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Our US Team


Filomena was born and raised in Muro Lucano in Potenza Italy. While attending university in Rome, she met her husband when he asked for directions to the Trevi Fountain! (can’t you just imagine the movie?).
Decades later, she now lives in Cranford NJ with her husband, three children and their sweet pup. Filomena’s first job in the US was with an Italian travel agent, planning trips for clients to her beloved Italy.
After moving to Cranford, she opened Ciao Amici to share her native language and culture, and later decided to add travel to Ciao Amici’s offerings. Ciao Amici offers group travel, customized trips, destination wedding planning and enchanting honeymoons. When Filomena joins you on each group trip it is like traveling with your Italian relative.
She ensures that every detail is taken care of and your trip is stress free and most of all, authentic. And she is only a phone call away for your customized trips. She has personal relationships with her hand picked tour guides, hotels and experiences such as wine tastings, limoncello tastings and pasta making classes.
Reach out to info@ciaoamiciitaly.com to make your Italian travel dreams come true.


Kelly began her journey at Ciao Amici by taking Italian lessons with Filomena, a collaboration that has now spanned 8 years.
A lifelong resident of Cranford, Kelly lives with her husband and two children. As an Italian American married to a first-generation Italian American, she and her family have visited Italy numerous times. Remarkably, her son Dominic celebrated his first birthday and took his first steps in Italy.
After meeting with Filomena to customize your Italian experience , Kelly takes over the booking and creates a detailed itinerary. She delights in working with a diverse array of clients, finding joy in living vicariously through their travel adventures while meticulously planning their trips.