Laura Itzkowitz Follow Instagram Twitter Lives In Rome Education Columbia University Smith College Laura Itzkowitz is a freelance writer and editor based in Rome. Her writing has appeared in Travel + Leisure, Architectural Digest, Surface Magazine, and other publications. Experience Laura has been contributing to TripSavvy since April 2020. Her writing has also appeared in Travel + Leisure, Architectural Digest, Surface Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, T Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, GQ, Departures, AFAR, Fodor's Travel, Town & Country, Condé Nast Traveler, Robb Report, Hemispheres, and others. She previously held positions as a contributing editor at The Points Guy, the NYC Cities editor at DuJour Magazine, and as a fact checker and contributing digital editor at Travel + Leisure.She co-wrote "New York: Hidden Bars & Restaurants," an award-winning guide to New York City's speakeasy scene published by Jonglez Editions in 2015, and contributed to "Fodor's Brooklyn," published by Penguin Random House in 2015, which won silver place in the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism competition. She also contributed an essay to Epic Hikes of Europe published by Lonely Planet in 2021. Education Originally from the Boston area, Laura moved to New York City in 2011 to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing and translation at Columbia University. She also holds a bachelor's degree in French from Smith College. About TripSavvy and Dotdash TripSavvy, a Dotdash brand, is a travel site written by real experts, not anonymous reviewers. You’ll find that our 20-year-strong library of more than 30,000 articles will make you a savvy traveler—showing you how to book a hotel the whole family will love, where to find the best bagel in New York City, and how to skip the lines at theme parks. We give you the confidence to spend your vacation actually vacationing, not fumbling with a guidebook or second-guessing yourself. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.