Hi, I am Mauro Fabrizio Galli, The President of TourCrafters. I was born in a small Italian Village in the Appennine mountains outside Modena, Italy in 1950. I received my degree of Maestro d’Arte in 1968 from The Institute of Fine Arts in Modena. Later in 1973, I received a higher degree from The Academy of Fine Arts of Florence.
From 1970 to 1975, I worked in Italy as an artist participating in many art exibits throughout Italy. In 1975, I moved to the United States where for a few years I continued exhibiting my art at several galleres such as the , Debiuque Art Center and Starnberg Gallery in Chicago among others. In 1980 the Chicago University Club organized an exibit presenting my work.
Out of my love for the arts and the desire to make the American travelers part of the richness of my native country that holds more then 50% of the Art patrimony in the world, motivated me to co-found TourCrafters inc in 1980. The offices are now located in Libertyville,IL . In my 30 years of being a Tour Operator, the company became one of the mayor tour operator in the US with a brilliant reputation for service and quality.
With my extensive knowledge of the arts, my reputation as a tour operator, artist, and as a fascinating lecturer led me to create establish and bring to complete fruition, numerous councils and committees promoting the culture, arts and beauty of my native country.
Traveling extensively between Chicago, New York and Italy I promote the growing industry of tourism throughout Italy. I am the Vice President of the Italian American Chamber of Commerce. I am Chairman of the Chicago Italian Style Expo a showcase of Italian Art, Gastronomy and lifestyle. Along with legendary film director Bernardo Bertolucci and the composer Ennio Morricone, I was very proud to be awarded the honor of Ambassador of Rome, by the Mayor. This prestigious recognition, is reserved for personalities in entertainment, culture, the arts and business who promote Rome throughout the world, reflecting the history and traditions of the city.
Follow me and my blog, where I will share messages related to my experiences and guides about how to enjoy and experinece the most famous lifestyle on the planet the Italian way. DOLCE VITA!