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Who We Are 2017-03-06T14:22:10+00:00

WHO WE ARE

The team at Bella Vita Travels has worked in the travel and hospitality industries for a long time. We have an insatiable thirst for travel and to deliver extraordinary Mediterranean experiences for our clients to enjoy. We constantly visit the places we send our clients and we have built decades worth of relationships and expertise over those years.

What distinguishes Bella Vita Travels from traditional travel agencies is that we create our client’s custom itineraries from critical elements of travel–accommodations, guides, drivers, and experiences–that we have organically built ourselves. We never deliver a travel itinerary that is impersonal or resell you another group’s trip. We curate a unique itinerary for you based around your travel preferences combined with our deep first-hand experiences and knowledge. We have developed a strong network of supplier relationships in the destinations we send clients, we form our own opinions based solely on-location research, and we work with suppliers who provide the highest standard of quality and service whether they are part of an acclaimed boutique hotel group, or just a quaint little inn that you would never find in a popular travel guidebook.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Megan McCaffrey-Guerrera, founder of Bella Vita Travels, made her first visit to Europe with her parents at age 13 and fell in love. Sitting in a cafe in Saint Mark’s Square in Venice, she proclaimed that she would live in Europe someday. A few decades and over a dozen trips to later, Megan pursued her dream and bought a one-way ticket to Italy.

The business started out as a “travel concierge” service in Italy where Megan helped friends, family and guests of the B&B where she worked by organizing their Italian vacations. Based on the positive feedback she was receiving, it wasn’t long before Megan realized she had a knack for planning unforgettable, custom vacations and in 2004 founded Bella Vita Travels. In her first year, she arranged 22 vacations and never looked back. Since then, the team has grown and given we are continually traveling around the Mediterranean in search of new gems we can provide our clients, it was natural to provide our clients with access to more fantastic destinations around the Mediterranean.

MEET THE TEAM

Our luxury travel specialists are at the heart of your custom vacation.  Our Italian-based team has travelled extensively through the region to research and hand-select the finest destinations and experiences for you.

Megan McCaffrey-Guerrera
Megan McCaffrey-Guerrera Founder
A Southern California native, Megan grew up in Laguna Beach and attended the University of California at Los Angeles. She spent 15 years in the event marketing & promotion business, all while having a secret love affair with Europe. The rest, they say, is history! Megan oversees sales and marketing and the “big picture” of business development/strategy for the company. Additionally, she writes for such guidebooks as Fodor’s, Frommer’s and DK Eyewitness and received her “Travel Associate” certification from the prestigious Travel Institute. Off duty favorite activities include cooking up a storm to satisfy the household “black hole” (her husband Luigi), dancing every chance she gets with her son Pietro, yoga and swimming in the Mediterranean.
Luigi Guerrera
Luigi GuerreraOperations & Vendor Relations
Luigi is of Sicilian & Ligurian decent, as well as a native of Le Cinque Terre area. He manages the Italian side of the business from suppliers to banking and getting through the Italian red-tape as only an Italian can! – as well as any further business development of the company. Favorite off duty activities include yoga, being a “guinea pig” to Megan’s cooking whims, Italian storytelling to their toddler and the occasional marathon viewing of The Simpsons!
Kate Little-Paradiso
Kate Little-ParadisoSales & Client Travel Specialist
Certified sommelier with a masters degree in Italian Gastronomic Culture & Traditions, authorized tour guide/coordinator and travel research whiz, Kate acts a sales rep, director of client relations, marketing guru, travel host and tour guide for the beautiful Italian Riviera. She has also received her certification as a “Travel Associate” from the prestigious Travel Institute. Favorite off duty activities include hiking, satisfying the appetites of her two “boys” with Ligurian specialties, being a rugby mom and creating some of the finest moonshine in Italy!
Christine Mitchell
Christine MitchellTravel Specialist
Christine’s love for Italy started at a young age; she is of Calabrian descent and fell in love with her grandparents’ homeland on her first visit. She now calls Monterosso al Mare in the Cinque Terre home. Christine has a MA from New York University in Food Studies and Culture with an emphasis on Italian gastronomy and has a master’s certificate from the Alta Scuola di Turismo Ambientale in sustainable tourism. Christine is one of BVT’s travel specialists who creates amazing trip itineraries and works with clients from booking till their return home. In her free time, Christine writes part time about Italy in various online and print journals, spends time working in her husband’s family restaurant on the sea, or savoring an Italian craft beer.
Lisa Dunk
Lisa DunkTravel Specialist
Lisa came to Italy to pursue her career as an opera singer but everyone knows she really stayed for the food! A native Texan, she studied music and European history in Indiana and Germany and now lives in Venice. Having worked in an upscale B&B until the opportunity at Bella Vita Travels came calling, Lisa learned the art of hospitality, thinking quickly on her feet, and of course, patience. Being a part of the Bella Vita Travels team gives her the perfect outlet to share her passion for the Mediterranean lifestyle by researching destinations and providing insider’s tips and tricks. Lisa assists with marketing, custom trip planning and client relations.