Mark was born in the United States but grew up in Florence, Italy. His dual national background (USA/Italy) and his extensive travel experience puts him in a good position to help travelers understand the area they are visiting. After earning his BA and MA degrees (Univ. of Siena and London), Mark has been working as a driver, guide, translator and corporate expatriate consultant. He speaks Italian, English, Spanish and some French (and wishes he could learn a few more languages).