Since my first citybreak in Rome in 2000 I’ve gradually been exploring Italy one trip at a time. Over the years places and people have inspired me to delve a little deeper into Italian life and in 2007 I decided to learn Italian which has opened up a whole new world of adventures!
I lived in Venice for a couple of years and now split my time between the UK and La Serenissima whenever I can. And there is nothing I love more than exploring my adopted city’s streets and waterways as there is always something going on!
My passion is seeking out old traditions and festivals, uncovering the history of the land, discovering Italy’s wonderful artisans and artists and exploring what’s on off the beaten track as much as possible. I hope to inspire you to do the same with useful tips, tidbits and lots of lovely photos along the way!
And I’m very lucky and honoured that my ramblings won Best Art & Culture Blog at the recent Italy Magazine Blogger Awards 2015! Woohoo!! I am forever thankful that you share my passion for this wonderful boot-shaped country! Thank you!
I have the luxury of sharing my travels with an even wider audience as I write regularly for luxury travel provider Select Italy. So if you ever need to skip the queues, fancy a guided day trip or need help planning an Italian itinerary, give their lovely travel experts a call!
And I also write regularly for L’Italo-Americano, the Italian-American newspaper which is very exciting! Don’t forget to check out the latest news from across the pond!
In the meantime, my adventures in Italy continue apace with trips to Bologna, Puglia, the northern lakes and (hopefully) Sicily next on the list for 2018. And I’m also broadening my horizons looking for Italy and Italian influences across the world so watch out for upcoming posts on Roman Britain, Croatia (once part of the Roman Empire) and much much more!
I’d love to hear your experiences of the La Bella Italia plus any recommendations for hidden gems that you’ve found. Drop me a line on social media!
Ciao for now!
PS My favourite spots so far in Italy include Siena, Venice, Turin, Rome, Cefalù and Verona. And my favourite Italians include the legendary Giacomo Casanova for his fascinating diaries, fabulous photographer Franco Fontano, writer Beppe Severgnini, platinum-selling pop singer Tiziano Ferro, stage & TV actor Luca Zingaretti……..and the list goes on….!