I have been involved in the travel industry in both Italy and France.
I am half Italian and half American. Having lived, studied & worked in Italy and France (currently live in Rome) I’ve been able to build a very extensive knowledge of the culture, people, gastronomy & regions of these amazing countries. And more importantly, how to show them to others!
Travel is one of the greatest means by which to educate oneself. And in meeting new cultures and people, I guarantee you’ll walk away richer. So, for me to help facilitate this education is an absolute pleasure.
Let me share with you my passion and expert knowledge to make your next vacation more customized, fulfilling, and authentic!
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"My specializations in Italy are:
- SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE OF: The Amalfi Coast, Piedmont, Tuscany, Venice, Rome
- Wine and Food
- Family Vacations
- Romantic Holidays
- Beach Holidays
- Cultural experiences
- History & Art "
How did you get involved in travel?
""My first job within travel was along the Amalfi Coast, in Positano. Here I was working for a local sustainable walking tour group. We developed walking tours of the coast where we foraged for wild herbs and plants, followed by a cooking class that incorporated what we foraged.
After I moved around Europe, conducting wine tours in Paris and developing tours in southern France, as well as developing vacations for clients all over Italy, and working in a wine bar in Paris. ""
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
""My most memorable moment would be my first olive harvest in Tuscany. From meeting new people in such a unique experience, to being apart of something special and cultural. This was the launch and or the definitive realization that my future- in order to be happy and passionate- would have to involve traveling and food! ""
Featured trips & expertise
Spend six days visiting historical sites, eating delicious food, and relaxing in Italy. Start in Tuscany for a wine tour of the Chianti region and admire the beautiful villages of the Italian countryside. Catch a high-speed train to Rome and explore the Eternal City with visits to the Vatican City and Colosseum, then round out your trip with a food tour of the city's famous markets and gelaterias.
February is the last full month of winter in Tuscany, offering plenty of snowy adventures and lively festivals, as well as fewer tourists and lower prices. Ski season is well underway in the mountains, the resorts and their respective slopes bustling with activity. Meanwhile, the rest of the country celebrates the coming of spring with Lent and one of Italy's liveliest religious events: Carnevale.
Spend a week on the Cinque Terre coast, exploring the small towns and rugged cliffs that make this region such a popular destination. Stay in Manarola and Portofino, two of the UNESCO-designated region's old-world villages. Hike along the coast, snorkel in the clear blue water and eat delicious fresh-caught seafood. End your trip in Pisa where the famous leaning tower and richly decorated medieval churches await.
Fare tredici (Italian for 'hit the jackpot') with this amazing 13-day itinerary of the Cinque Terre coastline. Hike between small villages on a stunning coastal path, snorkel to see the incredible Christ of the Abyss statue and sunbathe on rocky beaches in Portofino. Explore Genoa's maritime history & medieval downtown, then end in Pisa to climb the famous leaning tower and go wine tasting in the Tuscan countryside.
Spend two weeks exploring the Cinque Terre to your heart's content on this packed itinerary. Start in the medieval village of Manarola where you'll learn traditional cooking from a local, then head up the coast to the beautiful town of Portofino to explore the rugged coast from the water. Continue to Genoa for medieval alleyways and a food tour, then end in Pisa to learn why, exactly, the famous tower leans.
Recent trip reviews for Matthew
50th Wedding Anniversary Trip · Italy - Oct 26 - Nov 6, 2019
Our Guides Alessandro in Florence was excellent. Ricardo in Rome was excellent also. They were also very helpful . I was. Dis appointed in Matthew. On our second he asked us how our cooking class was? We said no one showed or called. Matthew said he would call us back. We never heard another word from him all week! We waited around all day prior to his call, alerted the front desk and no one came. My husband was really looking forward to this. Loves to cook. Communication was a definite... read more
Lance and Dom - Italy in 9 Days. · Italy - Sep 27 - Oct 8, 2019
The best review I could give is to say that when I do my next Italian Holiday I’m going to get KimKim to organise it for me again. We had the most amazing, stress-free holiday I could ever have imagined. Thank you so much Matthew for your amazing attention to detail and the clarity of all of the documentation; worth every penny. The hotels were really well located and made getting around so easy. The care that we were given made our Italian adventure a trip of a lifetime. We felt very spoilt.
Adventures in Southern Italy - 7 Days · Italy - Sep 7 - Sep 14, 2019
Our trip in Italy was fantastic. The drivers who picked us up and drove us to all of our destinations were extremely friendly, nice and professional. One of our phones was forgotten in one of our driver’s car, and he was kind enough to bring the phone back to us the next day in perfect condition. The hotels were greatly located, clean and the staff were very accommodating. The hotel in Amalfi and Rome were beautiful, however the hotel in Sorrento lacked some appeal as we were put in a room... read more
Issues · Italy - Aug 14 - Aug 28, 2019
Being as this was the first time to travel to Italy, I was at the mercy of a travel agency to help me set up and arrange certain aspects of our trip. My husband and I did not want the typical tour group travel as we like to travel at our own pace. I reached out to KimKim as they offered services for independent travel. I felt as if our specialist just threw some stuff together and changes that we wanted made was a struggle, because the reply at the other end was always, well we are here and... read more