About Us

Cultural Heritage Walking Tours, Italy specializes in an accessible, sustainable, and immersive one of a kind experience. Our walking tours and excursions are led by professors, scholars, architects, archaeologists, urban historians and heritage experts who are all dedicated to safeguarding our cultural heritage. Our philosophy is based on learning about a culture and a people through witnessing, sharing, and experiencing the rich heritage and daily life of a community, city, or region.

Our heritage walking tours are designed as conversations (narratives). We will lead you through galleries, museums, palaces, villas, gardens, archaeological sites, historic buildings and neighbourhoods. You will also experience local markets, caffes, restaurants, organic olive oil producers and vinyards. As Cultural Heritage is about safeguarding, preserving, and sustaining our cultural legacies, we practice sustainability through walking tours that are customized for small groups.

In keeping with our philosophy to safeguard our cultural heritage, we practice sustainable walking tours and excursions with a minimal carbon footprint.

Travel partner with UBC Alumni Association.

Meetup We are proud to be a sponsor of the Vancouver Italian Meetup.

Client’s Comments/Testimonials

Tuscany Tour of Val D’Orcia with Cultural Heritage Walking Tours of Italy: An Appreciation

“… the ever-present personal touch that elevates an experience from good to great.”

We realize that the success of the trip didn’t just happen. Thank you, Diane, for the careful arrangements of flights, hotels, suggestions for tours, pre-arranged meals, private drivers, generosity in sharing your knowledge, and the ever-present personal touch that elevates an experience from good to great. We thought that we were getting a guided tour. In fact by choosing to book with you, we made a friend.

It had been many years since my husband Roger and I had travelled in Italy. Our granddaughter was enrolled as an arts student at Cortona in Tuscany for the winter semester where the University of Alberta has a satellite campus. Late in the fall of 2013, I started looking for a suitable guided tour in Italy. I found Cultural Heritage Walking Tours of Italy at the University of British Columbia Alumni site.

We feel very lucky to have discovered Cultural Walking Tours and Diane. She set up a customized tour for Roger and me, and, when our granddaughter’s program finished, for the three of us.

As part of our tour, Diane arranged a private driver such that we could drive through the wonderful Val d’Orcia, which is included on the list of UNESCO’s World Cultural Landscapes. This excursion was just as Spring was greening this beautiful Tuscan valley. Our first stop was at the Renaissance hilltop town of Montepulciano, a town renowned for its production of food and drink, particularly Vino Nobile, wine originally available only to the nobility. The day included a pre-arranged lunch featuring foods of the region and the famous Vino Nobile. It was an experience that we would never have had without Diane’s help.

After this leisurely lunch, we had the pleasure of a visit to Pienza, birthplace of Aneas Silvius Piccolomini, later Pope Pius the Second. Once he was pope, Piccolomini rebuilt Pienza as an ideal Renaissance town. And there we have an early example of urban planning. Fascinating!

The day trip to the Val D’Orcia was a great success in large part because, like all good teachers, Diane has a deep knowledge and passion for her subject, the culture of Italy, especially its architecture. Sharing that knowledge energizes her and the experience. She gives basic information followed by discussion.

As I said, our trip to the Val D’Orcia was just one of many memorable experiences that Diane arranged for us, all of which contributed to our unqualified satisfaction with Cultural Walking Tours of Italy.

Marjorie and Roger, Alberta, Canada, 2014

Day Tours with Cultural Heritage Walking Tours, Italy

We took two different all day tours in Italy with Diane as our guide and enthusiastically recommend her for anyone considering a tour in Italy. She is a wonderful and knowledgeable guide who is passionate about the sites and clearly enjoyed sharing her vast knowledge of the history, archeology and architecture of each site that we visited. Equally as impressive is the fact that Diane is so warm and personable that was easy to feel like we were spending the day with a dear friend instead of someone we had met only hours earlier.

Kelly and Barbara, California, 2012

Tivoli Tour of Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa

Diane’s knowledge and expertise of the architecture and history of this period was remarkable. She made the visit an exciting adventure of the cultural heritage of Italy. Diane’s easy going narrative made us feel immersed in urban history and left us feeling that we finally understand the culture of these magnificent people.

David and Susan, BC, Canada, 2012