Italy Custom Tours Travel Specialist
I started my own travel agency 8 years ago, having grown up in Rome and then working in both tourism and international travel through my whole career. Despite Italy being one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, I genuinely believed that there was a lack of opportunity for travellers to my country to truly experience its beauty, culture and Italian passion. I felt that too many people were experiencing vacations that are impersonal, mass-produced and that people were missing the stunning jewels that fill every region.
It was with this in my mind that I created Bellarome, and as we have grown it has proven to me that my intuition was right. Referrals by friends and family and repeat custom make up over 15% of our clients each year, which we feel is a great testimony for a young company that continues to grow. I created a team of specialists, including tour guides in each region, and each one of us enjoys sharing our knowledge to help our clients divert away from the well-trodden tourist routes to discover the hidden gems of our cities and countryside.
Italy genuinely has too much to offer in a lifetime. Even for focused trips to one or two of the most beautiful cities, 99% of the wonders of that city or region will go unseen. Even as a Roman, I continue to discover new treasurers – a sculpture in a church or a family-run taverna, or even a whole museum.
It is for this reason that I work with clients to understand what their true passions are, and tailor every element of the vacation to meet this. This includes listening to what pace they wish to take their trip, and understanding the interests of each member of the party - whether it’s a couple, a family, or group of friends.
This approach has led to unique requests and working in partnership with our clients has helped us to better shape what we can offer to others. I enjoy the challenge of making someone’s dream come true.
For those passionate about nature and food we have arranged truffle hunting with Massimo and his dog in Tuscany, or fishing trips from the small Sicilian island of Favignana. These aren’t commercialised trips for hundreds of tourists, but real experiences joining skilled experts as they share their livelihood and craft.
These are also my own personal favourite vacation experiences as there is no better way to understand the natural beauty and see how Italian culture, people and food have evolved with such variety and diversity across the regions. For those who love history, archaeology, art and architecture (whether you are an expert or someone who simply enjoy seeing and learning), we work to understand your specific interests then build the itinerary to meet this.
More than once I have been strolling through Rome with my tour director (acclaimed the best tour guide in Rome) and he will point out an ancient Roman site that has only just been discovered. These are yet to be added to the places of interest where millions of tourists will visit in the future. Visiting Palermo, I’ve been blown away by the melting pot of cultures that have come together on this island - and the unique influence on the architecture, the food, the language and most of all the people. For me, the most satisfaction comes where we know we have created the memory of a lifetime.
Each year we will help a hundred newly-weds create their own unique experience as their first vacation as a married couple. We have arranged for more than a few couples to stay in a 1100 Tuscan Castle surrounded by olive trees, overlooking Sienna. This still ranks as one of the most special places I’ve stayed myself while touring some of the smaller cities of Tuscany.
We have also helped people discover the regions and heritage of their ancestors, sometimes meeting relatives for the first time as part of their trip. We work hard to ensure that off the beaten track you will still discover the beauties of a region, usually only known to the locals.
My philosophy is to take the stress out of travelling. My work has taken me all around the world to countries where I don’t know the language or how the simplest things are done, like buying a bus or train ticket. I therefore bring every element of your trip into my direct responsibility - from flights, to private taxis, to high speed trains, to private tours, to the water taxis of Venice, and all types of accommodation in between. We can also include restaurant bookings as part of the itinerary and as a food-lover I’m eager to share my own personal favourites. Every minute should feel like you are on the vacation of a lifetime, and we are at the end of the phone throughout the trip if there is anything you need to discuss.
My Areas of Expertise
Awesome Trip to Greece and Rome
The Perfect Italian Experience!
Amazing vacation thanks to Mario
Great multi-country trip: Planning was a breeze!
Italy - First Class!
Our second fabulous trip with Mario
Trip of lifetime to Italy
Love Love Love Our Tour Guides!
Our tour guides were the best!!
Wonderful Family Tour and Vacation to Italy!
Amazing Trip to Italy
The trip went faultlessly with all pick ups and drop offs excellent. All drivers were professional yet friendly and engaging.
We had private tours throughout the main cities and attractions, the guides were amazing!! The depth of knowledge enhanced our trip and we also enjoyed being taken to some lesser know spots that other tourists may have missed. We developed a lovely connection as they were all very likeable people.
The accommodation were all well located and very true to Italian style that we were expecting, full of charm and character.
We would definitely use Bellarome in the future and recommend to others to take the stress out of booking this type of trip. Mario thank you for a wonderful and memorable trip...