Melanie Renzulli

  • Bylines in leading print and online publications
  • Author of Italophile —The Italy Travel Resource, a blog focused on all things Italian
  • Longtime resident of Rome


Melanie Renzulli is a former writer for TripSavvy, authoring more than 100 articles on Italy in her nearly four years with the site. She is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about Italian art, ancient history, food, wine, and pop music.

Melanie has been writing travel, food, and lifestyle pieces for leading print and online publications for more than a decade. Eager to keep track of and share Italy travel news between guidebook editions, Melanie began writing a blog in 2006. She also dispenses Italy travel advice on Facebook and Twitter.

She has lived on three different continents and in five different countries but has a special place in her heart for Italy. She first visited the country — specifically, Milan, Bologna, and Florence — more than 20 years ago. Since then, she has lived in Rome and traversed the length of "the boot" by car and train multiple times.


Bachelor of Arts in international relations from American University

Awards and publications
  • First edition of "Frommer's Irreverent Guide to Rome"
  • First four editions of "The Unofficial Guide to Central Italy: Florence, Rome, Tuscany & Umbria"
  • Frequent contributor to Michelin's "Green Guides" series, which include guides to Italy, Rome, and Tuscany
  • Italophile —The Italy Travel Resource (blog)

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