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About Us

In 2010, Pasquale Tierno was asked by his brother, Paride, a vegan for over 15 years, to offer a vegan tour. He wanted to ensure a vegan’s needs were met when visiting Southern Italy. He challenged us to create a tour that would cater to the vegan lifestyle, showcasing how being vegan would not limit the travel experience. In fact, in Southern Italy, the vegan diet may open one’s eyes to how vast the choices are. The Southern Italy diet is 80% plant-based with meat and dairy as complements, not the stars, of a dish. It is VERY vegan friendly and the perfect place to fall in love with vegan food.

Our Team

Pasquale Tierno and Gretchen Sheridan

Founded in 2009 by husband and wife team Pasquale Tierno and Gretchen Sheridan, Tierno Tours arranges boutique tours of Southern Italy with a discerning insider’s curatorial touch. The Roccadaspide-based duo knows just where to go and what to see for the very best, most bespoke European experience: from inviting accommodations to exciting excursions, historical sightseeing to exquisite dining, wine tastings to live entertainment, leisure activities to athletic endeavors, shopping to boating and beyond. Specialty tours cater to hiking enthusiasts, traditional foodies and avid vegans, among myriad more dream themes. Bilingual guides with expert knowledge of the area — be it the Amalfi Coast, Sicily, Rome or anywhere else within the southern region — accompany every tour group.

Donna Zeigfinger

Seasoned world traveler Donna Zeigfinger founded Green Earth Travel in 1997 with one mission in mind: to provide a wide range of travel options for people who crave adventure and care about the planet. Since then, the company has remained on the cutting edge of conscientious tourism and become the nation’s premiere vegetarian/vegan/eco travel agency. The company lives up to its name by booking trips that promote sustainability, biodiversity and leaving a light footprint on the earth. Donna draws on her own experiences to meticulously plan each package and turn fantasy vacations into reality. She specializes in creating customized volunteer vacation and adventure travel packages, for groups, individuals, couples and families.

Our Contributors

Demetrius Bagley

Demetrius Bagley produced the award-winning documentary Vegucated, and tv cooking show Vegan Mashup. He's godfathered Vegan Street Fair, SoCal VegFest, and more. He wrote about being a 20+ year vegan in “Letters to a New Vegan”.

Fran Costigan

Pastry chef, cooking teacher, author, Fran Costigan is internationally renowned as THE authority on vegan desserts. A lifelong chocoholic, longtime vegan, greens and grains lover, and intrepid traveler, she is eager to share her love of Italy with you.

Matt Frazier

Matt Frazier is a vegan ultramarathoner and founder of No Meat Athlete – a blog, book, and podcast dedicated to helping people achieve peak, plant-based health and fitness. He’s been featured in Runner’s World, the Huffington Post, and Forbes.

Julieanna Hever

Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT, aka the Plant-Based Dietitian, is the host of Z Living's What Would Julieanna Do?, author of The Vegiterranean Diet and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, and nutrition columnist for VegNews Magazine.

Dr. Ruby Lathon

Dr. Ruby Lathon is a certified holistic nutrition consultant. Dr. Lathon inspires with a powerful story of recovering from cancer through a whole foods, plant-based diet. She is host of The Veggie Chest, a plant-based cooking show. 

Miyoko Schinner

Miyoko Schinner heads Miyoko’s Creamery, selling handcrafted, artisanal cheeses based on her bestselling cookbook, Artisan Vegan Cheese. She shares her passion for delicious vegan cuisine in classes around the world, and co-hosts Vegan Mashup, seen on PBS.

Carolyn Scott-Hamilton

Carolyn Scott-Hamilton is the host of The Healthy Voyager & The Healthy Voyager’s Global Kitchen tv shows. She is also a holistic nutritionist, vegan chef, best-selling cookbook author, speaker, consultant as well as TV and media spokesperson.

Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan

Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan are the co-founders of Our Hen House, a multimedia hub of opportunities to change the world for animals, and co-hosts of the OHH podcast and TV show. Mariann is an animal law professor and Jasmin is an author.

Benay Vynerib

Benay Vynerib’s passion for great food, good health, and the environment took her from financial services to Candle Cafe (NYC) in 2002. Now she is General Manager of Candle 79, Catering Director of the Candle Restaurants, and actively involved in the NY Coalition for Healthy School Food.

Chef Jason Wyrick

Chef Jason Wyrick is the author of Vegan Tacos, co-author of NY Times Bestseller 21 Day Weight Loss Kickstart, a former diabetic, and an experienced vegan Italian food tour leader. He founded the world’s first vegan food magazine, The Vegan Culinary Experience.

Marla Rose

Marla Rose is the advice columnist for VegNews magazine, the content creator for VeganStreet.com and co-founder of Chicago VeganMania.

Why Choose Us

Detailed, Thorough Guide

Listen and learn to great historical tidbits, national curiosities, and regional nuances from wonderful tour guides.

Inside Italy

Hear, see and smell Southern Italy's ancient spots, beautiful beaches, lovely landscapes and much more.

Delicious Vegan Eats

Enjoy restaurants picked for their vegan offerings. Marvel over fresh meals cooked by your tour’s chef!

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What Customers Say

  • Gretchen was such a terrific guide! I don’t think that there could be a better ambassador for Italy and all its wonders. You can feel the love she has for her home, and you can’t help but fall in love with Italy too.”
    Cathy K.
  • The tour was a perfect blend of amazing people, beautiful and tasty food and stunning scenery. I really appreciated and enjoyed the more personal and local experience as well. I really felt like we got to see some of the day-to-day life of people in the region and understand more about the culture, which is one of my favorite aspects of traveling. ….I really couldn't have asked for a better experience of Southern Italy! Grazie!!”
    Dayna H.
  • Our trip to Italy was the perfect balance of nature, culture, food and friendship. It was the trip of a lifetime!
    Giselle S.