Contributors

Gabriela R. Proietti is an Italian-American from Philadelphia. After deciding to chase after her roots, she took flight and moved to the Eternal City where she currently resides. She is a freelance writer, curious explorer, and social media manager of The Italy Edit.
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Abi Prowse is a freelance writer and translator from London, living in the stunning yet undiscovered Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of Italy. She champions the art of slow travel, and is a passionate foodie, amateur photographer, and the founder of Viaggio Magazine.
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As an art-curator-turned-sommelier, Leslie Rosa's passion is to create immersive experiences and itineraries in which each day tells a story and offers an in-depth look at the history and culture of a region through the lens of wine.
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Emily Mais is a writer who resides in Toronto, Ontario. She loves turning moments and memories into art. On any day, you can find her in her feelings, having one too many espressos, eating bread and tomatoes, and pretending she lives in a Tuscan villa.
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On a constant quest for cultural enrichment, Ashleigh Joanna Searle is a freelance writer, reporter and the former Editor-in-Chief of Luxos Magazine. When she’s not wine tasting or traveling sustainably, she teaches academic writing and history to students in Milan.
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Rachel Zitin is a storyteller, yoga teacher, body-oriented coach and an occasional tour guide. She spends her days immersing herself in Roman culture, leading wellness retreats around Italy and generally embracing her identity as Italianizatta.
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Jessica Granatiero is a writer, entrepreneur and storyteller with a passion for all things Italian. She is the founder of The Savory Grape, a wine retail and travel business that brings clients to Italy for curated wine and culinary experiences. When she's not in the U.S., you can find Jessica on the road in Piedmont, Tuscany and Alto-Adige.
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Arianna DiCicco is a native from California born into an Italian family originally from Pacentro, Italy. After living in San Francisco, Rome and New York City and working in the field of International Education, Arianna now shares her deep love for Abruzzo, an undiscovered part of Italy that tells a different story about “la dolce vita”.
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Thomas and Lisbeth are two "ScandItalians" living and cooking in the small medieval town of Todi in Umbria. They develop recipes and spoil their guests at Il Ghiottone Umbro, their boutique B&B and cooking school.
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Florentine-born Alice Cozzi is the founder of Florence Fashion Tour, a cult organization of Italian style experiences for women. Alice is a vintage fashion collector and her favorite sport is thrifting.
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Anna Staropoli is a freelance writer on a never-ending quest for the perfect arancina. She recently traced her family’s history from Palermo to Treviso, and splits her time between two Italian hotspots: Sicily and New Jersey.
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Lauren Mouat is a freelance writer and the founder and owner of Unlock Italy Guided Tours. She is also the editor of the Open Doors Review literary magazine and the cofounder of Uncork Italy, a newsletter that profiles Italian winemakers. She lives in Livorno.
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Nisa Nejadi Scinta is a content strategist, writer, and editor based in Philadelphia. A food, wine, and travel enthusiast, she seeks la dolce vita everywhere she goes.
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Australian-born Jennie Hogg is the founder of Lois Avery, an online boutique selling dreamy Italian cashmere scarves. Jennie lives in London with her family and travels to Italy regularly.
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Jenny Konopasek is an American living in Positano. She is certified by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and shares her passion for wine with her husband Cristian, professional sommelier and owner of Swirl the Glass Amalfi Coast Wine Experiences. Swirl the Glass strives to share the stories, philosophies and traditions that make a bottle of wine come alive.
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Alia Radetti is the founder of Dream Beyond, a luxury travel agency that designs personalized experiences in Italy and her homeland: South Tyrol. She’s also a ski instructor, former ski racer and guides her guests through the Dolomites in winter - as well as in summer!
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As an American expat living in Italy for over 15 years, Anna Martini loves meeting travelers in Rome and sharing her passion for the Eternal City.
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Francesca Bruzzese is an American expat who has been eating her way through the Eternal City since 2011. Her blog, Pancakes & Biscotti, features recipes from her home country and her adopted country of Italy. When she's not writing or developing recipes, you can find Francesca perfecting her homemade pasta skills or planning her next dinner party.
