I am Rino Romano and I live in Sorrento, Italy, a small quaint town on the Amalfi Coast area. Together With my family we established italy limousine in 1998 because we had a strong passion to show the history,culture that this country has to offer and that has been handed down from generation to generation to myself and to all my family.
I want to tell you a little bit about myself with my own words so you understand more about who I am my family not just the name on a request or correspondence form but getting to know a little more who is Rino
My inspiration to start up my own business was due to my grandfather who really was a great person with so much ambition, but was never able to totally full fill what he wanted to do in life... but he did give my father a better start in life.
My grandfather Gennaro Romano (I was named after him) liked to talk alot about the hardships he suffered, especially during the 2nd world war when he was recruited by the Italian Army as so many young men from all over the world. He said those memories lie profoundly in his soul.
Going through an old photo album grandpa’s photo’s of the period he spent as a soldier and the years after the war ended - the photos marked from being touched so many times - showed the great loss of hope and the poverty when he returned back home after 1944 that He decided, like so many Italians, it was time for a new beginning to try his fortune in America.
In that period America was like a breath of fresh air (as Naples was devasted by the bombs) and there was alot of famine and there was was just a dark atmosphere still in Italy due to the fact that Italy as a country and its people by the end of the war there was just so much confusion no one was clear about anything this is what Nonno (grandpa) told me.
So A new start with a few lira’s in his pockets. He took the ship from Naples dock to New York:
he always told me that now days to visit America you can go on a plane & you are there in 7 hours! He told me of the terrible journey on the ship from the port of Naples, it was a cargo container with people from all over Europe, not just Italy, and it really scared him.
But he wanted and needed a change and to arrive in that land which for him was synonymous of freedom.
But Nonno only stayed a couple of months because he was so home sick but that brief stay in America gave him something very special to take back that we all can have hope in a better future whether we live in America, Australia / Germany / Canada, he took this back home with him and passed this hope and to my father and onto me that if we work hard and dedicate our efforts we can succeed.
As I promised grandpa, I visited New York in 1990 my 18th birthday , flew and landed in NewYork and... it all came back the photos of grandpa with the Brooklyn bridge behind him, and the dock with all those people leaving the ship like it was in the 1900’s, the statue of liberty was what everyone looked for... great emotion! And the strong bond that America has with my country, Italy, I decided then that I wanted to realize something where I could explain the history and culture of Italy to connect Italy with the Americans, Canadians and many other countries and cultures like Israel, England, Australia, Brazil, where a lot of my grandpa family and friends imigrated to after the war had ended.
So this has become a great adventure for me and Italy Limousine which has grown with the help of everyone that I have met over the year and I hope to continue this adventure and meet many more people from all over this very beautiful world and where I can show you my little angle of this beautiful world enjoy Italy with me.
photo of my family and my wonderful Daughter Veronica and My Charming Mother in the early 1960's