Shannon Kenny, Founder
Founder Shannon Kenny received a Master's Degree in Medieval and Renaissance History and has worked as a published author, editor, and educator in the fields of history, French and Italian language, the social sciences, and educational and boutique travel for over 17 years. After many years of traveling to Italy for both work and pleasure, Shannon founded the international children’s cultural program Arte al Sole in 2007 to serve the needs of families traveling and living abroad. To meet families’ demand for quality and trustworthy travel information, in 2008 Shannon launched Italiakids.com, an online resource for family travel to Italy. As Italiakids.com grew, readers increasingly reached out to Shannon with requests for travel concierge trip planning for itineraries that included Italy as well as other destinations in Europe. Due to word-of-mouth referrals among her clientele, Shannon expanded by request beyond family travel to design all manner of itineraries, and Elaia Travel was born. ViaPapera also produced the popular Italy travel tip YouTube series, Uno Minuto with Shannon Kenny.
Shannon spent summers in Forte de Marmi and the Lucca area for many years and lived in Florence and Rome. She now divides her time each year between Italy and California. In 2017, Shannon founded Prontopia, an app that pairs travelers with locals for on-demand assistance with travel solutions, making your trip stress free and full of meaningful connections.
To contact Shannon directly, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org