Warning: If you let Italy get to you, it will never let you go.
That’s what happened to me. After one of those whirlwind, 11-day trips of all the main cities and sites (Rome, Florence, Venice, Pompeii, Leaning Tower of Pisa, back to Rome), I was hooked. I was only 14.
I studied Cultural Anthropology in college, and Italy is why my second major was Italian (also why I took three years of Latin in high school and loved it). When I studied abroad in Florence in 2009, I discovered a hidden passion: food. After graduating from Penn State University (We are!), I still couldn’t get enough of Italy. Or food. Call me obsessed. I entered the Master’s program at the Slow Food University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, a tiny ancient Roman town in the northern Italian region of Piemonte. My year at this school did nothing to help me get over this country, and soon I found myself in one of Italy’s most underrated, mysterious, and elegant cities: Turin.
I’m currently the managing editor for the online publication The Grand Wine Tour, which features articles about Italy’s best wine territories, its topics ranging beyond vino. I also write about wine and travel in Piemonte on Wine Pass, an online magazine based in Alba. In a nutshell, insomma, I love Italian food, wine, craft beer, culture, and travel—and the best way I can share this passion is writing about it.
Italy is known for its slow pace of living. This has given me a chance to develop my writing, and I’ve continued doing what I’ve done since I penned a masterpiece about a disappearing pirate boat at the age of eight: write fiction. I’m working on something substantially longer than four pages. As I go on this journey, I’ll share resources, hand-wringing and hair-tearing moments, and hopefully successes alongside my travel adventures and expat wonders and woes.
Thanks for visiting!