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Peter's Journey

For almost 20 years, our founder has been changing lives (after first changing his own).


My Story

My story ends in Italy with the love of my life, a beautiful family, and a growing company. But it all starts in a dusty attic in upstate New York…

When I first found the box of letters and photos, it brought me back to a sunny afternoon in the kitchen with my grandmother, listening to her stories about Italy and feeling the magic of being “Italian.”

So when I saw the same address on a few different envelopes, I started to wonder, what if these people are still there? What if I have relatives still living in Italy?

I thought about it for a while before I hand-wrote a letter to that address and sent it off to Italy. And then — without bothering to wait for a reply — I booked a ticket to Italy for spring break.

My life changed when I got off that plane…

After finding my way through train strikes, language barriers, dead ends, and even pickpockets, I arrived at the address on the decades-old envelope and found my family I’d never known.

There’s an entire story there… but it’s not the one I want to tell you about.

You see, in my endless adventure to trace my family’s roots and get my Italian citizenship, I ran into problem after problem. The language barrier. Complex bureaucracy. Hard-to-find documents. (Not to mention those pickpockets.)

And in spite of my best efforts to find help, there were no reliable services to guide me. So I had to figure it out on my own – later creating the company that I wished existed when I was doing this for myself 20 years ago.

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Your story

My story starts like yours – with a search for our Italian roots. My first trip to Italy changed my life and, since then, I've dedicated myself to changing the lives of people just like us.

For the last 16 years, my team and I have shared our expertise and passion to help thousands of people get dual Italian citizenship, meet long-lost family members, visit their ancestral family homes, and uncover incredible stories of their past hidden in their family tree.

So reach out. We would love to hear your story (and cannot wait to be a part of your journey).

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We offer our introductory calls totally free of charge and free of obligation, so feel free to schedule a time with one of our friendly team members. We're here to help.

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Two decades ago, italyMONDO!'s founder Peter Farina had no one to help him claim his Italian passport and walk in his ancestors' footsteps. It wasn't easy, but the experience was life-changing. So, he created a company that he wished existed when he was on his own journey. Since then, Peter and his team have helped hundreds of families claim their own Italian passports, find and meet long-lost family members in Italy, and uncover and preserve their families' stories for generations to come.


Incredible brands.

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italyMONDO! is proud to operate a family of brands in Italian Heritage Services, a field we pioneered 16 years ago. Each brand is dedicated to one of the three exceptional experiences we offer— citizenship, research, and travel.


Get in touch.

We're here to help, so send us a message! Let us know what you need or ask us about our services and experiences. A friendly team member will get back to you within 48 hours.

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