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Italy Perfect was born out of our love of travel, having traveled extensively while growing up as part of a large Air Force family with frequent overseas assignments. We were fortunate to live in Italy for many years in our youth, growing up in Rome and Naples with frequent return stays. Since 2003 we have been offering personally selected vacation rental apartments and beautiful villas based on our extensive knowledge of Italy.
We search out and personally visit all the vacation rental properties we offer, accepting only the ones that meet our quality standards, so guests are assured of a nice place to stay and an overall great vacation.
Led by sisters Lisa, Pat and Madelyn each brings her own perspective to Italy Perfect.
Lisa launched Italy Perfect in 2003, motivated by Madelyn who convinced her that the success in France and London could be replicated in Italy. Before launching Italy Perfect Lisa was the Director of Worldwide Corporate Relations Communications for Apple Computer. Born in Italy, she is the youngest of the six (yes, six) Byrne sisters. Lisa global marketing experience and unerring eye can suss out a vacation property in a heartbeat, seeing the potential in a vacation property that many owners never imagined, having vastly improved our offering by envisioning what is possible and then making it happen. She is a marvel at organization and has totally transformed properties in as little as 24 hours with just a little creativity. She is hopeless when navigating the backroads of Tuscany, but has a photographic memory when it comes to recalling the exact location of almost any retail store in every city she has ever visited.
A technology marketing executive by background and a history geek at heart, Pat is the brains behind setting up systems and processes to automate tasks and organize information. Lisa persuaded her to leave high tech behind in 2006 to join Italy Perfect. Perfect Experiences gives her so much satisfaction: learning about guest interests and travels, going the extra step to make things work out for her clients, explaining to an owner a requirement that seems very strange to Italians, chattering in her second language, and traveling around Italy on our inspection adventures. She pursues fascinating back alleys of history with interests in topics like Etruscans and Mithras. She has tracked down and seen every Caravaggio painting and every obelisk in Rome.
A former investment banker Madelyn recognized early the demand for beautiful, luxury vacation rental properties and set her sights on Paris, where she met her husband Philippe. She started Paris Perfect in 1999, followed by London Perfect. A few years later, while on vacation with Lisa and family in Italy during the hottest summer on record, she convinced Lisa to start Italy Perfect. Madelyn is an expert in property acquisition and development, having bought, transformed over 60 properties into beautiful vacation rentals in Paris and London.
Pat: Bucatini all’Amatraciana at Vecchia Roma in Rome
Lisa: La Reggia degli Etruschi restaurant in Fiesole just outside of Florence
Pat: Pizza by the slice in Rome, especially potato with rosemary
Lisa: Pan di Stelle cookies from Italian supermarkets
Madelyn: Berthillon ice cream, Ile St. Louis in Paris
Pat: San Clemente Church in Rome
Lisa: Views from the rooftop café of La Rinascente department store in Florence
Favorite Italian Bargain Souvenir
Madelyn: Gourmet Italian herbs and snacks from Castroni in Rome
Pat: Porcini mushroom bouillon cubes at Italian supermarkets
Lisa: Labello Italian Lip Balm