About Daniel

Daniel MorneauVacanza Bella is me – Daniel Morneau.

I founded Vacanza Bella in 1986.  But my passion for Italy long predated the founding of Vacanza Bella. My first visit was in 1971. I speak Italian fluently; all of Vacanza Bella’s property owners are Italian, and I deal with them in Italian on a daily basis.

I was born in Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec, grew up in Maine, underwent a Jesuit high school education, graduated from Johns Hopkins, and spent 5 years not completing a PhD in Literature at UC San Diego. I am an unreconstructed 60s person.

I lived in San Francisco from 1976 to 2000, then moved to New York City. I lived in Rome in 1980-1982 and 2002-2009 and made three dozen extensive visits during the two intervening decades. I now divide my time pretty much half and half between winter in Rome and summer in a house I purchased in a tiny French Catalan village. Other than my historic involvement with Vacanza Bella, my interests include opera, 19th-century novels, ecclesiastical architecture, film, eating, and visiting with friends.

All of this means that I’m ideally placed to advise you on your Italian holiday and the vacation property in which you will spend it.  Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.