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Who We Are

Meet the team who will make your Italy Dream Trip come true

Matteo Della Grazia

Matteo Della Grazia

Cofounder and owner of FUORITINERARIO - DISCOVER YOUR ITALY
A graduate of Milan Bocconi Business School, Italy's top-ranking business school, Matteo spent several years after college working for some of the most prestigious organizations across the globe, managing the challenges of globalization. The international exposure helped Matteo understand his home country is a dream destination for many people. Life abroad multiplied Matteo's love for Italy and motivated him to share his insider insights and knowledge with others. Paired with a desire to run his own business, it inspired him to move back to Italy and launch his own travel company. Originally from Milan in northern Italy, Matteo will always exceed your expectations with the awesome itineraries he designs. And if you ever visit Perugia, he’ll be happy to give you a ride in his 1972 vintage FIAT 500.

Daniela Mencarelli

Daniela Mencarelli

Cofounder and owner of FUORITINERARIO - DISCOVER YOUR ITALY
A graduate of Milan Bocconi Business School, with a major in Strategy & Marketing, Daniela is an avid traveler who has explored several continents and many countries across the globe. Through the challenges of planning and organizing her own worldwide travels, she gradually learned the paramount importance of local travel specialists. Daniela’s desire to run her own business and her love for Italy inspired Daniela to launch her own travel company. Born and raised in Perugia in central Italy, Daniela is a mother of two and a wife of one, always involving them in her endless explorations of Italy.

Emanuela Zafarana

Emanuela Zafarana

A graduate of Università per Stranieri di Perugia, a prestigious school for international relations, Emanuela quickly found that the travel industry offers the best version of international relations. As our first employee ever, she developed the skills and expertise to design and plan awesome trips for the most demanding of international clients who wanted to discover Italy. Born and raised in Sicily in southern Italy, Emanuela brings with her the sun and warmth of her land to every activity and interaction. An excellent cook, she happily shares Sicily’s culinary traditions; ask her about a dish from Sicily and she’ll endlessly enchant you her descriptions of various Sicilian delicacies. After meeting Emanuela, we bet you’ll book one of our Sicily itineraries.

Mariangela Matriciani

Mariangela Matriciani

While doing an internship with us, Mariangela got hands-on training for her Masters’ major: promotion of Italy abroad. Mariangela has also studied at one of Germany’s most prestigious universities and gained international exposure while working at the Italian Embassy in the Principality of Monaco (Monte Carlo). Born and raised in Perugia, Umbria, Mariangela shows great motivation, ability to focus and attention to detail in all the assignments she tackles. Sharp and reliable, she communicates precisely and always delivers on time; multitasking is a piece of cake for Mariangela.

Francesca Vescarelli

Francesca Vescarelli

Francesca started with an internship soon after graduating university, with a degree in Advertising & International Relations. Francesca previously worked as a wedding planner and for a fashion label. Her creativity coupled with her diverse work experiences make Francesca excellent at designing visually appealing itineraries and organizing unique events. Born and raised in Perugia, Francesca is very social, both in the real and virtual worlds, and has a knack for spotting events that may be of interest to our clients.

Virginia Giovi

Virginia Giovi

Virginia has consistently pursued her education and career in the travel industry. She started with a BA in International Travel Industry followed by a Masters in Responsible Travel and then a career creating travel products with a strong focus on sustainability and responsible travel. Virginia is very precise and detail-oriented, which make her proposals a showcase of clarity, complete with all the relevant details. Born and raised in Perugia, Virginia loves pets and volunteers at a local shelter for rescued dogs and cats. She obviously gets along very well with Ginger and so they decided to share their working space.

Alessandro Manciucca

Alessandro Manciucca

Alessandro has extensive work experience with a number of tour operators in different parts of Italy and in various fields of the travel industry. Alessandro makes sure that all proposals are designed and quoted according to our high-quality standards and in line with our clients’ expectations. An avid promoter of Umbria’s hidden gems, Alessandro likes to engage in conversations spanning art, culture, society and politics. He loves folk music and is an active member of a local choir that often participates at folk music festivals across Italy and abroad.

