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Our specialist team

Our team of Italy specialists use their knowledge and experience to create your dream vacation. From the Founder to the local Travel Planners and Concierge, the local expert guides and historians, sommeliers and chefs, everyone is involved in the design of your tailored experience.

Founder

Margherita

Creator of Essenza and the Le Pratola Collection, Margherita has been successfully taking care of guests in Italy for 12 years, consistently achieving 5 star guest review ratings. Also a qualified banker and property developer, Margherita's passions are travel, Italian design, running and Tuscan wines. Email Margherita.

COO

Chiara

Voted Conde Nast Top Travel specialist Chiara knows Italy intimately and can guide guests with precision. Chiara's essential book of contacts means there is little she cannot organise. Also a qualified interior designer of homes and yachts, Chiara's passions are travel, cooking and baking and everything Italian. Email Chiara.

Travel Planner

Serena

Serena is one of our Travel Planners looking after the day-to-day operations of Essenza and meeting clients while in residence. After a degree in Art History in Florence, she became an interior designer with a passion for contemporary design. Serena knows Italy inside out and is a precious asset to create memorable itineraries for our guests.

Travel Planner

Camilla

Camilla is one of our Travel Planners. She takes care of itinerary planning and liaising with clients while in residence for Essenza. She is an interpreter and translator with proficiency in English, Chinese and Italian and her passions are foreign cultures, gastronomy and nature. Camilla looks after our guests with passion and professionalism.

Concierge Executive

Mariana

Mariana has a key role in the Concierge & Operations team. With a degree in Business Administration, Mariana has travelled worldwide & lived in different continents. As a knowledgeable travel designer & qualified sommelier, action experience and research are her most important values. She has a passion for Yoga, wine, travel, books and gastronomy.

Campaign manager

Lucy

Lucy is a Senior Media Buyer and Essenza's campaigns manager. She uses her digital expertise to create effective strategies and compelling campaigns. From a young age Lucy has been passionate about cycling and is a keen mountain biker regularly traveling abroad for adventures.

Wine Expert

Elizabeth

Elizabeth's twin passions are cycling and wine. Having competed at the semi pro/pro level for road, MTB and track racing, she was crowned Champion of Lombardy three times during her illustrious racing career. Elizabeth is also a qualified sommelier and a published Wine Critic on wine guide Duemilavini. Today Elizabeth enjoys offering the best rental cycling equipment and private guided tours in Tuscany.

Tuscany Villa Inspector

Arsen

Arsen is an experienced estate and house manager, taking good care of our client's needs and inspecting new properties. Arsen's background in wine production and olive oil harvesting means he's full of practical advice and support. Together with his wife Ergisa, Arsen expertly manages Villa Le Pratola, Gaiole in Chianti.

History Expert

Luca

Luca's graduated with a First in History from the University of Oxford. Luca's ability to relate historical events means he's able to explain in an engaging manner the 'why' to much of how Italy operates today. Luca's passions encompass global travel, learning new languages, economics and international relations.

Gastronomy Expert

Katia

Katia is our gastronomy expert for central Italy. Katia has a First level Master degree in Culture of Nutrition and Food and Wine Traditions, is a qualified Tour in Emilia Romagna and is a qualified Official Cheese Taster. Katia has studied and worked in England, Spain and Australia in gastronomic tourism.

Gastronomic Tour Guide

Rosina

Expert in gastronomic tourism providing consulting and advisory within Italy and Latin America. An official Italian tourism guide and certified sommelier. Rosina personally guides guests on gastronomic walking tours of Rome.

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