Our common thread is an undeniable passion for Italy – we are composed of Americans and Italians who love to live, travel, eat, shop, hike and all things in between in this spectacular country. Food, history, art, culture and the outdoors are some of the topics we love to write about and share with others. Whether you’re a traveler, armchair or otherwise, we hope you join us and share our love and enthusiasm for the beautiful country of Italy.
Deborah Scarpa – After traveling around the world working for an Italian tour agency and spending a year in the Dominican Republic, Deborah moved to magnificent Lake Garda. Born in Milan, she still loves the big city, but there’s nothing like the beauty and splendor of the lake. Deborah leads guided tours of the charming villages and is an expert on the local hotels, food and wine. In addition to English and Italian, Deborah also speaks German, French and Spanish. An avid outdoors woman, hiking, climbing and canyoning are at the top of her list of Lake Garda recreation.
Monica Busatto – Born in Australia to Italian parents, Monica spent the first 17 years of her life as an “Aussie” eating bolognese and lasagna along with baked beans and scones all lovingly cooked by her mom, Nerina. Delighted when her parents decided to move back to Italy to be near their large family, Monica now lives outside of Treviso, north of Venice with her husband Massimo and son Alberto and luckily near her mom, an amazing cook from whom Monica always learns something new. From Sardinia to Puglia to the Dolomites, Monica loves traveling and exploring all of Italy.
Laney Sachs (Editor)- American born, Laney’s bags are always packed for the next visit to Italy. It was love at first sight and a match made in heaven with this beautiful country and every trip brings a new and exciting experience. There’s nothing she likes more than showing Italy to others. Traveling with Laney on her small group tours with Ortensia Blu Italian Adventures is extraordinary. And as a travel consultant, she will design your own unique Italy itinerary.