Mario created Bellarome with his business partner and friend Daniel. Mario was born and grew up in Rome. After earning his BA in Economics and MSc in Business Administration, he worked for years in both tourism and international sales. His extensive travel for work nurtured a real appreciation for the beautiful diversity in culture, landscapes, art and food that the whole world has to offer. It also led him to better appreciate the incredible treasures and variety found throughout Italy. From this appreciation, Bellarome was created with an ambition to share Italy's unique riches with others.
Mario continues to have a passion for travel, and his favourite places in the world are Rome, Sicily (especially the Aeolian Islands) and New York. Travel also gives Mario an opportunity to enjoy meeting new people and understanding their worlds. He also loves cooking, football, music and business. All that being said, his work remains his passion! He spends his time working between the Bellarome offices in Cambridge, Rome and Siracusa, and regularly visits the teams in Venice, Florence, Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast and the Italian Lakes.
Daniel is the co-owner and co-creator of Bellarome and has been with the company since its conception in 2009. Born and raised near Cambridge in England, he has always had a keen interest in travel and culture and used the skills gained from his BA Hons degree to build Bellarome and help it thrive. As the company expanded, Daniel moved to Italy to preside over the Italian offices, living in both Tuscany and Rome. During this time, he travelled the country extensively and gained a deep understanding of Italy’s history and culture. With his wealth of experience in travel around both the UK and Italy, Daniel knows both countries very well. On a personal note, Daniel is a keen sportsman, especially enjoying football, and is a big lover of Italian food and, of course, Italian wine!
Having been with Bellarome since 2018, Matthew works as an Italy Travel Specialist from the Rome office, spending a fair amount of time every year in Piedmont, the Amalfi Coast and back home in America. As someone who lives, works and studied in Italy, Matthew has found his perfect job in helping others experience what he loves. He is half Italian and half American with an M.A. degree in Italian Food & Wine and over 5 years of experience in crafting high-quality private vacations tailored to each client’s needs. Matthew is fluent in English, Italian and French.
Originally from Lake Como, Veronica has been working for Bellarome since 2017. Trained as an events planner, she has established the Bellarome office in Como and works in the sales department as an Italy Travel Specialist. Her passion is in helping her clients express their interests and style by designing the perfect holiday experience, tailored to their desires. Having lived in the USA and UK, Veronica is now working from the Lake Como office.
Veronica is fluent in Italian, English, Spanish and German.
Marie-Lys has been part of the Bellarome family since 2019. Originally from France, and truly in love with her home country, she wanted to help travellers to discover the France she knows, as well as much more around Europe. In fact, she is always travelling to find the best, most authentic and unique experiences for her clients. She also uses her personal contacts and relationships from her previous career in hospitality to enhance the stay of every client. Marie-Lys' motto is: each traveller is different, so their itinerary should be too!
Operations Executive/Office Manager
Working from the Rome office, Sylvia has been with Bellarome from the beginning, helping set up and run our Rome office. Holding a Master’s degree in translation and languages, she is a freelance journalist and certified events planner. Sylvia speaks fluent Italian, English and French, and she loves travelling, food and her cats!
Supplier Relations Manager
Born in Rome, Riccardo is our Supplier Relations Manager. He is in charge of contracts and relations with our accommodation suppliers in Italy and worldwide. He loves football and travelling, and he holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration. Riccardo works from the Rome office.
Born in Romania and currently living in Cambridge, Alex is an astute traveller who likes a good time. These qualities combined with his enthusiasm for rugby has seen him organise and host thousands of Bellarome guests to famous matches around Europe. With a Bachelor (Hons) in Business Management and a can-do attitude, he is a reliable go-to guy who makes sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.
Kelly is an Australian/Italian living in Rome with a passion for travel, food, and culture. She has travelled Europe and Italy extensively and enjoys applying this passion in creating useful content and reaching potential customers via her marketing efforts.