Meet the Team: Raffaella Forno
Submitted by admin on 12 Jul 2015
At Hedonistic Hiking we are lucky to have a great team of Tour Managers who support us on the tours in Italy. They are all friends of ours who have worked in the tourism and hospitality industries for many years and we thought it would be interesing for our guests to get to know each of them a little better. After all, these are the people who will make your hiking holiday both enjoyable and memorable.
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Bra in 1971 which is in Piedmont, close to the town of Alba. I am 100% Piemontese but have always been a great traveller. When I was 20 I moved to Brazil and worked in the restaurant business and then I studied Hotel Management in Switzerland. I have always enjoyed the challenge of learning new languages and discovering new cultures.
How many languages do you speak?
I learnt French and English at school, and then Spanish and German at High School. Of course I was speaking Portuguese in Brazil and I have also learnt some basic Romanian from my husband. But with my parents I speak the local Piemontese dialect, but French to my children!!
Tell us about your family
I met my Romanian husband whilst working in Switzerland and we continued to live there until deciding to return to Italy after about 3 years. We have two children, a boy and girl, and I also have lots of animals at home, from pigs to horses, dogs and chickens!
What inspired your passion for food and wine?
My Grandmother was a great inspiration to me and a wonderful cook. She lived to be 105 years old! And in Piemonte we have some many wonderful ingredients - it is difficult not to be inspired in the kitchen.
And now you run your own bar?
Yes, I run a bar near my home which is very busy each day. And I also organise cookery classes and demonstrations from my house - which is how I first met Jackie when she bought a group to cook with me. I would love to develop more tourism opportunities involving my family farm in the future. I hope to teach my children a real passion for life and to encourage them to realise their dreams too!
What are your impressions of Hedonisic Hiking?
I love that the hikes give guests an experience not just of the natural world but of our culture and traditions as well. It seems to be much more than a walking holiday and it is wonderful at the end of a week together to see how the group has bonded and how many new friendships have been made.