Half Italian-half South African, I grew up in Cape Town and moved to Europe twenty-odd years ago to fol­low this fan­tas­tic guy I met at the airport.

After com­plet­ing my BA in indus­trial psy­chol­ogy in Cape Town, get­ting my simul­ta­ne­ous inter­pret­ing diploma in Cam­bridge, doing an inte­rior design course in Flo­rence, per­fect­ing four lan­guages around Europe and com­plet­ing a Master’s in dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing in Bari, I had a pretty hard time find­ing the career of my life in a sleepy town of 55 000 souls way down in south­ern Italy (where the above-mentioned air­port guy was from).

So I invented it. I set up Viaggi di Architet­tura, an online tour oper­a­tor spe­cial­ized for a mar­ket of Ital­ian pro­fes­sion­als and archi­tec­ture lovers.

Just on forty-something, I’ve been trav­el­ling around the globe for these dozen or so years to the places where the most cutting-edge stuff is going up, meet­ing some of the most fas­ci­nat­ing archi­tects on the inter­na­tional scene, sleep­ing in the lat­est design hotels and art resorts, net­work­ing with amaz­ing peo­ple around the globe on the look­out for stuff that would inter­est oth­ers like me.

Doing what I do means that I’m pretty well-travelled, though I do some­times feel like a very ele­gant bag lady, haul­ing my Glo­be­trot­ter trol­ley around the streets of Europe and spend­ing nights in seat 1C. I can tell you the choice of sand­wich fill­ings in air­port lounges almost any­where, and the colour of the liq­uid soap in air­port loos around the world.

The past five years have been pretty excit­ing. I’ve been scout­ing for trends in archi­tec­ture and design for most of the big Ital­ian TV chan­nels (as well as sev­eral for­eign ones), mak­ing in-flight enter­tain­ment films for Ali­talia and col­lect­ing prizes around the coun­try for the Viag­gidiar­chitet­tura project. I often get to work side-by-side with the mag­a­zines, write a travel col­umn for Ital­ian Vogue, and orga­nize cor­po­rate design events around the globe.

In 2012 I set up  Can’t For­get It{aly}, a 2.0 film pro­duc­tion com­pany that makes visual sto­ries around Italy.

I con­sider myself a kind of Urban Des­ti­na­tion Ther­a­pist, and I must admit that I have one of the most fan­tas­tic jobs around. It’s not my idea, Con­fu­cius said it about 2000 years ago…

Choose a job that you love and you will never have to work a day in your life…
  Confucius