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My name is Marco. I was born and lived in Tuscany for many years before moving to England back in the distant early 80’s.
After gaining a Diploma in Travel and Tourism and whilst working for the Italian Tourist board in the West End of London, I noticed a small classified in the “Situations Vacant” of a local paper. The position was for a bilingual administrator, able to speak Italian and French, to join a rapidly expanding shipping company specialising in the transportation and logistics of antiques and works of art.
Starting off as the “tea boy” I soon rose through the ranks and was given the responsibility of co-ordinating and running the Italian side of the operation, including administering and attending Mercanteinfiera, the big international antique fair in Parma.
After nearly ten years organising collections and deliveries for international antique dealers and interior designers in and around Italy an opportunity presented itself. I was asked by one of my biggest client, a renowned American interior designer, if I would be interested in driving them around London and the UK.
It was something I really enjoyed and after amicably parting company with my old desk I soon built up a clientele. This gave me the idea of promoting Italy as a logical destination for sourcing and buying antiques, something which would allow me to combine the experience gained in my position as Italian shipping manager with my background in travel and tourism.
Although already popular with antique dealers and interior designers, most international traders would not venture much further afield then the Parma fair or maybe the well trodden routes of Florence, Lucca and Arezzo.
There are many couriers and guides out there, France, Belgium and generic tour guides which provide a general service for groups and tourists with an interest in antiques.
I wanted to go one above that and specialise in one field, Italy.
Concentrating on offering my service to the trade, I knew there was a gap in the market for someone with local knowledge who would be able to guide and advise clients on all aspects of buying and shipping antiques in Italy and that is where it all started.
Fast forward many years, I now plan and organise buying trips based on clients needs and budget. It could be a short weekend trip based around Tuscany or a full ten day tour incorporating places such as Naples, Ercolano, Rome, Fossano, Saletto, Venice and of course, the old favourites, Florence, Lucca, Arezzo. Not only I can offer a tailor made personal courier service but, once the buying trip is over I will also liaise closely with the shipper of your choice in order to make sure all goods are delivered safely to your door.
Telephone. 07766 554944
Location. 22 Arcadia Avenue, Bournemouth
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“Marco made my first trip shopping for antiques in Italy a huge success! With a thoughtfully laid out itinerary and helpful professionals in every city the trip was worry free.
His extensive experience handling the logistics of shipping antiques from Italy is invaluable. It might have been my first trip with Octopus Tours but certainly won’t be the last.”