A family business on two continents.
 

 

We are a family-run travel business, a brother-and-sister team based on two continents.  Jenny lives in Concord, Massachusetts and Tom in Rome. 

We learned to love travel when we were children.  Our parents took us on car-camping trips around the United States and Canada.  We learned how to see a lot without spending a lot.  Instead of dining in fancy places, we had a lot of picnics. And a lot of fun!    

Our father loved history, art and culture and taught us things by taking us to special places.  We learned about the Civil War on the battlefields of Gettysburg and about the Founding Fathers when we rolled Easter eggs on the lawn at Monticello, Jefferson’s home.   Our mother loved plants, nature and birds and we hiked trails in the Great Smoky Mountains and headed west the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.    

So it’s probably no accident that both of us grew up to be lifelong travelers and lifelong learners!

As a young architecture student at Princeton, Tom fell in love with Rome, and then with a Roman, who has been his wife now for thirty years. Tom has lived in Rome ever since,  deeply involved in the history, architecture, and culture of the Eternal City. Tom’s belief in the importance of cities and his passion for sustainability inform the unique travel itineraries he creates now. 

Jenny first grew to love literature and history at Princeton.  That love of learning has informed and inspired her three decades as a Unitarian Universalist minister, as her own spiritual seeking. During her ministry in Concord, she began to explore the lives of Transcendentalists like Emerson, Thoreau and Margaret Fuller and eventually began to lead tours following in their footsteps. At heart, she is a pilgrim, and believes in the “power of place” to move and inspire.

OUR TEAM

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Jenny M. Rankin

A Unitarian Universalist minister, Jenny has served as a parish minister and college chaplain and is currently the Interim Minister at the First Parish in Lincoln. She graduated from Princeton with a BA in history and received an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School. While Minister at the First Parish in Concord, Jenny became a student of Transcendentalism; she taught classes, lectured, and led travel seminars on this unique strand of American spirituality.

A pilgrim at heart, Jenny loves to help people experience the power of “thin places.” She has led retreats to Iona in Scotland and loves walking on pilgrim ways and discovering sacred sites in Ireland, the UK, and around the world. Her trips include time for solitude as well as community, as participants learn, share stories, and share the pilgrimage road together.

Jenny makes her home in Concord, Massachusetts.

Contact Jenny: revjenny@comcast.net

Thomas Greene Rankin

American architect Tom Rankin has lived in Rome, practicing architecture and teaching, since 1991. He received his Master's in Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a BA in Architecture at Princeton, and a "Laurea" in Architecture at Università di Roma ‘La Sapienza’. He came to Rome on a Fulbright Grant in 1991, married Lucia, his Italian wife, and has lived in Italy ever since.

He teaches for the CalPoly (San Luis Obispo) Rome Program in Architecture, at the Università di Roma “La Sapienza” (School of Engineering) and the Iowa State Rome Program. He is a founding member of ISAR (isarome.org) a non-profit organization dedicated to Architecture, Art and Archaeology in Rome. He previously served as Director of the association Tevereterno Onlus and founding member and President of the American Institute for Roman Culture.

Rankin is the author of Rome Works: An Architect Explores the World’s Most Sustainable City and has written numerous articles and presented frequently at conferences on sustainable urbanism. His blog on the Still SustainableCity was chosen by Guardian Cities as the best Italian city blog and is a reference point for sustainable urbanism in Rome.

Contact Tom: tom@tomrankinarchitect.com

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