For 20 years living & working in Italy as a fashion designer I had to be my own travel expert. This was when few knew of or, used the Internet and cellphones. I quickly became a file-a-deck of train & plane schedules, hotels & restaurants within easy reach of my appointments, whether in Florence, Milan or Civitanova Marche. After working for companies such as, Bruno Magli, Salvatore Ferragamo, and as Head of Men's Design for Bally of Switzerland, I retired and returned to settle in Florence where I had begun. There I met a wonderful Italian and an inveterate traveler keen to get out & about on weekends and holidays. We've toured the Baroque towns in Italy’s heel of Apulia, celebrated La Festa del Redentore from a rooftop terrace overlooking Venice's Grand Canal, hiked in the wilds of Sardinia and shopped the stores and flea-markets to exhaustion in Milan.
Family and friends learned of our adventures on facebook or instagram and called to say they would be coming to Italy and might I help them? Happy to oblige, I’d fire-off emails with suggestions & recommendations. One day I blurted-out to a cousin with an overly complicated wish list for an upcoming trip to Italy… Give me your dates, I know what you want, I’ll take care of it. Her reply was... I'll gladly pay you to do it! A business was born: Your Italian Concierge.
My involvement with property was actually a precursor to travel yet, it came about in a similar way: a friend, who was having trouble closing a deal on land to build a house on the Italian Riviera, contacted me to help her out. The word got around at my success with the friend at about the same time as I was developing the idea of Your Italian Concierge. Most had known me from my other life back in the US as an interior designer. Those talents & experiences have come in handy over the years, both personally and professionally, to steer through the intricacies of Italian real-estate and reconstruction. My partner and I have sought, bought and renovated three apartments, two in Genoa and one in Sardinia, and the biggest project of our 800 year old farm-house, Il Poggiolo a Codiponte, located in the NW corner of Tuscany called the Lunigiana, bought in 2009. It took four years to re-build the houses & garden.
Rentals was the natural consequence of finishing the reconstruction il Poggiolo a Codiponte in 2013. It is a village within the village with three separate residences... La Casetta, L'Appartamento Azzurro and La Casa Padronale. Our vacation rental season runs from Easter to October 31st. And, thanks to an impromptu network of friends and associates, we can arrange all sorts of lovely villas, farm-houses or apartments throughout Italy for you too.
I have created three services within Your Italian Concierge: Travel, Property and Rentals. Very Italian to be a jack-of-all-trades. Comes automatically with speaking the Italian language well, knowing all sorts of people from top to bottom and having happily adopted Italy's famous lifestyle. These three services are the essentials for us to help & guide you with whatever your intentions are in Italy: experience the country first hand, find and create a home or, simply to relax on a chaise under the Italian sunshine.
And that is my story... for now.