Wordsmith Whiz & Custom Tour Designer
Carol’s passions for cycling, food, and the outdoors are the driving forces in her 25+ year career!
Carol’s Italian family is based in Castellania, a small town in Piedmont—the same small town where the historical icon and legendary cyclist Fausto Coppi was raised. She was inspired by the stories of her Italian cousins, aunts and uncles there who were the childhood buddies of her big hero Fausto and who shared endless stories with her about his early cycling and training days. Impassioned by the stories and enamored by the freedom of discovery and travel by bicycle herself, she began a personal quest to cover all the local training roads of Fausto Coppi as well as the local foods and wines of her beloved second “home” in Piedmont.
Over the years Carol has designed and led walking and cycling trips in Tuscany, Umbria, Marche, Rome, Piemonte, Lombardia, the Dolomites, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia, Cinque Terre, Sicily, Puglia, Corsica and Sardinia. She has also escorted tours in Turkey and in Croatia. An active runner, hiker and cyclist Carol currently lives in the Valdarno area of Tuscany with her two boys, Mattia and Daniel.
Carol also is the creator and main tour guide for our NEW line of Foodie Tours. Consider adding an Italian Foodie day with La Bella Carolina to complete your Italian travel menu!
In Her Own Words
“Few people are lucky enough to love their work as much as I do. After all, I live and work in Italy – a country that is indescribably beautiful, stimulating, contradictory and at times wonderfully complicated. The nature, and the ability to experience it by bicycle or by foot–continues to take my breath away.
“Every day I am surrounded by people who inspire me: wine and olive oil makers, chefs, cheese makers, honey makers, bakers, farmers, artists and artisans. My job is to introduce these incredible people to travelers who, like myself, appreciate their contribution to a richer and more flavorsome world.”