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Raphael Sanelli

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Raphael Sanelli

Raphael Sanelli

New York, New York Travel Agent
Bellarome Italian Vacations, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency
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Honeymoon Travel-Specialist

I have a strong passion for crafting beautiful holidays in order to meet my client specific requirements and I take genuine pride in making sure their wishes come true! For many years I've been an expert for vacations to Italy also because I hold the Tourism & Hospitality Management Diploma achieved after having studied 5 years in my own town Pescara (Italy). Working and living in different Italian regions, has meant that I have experienced Italy lengthily: from the Italian Alps & Dolomites found in the north to the centre of Italy in the regions of Tuscany & Umbria and all the way down to the south of Italy in the region of Apulia, Campagna and Sicily. I am regularly experiencing Italy first-hand when reviewing and inspecting our selected hotels, visiting new ones and also when meeting with our amazing Service Providers. Many years of planning amazing trips and the experience gathered along the year means that I've specialised in dedicated trips for Honeymoons, Families.

My Travel Specialties

Handcrafted Family Vacations

Family Day Trip at the Zingaro Reserve (Sicily)
I am Raphael Sanelli an experience Travel Vacations Specialist (10+ years). I am from Abruzzo (Italy). I’ve been travelling the Bellissima Italia extensively :-) I've a strong passion for crafting beautiful holidays in order to meet your specific requirements. I take... Read more from my Handcrafted Family Vacations bio.

Honeymoon Specialist

I was witness at our Customer's  wedding in Siena
Honeymoon trips are so very Special to plan for me also :-) Amazing is the enthusiasm and great-expectation couples put into their Honeymoon-Trip at planning stage :-) I am invigorating when listening to couples’ wish-list; stimulating in sharing great ideas with... Read more from my Honeymoon Specialist bio.


Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Portsmouth University(UK) BA Hons European Studies
Tourism-Vocational High School (Pescara - Italy)
Universidad de Salamanca European Studies(Spanish)
Vocational High School (Pescara - Italy)
British Triathlon Federation (BTF)
East Anglia Uni. - Sport & Child Multi-Skills Dev.

My Travel Stories

Lake Como from Bellagio
Lake Como (Italy) Hotel Inspection and Holiday
Verona (Italy) Hotel Inspection
Piazza del Campo - Siena (Tuscany)
Siena (Tuscany - Italy) Hotel Inspection

The Sicilian Trip

We set off to Sicily at the beginning of March and were back by the end of June. The expectations were very high as we did (my family and I) plan an itinerary that will see us visiting the main but also the least known locations and sites. Taormina, Palermo, Ragusa,... Read more from my The Sicilian Trip story.

My Reviews

Rating: 5 2 Reviews

Wonderful Italian Holiday

Reviewed By Sandi - Midland, Michigan | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe

The trip to Italy was amazing and we loved working with our travel specialist Raphael Sanelli. He was efficient and attentive even while he and his wife were having a baby! We recommended him to 3 other couples and they were very happy with their arrangements as well.
He orchestrated our trip wonderfully.
Our Tour guide in Rome, was more than outstanding and knowledgeably. He gave us great detailed information on the sites in Rome. We love how he connected the history over the 3 days of sites and places in the city.
Our transfers were perfect and the small tours on Capri and Herculaneum and Pompeii were a highlight. The B&B in Positano was breath-taking and the owner, was a delight.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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A perfectly planned trip

Reviewed By Fred - Asheville NC | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
It starts with the willingness of an experienced planner (Raphael) willing to understand why his clients have seen enough traditional touring sites and want to forego what many want to experience; then figure out an itinerary that will satisfy their desires. Hotels B&B: Outstanding, even with the steps climbed daily to our Alberobello B&B. We lucked out: only 2 people in a cooking class & on the Amalfi cruise. Overall experience was delightful!! Wife's comment? How someone we've never met could plan such a trip just by written and verbal contact is a credit to him. Thank you Raphael. Outstanding: Drivers, guides (Anna was a delight and knew Matera inside out) hotels, food, Matera (do not miss this), Giovinazzo, Amalfi sunset cruise, Sorrento cooking class, Capri boat tour, and the overall coordination and timeliness of the trip and how Raphael's planning made it work.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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My Travel Experience

Places I’ve personally traveled to or destinations I’ve booked for my clients.