Contributors

Livia Hengel is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Italy Edit. She is an Italian-American travel journalist, photographer and culture enthusiast with a penchant for la dolce vita and a severe case of wanderlust. Livia is based in Rome.
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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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Justin Patulli is an Italian-Canadian freelance writer, product designer, and former travel industry professional. He’s had a lifelong passion for Italy and connecting with his roots. When he’s not writing, you’ll find him in the kitchen working on new recipes or enjoying Serie A soccer.
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Odette Lopez is a classical art historian and freelance editor from Miami. She holds a master's degree in art history from John Cabot University in Rome, along with a minor in all things Italian, travel, and photography. She previously held the position of director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas in Miami and is an ongoing contributor to the Journal of Art Crime.
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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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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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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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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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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. An avid traveler, wine, and food enthusiast, Kaya splits her time between Italy and the US.
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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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Charlotte Cropper is a British artist, designer and color consultant based in Milan. Her aim is to create positive change in communities, interior spaces and people, by exploring the psychology of color and its impact on human behavior.
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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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Ariadna is a PR consultant and a freelance writer specializing in all things wellness, and wellness travel in particular. After 17 years of life in London she moved to Milan with her family and is currently exploring everything Italy has to offer for a wellness seeker - and still can't believe it can be sunny almost every day!
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Bianca Spaggiari is a freelance art and culture writer, actively working in the arts. She has a thing for Italy's hidden secrets and unspoiled restaurants, and loves sourcing them with care. Italy is that place she longs for as soon as she steps away from it.
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Asia London Palomba is a trilingual freelance journalist from Rome, Italy. You’ll often find her wandering around the city, visiting ancient roman ruins (for the 1000th time) and looking for the best aperitivo offer. Asia currently resides in New York City.
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Zachary Vogt is an educator living in Richmond, Virginia. He completed his Bachelor's in Italian at the University of Virginia and his Masters in Italian at New York University Florence. The son of an Italian immigrant from Piemonte, he is a passionate fan of shakerati, Sergio Bonelli Editore, and really anything related to the Bel Paese.
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Shalini Singh is an Indian wine communicator who is currently based in Europe. When not traveling or sampling every wine on the shelf or the menu, she enjoys busting commonly held beliefs about wine and sharing the joys of wine on her Instagram account @winetelegrams.
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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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Born in Philadelphia, Sarah Collins is an American student studying abroad in the Eternal City. When she’s not in class, you can find Sarah exploring historic sights and sipping on the finest cappuccino the city has to offer.
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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 blog dedicated to wine and Piedmont, and she offers Italy Travel Planning services on her website www.ValerieQuintanilla.com.
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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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Giana Ruffa is an Italian-American professional dancer and traveling Pilates instructor, striving to integrate health and culture into a balanced lifestyle. Like dance, she believes that food is an art that is designed to entertain. Giana is always in the mood to wine and dine!
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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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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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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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Silvia Nanetti is a content strategist and photographer based in Bologna. Passionate about traveling and food, she always makes sure to take her camera around and capture timeless images of fleeting moments. When she is not taking sustainable trips around the world, she is also a digital marketing specialist.
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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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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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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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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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Federica Bocco is a journalist who loves the synergy of different cultures. Whenever she's not taking impromptu road trips across Italy, you can find her taking pictures of food she didn't cook, writing her next piece, or running around the Roman cobblestones in seven-inch heels.
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Elena Valeriote is a writer of stories about food, farming, culture, climate, and travel. After working on a rice farm in Tuscany and traveling through all twenty regions of Italy, Elena is currently focusing on her family’s place of origin – Calabria – while producing a documentary on rare olives.
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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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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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Gabrielle Bekhuis is a New Zealand-born freelance writer, marketer and PR pro. After visiting Italy one summer, she couldn’t help but move there the next. Gab spends her weekdays building brand awareness and her weekends exploring every bit of Europe she can.
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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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Miranda Mullings is a Rome-based freelance writer and editor. She has spent the past five years splitting her time between Italy and the US working in communications for international organizations. When she’s not writing or reading, she’s planning her next horseback riding adventure or showing people pictures of her cat.
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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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Dragana Spica transitioned from investment banking in London, to finding her purpose as a Hypnotherapist and Rapid Transformational Therapist. Her great passion is exploring the power of our mind in order to live our dream life and feel blissfully happy. Dragana is based in Milan.
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Maggie is the blogger behind The Artful Everyday, a travel and lifestyle blog dedicated to living intentionally and finding beauty in the ordinary. She studied abroad in Florence before moving to Rome, and now divides her time between Italy and the US.
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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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Emily Karpin has over 15 years of expertise in brand building, storytelling, and communications in the hospitality industry. She is a slow traveler at heart with an affection for all things Italy, the Middle East, and solo adventure. Her passion and experience lead her to explore the world through a culinary lens first, always seeking and sharing her next delicious meal.
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Katie Morgans is a freelance writer, social media manager, and content creator who moved from America to Florence to follow her dream of living abroad and connecting with her Italian roots. You’ll typically find her traveling the country, at aperitivo, and simply living la dolce vita.
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Andrew Macleod is the founder of Emilia’s Crafted Pasta, a collection of fresh pasta restaurants in London. Everything at Emilia’s is made with a respect for the tradition and techniques passed down the generations from the cooks who taught us our craft.
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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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Tana Schwarz is a freelance wine and beer writer. She has a master’s in "Food Studies: Policies for Sustainable Production and Consumption" from The American University of Rome and calls Rome and Southern California home. She is passionate about discovering food, wine and beer at the source and frequently visits producers around Italy to learn more about their story and their sustainability practices.
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Based in Philadelphia, Ava Cappitelli is an Italian-American student who spent time studying in the Eternal City. An avid art-lover, writing enthusiast, and newfound lover of travel, you can find her reading up on topics from the newest trends in Italian design or discoveries beneath the ancient roads of Rome.
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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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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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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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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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Marcella Cazzato is the founder of Tre Gioie, a platform featuring products made by local artisans in Puglia with a mission to keep traditional arts alive. When she is not spending time in southern Italy, Marcella writes for fashion magazines in The Netherlands.
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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.
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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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