One could say that Michael was born into traveling. His father Mario, born and raised in Rome, Italy, worked for QANTAS Airline, and later owned his own travel agency. Having first set foot in Italy (and lived there for a year) at the tender age of seven, Michael now leads trips there himself. He cherishes every aspect of traveling and is rooted in his strong Italian heritage. After graduating from Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley, he circumnavigated the world, being brought face to face with the vast diversity of culture, history, art, food and language, simply by traveling.
He began working in travel in 1975, and in 1997 combined his passion for travel with his love of food and wine, and Millennium’s Tastes of Life Worth Pursuing Collection was developed. This exclusive collection has been a sensation, attracting gourmet savvy guests from all over the world. He quickly adopted a specialized presence, partnering with individuals and organizations sharing a similar passion for excellence and a commitment for creating meaningful experiences. Millennium’s Food & Wine Cruise Collection offers inspiring travel programs with opportunities for personal discovery, cultural activities, culinary treasures and a zest for life. These adventures bring imaginative experiences to those too busy to research and plan, but desire the finest travel service to pair extraordinary arrangements.
Michael is recognized as a knowledgeable resource for his clients, and often develops a strong family-like bond of trust and camaraderie with them, even though they may never meet in person. Over the years Michael is honored to have partnered with some of the most prestigious vintners, wineries and culinary professionals such as John Shafer, Margaret Duckhorn, Kathleen Heitz and Michel Escoffier. A longer list of clients can be found on our “the Company We Keep” Page.
Michael is actively involved in the SCU Alumni. He is one of Silversea’s Top 5 Producers in the country, and a wine and food fanatic.
Moriah A. Clarke, Director of Business Development
As a liaison between planning and hosting services, Moriah curates and presents lavish experiences in coveted destinations around the world for MillenniuM’s hosts and clients. Her diverse background in international travel, marketing, web design, team management, creative writing, sales, event planning, customer service and more allows her to balance the demands of multiple roles in the company. Moriah earned her Bachelors of Science in Hospitality through East Carolina University after receiving her Associates Degree in the Foundations of Business. As a current graduate student in ECU’s Masters of Science in Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality program, Moriah looks to inform her work in the tourism and marketing industry with her academic experience. When she’s not chasing after the cutest toddler in the world she enjoys travel, hiking, bird watching, and culinary & wine experiences. Passionate about foreign cultures, you can often find her getting lost in art and history museums around the world with her loving husband. As she continues her journey, Moriah follows the age-old adage: “the world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page;” and she intends to read them all.
|Favorite vacation location you’ve visited:||The Amalfi Coast, Ephesus, Heidelberg, Reykjavik, Paris, Bahia Drake… everywhere is unique in it’s own way.|
|Places you can’t wait to visit:||Machu Picchu, Antarctica, Angkor Wat, the Galapagos Islands … A World Cruise sounds about right!|
|Favorite travel accessory:||Small language phrase books|
|Favorite museum:||Orsay Museum, Paris; Capitoline Museum, Rome; Nat’l Archaeological Museum, Athens|
|Favorite kitchen tool:||My wine opener 😉|
|Favorite Quote:||“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine|
|Favorite location in the US:||Blue Ridge Parkway, NC|
|Favorite wine region:||Napa, California|
|Favorite author:||Tina Fey, Anais Nin, Michael Chrichton…. and Rick Steves (of course)|
|Favorite vacation location you’ve visited:||Tulum, Mexico is my absolute favorite. Such a magical place!|
|Favorite travel memory:||Zip-lining in Costa Rica! I was absolutely terrified but the views were unbeatable.|
|Favorite kitchen tool:||My blender!|
|Favorite location in the US:||My home in Monterey – feels like I am always on vacation!|
|Place you can´t wait to visit:||I love cooking (even though I lack the talent), so Italy is at the top of my list. I have yet to perfect making pizza!|
|Favorite book:||The Alchemist|
|Favorite holiday:||Halloween because it is my favorite time of year and I love any excuse to dress up!|
|Dream vacation:||It is my dream to visit Bali! Hippie vibes are my favorite vibes!|
|Favorite vacation location you’ve visited:||Cartagena, Colombia|
|Place you can’t wait to visit:||Patagonia, Argentina|
|Favorite travel accessory:||A Backpack|
|Favorite museum:||Musee D’Orsay|
|Favorite kitchen tool:||Chef’s Knife|
|Favorite wine region||Sicily|