meet roberto

Roberto Maione Owner & Manager

I was born in Napoli in 1973 and after graduating at Hospitality school I left Italy to make some experience abroad. I was in Germany (where I met my actual wife), than moved to England to study the language while working as a line cook and then moved to Switzerland where I took my higher diploma in hospitality management. Next stop was the USA in 2001.I lived in Chapel Hill for almost 2 years and would have stayed longer if it wasn't for the twin tower accident. After that my Visa request was denied and I had to come back to Italy. Firenze opened its door for me in 2003 and I have been living here since. When I left the States I promised myself that I would come back one day and that is why I am now the owner of Illuminitaly. My project was to open a little shop/showroom of handmade ceramic lighting fixture but the person who was supposed to finance me withdraw from the project so I started with an e-commerce launched 19/12/2016 (it was my birthday). Making my way through the tough competition of the lighting market is quite complicated also because I don't have the resources to fininance the proper advertisment but I am confident that hard work pays off and thus I will continue on my way knocking on every possible door that leads to success!