Hello and thank you for reading my profile!
I am a native Italian Tour Guide based in Los Angeles and I have worked for most of the major Tour Operators (English-Italian language) since 1994 as a professional Tour Guide/Director in Los Angeles and on the road (Incentive & Tour and Travel).
I really love this job and I would love to show you the City of Angels at its best.
I can show you the "traditional Los Angeles": from Venice Beach Canals to the Santa Monica Pier and Promenade; from Beverly Hills to the Farmer's Market, the Grove and Hollywood; and in downtown LA from the Music Center (including the new Catholic Cathedral) to Olvera Street, Little Tokyo and the Nokia Center.
Or if you've already seen the basic sights we can explore together the "other" Los Angeles. From terrific hiking trips in the Santa Monica Mountains to the incredible Malibu beaches - from ethnic tours of the many multicultural districts like Mariachi square in East LA, Koreatown, Chinatown or Little Tokyo -- or to High Tech spots like Caltech and Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL) where all U.S. space ships have been designed and built from the Apollos to the Mars Rovers. Also Orange Country is worth exploration: from the Queen Mary in Long Beach to Newport Beach and Laguna Beach with incredible resorts and villas on the beach.
And of course a trip to LA is not complete without visiting Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland - the first theme park in the world!
I am also available to help you relocate in Los Angeles, to find the right place to live and to give you pratical suggestions in your journey of the City of Angels.
I have a background in Geology (Master in Geology from Bologna University - 1985). In case you plan a nature tour I will share with you my love of our incredible National Parks with interesting and stimulating explanations of the geology and the wildlife. Extensive knowledge of California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada. I have also led special tours from the tip of Baja Mexico to the Canadian Rockies; from the West Coast to the Black Hills of South Dakota including extensive knowledge of the four corners region.
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Enjoy Los Angeles!
Alberto Cioni Inc. - Tour Guide & Director
MY RESUME / CURRICULUM VITAE
Alberto Cioni / Italian-English Tour Guide
EDUCATION AND LANGUAGES:
M.S. IN GEOLOGY - Bologna University - Italy, 1985
Italian Native Speaker, Fluent English, Good Spanish.
TOUR DIRECTOR / GUIDE EXPERIENCE (1994 - present):
Local: 18 years experience as a Tour Guide in Los Angeles.
•Local guide in Los Angeles for the Italian Radio journalists (RAI) during the 1994 World Cup.
Incentive & special tours: 18 years experience in California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona.
•Step-on guide in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Salt Lake.
•Guided the journalist Viviano Domenici - the head of the newspaper’s science section of the Corriere della Sera (Italy n.1 paper)- for a seven day tour of the Anasazi ruins in the four corners region (2002).
Motorcoach tours: 18 years experience conducting 10-14 day motor coach tour.
• Two week tour of California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, New Mexico, Colorado.
• Three week coast to coast tour including Northern and Southwestern States.
• Seven day Anasazi tour including Mesa Verde, Navajo N. M, Chaco Canyon N. M. and Aztec National Monument.
• Seven day Navajo and Hopi tour including local Pow Wow Festivals in Window Rock and Shiprock.
• Two week tour in N. California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Alberta.
• Ten day tour of Baja Mexico from Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas.
TOUR COORDINATOR (1992 – 1993):
Royal International Tours: organized and managed Italian & French speaking tours in CA, AZ, UT and NV.
Your Clients will have a Professional Tour Guide with a Masters Degree in Geology presenting interesting and stimulating explanations for every National Park (26). Your staff will have a professional guide with tour coordinator experience and knowledge of local vendors.
Domestic: California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington DC, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, S. Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee.
International: Angola, Egypt, China, Japan, Cambodia, Vietnam, Korea, Sri Lanka, Tahiti and Society Islands, Cook Island, British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, Mexico (Baja, Central, Yucatan), Caribean, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, Peru', Argentina, Uruguay, Italy, France, England, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Turkey.
TOUR OPERATOR REFERENCES: AlliedTPro, RTT, Gastaldi, American Value Tours, ATI, See America Travel, H&A, Albatros, Travel System Abroad, Agentours, CTN, Atlas, Exceed Conference, Pegasus Tours.
OTHER EXPERIENCE / SKILLS:
Freelance Teacher of Italian language for the LA Italian Cultural Institute, Italian Translator and Interpreter for the LA Italian Consulate, International Lifeguard License, Marathon runner, CPR training, President of the Homeowners Association.
Recent reviews of this tour guide:
Alberto was wonderful! We had both Italian-speaking and English-speaking people in our group and he went back and forth between the two languages beautifully. Our Italian guests absolutely loved him. The tour itself was also wonderful. He really knows LA and he took us all over the area. We saw everything on our list and also some wonderful things we wouldn't have seen on our own. I highly recommend him!
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Tour guide services/sample itinerary:
LOS ANGELES CLASSIC TOUR: From the Venice Beach canals to the Santa Monica Pier and Promenade; from Beverly Hills to the Farmer's Market, the Grove and Hollywood; and in downtown LA from the Music Center (including the new Catholic Cathedral) to Olvera Street and Nokia Center.
COASTAL TOUR: Explore Marina Del Rey with its 8,000 boats - the largest manmade harbor in the world; Venice Beach and its Canals with its incredible melting pot of performers and locals, the world famous city of Santa Monica with its Pier and Promenade, Pacific Palisades and Malibu with its beach and cliff mansions.
LOS ANGELES ETHNIC TOUR: Explore some of the most famous ethnic districts of LA such as Koreatown, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Olvera Street. Also Monterey Park and San Marino Huntington Garden and Library.
LOS ANGELES NATURE TOUR: Hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains and Malibu beaches - with stunning view of the Ocean, LA and the Coastline.
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS & DISNEYLAND TOUR
SAN DIEGO DAY TRIP: Old Mexican Town, Balboa Park, Gas Lamp District, Coronado Island and possible extension to Seaword.
SANTA BARBARA DAY TRIP: We will drive North on the HWY 1 passing throught Malibu. In Santa Barbara we will visit the Mission, the Courthouse, the Spanish Colonial District, and the Pier & Beaches.
Also AVAILABLE ON THE ROAD "tailored" TOUR to any destination in the West.
Transportation by tour guide:
Yes - extra $ 70 for use of my van and parking fees.
Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:
LOS ANGELES CITY TOUR
LOS ANGELES COASTAL TOUR
LOS ANGELES NATURE TOUR
Tour guide interests:
Local geography and Geology
Running and biking on the beach
Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!