Ciao! My name is Livia Hengel and I’m an Italian-American travel journalist, digital strategist and culture enthusiast on a mission to help you discover the best of Italy. For the past decade, I’ve traveled throughout the Bel Paese in search of the country’s most inspiring stories, people and places.
The Italy Edit is carefully curated travel guide that brings all my favorite things together in one place: from handpicked experiences and preferred hotels to authentic restaurants, hidden gems, family-owned wineries and more. I want to help you see the most beautiful and authentic side of the country by going beyond the stereotypes and providing insight into the cultural nuances of Italy and its longstanding traditions. Cultural, social and economic sustainability are really important to me so I strive to highlight lesser-known territories, small artisans, local businesses and inspiring entrepreneurs that deserve the exposure. If you find my tips useful, please let me know – I love to hear from my readers!
I was born in Rome to an Italian mother and an American father and grew up moving around the world, fueling my sense of curiosity and igniting my passion for travel. I’ve visited over 30 countries and lived in Washington DC, Peru, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Turkey before returning to Italy in 2010. I’ve been based in Rome for the past decade and have traveled extensively throughout Italy, fascinated by the regional nuances and eager to share my discoveries with readers and followers on Instagram.
I’m a contributor to Forbes where I write about travel, culture, gastronomy and entrepreneurship. My writing and photography have been published in numerous print and digital publications, including The Independent, Telegraph Travel, Food & Wine, Fodor’s, Time Out and USA Today. I’m also the author of The HUNT Rome travel guide (Gatehouse, 2016),
Prior to my career as a content creator and strategist, I worked in the field of international development as a communications consultant for the UN World Food Programme and the International Development Law Organization in Rome.
I’m a graduate of the University of Virginia with a BA in Philosophy and Foreign Affairs.
With my finger on the pulse of emerging trends in tourism, I’ve had the privilege of working and collaborating with leading travel & lifestyle brands, tourism boards, luxury hotel groups and cultural associations to share their message in an authentic and creative way. I’m available to help small businesses on digital & editorial strategies, content creation, brand development and public relations.