Elizabeth Heath

Elizabeth Heath in the Umbrian hilltown she now calls home


  • Liz has lived full-time in the Umbria region of central Italy since 2009, in a tiny hill town near Orvieto. She has covered Italy for TripSavvy since 2017.
  • Liz is the author of Frommer's Rome Day by Day and Rome chapters in two other Frommer's publications
  • Liz first started visiting Italy regularly to work on archaeological digs — she has completed doctoral studies in anthropology and archaeology


Liz began visiting Italy in 2000—those visits turned into longer and longer stays until she finally made Italy her permanent home. She's been writing about it ever since. She is a long-time editor of Frommer's Travel Guides, and the author of Frommer's Rome Day by Day, as well as the Rome chapters of Frommer's Italy and Frommer's EasyGuide to Rome, Florence & Venice. She also writes for Frommers.com and makes frequent appearances on the Frommer's Travel Show radio program, to share her enthusiasm about life and travels in Italy.

Liz's recent work has appeared in Huffington Post, Eat.Sip.Trip/USA Today's #10Best, Citizen-Femme, VivaFifty and other outlets. She's also created a VoiceMap walking tour of her adopted hometown in Umbria.

Prior to moving to Italy, Liz taught writing and humanities at the college level. She's also served as editor of several regional lifestyle magazines, and has written on a variety of topics, from celebrities to politics to real estate. She is happiest when she's discovering a new corner of Italy about which to write.


Liz has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ringling College of Art in Sarasota, Florida, and an MA in Humanities from the University of South Florida, Tampa. Also at USF, she completed doctoral studies in Anthropology and Archaeology​ and started coming to Italy regularly to work on archaeological digs. She also participated in the American Academy in Rome's Summer Archaeology program. She is fluent in Italian — and is living proof that immersion is the best way to learn a language!

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