About me


I’m Olivia, a 30 something English Teacher who lives in a corner of Calabria.

I originally came here by accident, stumbling across a job advert on the internet and being intrigued by a place which yields relatively little in a Google search.  I packed an oversized backpack and came for a year. That was in 2009. I’m still here, married to a lovely Calabrese and with two enthusiastic kids who keep me on my toes!

It’s fair to say that I fell in love with Italy but above all with Calabria so this blog is to celebrate all things Italian, from the must-see corners of Calabria to nonna’s secret recipes.  Through my scribblings I hope that someone could be inspired to come and pay this beautiful part of the world a visit.

8 thoughts on “About me”

  • Hi Olivia!

    Congrats on your baby! I too, came to Calabria, and am on Year 8! I live near RC and run La Villa Segreta. Where abouts are you??


    • Hi Ashley, thanks for getting in touch. I’m also in year 8, I need to update this page, I’ve been here since 2009 and live in Palmi so not too far from you. Just looked at your website. Your place looks lovely.

  • What a pleasure to discover your blog! I have started one too about calabrian culture and italian language. I am currently considering if I could continue to write it both in english and italian or if it` s better to give up on english and focus on my native language. I`m not confident enough that my texts are free of mistakes! You have been a fantastic teacher but I need to improve my english writing skills!

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