Terry is a deaf American with Italian bloodlines who now lives in Rome, Italy. After graduating from Gallaudet University, he came here in search of “la dolce vita” (the sweet life). In 2002 he established Hands On Travel to share his love of Europe with deaf travelers. His passions are traveling, reading, food, and sports.
Hands On Travel is dedicated to providing travelers using sign language with the best that this world has to offer. We are opposed to the idea of mass tourism, which means bunching up a group of people in a big tour bus and wheeling them around to all the major sights with obligatory stops at mediocre restaurants and tourist-trap souvenir shops.
We believe that travel shouldn’t be like this. Instead, we provide an experience which allows travelers to get “hands on”, delighting every one of their senses in fascinating and interactive programs that give them deeper appreciations of the place they are visiting.
Hands On Travel is entirely run by deaf people using sign language who love travel and aim to make your trip as fun, pleasant, and accessible in all areas. Our core tenets are:
- Provides private, customized and educational tours for school groups.
- Ensures that all communication during guided tours is accessible in sign language exclusively, 24/7.
- Customizes each tour to fit the characteristics and needs of the people who make up each group.
- Provides consultation for individual(s) who wish to travel independently but do not have the time to dedicate to necessary logistic preparations.