Who We Are!


Cindy Bobbera (Owner Manager Travel Specialist) 

Cindy is the founder of Ciao Travel, and she loves her work in creating dream holidays and cultural experiences for her clients, and for them to immerse into the local food, wine, culture and environments they are visiting on vacation.  

These cultural encounters we create, Cindy says have been achieved by the wonderful relationships she has accomplished with her business friends and colleagues abroad, built up over many years.  They are true representation of Ciao Travel’s ethos for travel, and are all dedicated to presenting their homeland charms with others to enjoy.

The dream for Cindy, to become a travel consultant was a natural career choice from the age of 10, along with the desire to travel which was inspired by family members who migrated from Scotland and Europe. On finishing school, she already had a part-time position in a local agency on weekends and school holidays, which lead to a full-time position once finished. Thenceforth, she has worked and studied hard participating in all the travel industry training, required to gain the necessary qualifications and to ensure her expertise was well established.  Cindy now has 36 years being involved in the travel industry in various areas; retail, wholesale, and small group tours; working in the UK, Europe and here in Australia. Cindy continues to participate in ongoing Travel Industry training and conferences, along with her business trips to Europe.

Cindy also loves to share her personal knowledge with clients of other destinations, having travelled to most corners of the world extensively. Cindy doesn't have a favourite destination, as for her, it is the people and the amazing encounters she had experienced, that make each place special.

Cindy has also studied Social Anthropology and History at Deakin University; and Italian Language and Horticulture, all as a mature age student for personal interest.

On a personal level, family is important (husband Sergio, the two children, and their two mischievous poodles) as they are the love of her life, not to forget parents, sisters, brothers-inlaws, neices and nephews.

Favourite past times are beach walks with her dogs, yoga, gardening, food, wine, art, music, a good read and of course ... travelling! 





Lena Paterson (Senior Travel Specialist)  

Lena is a new and valued member of our team, she is an experienced and passionate tourism professional, who has come to Ciao Travel directly from the European market where she was managing groups for over 8 years in the largest tour operator in Ireland.

As a native European, she has a great understanding of the market and can provide local insights that only a native could. She has always had a desire to work in tourism and will work diligently and collaboratively with you to ensure the most unforgettable time on your holiday.

Lena has travelled extensively through Europe and the world and can bring her own experience when designing and tailoring your itinerary. She lived in Ireland for nearly a decade and understands the market like the back of her hand.

Lena is fluent in English and German and as such is extremely well organised and detailed orientated. She studied tourism management and economics at tertiary level in her native Germany and is a qualified translator.

Lena recently relocated from Europe to the Bellarine with her husband and young daughter. She enjoys the peaceful and laidback Aussie lifestyle. She loves socialising, crafting, cooking and like most people, loves to travel and share her experiences.