Andrea in the Casentino Forest National Park

Andrea Dini

Outdoor Guide

I was born and grew up in Florence. My love affair with the hills and mountains of Tuscany and the Dolomite’s in the Alps began decades ago.

I became a licensed outdoor guide in 2009. The decision to start this adventure came to me after living two years in the United States.  I had the opportunity to work at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. During those two years I visited and hiked many National Parks.

Photo: Andrea in National Park of Foreste Casentinesi

Beside leading groups of Italians and foreigners around the beautiful Tuscany, I run environmental projects for local schools. Kids are our future and have special relationship with nature, we can learn a lot from them. I also teach Environmental Education for APAB School, training the new Outdoor Guides.

I am an amateur photographer, I love to take pictures of the places I see and share them. I was a location-scout for the “Cento Itinerari più 1” project. My pictures are in the guide books of this project.

My favorite subjects are toponymy, geology, botany, zoology, astronomy and photography.

In addition, I have been a Yoga instructor since 2006.

My activities include hiking in the Tuscan countryside, stargazing, 4WD off-the-beaten track tours, yoga and much more!

Who is and what an Outdoor Guide does

The Environmental Hiking Guide, also known as Outdoor Guide, is a profession that involves the safely leading (on foot or by other non-motorized means) single persons or groups in all natural environments, even snow-covered, ensuring the necessary technical assistance, while carrying out educational activities and environmental disclosure and sustainability education.

The Guide can lead in all kind of environment (mountains, hills, plains, water, and anthropized areas), including natural parks and protected areas, with the aim of illustrating their peculiarities and ecological relationships, linking them with history, cultural traditions, food and wine customs, and landscape attractions.

The professional activity of the Environmental Hiking Guide provides also the planning and execution of laboratories and workshops for teaching, educating, and interpreting the local environment.

All activities and routes that require the use of mountaineering equipment and techniques, (ie rope, ice ax and crampons) are excluded from the professional field of the Environmental Hiking Guide.

Briefly, the best way for discovering and knowing the region is hiring an Outdoor Guide. You will discover unique places and charming stories!!

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