Designer Sarah Light and artist/maker Simon Clayton relocated from Melbourne, Australia to Umbria, Italy to experience Europe’s beautiful design and handmade crafts, and to live a slower-paced life ensconced in artisanal practices, and great food and wine. 

Becoming accustomed to this traditional Italian way of life, they turned their enthusiasm for sharing their experience into something that would benefit likeminded folk like you: The Tour Studio.

Sarah and Simon run The Tour Studio from their small, beautiful stone cottage in the Umbrian countryside. Since living in Italy, they have been working with local artisans and designers to devise workshops with exceptionally talented individuals, and plan tours to some of the best design destinations in the EU.


Sarah Light

Originally from the NSW Southern Highlands in Australia, Sarah trained as an architect in Sydney and Hong Kong and has over 20 years experience in design. She has worked on a diverse range of projects both in Australia and overseas including private residences, hospitality venues, workplace interiors, exhibitions, corporate and cultural events, touring shows and set design for major feature films.

Sarah is also an educator in the field of design and has taught interior design and set design at RMIT University, University of Melbourne and Swinburne University.


Simon Clayton

Born in the UK and raised in New Zealand, Simon moved to Australia in his early twenties. An artist/maker with over 25 years experience, he has worked as a scenic artist for film and television in Australia, Japan, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand, and was head of the scenic art workshop for the Sydney Olympic Games opening and closing ceremonies. He has a passion for the handmade, an appreciation of vintage design and a love of the traditional Italian rural lifestyle.


Valentina Giovannelli

Originally from Montecatini Terme in Tuscany, Valentina is based in Florence where she has been teaching Italian as a foreign language for over ten years. Valentina is a graduate of Italian Language and Literature, (Italianistica and Modern Philology) and provides language and cultural tips on our tours. 

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Elisa Mandelli

Born in Lombardy, Elisa holds a degree in Planning and Management of Tourism Systems from Universistà degli Studi di Bergamo and has worked as an event planner and tourism professional in the greater Milan area. Elisa provides seasoned local insights into destinations, works with local operators and provides language and cultural assistance on tours. She speaks English, Italian and Russian.