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Genevieve Verdigel is an art curator by profession and an escapist at heart. She has traveled all over Italy in the name of "work" but always returns to her beloved regions of the Veneto and the South Tyrol. When not tracking down a hidden artwork, she can most likely be found up a mountain or in a natural wine bar.
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Rajeswari Gunturi is a developer based in Seattle. She is an explorer at heart, always chasing the finer things in life, and has a never-ending love for coffee, nature, art, elegance, and travel.
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Christine Mitchell-De Fina is a New Jersey born Italian-American and Cinque Terre local. A MA in Food Studies and Culture from New York University, gastronomy is not just her work, but her life. As a restaurant owner and a travel planner, she is passional about km0 & sustainable food, local products, natural wine, and slow travel.
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Kristin Beaver is an American artist living in rural Salento, Italy with her husband and two boys. She is a painter and co-founder and designer for OliveWood Italy.
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Jana Katancik is a London-based food writer and founder of bibidù biscuit bakery. In 2020 she founded The Thoughtful Table, a recipe website promoting seasonal eating and inspiring a positive food culture. She has spent over eight years living and working in Italy, most recently in Sicily researching local recipes and culinary customs.
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Olivia Windsor is an Australian living in Piedmont, with a huge love for the land of la dolce vita, cooking and wine. She has spent the past two years studying Italian and working on organic farms, wineries and agriturismi.
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Kaya Martelloni Zabriskie is an Italian-American born and raised between Los Angeles and Rome. After attending college in Rome, she moved to New York City to pursue her marketing career. As an avid traveler, wine, and food enthusiast, she splits her time between Italy and the US while sharing her love the Italian culture.
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Victoria Peel Yates is a freelance writer and lifelong nomad who currently splits her time between Barcelona and rural Piedmont. She is passionate about wellness, sustainability, food, and living the Mediterranean lifestyle. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her foraging in the woods, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, or practicing yoga.
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Gaia Cozzi is a Florence-based digital media specialist who loves red wine, pasta al pomodoro and beautiful hotels. She has been writing professionally about food, wine and travel since 2006.
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Valerie Quintanilla lives with her son in Barolo, Piedmont by way of Denver, Colorado. She runs Girl’s Gotta Drink, a custom travel planning business with focus on Piedmont and Italy, while moonlighting as a marketing consultant for US and European wine / travel companies. She has been featured in Wine Enthusiast, Food & Wine Magazine, and more.
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Ellen Craig is co-founder of Umbria Above, offering boutique accommodations paired with exclusive experiences in the heart of central Italy. She is working on a book series about her Italian life, having realized her childhood dream of returning to the land of her grandparents.
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Mandalyn Renée is an American travel and portrait photographer based in Catania, Sicily. She captures timeless images of fleeting moments and offers photo mentoring for hobbyists and professionals.
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Victoria Cece is a food and beverage writer whose curiosity is somewhere deep in a bowl of pasta or a bottle of wine. A fool for history, you can find her reading up about ancient grape varietals or wandering around a little Italian town eating everything in sight.
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Scott Pugnetti is an Italian-Scottish pasta enthusiast based in Milan. His desire to share how simple and rewarding pasta-making can be prompted him to create The Pasta Prince, a blog with all-vegan recipes and tutorials that explore Italian culture and creativity.
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Anna Monaco is an artist that works across creative mediums, including sculpture, painting and digital drawing. She is also a photojournalist and teaches portrait photography at the Neapolitan headquarters of the Rea Academy.
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Laura Jean is a freelance travel writer and photographer with an obsessive love for all things Italy. A slow traveler at heart, Laura’s work focuses on culture, food, and experiential travel that connects explorers with the heart of their destinations.
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Gianna Caravetta is an Italian-American creative based in Southern California with a heartfelt enthusiasm for la dolce vita. With one foot in the States and the other in Italy, Gianna dreams of Tuscan sunsets and bursting ripe tomatoes and generations gathered around the table in Puglia.
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Morgan Witkin is a long-time writer and storyteller. She works throughout Italy as a vegan chef, health coach and holistic nutritionist. Morgan is the founder of "Morganic Kitchen" and is the first vegan chef to host a television show on the Food Network in Italy.
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