Discover your italy…

Your Italian Concierge

 
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Personable & expert help…

Your Italian Concierge offers travel concierge, custom travel planning, and property purchase & renovations services. There are convenient packages which you may purchase to access our recommendations, guidance and bookings of 10 hours, 5 hours and 3 hours. Your Italian Concierge can also arrange vacation rentals in two residences in our 800 year old Tuscan farm-house, il Poggiolo, all exclusively… in Italia!

 

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Testimonials…

Thank you so much, Forrest! We have had a great time and wonderful stories about the places you sent us to. We are in Torino now and looking forward to shopping all day tomorrow. This trip has been great! Thanks again for all your help!!
— Justeen Oess architect Newnan, GA USA
I use Your Italian Concierge for all my client’s travel needs in Italy. The level of service and attention to details always surpasses my expectations. I highly recommend YIC for all your travel needs in Italy. It’s comforting to put your trust in the hands of a professional and that is exactly what YIC is.
— Annette Joseph Workshops Atlanta, Georgia USA
Mike said his favorite part was sitting on the loggia having hors d’oeuvres, the local restaurants - especially the place that had the red sauced ravioli lunch at that restaurant on top of a mountain. He loved the internet access on the loggia too! He’s talked about Your Italian Concierge to our friends and how expertly Forrest toured us around - truly a concierge!
— Ashley Shumar CPA Denver, Colorado USA
Thanks so much for all your help, Forrest. It’s crazy that this trip would ever wind down, but here we are.
— Chris Paulus Executive Seattle, Washington USA
You have done a fantastic job, Forrest, beyond our wildest expectations. We love all you have done at The Fortress. Thanks so much!
— Frank Joseph Orthopedic Surgeon Atlanta GA


 

Our Desire…

is to offer friendly, yet efficient and prompt service for whatever you have requested us to help with on your behalf: Travel, Property or Rental.


SEE MY HANDY WORK…

 

and… In the Media…


About Me…

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MY NAME IS Forrest

I came to Italy over 35 years ago to work as a fashion designer. Yes, a dream. Daunting to do with little Italian, no contacts and no job. But, I tackled each one and ended up as Head of Design for Men’s Product with a major fashion company. I retired from designing, met and settled down with my partner of 20+ years in Genoa. Got a dog, too. Then adopted another. What to do? Realized I had a wealth of info and experiences on travelling and on finding, buying and renovating homes in Italy. The last was an easy fit since I was an interior designer back in the US. And, vacation rental was a natural by-product of our re-building an ambling 800 year old Tuscan farm-house in a little Italian village. In all these years, I have discovered my Italy too!


Property Projects…

 Kitchen of the open-plan apt. of Villa Fiske…

Kitchen of the open-plan apt. of Villa Fiske…

Villa Fiske - Alassio Liguria

A vacation apartment in a re-conditioned 19th Century villa above the resort town of Alassio on the Italian Riviera. The centre feature of the 1,300 square foot apt. is an open-plan Kitchen & Sitting Area which 2 BR’s/Baths and sunny Loggia Living Room revolve around. Views of the city and Mediterranean Sea beyond.

 Biancan before other projects were undertaken…

Biancan before other projects were undertaken…

Biancan - Codiponte Tuscany

A hay barn transformed into an intimate and charming weekend holiday retreat for an English family. The villetta’s construction was followed by the addition a pool and a rustic flower-filled garden with the help of a landscape architect. A Studio/BR was added along with modernising a shack into an extra BR & Bath.

 A Living Room of the Amba Alagi loft apt.…

A Living Room of the Amba Alagi loft apt.…

Amba Alagi - Genoa Liguria

Complete conversion from an office into an 1,800 square feet two level loft apartment in an historic 30’s bldg. right at the Old Port of Genoa. Minimal details, soft colors of the paint & Travertine flooring allows the views out the 25 foot high windows of the city’s port and iconic symbol, La Lanterna, to take precedence.

 La Prugna re-baptised The Fortress…

La Prugna re-baptised The Fortress…

The Fortress - Fivizzano Tuscany

Large project: a Medieval tower re-built into a Main Apt. for the American owners, a 3 BR/Bath Guest Apt., a separate 3 BR/Bath Guest Cottage and a Studio with a commercial kitchen and Lounge. Antiques and contemporary, a smattering of flea-market for decor. 27 acres of woods, a vineyard and olive trees.

 La Casa Grande of Il Poggiolo at dusk…

La Casa Grande of Il Poggiolo at dusk…

Il Poggiolo - Codiponte Tuscany

A 4 year project to restore and modernize an 800 year old Tuscan farm-house in the small historic village of Codiponte. 3 houses in 1: La Casetta, Casa Grande and L’Apt. Azzurro, each with separate Entry, Kitchen, heating, BR’s & Baths, plus access to the re-built terraced garden of fruit & olive trees. There’s even a fish pond!

In the media…

The Fortress…

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“Restored estate becomes a home”…

Casa Facile - September 2018

“Una tenuta restaurata in Lungiana diventa la casa di una creativa”… “A restored estate becomes the home for a stylist”: A love Story between an American stylist and an Tuscan estate found in ruins, who has given it a new life to become a splendid home, a mix of a family home and a creative refuge. Here frankness and comfort coexist effortlessly... and with a touch of humor! Click here.

Casa Facile is a print & website publication from Mondadori, a major Italian publisher, dedicated to furniture, design and lifestyle to discover your own style… casafacile.it

 
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“In Tuscany, my Rustic Glam house”…

Westwing Magazine - September 2018

“In Toscana - la mia casa Rustic Glam”… “In Tuscany, my Rustic-Glam house”: Once-upon-a-time there was an American woman with a passion for good cooking and photography and an abandoned fortress house in the heart of the Lunigiana. Click here.

Westwing Magazine… is a web-store offering the latest in furniture & furnishings through its shopping club, chosen by design experts and updated daily… www.westwing.it

 
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“Recalls its origins affixed to a newly written story”…

QUIN Quaderno di Interni - November 2018

“La Fortezza”: The Fortress is attached to a universe of fairy tales, history, to its own mysteries which are, at the same time, symbols tracing it origins back through its stone. Click here.

QUIN QUaderno di INterni is a bi-monthly print & website publication combining elegance with practical suggestions on interior design… www.quinrivista.it/

 

Il Poggiolo a Codiponte…

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“Top Rental Tuscany 2013”…

Conde-Nast Traveller Magazine - March 2013

Conde Nast Traveller Magazine… is one of the most recognizable print & website publication for travel anywhere in the world… www.cntraveller.com.