We have had a love affair with Italy from the start, so when a couple of friends asked us to show them “the real Italy” we were delighted to show them the place we have come to love so deeply. Although we took them to the popular stops in Rome, Florence, Venice and the Amalfi Coast that tour companies typically go, we were able to turn a typical cookie cutter tour experience into a more authentic one. We stayed in Italian villas stopping along the way to taste the specialties of each region, talked to the local artisans, watched them work and sometimes helped in the process. They were thrilled to experience Italy in such intimate way. As time went on, more friends and acquaintances began to stay with us. They told us that they had a wonderful experience, that they had traveled elsewhere and paid more and done less, and that the real Italian touches (my mother making home-made pasta for everyone) had made the experience unforgettable. We discovered that visitors wanted more than the typical tour, they wanted an experience enriched with what it was to truly be Italian.
For as long as I can remember I have been working with my father and my brothers in my grandfather’s workshop. We come from a long line of cabinet makers who design and create custom furniture. In 1988 we moved to Cherry Hill, N.J. in hope of advancing our business. After 14 years in the states, my family and I moved back to my hometown of Roccadaspide and set up a new workshop. Being away from Italy so long had opened my eyes to what I had right in front of me! Now, with the help of my wife, we would like to show everyone our way of life and the beauty that surrounds us.
Like most Americans, I come from a mixed family. Growing up, many of my fondest memories revolve around trips to my grandmother’s house where we would eat pasta, meats and sweet treats my grandmother lovingly made for us in the Italian tradition. In 1988 I went to Italy for the first time and it was amore a prima vista (love at first sight)! That first day walking down the main street I can still remember the sights, the smells, the people, and of course - the food! I've been back and forth ever since. I met my husband in 1999 and moved to Italy in 2001. Now, together with him I want to share that same experience I had with you.