Meet Perillo Tour’s Midwest Rep, Mina Amendola

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Mina Amendola has vivid memories of travelling as a child with her family to their charming ancestral hometown of Altomonte, Cosenza in Calabria. In those early journeys, the die was cast.

“I always felt connected to Italy, and I knew that I wanted to spend my career helping others make those same connections,” the Midwest Director of Sales and Marketing for Perillo Tours explains.

As the public face of the Italian Government Travel Office for more than two decades, she dedicated herself to building bridges between the USA and the land of her ancestors. Through her work, she had plenty of opportunity to interact with the family that has been proudly running Perillo Tours for the last 75 years. 

Amendola’s name has become synonymous with promoting Italy in the USA. The only company she was willing to associate her name with was Perillo Tours. 

“Italy is synonymous with warmth and family, and Perillo definitely gives you that warm family feeling as the leading tour operator to Italy.”

“They’re a fantastic family and I love the fact that the fourth generation is now getting involved and continuing that legacy,” she says. “I’m enthusiastic about sharing their story and their services with the Midwest.”

The company’s bread and butter is their longstanding relationships with local travel agents, who in turn offer Perillo’s services to their own customers. Amendola continues to strengthen those relationships in the Midwest.

“There’s a peace of mind when you book a trip through Perillo,” Amendola explains. “ We offer 24-hour emergency service abroad. We’ve been in business 

for so long that everybody knows us and will perform above and beyond for Perillo customers.”

“We offer A to Z Italy (through Italy Vacations)!” Amendola enthuses. “I’m particularly excited about introducing this option to the Midwest, as we just launched a new online booking system for custom travel.” Perillo can help groups customize tours to anywhere in the world.

She also sings the praises of Perillo’s Hawaii tour after experiencing it firsthand. “I went to Hawaii through Perillo recently and I was blown away,” Amendola reports. “The value and what you are getting in this luxury vacation is incredible with a la carte meals at five-star restaurants and a true authentic Hawaiian experience with Italian flare”.

Perillo’s new product this year will be Spain. “It’s an exceptional product at an exceptional value, just like everything else that Perillo has to offer.”

Mina can be reached directly at 

For more information about Perillo Tours, click here.

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