It all started with a passion. A passion for exploring, discovering, tasting and communicating about my treasure troves in my favorite city, Rome.
My aim is to reveal Rome in a different way, which is inspiring even for seasoned Romans, telling stories about small, overlooked details, statues, places, legends and mysteries, without, of course, leaving out the ‘bigger picture’: the important milestones and sights, but shedding a different light on them.
I am a linguist and criminologist by formation, so saying that I have a passion for researching original info, latest news, authentic secrets and testimonies, and putting the bits and pieces together, is an understatement !
I founded the website that is at the origin of Rome Bit by Bite in 2005. At that time, the site was called Your Guide to Rome and was a mere collection of individual articles I had written about Rome, but the compilation missed a structured lay-out and catchy name.
When I created this blog in September 2013 I came up with the name Bit by Bite to render the idea that I literally amble and nibble my way through the city, collecting bits and bites of it through the photos I shoot, the info I collect and the bites of delicious treats I taste. Actually, the name was first coined when I created Italy Bit by Bite out of Your Guide to Italy, but that’s a different story.
My love and passion for Rome is intrinsically linked to my love and passion for Italy and traveling in general. I have traveled extensively, in Italy and abroad, and even lived in different countries, which allows me to describe my favorite topic not only from the inside out, but also from the outside in, both as a local and as an expat or traveler.
In fact, I am convinced that one can’t truly appreciate the place they call home if they have never had the opportunity to leave it, appreciate it from a distance and then return content and fulfilled with a new eye on what was previously so familiar. As the novelist and travel writer Lawrence Durrell said: “Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection“. Well, like Lawrence Durrell I consider myself cosmopolitan, not pertaining to any country, but … intensely Italophile and Roman at heart.