Martha Bakerjian has traveled extensively in Italy for more than 30 years and has produced the Italy Travel site since 2005. She currently spends nearly half the year in her house in northern Tuscany, using the house as a base for in-depth exploration of Italy. Martha is passionate about Italian food and culture and enjoys sharing her vast experience with others.
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Martha's Italy travels have included every region of Italy. She enjoys going to traditional festivals, talking with the locals, visiting historic sites, exploring off the beaten track destinations, and sampling the regional cuisine.
Martha spent five summers in central Sardinia, where, as a member of the staff, she helped plan the logistics for an archaeological project, cooked traditional Italian cuisine for the crew, and managed the dig house. She also participated in an archaeological survey in the region of Puglia, walking a considerable area of the heel of Italy's boot while stopping occasionally to interview locals about possible ancient artifacts in the area.
Martha has a bachelor's degree in social ecology. She is a credentialed educator and taught in California for 30 years. She has also studied Italian language and culture at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy.
Italy Travel introduces the first time traveler to the joy of independent travel to Italy, from the top destinations and itineraries to off the beaten track experiences. For the experienced traveler we'll feature off-beat festivals and opportunities for a deeper travel experience.
Italy Travel offers suggestions for what to do and see in Italy, descriptions of the regions and major cities of Italy, hotel and restaurant recommendations, transportation options, and general travel tips and information to help you get the most out of your Italian vacation. Italy Travel photo galleries let readers take a virtual vacation, too.
Ci vediamo in Italia!