Guided Vespa™ scooter tours in Italy, France, Croatia 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 but a few years later he cut short his nascent career to return to Europe in 1994. This time he landed in Tuscany and fell in love with the beauty of the region, and has spent six months a year in the Chianti wine-growing region 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 base 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. He divides his time between homes in Tuscany and New Zealand, where he cruises in style on his vintage Vespa PX 200. (Brett is the guy in the foreground, not the little man standing on his shoulder).
Brett Naisby, Owner-Director, Speranza Travel Ltd.: Customwalks - Scootbella - Mondo Bike Tours
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Meet our Trip Leaders
After completing a Master's 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 100% Tuscan and lives in Arezzo. She has a passion for travel and meeting new people, and has been working in tourism since 2005, but she still loves to spend a couple of months each winter exploring the world. Sara is deeply devoted to her home town of Arezzo and is a licensed city guide for the historic city and its province. She loves helping people discover the beauty, history and traditions of Tuscany, and she especially enjoys partaking in delicious food and wine in good company. You’re sure to eat well with Sara on our Tuscany Vespa and Puglia scooter tours! Languages: Italian, English, Spanish.
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 led him to the vocation of adventure sport guide. He is a keen kayaker, equestrian, hiker, and biker. He 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 tours in his home region of Italy.
Rachele is “Comasca,” which means she was born, raised, and lives in the beautiful lakeside town of Como, in northern Italy. At the young age of 16 she went to Australia for a year where she lived with a family and attended high school. She returned to Italy and studied management, tourism, and languages at university in Milan. Rachele has lived in Spain and Greece, travelled extensively throughout Europe, as well as in Central America and India, but has always returned to her hometown of Como. She recently qualified as a licensed trekking guide in Italy and she guides our Cinque Terre and Lake Como walking tours as well as some of our scooter tours (she's a pro at getting around Como by Vespa!). When she is not on tour she helps her mother run a shop in the centre of Como, and every year she relaxes on the Greek island of Folegandros where her family has a house. Languages: Italian, English, Spanish; and a little German, Russian and Greek.