamani

A citizen of Mantova to the bone, Riccardo claims to...

A citizen of Mantova to the bone, Riccardo claims to produce, with his father, the best salami in the world. Started working at 16 and resumed his studies a few years later, becoming in a short space of time captain, engineer, helmsman and diver – hence his passion for boats and water, which soon gripped his young daughter, Vittoria. On dry land, he loves to organise a bite with his closest friends and, being football mad, he loves a good kick around too.

Sara Visentin

"Once a Vita Pugna girl, always a Vita Pugna girl!" –...

"Once a Vita Pugna girl, always a Vita Pugna girl!" – that's her in the words of the "The Boss" (skipper). Loves cooking and, even better, eating desserts. Her speciality? – Pannacotta with basil and lemon. Sara discovered her passion in England partly by chance and partly by intuition. She now hops from hob to hob in the galley and has fallen in love with all things maritime: the boats, the water, life on the waves. The scents and creaks of the Vita Pugna make her feel at home, although she'll always yearn for the warmth of her family and dog, Wolly.  Loves travelling, dancing and... running in the rain.

Marketing and Communication

  

Anita Andriolo

Joined the Girolibero ranks in 2009. When not clutching...

Joined the Girolibero ranks in 2009. When not clutching her mouse, she dedicates herself to her sport, pets (a dog, two cats and a tortoise) and enjoys a full-bellied song – always accompanied by a chalice of Amarone! In defiance of her degree in Political Sciences, in 2008 Anita specialised in growing roses, both ancient and modern. She has pledged her eternal love to the Venetian Lagoon and the sea, but regrets to face up to the fact that her freckles are the closest she manages to a decent suntan.

Elena Riatti

A chaotic (orderly, she claims) jumble reigns supreme on...

A chaotic (orderly, she claims) jumble reigns supreme on Elena's desk, ranging from Girolibero and Zeppelin brochures to newspapers, magazines and scraps of paper. Joined the team in 2009 with a History of Arts degree and manages our communications and press affairs. Loved her beaches as much as the scout camps as a child, which accounts for an equal fondness of flip-flops and trekking boots. Elena's first love? – Guitar. Her latest? – Tanzania, where she spent her honeymoon.

Gessica Padoan

Born in 1991 in Vicenza – a town jokingly known as “full...

Born in 1991 in Vicenza – a town jokingly known as “full of cat eaters” – Gessica would fight tooth and claw for any mog out there. She’s passionate about visual design and, having graduated in Graphic Design & Art Direction at the NABA-Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan, she then worked on inforgraphics as a graphic designer at No.Parking Studio in Vicenza. Along the way, whilst working on the music scene, Gessica also discovered a love of photography, which she nurtured as a photographer for EY Studio. Add her passion for cycling to her ability behind the camera and lens, and little surprise that she should end up at Girolibero.

Nicole Zavagnin

A graduate in Communications, you’ll always find Nicole...

A graduate in Communications, you’ll always find Nicole (no points for guessing) online, tweeting, posting and generally flying the flag for adventure travel across the web. When she’s offline, Nicole will jump on the nearest plane in search of a new destination to post up on Foursquare or Instragram. Music and radio are both close to her heart, and in her spare time she works as a presenter, interviewer and writer. A single astrological sign was never going to be enough for this busy bee, who is an Aries with the cusp on Pisces and Scorpio ascendant. (Don’t ask: Nicole isn’t sure either…).