Born in Rome. After a master's degree in architecture, majoring in interior design, started work as a freelance travel writer with leading travel publications and edited a Mauritius Islands Guide for Geo Travel.

Continued in the field of journalism and as an executive editor and PR & communications manager working in Rome and Milan.

Then, in a life-enhancing move, went to live in Parma.

Why Parma?

"It's a question I get asked a lot. And the answer is simple. It is a very special town, located strategically between Milan and Bologna and close to Florence and Rome. I feel I’m very lucky to live in Italy’s  - little Paris -  with a Leonardo hanging in the gallery close to where I live, a pretty riverside, the Verdi Opera House, excellent food and a charming lifestyle. What more could I ask?”