About scooterbella.com

Guided walking and biking tours in Italy, France, Greece, Croatia, Turkey and Spain



Owner & Manager: Brett Naisby started guiding luxury biking and walking tours in France in 1990 for “Butterfield & Robinson”. After two seasons he returned to Canada to start working for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs. However, after a few years he cut short his nascent career to return to Europe in 1994. This time he landed in Tuscany, where he has been living ever since. Brett established an active travel company called "Customwalks" in 1996 and in 2006 he started "Scooterbella" to offer Vespa tours in the area around his home in Gaiole in Chianti. Over the past 24 years Brett's two travel companies have run hundreds of trips for thousands of people in dozens of locations throughout Italy, France, Spain, Croatia, Turkey, Algeria, Greece, Slovenia and most recently the Republic of Georgia. Brett oversees all aspects of Scooterbella in a very hands-on way. He continues to research and develop new tours as well as guide several departures a year.  Brett divides his time between homes in Tuscany and New Zealand, where he cruises in style on his vintage Vespa PX 200.

 

Brett Naisby, Owner-Director, Customwalks Ltd.

 

 

 

 

What makes us different?

 
1 Our guides


Our mix of North American and European managers and guides allows us to both understand what our clientele want and expect in terms of service while providing them with a trip that benefits from our intimate local knowledge.

Unlike many other companies, our managers and guides live in the areas where we run our trips.

Although we are a small company, we have been enjoying our work since 1996. 
2 Experience


Our guides are dedicated to creating both a fabulously fun and an educational travel experience. Our guides are quite simply accomplished individuals.

Many have multiple degrees and our ranks include former university professors, business consultants, successful artists (mosaicists, painters, and ceramicists), actors, translators and interpreters, authors, bike racers, and a master sommelier.

The guides are there to look after you, entertain you, inform you and generally enrich your travel experience. They add a lot of  value to the tour.
3 Our History


Since 1996 we have overcome currency fluctuations, two Gulf Wars, 9/11, pandemics (S.A.R.S., Bird Flu, Swine Flu),  Volcanoes (Eyjafjallajokull’s 2010 eruption), Earthquakes (Christchurch 2011), the Global Economic Downturn AND the dreadful Berlusconi! We are not just an owner-operator operation that seizes up when the owner sprains an ankle. Nor are we a large travel company with huge overheads to cover. We like to keep it simple. There are four full-time employees at Customwalks in addition to our guides. Our livelihood is dependent on the success of our tours and the repeat business of our customers. When you call our toll free line it gets forwarded to us in Italy. We are here, on the ground, doing what we enjoy and do best; creating unforgettable travel experiences.



Meet our Trip Leaders


Brett Naisby

Brett Naisby

After completing an M.A. in International Relations and cutting short a career with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Brett gave in to his sense of adventure and went off to trek in the Canadian Rockies, the Atlas mountains of Morocco, the Southern Alps of New Zealand, the Everest region of Nepal and the Italian Dolomites. He has also cycled extensively throughout Europe. He divides his time between Christchurch, New Zealand, and the Customwalks office in Tuscany. Languages: Canadian-eh, French and Italian



Sara

Sara

Sara is a licensed city guide for her historic hometown of Arezzo and its province. Together with Manu, she manages the operations for many of our bike tours. Although not a cyclist herself Sara  never tires of helping people discover the beauty, history and traditions of her beloved Italy. Fluent in Spannish, Sara also looks after our bike tours in Spain.  Languages: Italian, English, Spanish and French.



Marco

Marco

Marco is originally from Florence but now lives in the verdant hills above Lucca. His love of travel has taken him on hiking adventures all over the world, from the Sahara to the Amazon and Nepal. A man of many skills, he has worked in the fashion industry in Florence, as a chef on a super-yacht in the Mediterranean, and as an artist and mosaicist from his home studio. Marco is a fervent supporter of La Fiorentina, the Florence football club, and the Rolling Stones. He guides our walking tours in the Cinque Terre, Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast and Sardinia, as well as our Vespa tours. Languages: Italian, English, and Spanish.



Claire

Claire

Claire has a PhD in French and Comparative Literature but happily abandoned academia years ago to become a guide. Her zest for life and wanderlust have taken her all over the world, from Albania to Zanzibar, and she now works closely with Brett to oversee the research and development of our tours. Claire is fluent in French and Italian, and can order wine in another 15 languages. She lives in Tuscany when she is not guiding our tours in Italy, France, Spain, Croatia, Greece, Slovenia and Turkey.



Jacopo

Jacopo

Jacopo was born in Florence and grew up in the Tuscan countryside . He is a qualified architect but his love of nature and the outdoors has led him to the vocation of adventure sport guide. He is a keen kayaker, equestrian, hiker, and biker. He has also had a semi professional career as a theatre actor. His interest in sustainable living and an ecological lifestyle finds expression in his olive grove, which he tends year round to produce his own organic olive oil. Jacopo leads our Tuscany Walk and Tuscany Vespa Tour in his home region of Italy.







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