Hello! Nice to meet you! Let's first to introduce myself...
My Name is Gioacchino Colonna (as Spanish Joaquim), but due the pronunciation's problem (most of the differences between English and Italian are about vowels pronounce), one of my first English speaking customer had hard time to speech it so he started to give me Jack as nick name and I became by time, a.k.a. Jack the Driver.
My past experience
I was born in Sorrento in the 1957 and I always lived there. I'm a limousine driver since 1995 as my professional driver's certificates say. I have been working with the best limousine car service companies in Sorrento, Positano and on the Amalfi Coast.
During my experience as driver, I collaborated with the most exclusive hotels in Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Naples, Capri and the Amalfi Coast.
Finally in 2004, after a contest made in my hometown between some hundreds candidates, I got my NCC (Noleggio Con Conducente – car rental with driver) license, realizing my lifetime dream to be an independent private driver!
After that, I started my own business acquiring, in few years, a very good reputation worldwide and online. You can check it on the following websites: www.tripadvisor.com, www.slowtrav.com, www.slowtalk.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.cruiseabout.com.
My family, Sorrento's original since the 18th century, have had interests in tourism business since 1900, my Grandparents first had a "osteria" (like a today small family restaurant) located in the oldest part of the town and then a "pensione" (small family hotel) just outside downtown. Even my dad owned a restaurant in the fishermen's village and later an hotel. I grew up with them and the first rule they taught me was the respect of the customers and to give effort and passion in what I do. I am still following their teaching.
Having formed my background first getting a high school diploma and then working as receptionist in hotels located in Sorrento, Capri, Positano and Brighton (UK), I acquired a good acknowledgement "on the field" of English language so I am fluent in it. Those my past work's experiences made me comfortable to stay in contact with foreign nationalities, understanding their needs and wishes. I am a traveler too, in my free time, and I have been to several countries in Europe, America and Africa, so I know the troubles and the feelings to be abroad.
I acquired a wide acknowledgement of my own territory and of Italy in general. History, arts, habits, traditions, lifestyle in Southern Italy have very few secrets for me. I'm able to give suggests and tips regarding hotels, restaurants, shops, monuments, food & wine or about anything you could need. Of course I keep myself updated so I'm constantly studying about new discoveries and following the last news with the aim to have conversation regarding most of the issues of your interest.
Being a Southern Italian make me to be friendly and warm hearted, always ready to help peoples, like to treat my customers with respect but don't like to brag around. I'm proud of my heritage of course but in same time I'm simple and communicative. I'm open minded and not formal, so while you'll see most of other drivers with suit and tie, may be I'll haven't. Hope this won't make any difference with you!
Those are words of a my good customer and friend and I guess are the better way to describe myself: "...I very highly recommend Jack as a driver and guide......Jack has such a wonderful way of talking to people and putting people at ease. He really went out of his way to make sure this was the best trip I have ever had...."
"Gabrielle Sbano, NYPD captain, 5th precinct's former chief."
Jack the Driver and Kurt Warner, NFL MVP Super Bowl XXXIV
Kurt Warner Good day today w/ JackTheDriver, at lunch sat next 2 fam from KC & NY, what r the odds, pics & autos in Italy too, no need 2 go 2 TrainCamp!
I am happy and glad to live in a such beautiful part of Southern Italy, surrounded by archaeological sites as Pompeii ľ Herculaneum - Paestum, beautiful natural landscapes as Sorrento and Amalfi Coast, amazing towns as Positano ľ Amalfi - Ravello and I'm delighted to show them to visitors, I really do it with passion and love!
"The finest compliment I can ever receive is a referral from my friends and customers"
Actually I collaborate as reference private driver in Southern Italy - Amalfi Coast with travel agents worldwide, here are some of them:
Fantastica Italia, Phoenix (AZ), www.fantasticaitalia.com;
El Conquistador Travel, Pam Dietz, Bradenton (FL);
Ciao Darcy, Darcy Hemstreet, Issaquah (WA), www.ciaodarcy.com;
Ladera Travel, Shelley A. Kasper, Reno (NV) – Manhattan Beach, (CA);
Knoxville Travel Club, Susie Elseroad, Knoxville (TN);
Family Fun Cruises, Althea Hager, Mastic (NY);
U Need 2 travel, Mary & Richard Post, Holbrook (NY);
Whitcomb Travel, Paul & Karen Everson, Leominster, (MA), www.whitcombtravel.com;
Austin Travel, Susan Denmark, Woodmere (NY) www.austintravel.com;
Becky Knaup, Fullerton, (CA),www.sunnyhillstravel.com;
Carol Wilson, Oreland, (PA), Imagine Travel;
Jennifer Cunnigham, Elliott Travel, Kenmore (NY);
Travel World Discovery, Diane Murphy, www.travelworlddiscovery.com.
Beauty In Italy, Violetta Buti, www.beautyinitaly.com.
United Travel, Joan Thomas, Hamilton.
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