We were born on this “island” in 1987 (Marina) and 1988 (Marco).
Believe it or not we both soon fell in love with this job, Professional Tourist Guide in Venice.
We thought that having the chance to show our city to visitors willing to have someone to walk around with would have been a stimulating profession.
Soon our goal was to understand and speak properly a foreign language, and therefore be able to communicate with people from other countries and cultures.
Not the easiest thing to do to our eyes being born in a Venetian family.
We grew up listening to one and a half languages: Italian and Venetian dialect (in Italy dialects usually correspond to your city or region).
In my opinion both equally important, Italian because it is the official language, is what we learn at school, and dialect because is part of you, of your every-day life.
Mum and dad at home used to express their emotions to us in Venetian dialect, was it to scold us or compliment us. I have always considered dialect as a language of feelings.
So when we were young there was no space for other languages, we studied some English at school, but just as basic grammar. Not enough.
The exam we took to obtain our qualification to work as tourist guides required the knowledge of, at least, two foreign languages so we speak both English and Spanish.
Helped and encouraged by our parents we travelled to USA (Boston, NY city, Los Angeles) and Latin America (Costa Rica and Mexico) during the summer brake from high school, we did that for two years in a row.
We also had experience onboard cruise ships in the Caribbeans.
We graduated from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice where we obtained a Second Cycle Degree Programme in History of Arts and Conservation of Artistic Heritage, 5 years in total. Our area of expertise is Medieval and Byzantine art history.
We both were fencers, sports definitely help individual determination.
Currently we both practice Voga alla Veneta, which means rowing while standing up, exactly like a “gondoliere”.
Here is a link to watch me (Marina) during a regatta (I am the first rower, suffering):