Carmen Carbonell

Carmen Carbonell is founder and President of Your Own Italy. Carmen was born in the United States, where she obtained a degree in Architecture. Following college, she married an Italian and moved to Rome, where she raised 4 sons. She also developed a passionate love for Italy – its art, its architecture, its cities, its countryside, its culture and cuisines, and its people.

Now, after nearly 30 years living in Italy, Carmen wants to share her love for Italy with American travelers who want more than a standard tour…travelers who want to experience the real Italy, with the heart and soul of the nature and its people. She founded Your Own Italy as a boutique tour company that will provide private tours that take travelers deep into Italy’s heart and soul, with vacation packages that will be memorable for life, and shore excursions that will give tour ship guests a unique day in Rome, Florence, Venice or the Amalfi Coast. 

The team works with boutique hotels, tested and proven restaurants, historic sites, museums, basilicas, plus individuals and tours that meet Your Own Italy’s standards – standards virtually guaranteed to ensure that Your Own Italy vacation or shore excursion will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will remember forever. And long to repeat with your new friends in Italy, Your Own Italy.

Office Manager in Washington D.C


Heading our Washington D.C office, Cristy has been working with Your Own Italy from the onset and is responsible for managing the operation side of our business, processing payments and answering all questions regarding vacation insurance to ensure that our clients receive the best possible service at all times.
Official tour designer


Michael joined the team in 2017 as the coordinator and designer of tours throughout Italy. A licensed tour guide for the last 20 years in English, Italian and French as well the author of “National Geographic Traveler - Rome, Michael has the last word on which tours are developed and added to the Your Own Italy repertoire.


All systems function thanks to Gene’s behind the scenes talent! From solving internet glitches to online payment processing, Gene ensures that Your Own Italy’s website is a pleasure to browse !
Social Media


Are you enjoying the Your Own Italy posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? Thank Ashley, our intrepid Social Media Manager with a flare. Ashley is also our marketing hub in the U.S – coordinating Your Own Italy’s participation in Travel Shows throughout the country.
Office Assistant in Rome


An invaluable asset in the main office, Cristina coordinates the multiple daily meeting points for our tour guides and clients as well as the management of data entry in Italian and English. She’s also the kind voice that answers phone calls in both languages in Italy.


Lexi is responsible for assisting Cristy in our operations department. She has many diverse roles to play within the company, but one of her main duties is to fine-tune customized itineraries for each individual client to ensure everything goes to plan for clients travelling with our company.