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EXPLORE was founded by Sandra Laville, an experienced scholar, docent and guide specializing in European history, art and civilization.  Originally from Canada, where she got her undergraduate degree, she relocated to Europe immediately after graduating and has never looked back. Sandra has a Bachelor's degree in French and Spanish Language and Civilization, and a Master's degree in Art History from the prestigious Université La Sorbonne in Paris, where she majored in Italian Renaissance Painting. She also has a Master's degree in Education and more than 15 years of experience as a private guide and educator at museums and historical monuments in Paris, Rome, Florence and the Vatican City, collaborating with the industry's top luxury travel agents and tour companies including Context Travel, CiaoBambino! and Trufflepig.

Private Tours in Europe - Explore History Art Culture founded by Sandra Laville

Meet Sandra

Private Tours in Rome - Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

I've lived in Italy, France, and Spain for over 15 years and have been passionate about art and travel for as long as I can remember. It all began with my first trip overseas at age 16 : a month-long stay with a family in Paris and a week-long visit to the châteaux in the Loire Valley.  It was a dream come true, and the start of a whole new life full of travel, art, history, and languages.  I am truly grateful for having learned so much  and experienced so many life-changing moments, living and traveling in incredible places across the globe. What I love most about giving tours and hosting travel experiences is sharing the expertise and the inspiration with my clients and helping them create unforgettable memories of their own."

Private Tours in France - the hall of Versailles Palace

· Credentials ·

​EDUCATION

  • B.A.H. French & Spanish Civilisation

  • M.A. Art History (Université La Sorbonne)

  • M.Ed. French Language & Civilisation

  • Certification for Tour Guides (Rome, Italy)

  • Certification for Tour Guides (Paris, France)

EXPERIENCE

  • ​Official Licensed Tour Guide in France & Italy

  • Native English and French speaker

  • Fluent in Spanish and Italian

  • Over 15 years as guide and educator

  • Lived in 4 countries and traveled extensively

 · Travel ·

PLACES SANDRA HAS VISITED​

 

France, Italy, Spain

Greece, Portugal

Monaco & Monte Carlo

Andorra, Malta 

Austria, Switzerland

Belgium, The Netherlands

The UK, England, Croatia

Poland, Bulgaria, Romania

India, Dubai, Oman, and growing...

​PLACES SANDRA HAS LIVED

​France (Paris)

Italy (Rome) 

Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Valencia), 

Canada (Kingston, Toronto, Vancouver)

Private Tours in Spain - Seville

Affiliated With :

  • Context Travel*

  • Ciao Bambino!*

  • Trufflepig

  • Presto Tours

  • Walks of Italy

  • LivItaly

Active member of the Fédération nationale de guide-interprètes et conférenciers (FNGIC)

* Members of the Virtuoso Travel network

and the European Tour Operators' Association

Private Tours in Europe - affiliated with Context Travel
Explore History Art Culture - affiliated with Walks of Italy
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Explore History Art Culture - affiliated with the Virtuoso network
Explore History Art Culture - affiliated with ETOA
Explore History Art Culture - affiliated with LivItaly Tours
Private Tours in Rome - Saint Peter's Basilica and Vatican City
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