Stefano Baldi, of Tuscany, has led hiking trips in Europe for us for nearly 15 years. He has spent most of his life living in the beautiful rural countryside of Tuscany, except for a few years in Florence as a student. His love for nature led him to found an agricultural co-op with friends in the 1970s, and a decade later, he started his own farm in the hills north of Florence, where he now lives with his wife and two daughters. "Food is one of my strongest interests. I'm always curious about the cuisine of other places. I think the understanding of a different culture can come through the palate. For this reason, I love cooking and eating and I do both very (too) much." Outside of Tuscany, one of Stefano's favorite places is Sardinia "for its spectacular, wild landscape and deep Mediterranean roots. The genuine traditions kept alive here have a direct link with pagan times and are truly a part of everyday life in Sardinia." When not leading trips for us, Stefano grows organic vegetables, keeps bees, and raises cinta senese, the traditional small boars of the Siena region, now endangered. He spent five years restoring two old houses on his property, one of which is now an agriturismo accommodation.
Stefano was attuned to our capabilities and our well-being, and was knowledgeable about the history, geology, and culture of the places we hiked. He was fun to share meals with (and he chose wonderful wines!).
A man with the skill, expertise, knowledge, and patience required to be the consummate guide that he is. His droll humor and excellent hiking style made every day entertaining and above all safe.
Stefano is quite knowledgeable about the area. He is charming, kind, and thoughtful and a very experienced leader with great concern for the quality of our experience and every detail of the trip. He was a true pleasure and privilege to travel with.
Steafano is a presence...professional, wise, intelligent in so many ways. His love of Sardinia is contagious, and his many contacts in the area made all the difference in terms of our local immersion.
It was obvious that Stefano is a much-loved visitor to Sardinia, as everywhere we went he was greeted like a long-lost friend. His relationships with people like the beekeeper, the shepherds, and the wine maker made the trip very special. And much to our delight, he was determined to expose us to every edible and drinkable delicacy both Corsica and Sardinia had to offer! He described the hikes accurately, kept an ideal pace, and conveyed a deep passion for all of the archaeological sites we visited. I would probably follow him to the ends of the earth if he said it was a good place to go and led the way!
Stefano was a fountain of knowledge and information on topics ranging from the flora and fauna to the wine, food, and history of the region. His quiet manner, dry humor, and clear appreciation and love of the Dolomites and all they offer added a very special touch to the trip.
Warmth, finesse, steady, funny, quiet leadership. Stefano handled everything with apparent effortlessness and concern.
Stefano was simply an excellent team leader—accomplished, well-informed, patient, humorous, and supportive. Plus you have to appreciate someone who doles out fine chocolate along the trail!
Stefano is a real gem. He made me laugh and had such great insight into the food, wine, area, and culture. I would definitely join a trip just to have him as our leader again!
Stefano made the trip. He is a rare renaissance man, and I learned a lot. Dining with him is La Dolce Vita.
A fascinating man with an extraordinary depth and breadth of knowledge about all aspects of our trip.
Stefano loves Sardinia and it shows in every aspect of his approach to the trip. His enthusiasm for the festivals and the culture is infectious and enhances the trip for his clients.
Stefano was really interesting with a great sense of humor, and kind and patient with hikers. He has a vast history and knowledge of the region and of Italy, and is very happy to share. He is a real gem.
Stefano is a number one leader. His knowledge of the islands and culture made this trip incredible. He pays attention to details and it was a pleasure having him as the Trip leader.
Stefano is a master—knowledgeable, approachable, and flexible.
Stefano was superb in every respect. We loved every hike, every hotel, every meal, every joke. We particularly enjoyed the engaging way he interacted with the local island people, and introduced us to their culture and way of life.
We appreciated Stefano's deep knowledge of Italian culture, agriculture, and cuisine, and his wry sense of humor.
Stefano was a wonderful addition to the trip. His knowledge of the local flora and fauna on the hikes was a very unexpected bonus. A very wise, experienced, and delightful leader!
Stefano was charming and had a great dry sense of humor. He answered all our questions about Italian customs, food, and culture and gave us great insights to all.
Stefano is hilarious! Very understated, philosophical sense of humor, great stories about farming in Italy.
Stefano's passion for the people and culture of Sardinia made the trip exceptional in many ways.
Stefano is outstanding on all fronts and an exceptional trip leader. This was my third trip with him, and he continues to impress me with his knowledge of the area, ability to select great restaurants, and attention to detail and good humor.
Stefano is passionate about the area and takes great care in making sure guests have a well rounded experience of both Corsica and Sardinia—from food to culture to hiking! I would not hesitate to sign up for a trip he was leading.
Stefano is a professional, sensitive, and thoughtful guide. Also, his sense of humor makes him very pleasant company!
Stefano did a superb job of handling all the trip details effortlessly...or so it seemed to us! Everything ran very smoothly. His knowledge and love of the area made it feel like we were traveling with "old friends" who truly enjoying sharing their experiences with us!
Stefano was great. Very knowledgeable regarding the area (particularly Sardinia) and you can tell he loves it there. Very professional, flexible, and responsive to differing needs of group members, yet at the same time has a laid back, relaxed demeanor and is very pleasant company.
What a pleasure it was to have Stefano as our leader! His love for and passion to show us the best of Corsica and Sardinia was evident throughout the trip. He also cared very much about the well being and enjoyment of each of us and made accommodations based on our requests and needs.
Stefano's knowledge of and personal dedication to educating his clients about Corsica and Sardinia (geography, people, culture, food) made the trip a pleasure.
Stefano was fantastic! His love for the area—history, geography, cuisine, and wines was apparent every step of the way.
Stefano was extremely flexible and sensitive to our interests and needs. Many extras were built in based on our requests. I would do one his trips again.
Stefano Baldi is a real master working on his "home court," In-depth personal knowledge of the geography, culture, history, cuisine, and wine. An absolutely superb leader.
This was our 4th trip with Stefano, a confident, kind humorous man. He enjoys all kinds of hikers.
He’s just a winner—knowledgeable, organized, sensitive to participants needs, charming and fun sense of humor!
Stefano Baldi is fantastic. He leads with a good pace. His choice of restaurants and food was superb.
Once again, Stefano ran a trip in exemplary fashion. His love of the area was obvious and he easily generated equal enthusiasm with us. WT should be proud to have such leaders on its staff.
Aptly named “El Maestro,” Stefano’s expertise, knowledge, and passion totally infused our experience.
Stefano worked to create experiences for us that penetrated the surfaces of the culture. He infected us with his love of Sardinia, its people, its foods, its landscape. I very much appreciated his love of good food and wine.
Stefano was a wonderful leader. His contacts with the local Sardinians made the trip very special. He loves this place! His enthusiasm was contagious.
It was our third trip with Stefano and we always enjoy his enthusiasm and expertise.