Born in Arizona, Carol Biagiotti arrived in Florence quite by accident. After graduating from college, she was traveling to Paris by boat and decided to get off in Naples, proceeded to Rome, then arrived in Florence. Her purse disintegrated in front of Mario Biagiotti’s leather store; he helped her fix it, they fell in love, and she stayed in Florence. She worked with Mario in family businesses while raising a family. With a degree in art history, fine arts, and oriental cutlure from Northwestern University, her passion for art ultimately led to opening an art gallery: Biagiotti Progetto Arte.