Pilgrim Path’s founder, Sandy Brown, is one of the world’s foremost pilgrimage guidebook authors, with his Cicerone guidebooks based on his more than 12,000 kilometers on pilgrim trails in Italy, France, Switzerland, Spain, the UK and the US. He has degrees in medieval history and theology and has language background in Italian, Spanish, and French. His popular guidebooks focus on pilgrim itineraries including the Via di Francesco, Camino de Santiago and Via Francigena and his deep knowledge of the routes serve as a storehouse of information for planning the itineraries and then walking with participants.
Our Concierge Service is headed by Rocky Brown-Nieblas, an experienced camino pilgrim who has worked for over 20 years as a professional Spanish-English interpreter. Rocky compiled the extensive accommodation database for the Sandy’s Cicerone Camino de Santiago guidebook and through that effort keeps in contact with over 1,200 hostels, hotels, hostales, and casa rurales in Spain. Rocky has walked the Camino Francés and Camino Portugués coastal route.
Luke Brown first walked the Camino de Santiago in 2009, and since then has helped lead groups in Spain and Italy as well as walking the Camino Francés again in 2011. An accomplished musician, when he hosts a group he brings his guitar and shares his musical gifts with group members as a way to pause, reflect and deepen their experience.
In this year’s Italian walks we are pleased to partner with Giovanni Ramaccioni of Hike and Bike Italy. Giovanni is a certified wilderness guide with a special interest in the anthropological aspects of flora and fauna. He speaks five languages and has guided group adventures in Europe and North Africa. Swimming, hiking and biking are his favorite pastimes, and he loves good food and wine. “I’ll never be able to stay behind a computer,” says Giovanni. We are delighted to feature him as guide for each of our Italian pilgrim walks.