About Us

Mission

Offering an authoritative, authentic take on Italian culture and lifestyle for international audiences, Italy Magazine and our team of local experts have been celebrating the best of the Bel Paese for more than 20 years. From language to food to culture to fashion, Italy Magazine, just like Italy itself, has something to offer everyone. Whether you're planning a trip or staying connected to Italy from home, Italy Magazine is here to help you go beyond the surface and incorporate Italy into your everyday life.

The Team

Mike Fuller - Publisher

As the publisher of Italy Magazine, Mike Fuller is revisiting his publishing roots from 25 years ago. Mike was the publisher of Student Travels Magazine between 1995-1999 and during that same period developed a number of custom publishing projects for the British Tourist Authority, including Britain on a Budget as well as special supplements aimed at the 50+, LGTBQ and honeymoon markets. A native of Montreal, Mike currently resides near Boston but travels extensively to Italy where he spends most of his time in his favorite city — Rome. 

Mary Gray - Editor-in-Chief

Mary Gray oversees all editorial operations for Italy Magazine. Born in Mississippi and based in Florence, she is an accredited journalist with the Italian Foreign Press Association who draws from a decade of on-the-ground adventures and an academic background in Italian Studies in her work. Mary has written for The Washington Post, Italian national newspaper la Repubblica, and Forbes Travel Guide; co-authored guidebooks for Time Out, DK Eyewitness and Lonely Planet; and taught travel writing at the university level. Shabby trattoria tables and markets hawking nonna hand-me-downs are her happy places. 

Gabriela R. Proietti - Social Media & Visual Editor 

Gabriela R. Proietti is Italy Magazine’s visual creator and voice across social media. An Italian-American born and raised in Philadelphia, Gabriela decided to jump ship from her career in corporate fashion, following the “Italy pull” to Rome in 2019, where she lives today. Gabriela is a writer, journalist, social media strategist, and digital creator whose work has been featured in Italy Segreta, Elle, and The Italy Edit. She has a passion for all things Naples and Made in Italy.

Toni DeBella - Staff Writer

Toni DeBella is Italy Magazine’s staff writer, the pen behind many of the magazine’s “Italy in Brief” reports. Born and raised in Silicon Valley, the northern California native moved to Italy in 2012 and never looked back. Now a travel and lifestyle writer based in the Umbrian hill town of Orvieto, Toni has written for The Telegraph, Fodor’s, Culture Trip, Walks of Italy and Women & Home, and was also a major contributor to DK Eyewitness Sicily. When she’s not documenting her journeys around Italy and Europe, Toni covers the DIY beat for The Family Handyman Magazine, Bird & Bloom and Hunker.

Phoebe Hunt - Partner Content Editor & Contributing Writer

Phoebe Hunt coordinates branded and sponsored content for Italy Magazine clients. Separate from her Partner Content Editor role, Phoebe also occasionally contributes editorial features to the magazine. Born in London, Phoebe studied Sanskrit and Hindi at Oxford, where she kick-started her journalism career with a cocktail column for the student paper. Later, she moved to Florence for a summer and never left. Since then, Phoebe has written for a number of international magazines, including GQ, Conde Nast Traveller, National Geographic and SUITCASE, and co-authored guidebooks for DK Eyewitness and Lonely Planet

Laura Bonato - Accountant

Laura Bonato runs Italy Magazine’s finance department. She hails from Sicily, the Mediterranean island she left to move to Boston in 2000, to embrace a new life and working adventure. In Italy, she built her career working in accounting for private companies and spent 10 years in the finance department of the University of Catania. She brings to Italy Magazine her 30-plus years’ experience and hard-working attitude that allow her to tackle the daily challenges of keeping the books. 

Alessandra Biro - Senior Sales Consultant 

Alessandra Biro is responsible for driving Italy Magazine ad sales, continually identifying new opportunities and maintaining existing customer relationships. She was born in Milan, moved to the UK in 1996, and draws upon 20 years of experience as a Senior Sales Consultant. A strong believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace, Alessandra is inspired daily by her family. When she isn’t working, Alessandra can usually be found enjoying a good Netflix binge or a long walk on hilly country roads. Reach out to alessandra@italymagazine.com for advertising opportunities.

Enzo Romeo - Customer Care & Sales Associate

Enzo Romeo coordinates numerous administrative processes for Italy Magazine and manages many of the company's advertising accounts. Hailing from Catania, on the slopes of Mount Etna, Enzo studied and worked in computer programming before moving to the car rental sector, working in leading companies in the industry for more than 20 years. When off-duty, Enzo enjoys spending time with his family, reading books, drawing and painting, true to his personal motto: "Time is the most important thing we have. Let's use it well."