The New Behind the Scenes

| July 29, 2020

Enrico, Luca, Marco, Massimo and Maurizio

Covid-19 didn’t stop innovation. Our team has continued to work on the new portal for months, also during the lockdown period from March 9, 2020, to June 28. And it was exactly during that time the new website was finished.

Who created the new

Luca Castorani and Enrico Tamburrini are our UI/UX Designers and they mainly concentrated their work on the user’s experience side.

What about our developers? Maurizio D’Ottavi focused mainly on the geolocalization of the properties and on the management of the maps among other things. Massimo Regi has build the visible parts of the website through new languages and technologies.

Marco Gabrielli focused on the back end side, the “under the hood” parts of the site that users don’t see but make the portal work.

We did all this each one from our own place.” claims Marco “Nevertheless we can definitely say that it was a teamwork thanks to the use of remote support systems, video conference calls through Skype and Meet, instant messaging apps like Whatsapp and Telegram and business communication platforms like Slack.”

“In addition to telephone calls and messages, since the very beginning of the lockdown, we scheduled conference calls with the team.” comments Maurizio D’Ottavi “So we could discuss the main problems we were facing and we could organize the work together.”

How they felt about working remotely

“Fast internet connection has been essential to me,” says Enrico Tamburrini, “especially when you’re in a videocall with many colleagues at the same time, and maybe in the other rooms of your home there are other family members working on their computers as well or children taking lessons online.”

“Sometimes I worked with my laptop sitting on the couch. Sometimes at my desk, sometimes on the kitchen table” comments Massimo “It depended especially on my wife and my daughters’ needs.”

“During the lockdown, I found a small place for myself in my daughter’s room.” says Luca “ I worked between a huge three-storey, pink, blue and green dollhouse and a bookcase full of fairy tales, animal books, crayons, acrylics and glitter pens.”

But Enrico, Luca, Marco, Massimo and Maurizio weren’t alone in this huge project, they were led and supported by co-founders Simone Rossi and Antonio Quondamatteo which are also the Marketing Manager and the ICT Manager respectively.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

12 thoughts on “The New Behind the Scenes

  1. Roland Marcz

    Hello from (currently) Kathmandu.
    Just wanted to congratulate All of You for the fantastic job you’re doing ! I follow you since years, even found my 3rdHome in Italy, in Petritoli “Casa Tre Archi” through you !
    Keep up the fabulous work !

  2. Bella Yuzefovich

    Dear Gate-Away team! I am extremely appreciate your new portal! The new UI is very user friendly, there are a lot of new and very helpful features for advance search, the option to draw the region for the search is absolutely great. I am a very conservative user. I think, that this is the first time in my life, when I like the new UI much better, than the previous one. This is a huge step forward! Good luck and stay safe.

  3. Dionne Foote

    Can you no longer email a property to a friend? This was one of my favorite features!


      Hi Dionne,

      Sure you can. If you open the page of the property you are interested in, on the upper right side of the page, you’ll find the “Share” button. Click on it and you’ll be able to email the property to a friend.

      Best regards,

      the team

  4. Vincenza

    I am enjoying the new website on my Apple iPhone. However, gate-away website does not work on my Apple computer. I use Google Chrome as instructed but I’m unable to access website. Thank you


      Hi Vincenza!

      It works on Apple computers using Google Chrome. If this is not your case, please tell us which version of Google Chrome you are using and which version of MacOSX.

      Best regards,

      the team

  5. Michael Rubino

    nice work….love this site and look forward to purchasing in italy in the future


      Hi Michael,

      Thank you very much for your comment. We hope you’ll find your perfect home in Italy soon.

      Best regards,

      the team

  6. Lesley Griggs

    Hi, looking to find information on your site, the agents at casainsicilia are not responding ? We fly over in 3 weeks and are desperate to view some properties as we were due to visit last may too and had to cancel. The property in in San Marco D’alunzio.
    Any help please
    Kind regards


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