In Loving Memory.
Donna Franca Franzaroli passed away on Jan, 08, 2020.
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 in1967 while raising her four children. She was the President and Owner of Donna Franca Tours, one of the leading tour operators specializing in custom designed vacations to Italy and Europe, working hand in hand with legacy carriers such as Alitalia, Air France, Delta, KLM, Lufthansa and Swiss International. Donna Franca strived to go above and beyond to assure her client's a seamless, carefree travel experience.
Franca Franzaroli was the proud owner of a Villa in Tuscany, where she had spent time in the summer with her family. Many of her clients, on their way to Florence or Siena, stopped at her villa for an outdoor country barbecue lunch and wine tasting with Chianti produced in her own vineyards. She was a pioneer in the agriturismo rural movement.
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: