For italyMONDO! founder and president Peter Farina, a strong interest in his Italian roots became a calling when, as a student returning home from Syracuse University, he decided to clean and organize his grandmother’s attic in Upstate New York. There he uncovered a treasure trove of old family photos, letters from Italy and other family heirlooms, some of which hadn’t been seen in over 50 years.
He began researching his family tree – discovering his own history in the regions of Basilicata, Lazio and Molise. This research resulted in Peter’s first trip to Italy to meet long lost relatives and to walk in his ancestors’ footsteps.
The experience changed his life, and shortly following the trip he decided to devote himself to preserving Italian culture by giving the same life-changing experience to other Italian-Americans. Peter achieved this dream when he founded italyMONDO! in 2006.
Since then Peter has built and expanded italyMONDO!, blending his innovative ideas, passion and business savvy to turn what was just a dream into the premier Italian cultural heritage company in America. Now fluent in Italian, he lives in Italy over six months of the year overseeing italyMONDO!’s operations.
With offices in Italy and New York, Peter and his equally passionate staff dedicate themselves to helping others discover their own Italian stories through family trees, finding relatives in Italy, bespoke Heritage Tours, a proprietary Italian village photo archive and dual Italian citizenship services. In 2009, italyMONDO! will also begin to offer a line of unique heritage products such as custom paintings, illustrations and ceramics to complement the new Online Store.
So, what are you waiting for? Contact italyMONDO! today and discover your own Italian roots!