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.
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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 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 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 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 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.