Born and raised in Florence, Alessandra has a degree in art history from the University of Florence with a specialization in seventeenth-century painting. She obtained an MRes from the European University Institute in Florence, where she defended her Ph.D in history, focusing on the patronage of Tuscan nobility in Europe during the seventeenth century. In addition, she holds a diploma in archival administration, palaeography, and diplomatics from the State Archive in Florence. She has been teaching art history and Italian for several years in various schools and institutions in Florence.
Viviana was born in Como, the famous lake located North of Italy. She attended Political Sciences at the State University of Milan and had been working in Como for an American publisher as well as at an advertising workshop in Como. Then she came to Tuscany and had been living in San Gimignano, the many towered town, for 10 years. There she had a public competition to become a qualified tourist guide: she won it and a few years later she got it for the Province of Siena. What's more, she wrote a guide book on San Gimignano which she considers her second home, although today she lives in the countryside in a small fortified village named Monteriggioni. Currently she's working with small groups and families all over her area with a special key to reading to the anthropological point of view and to the wine making world.
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