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Hometown: Campi Salentina, a very small town near Lecce, Italy
College major: Film Studies
Bio: Roberta Isceri is a journalist and an enthusiastic blogger. She comes from four years of work in internal and external communication for the Italian Banking Association.
Her first real trip was many years ago: she was fourteen and left Italy to Turkey with the family camper, crossing the former Yugoslavia and trying to circumvent the war. The memory of the red second-hand Volkswagen and of that initiatory journey has led her to write a story, with which she placed herself among the winners of “On the Road,” the literary contest set up by ANAS (Autonomous National Roads Company). The story will be published in December by Ensemble Edizioni.
She lives in Rome but she considers herself a citizen of the world, perhaps because she was born in southern Italy (her father is from Puglia and her mother is Sicilian), she grew up in the North and then she moved to Tuscany, before (definitively?) settling in Italy’s Capital .
Roberta has just founded www.italiaterapia.com and www.italytherapy.com, through which she intends to suggest emotional itineraries in Italy. What she wants is to develop an idea of emotional tourism based on her own moods and those of her readers, for which she writes short and very personal reportages…
How many countries have you been to? More or less 25
How many continents have you been to? 4
Favorite American city: San Francisco.
Favorite international city: Outside Italy? Istanbul.
Least favorite country: A real traveler should be diplomatic.
Favorite World Heritage Site: Venice and its lagoon!
Favorite airline: KLM.
Favorite aircraft type: Airbus 380.
Aisle or window: Window, thought aisle is more comfortable.
Favorite airport lounge: Cafes.
Favorite U.S. Airport: Maybe the Newark Liberty International Airport.
Favorite international airport: Schiphol – Amsterdam Airport.
Favorite hotel: The Wyndham Hotel in Montreal, Canada. I remember a king side bed, wonderfully scented body lotions in the bathroom and an amazing view from the room.
Favorite island: My favorite island is Sicily, maybe because of my origins.
Favorite fancy restaurant: Mine, of course! Ristorante degli Archi, Montepulciano.
Favorite hole in the wall: who remembers the names? Maybe it’s in Egypt or in Turkey.
Favorite fruit: Watermelon.
Favorite food: Pici all’Etrusca. You have to try them…
Least favorite food: I really hate beets.
Drink of choice (in the air and on the ground): Red wine.
Favorite travel movie(s): Too many! It’s better if I choose one at random: Little Miss Susnhine
Favorite travel show(s):Don’t tell my mother, Nat Geo Adventure.
Favorite travel book(s): Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad) and Tristes Tropiques (Claude Lévi-Strauss).
Right now I am reading: Life of Pi (Yann Martel).
5 things you bring on a plane: iPad, magazines, water bottle, pillow, sweater.
What do you always seem to forget? I often forget slippers and the toothbrush.
What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport duty-free store? My favorite perfume.
Favorite travel iPhone app(s): I’m sorry, I don’t have an iPhone yet.
Most embarrassing/worst travel moment: Having a flu and an intestinal virus during my return trip by ferry from Tunisia to Italy.
Favorite travel website(s)—besides JohnnyJet.com of course! JohnnyJet.com, turistipercaso.it, viaggiaredasoli.net
Best travel tip: Don’t be too organized when you travel but drift yourself to destiny and to the suggestions of the moment. And keep a diary: you will need to impress in your mind your precious emotions…
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