The Silver Compass Tours team is passionate about sharing a slow travel attitude, where time and place is for savouring. We are just as passionate about drinking great wine, eating heart-warming food and introducing you to great locals for authentic regional travel experiences.
In Ciociaria, Central Italy we have an on-ground group of enthusiastic and passionate local foodies and adventurers on our team, as well as local professional guides. They all ensure our guests feel incredibly welcome to their home region and are always on the hunt for ‘secret’ experiences that will make you truly feel like you are living like a local while you are in our care. Our focus is on introducing you to our local producers, vignerons, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, market stall owners, shopkeepers and shepherds so they can tell you their stories and share their immense pride in their craftsmanship with you themselves (with Paolo translating the Ciociarian dialect for you!).
In Orange, NSW we also have a great team of young Australians who are keen to share their cool-climate wine knowledge and introduce you to the wine-makers and food producers of the region. When you walk into a venue with our team, wherever you are with us, you will be welcomed as a local, and that’s about the friendliest greeting you’ll get anywhere in the world.
We all love where we live, and we love sharing the experience.
Kelly, Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer
Kelly has a background in international tourism and communications, having worked for the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority during its initial destination launch phase. Kelly has also worked in regional tourism in New South Wales, Australia representing events such as the Orange FOOD Week festival and the Orange Wine Festival. She has extensive experience in designing and hosting inspirational group tours, with plenty of practice across Europe, the Middle East and Australia. Kelly grew up in the Orange wine region, and her family first arrived in the region as pioneers in the 1840s.
Paolo, Co-Founder and PopUp Proprietor
After meeting Kelly in Abu Dhabi where he was working as a steel construction engineer, Paolo bravely arrived in Australia in 2013 with very little English and a dream to start his own ‘restaurant not a restaurant’. Discovering that the food and wine region of Orange, NSW shared many similarities with his home region of Ciociaria in Central Italy, Paolo started his Pochi ma Buoni (Small but Great) pop-up regional Italian dining experiences at local cellar doors, using the abundant fresh local produce and paired with the region’s impressive cool-climate wines. Paolo is very happy to share a taste of the *real* Italy with our hosted small group tours to his home region of Ciociaria in Central Italy.
THE SILVER COMPASS TALISMAN
It’s an old Norse magic talisman known as the Vegvisir (or “way-finder”), and worn by the Vikings when they set out for travel. They would either draw it on the inside of their helmets, or simply tattoo it onto their foreheads. The symbol represents the eight winds of heaven, and whichever direction they blow, if you hold this talisman the Vegvisir will always help you find your true north – and the way home. But don’t forget it’s magic, sometimes where you think your real home is, isn’t where the Vegvisir will take you.