Franca Franzaroli was born and raised in Rome, Italy, and was baptized and married in St. Peter's Basilica. She received her teaching degree from the Magistero University in Rome. She was trained as a Montessori teacher, and taught third grade in an all-girls school before marrying and moving to Boston in 1955.
She entered the travel industry in the early 1967 while raising her four children. She is the President and Owner of Donna Franca Tours, one of the leading tour operators for custom designed vacations to Italy in conjunction with Alitalia, Delta, Air France and Lufthansa Airlines. Over the years the travel industry has changed dramatically and to better meet the needs of the market Donna Franca is keeping pace by designing independent first class deluxe vacations based on client customization.
Franca Franzaroli is the proud owner of a Villa in Tuscany, where she spends time in the summer with her family. Many of her clients, on their way to Florence or Siena, stop at her villa for an outdoor barbecue lunch and wine tasting with Chianti produced by her own vineyards.
In 1995, Donna Franca, inspired by the overwhelming appreciation of all her clients who contributed to her success, composed a poem I AM ITALY. She is proud to share it with you: