Note: Melanie Renzulli is no longer a contributing writer for Italy Travel although the articles she wrote will remain on the site.
Travel writer Melanie Mize Renzulli has lived on three different continents and in five different countries, but has a special place in her heart for Italy. She paid her first visit to Italy - to the cities of Milan, Bologna, and Florence - almost 20 years ago and never looked back. Subsequently, she lived in Rome and has traversed the length of "the boot" by car and train multiple times. Melanie is obsessed with all things Italian including art, ancient history, food and wine, pop music, and a particular brand of chocolate that can only be purchased in Italy. She lives and travels with her Italian-American husband and sons Dante and Leo.
Melanie has been writing travel, food, and lifestyle pieces for leading print and online publications for over a decade. She wrote the first edition of Frommer's Irreverent Guide to Rome, the first four editions of The Unofficial Guide to Central Italy: Florence, Rome, Tuscany & Umbria, and frequently contributes to Michelin's Green Guides series, which include guides to Italy, Rome, and Tuscany. Eager to keep track of and share Italy travel news between guidebook editions, Melanie began her blog Italofile: "The Italy Travel Resource" in 2006. She also dispenses Italy travel advice on Facebook and Twitter.