Hi there. My name is Melanie Renzulli and I am the editor and curator of Italofile. I started Italofile in 2006 as an online filing cabinet where I could store links to articles related to travel in Italy as well as write about my own experiences and observations from my travels throughout the country.
My love affair with Italy is somewhat accidental but no less passionate. I first visited Italy in 1996 and fell in love with Florence, Bologna, Ravenna, and Verona. I returned in 1999 for a short stint as an au pair in Rome. I began writing about Italy during this time, which led to guidebook assignments for Frommer’s, The Unofficial Guides, and Michelin. I have also written articles on Italy for Bell’Italia, Babble.com, About.com, Gadling, Mashable, and many other outlets. In 2014, I moved with my family to Rome, a city that inspires me every day but which also gives me a terrific base from which to visit the regions, cities, and villages that make Italy such an incredible travel destination.
While some may consider me an expert on Italy travel, I know that I am still learning and will never know all of the secrets that this country holds. My mission with Italofile is to stoke my readers’ curiosity and present perspectives that are slightly off the beaten track. My primary interests are art, history, festivals, and food. But I also like to mix it up with Italy news, links to exemplary travel writing on Italy, book reviews, and more.
I am neither a backpacker nor a luxury traveler, but I do appreciate a good bargain and the occasional posh hotel. Flexibility and spontaneity are the main tenets of my travel philosophy.
If you would like to support Italofile, contact me to discuss advertising or sponsorship options. I am also available for freelance writing opportunities.