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. -
Carmen’s goal is to show Americans the true beauty of her adopted nation – with the rhapsody and rapture of the Eternal City of Rome…the hidden art and culinary treasures of Tuscany…the romance and glory of Venice…the heights and depths of unchanged Italy’s Amalfi Coast.
Her team at Your Own Italy consists of a group of people who are Carmen’s personal friends, including:
- International travel industry experts
- Licensed, experienced English-speaking travel guides
- English-speaking private drivers
- Specialty guides with deep knowledge in their area of expertise
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.