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About Italofile


My name is Melanie Renzulli and I am a travel writer, photographer, and an enthusiastic Italophile.

Melanie Renzulli at Trajan's Markets/Mercato di Traiano in Rome
Melanie Renzulli at Trajan’s Markets/Mercato di Traiano in Rome

An Italophile is a lover of Italy, an admirer of Italian customs, traditions, and food. When I created Italofile, I wanted to build a resource — a file, as well as a bit of wordplay — where I could save, share, and write about my knowledge of and passion for Italy travel, art, culture, and living.

I have been writing about Italy for more than 20 years. I’ve written and edited guide books for Frommer’s, Michelin, and DK, and I’ve also written for dozens of other print and online publications, including Bell’Italia, Travel Channel, The Washington Post, and Saveur.

Started in 2006, Italofile was one of the first travel blogs exclusively about Italy. Since then, I have written about all aspects of the Bel Paese, from food to art, ruins to romance. Some of my favorite posts on this site include:

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Contact me if you have questions about travel to Italy or if there is a topic you’d like for me to cover on Italofile.

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