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Marianne Lopez

I was born in France from a half Spanish family so was used to traveling for my very first age between France and Spain. I learned to love discovering new places and learning different habits and languages. After living in Ireland and Spain, I dropped my luggage in Sicily 12 years ago and started working in making people discover Sicily and Italy.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Sicily, Amalfi Coast, Naples, Apulia, Rome, Venice, Tuscany
Wine experience, Self-drive tours, active trips, Classics"

How did you get involved in travel?

"My first experience was being a tour leader for trekking tours on Aeolian Islands and Etna. After 4 years leading groups around Italian countryside and volcanoes, I started planning trips for people who want to visit Italy, and know it from inside."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"The first time I saw Rome and Venice and the impression that a lifetime would be enough to see all the wonders they hold."

Featured trips & expertise

Italian Highlights from Rome to Cinque Terre - 8 Days

From artistic Florence to the famously beautiful National Park of Cinque Terre, this week-long highlights tour will give you a taste of some of the best that sunny, charming Italy has to offer. Explore Rome's ancient monuments, soak in the beauty of the Tuscan countryside, and visit vineyards, food shops, and incredible restaurants along the way.

Florence, Italy
Highlights of Italy – 14 Days

Discover the sights and delights of Italy on this two-week highlights tour. Explore the floating city of Venice, the Renaissance jewel of Florence, and the Eternal City of Rome. Ride a Vespa through picturesque Tuscany and discover the stunning Amalfi Coast. Soak up the culture, food, and wine while you fall in love with Italy.

An aerial view of a harbor in the Trapani province of Sicily
Sicily's West Coast in 7 Days: Fishing Villages, Wineries & Archaeology

This tour of Sicily starts in the island's largest city, colorful and vibrant Palermo, before continuing to the country for scenic drives and island hopping. Boat rides, visits to wineries, walks along cobblestone streets and exploration of archaeological sites are just a few of the bucket list items you can tick off on this Sicilian adventure.

Recent trip reviews for Marianne


Sicily trip, Italy - Jun 9 - Jun 26, 2018

Traveler: John H. - Local specialist: Marianne Lopez

We had a wonderful 14 days in Sicily with an extension of 2 nights in Lipari and 2 additional nights in Rome. Marianne was very helpful, especially when we altered our Mt Etna excursion and she then added an additional dinner to our trip. The only recommendation my husband and I were to make is if you plan to drive to Syracuse's part of the City called Ortygia, it should be mentioned that you need to 1st park your car in longterm parking and then take a taxi to the hotel as only residents' cars are allowed.

Marianne Lopez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks for your comments.
It's been a pleasure to help you before your trip and during your holidays on our beautiful island (and Rome).

Walking tour in tuscany or piedmont, Italy - Jun 19 - Jun 23, 2018

Traveler: Ashutosh C. - Local specialist: Marianne Lopez

Marianne did a great job of arranging our walking trip on the Francigena way from San Miniato to Siena. The hotel arrangements were great, the bag pickup was flawless and the taxis she arranged that allowed us to cut down each day to a reasonable 10-12 miles a day of walking were aways on time. Working with her was well worth the money.

Marianne Lopez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks for sharing your comments.
Following the Francigena way is a great way to discover the splendid region of Tuscany and we are really glad you enjoyed your "pilgrimage".


Road trip around the scenic sicilian coast - 15 days , Italy - Apr 15 - May 1, 2018

Traveler: Richard N. - Local specialist: Marianne Lopez

An excellent trip. Choice of guides and destinations inside Sicily was excellent. Accomodation excellent except for two nights in Cefalu where the accommodation was too basic and better suited to backpackers.

Marianne Lopez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for your feedback. We are really happy that you loved our island and that you had a great trip.