Cape to Cape Track, Western Australia

Nicola Merciadri

Hiking and Mountain Biking Guide

Born and raised in Camaiore, Tuscany, nestled between the Apuan Alps and the Tyrrhenian Sea, I have this very special part of the world in my blood. My love of hiking started from childhood camping trips with my family. After hopping on a mountain bike in my twenties, I was hooked and have been riding ever since.

I studied Sports Science at the University of Pisa and worked in injury rehabilitation and as a personal trainer before making the decision to discover more of the world.

The first step was moving to Scotland where I ended up staying for three years. Alongside learning English, I worked in a management role in hospitality and discovered the world of mountain biking in the incredible '7 Stanes', where I also raced some of the Scottish Enduro Series events at Innerleithen and Laggan, and around the famous capital, Edinburgh.

Before returning to Tuscany in summer 2017 - via Nepal - to take up a role as a mountain bike guide, I realised one of my big dreams and spent a year exploring Australia where I fell in love with it and decided to follow my passion for conservation and the natural environment.

So I am now a qualified Outdoor guide in both Hiking and Mountain Biking, feeling lucky to be able to share my home with the world.

When I am not guiding groups, you can find me hiking, riding a trail with my mates or planning my next trip!

Athanae Lucev

Yoga and Pilates Teacher and Freelance Writer

Hailing all the way from Western Australia, I came to Tuscany for the first time when I was a curious teenager. I fell in love with this incredible corner of the world and kept being pulled here back for many years because I always felt a magic feeling of being home.

I never had the chance to move permanently though: after studying law and politics I pursued careers in journalism and politics, then ran a small business in online health foods.

Eventually I decided to take the plunge and follow my heart to become a full time Pilates and Yoga teacher – and finally made the move to Tuscany.

When I am not teaching or doing Yoga, you can find me at the beach, writing, drinking coffee or doing something active - like the time I decided to join Nicola on the 'Cape to Cape', a multiple-day trek in Western Australia.

I feel fortunate to do what I love with amazing people in both my native and adopted homes.