Francesca Marini

Official guide for Vicenza and the Palladian Villas

Online and on-site tours

On demand: tours also in Bassano, Asolo, Castelfranco

languages spoken: Italian – English – French






Who said that complex subjects must be boring? On the contrary, for me the key to Art and local lifestyle are passion, scientific clearness and a bit of humour. Indeed, what I like the most of my job is seeing wonder in the eyes of guests, who leave my city as ambassadors of an unforgettable discovery.

I was born in Vicenza and, after obtaining degrees in Cultural Heritage Preservation and Art History at the University of Venice, I have been an official guide since 2000.

I never stopped keeping up-to-date since then, while also working and studying in cultural institutions abroad (United States, Germany and France) and following retraining courses about Renaissance architecture. I have contributed to publications, tv educational programs, incentive travel and events with individuals and groups.

Travellers who choose me as their guide are cultural associations, company travellers, and groups of friends who just want to spend a nice day in a new city, among culture, fine food and good drinks.

I recently added an online guided tours proposal, so that my visitors are also enabled to enjoy Vicenza and its history from home.

The customized experiences I propose include tours to Vicenza and the Palladian villas, wine tastings, specific tours for music and Opera lovers, visits to the local Made in Italy companies’ headquarters.

Together with Palladio, my favorites are Giambattista Tiepolo and the Venetian baroque peculiar lifestyle.


Read the reviews: 

Francesca was extremely knowledgeable, pleasant and helpful. She was a joy to be with and made our visit to Vicenza very special. She was also very helpful in giving us advice on our other plans and assisted us with great contacts. She expertly crafted a wonderful tour meeting all our detailed requests.

(Bruce, USA – Palladian Villas tour)


Francesca made it possible for us to see Vicenza’s highlights, have a wonderful lunch, and then visit two local villas on a second tour. In one day we saw more and learned more than many of our friends managed in a much longer stay. She knew where major works of art were during building restoration and helped us see them. Her knowledge of both historical and contemporary art and life in Vicenza and her ability to put everything in context was amazing. We recommend her without reservation.

(Nancy, USA – Vicenza walking tour)


Very Professional, very well-informed and a pleasure to spend the time with – very flexible but with superb attention to both “very broad picture” and very interesting historical and architectural detailed information – Great..!

Peter, USA – (Vicenza walking tour)



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