Katie’s 11-year love affair with Florence began when, as a student in Chicago, she decided to study abroad. The attraction of living the Italian lifestyle and speaking its musical language came naturally: Katie’s grandmother was born in the province of Emilia-Romagna. Katie dove headfirst into her heritage though contact with native Italian family members. By 2009, she was off to Florence, and began the process of immersing herself in a new life.
Since then, Katie has stayed happily busy, capturing the culture of her enchanting new home base through words and pictures. She’s always exploring – often by bicycle - when not taking classes or working as an au pair. You’d be most likely to run into her when checking out a hot new wine bar or popping into an espresso bar for a quick boost. Every day holds new surprises for our Florence-based expert, and the challenges of living in a new country keep Katie stimulated and inspired.