Lucia De Michele

Lucia De Michele

While doing an internship with us, Lucia got hands-on training for her Masters’ major: promotion of Italy and Made in Italy abroad. She is gaining experience as a travel designer and shows genuine talent for creating fantastic itineraries across Italy. Lucia is very motivated, reliable and always delivers her excellent products on time. Born and raised in Basilicata, one of Italy’s most beautiful and off-the-radar regions, Lucia is also the heart and soul behind our website.

Giovanna Dominici

Giovanna Dominici

Giovanna is a seasoned travel professional with extensive experience as a tour leader with several Italian outgoing tour operators in a number of countries around the world. When Giovanna decided to move back to Italy, she was in charge of sales for one of the largest outgoing tour operators. Giovanna is part of our customer service team, focused on checking all the final details of our tour programs and travel documents and making sure all services are executed to perfection and full satisfaction of our clients.

Erika Guerra

Erika Guerra

Accounting was invented in Italy back in 1500 and Erika continues that tradition at our company; she is in charge of our accounting department. She makes sure our operations fully comply with all accounting and tax regulations of Italy. Committed and focused, Erika is the “nightmare” of all providers who make mistakes when issuing their invoices.

Claudio Passarini

Claudio Passarini

As our product manager, Claudio is in charge of selecting and negotiating contractual terms with the amazing local providers who are part of our network. Claudio has extensive professional experience in sales, product management and operations; he is also a certified tour leader and guide. Claudio lives with his family in a lovely small town half way between Verona and Lake Garda and works in our Milan office. He speaks several languages fluently, including some Icelandic.

Barbara La Rosa

Barbara La Rosa

Barbara is our customer relations manager, in charge of all our clients from the moment they book the trip until after they return home. Barbara ensures our clients are fully briefed about Italy before they arrive and is constant contact with them during the trip, if they have any questions or need assistance. Barbara has extensive guest relations experience in top five-star properties in Italy and abroad. Barbara is from Rome and moved to Milan to work at our office–a Tale of Two Cities coming true!

Ester Brescia

Ester Brescia

Ester is our FIT account manager, in charge of dealing with perspective clients from the moment they submit their trip request to the moment they decide to book. Ester has gained wide professional experience in different areas of the travel industry, both in the UK and Italy. She is VERY results-oriented and doesn’t give up till the clients are fully satisfied with the itineraries we design for them. Ester is from Milan and works in our city office.

Cinzia Grasso

Cinzia Grasso

Cinzia is our booking coordinator, in charge of booking all services included in our tour packages as well as generating the final tour programs and all travel documents. She has in-depth hospitality experience both in the UK and Italy where she worked at top luxury hotels. Cinzia has an amazing ability to analyze data in support of decision-making. Born and raised in Piedmont, Cinzia works in our Milan office, where the team expects her to showcase the treats of her land (wine, chocolate, truffles etc).

Ken Di Maggio

Ken Di Maggio

Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, USA Ken has recently become the US Representative for FuorITinerario Discover Your Italy. Ken has a passion for Italy travel and all things Italian. With past and present roots in the area of Messina in Sicily Ken is a frequent visitor to the beautiful island. From his Boston office he consults and advises inquiring US travelers on prospective Italy itineraries, and works closely with the representatives in the Perugia and Milano offices of FuorITinerario to organize truly unique and one of a kind experiences. Ken is a true “foodie” when it comes to Italian cuisine and his restaurant recommendations are exceptional. Ken has also been the co-founder of several technology firms in the Boston area, however now choses to share his time and passion of Italy with others.

Ginger

Ginger

Ginger, aka Fair Fantasy, is a retired greyhound champion who raced in Ireland before we rescued her toward the end of her career. She quickly got used to our working environment and is now an active team member in charge of testing & patroling the office carpet. Ginger is VERY fast and got used to Italian food in a matter of seconds. Tall, long, muscular and with shining black fur, she may scare those who meet her for the first time. On the contrary, she is timid, respectful and well-behaved. Ginger takes her time to study new people but when she gets used to them, she is the sweetest dog on earth. She is also Matteo’s personal trainer; he walks with her several times a day up and down the hills of Perugia. By doing so, he’s always perfectly fit.

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