Liz Shemaria

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Liz Shemaria is an award-winning journalist, and third-generation Northern Californian who has trekked solo in Himalaya, interviewed artists in military-ruled Burma, and once rode an overnight train across Egypt on her birthday. She has contributed to more than a dozen publications and organizations including Human Rights Watch, BBC TravelAFARRoads & Kingdoms, and Fodor’s Essential Italy guidebooks. Studying at the University of California, Berkeley, she earned an undergraduate degree in art history and a master’s degree in journalism with an emphasis on international reporting and new media. During late nights in the newsroom, she discovered that spontaneous dance parties are essential to her creative process. She lives in Italy, where she has learned to roll her Rs and never order a cappuccino after breakfast.

Articles by Liz Shemaria

Mon, 02/12/2024 - 06:20
Ed.: The Inspired Stays series highlights hotels we love around Italy. Each property is independently reviewed by an Italy Magazine writer, who is gen…
Tue, 01/23/2024 - 04:01
February is festival month in Italy, with Carnival celebrations from Venice to Bari with costumes, parades, confetti and bountiful food and wine. But…
Wed, 11/08/2023 - 13:30
Standing in Barbaresco Tower, Paolo Dalla Mora points to where he’s growing sage among a tapestry of grape vines.  Grapes are everywhere in Le Langhe…
Tue, 07/18/2023 - 11:21
There’s no question about it: Parma is a culinary destination. In the university town of 189,000, there are more than 130 producers of the famous cure…
Mon, 07/10/2023 - 01:30
Ed.: The Inspired Stays series highlights hotels we love around Italy. Each property is independently reviewed by an Italy Magazine writer, who is gen…
Thu, 06/08/2023 - 06:21
Is Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast? The answer, according to longtime local Francesco Monti, might surprise you.  Monti, whose family has run the Hotel…
Thu, 06/01/2023 - 06:33
A white hand ashtray sculpted in 1942 is lit in a glass case with terracotta hands and ears fired during the 3rd to 2nd centuries BCE.  Etruscans form…
Tue, 05/16/2023 - 07:10
In Puglia and Basilicata, bunches of asparagus at small greengrocers have a wild look. These lanky stalks are distant relatives of the shoots you’d fi…
Mon, 04/10/2023 - 08:00
Ed.: The Inspired Stays series highlights hotels we love around Italy. Each property is independently reviewed by an Italy Magazine writer, who is gen…
Thu, 01/12/2023 - 09:55
Name the first food product you can think of from the Emilia-Romagna region. (Think fast!) Is it balsamic vinegar from Modena? Prosciutto from Parma?…
Fri, 12/30/2022 - 09:34
Milan, today known for its robust role in finance and fashion, was once defined by blocks of manufacturing warehouses on its outskirts. Many of those…
Fri, 12/09/2022 - 08:35
Naples’ busy metro is probably the last place you'd expect to find a contemporary art gallery. Yet gliding on an escalator 131 feet up to Toledo stati…
Thu, 12/01/2022 - 08:50
Ed.: The Inspired Stays series highlights hotels we love around Italy. Each property is independently reviewed by an Italy Magazine writer, who is gen…
Tue, 11/22/2022 - 11:50
Ed.: The Inspired Stays series highlights hotels we love around Italy. Each property is independently reviewed by an Italy Magazine writer, who is gen…
Thu, 10/13/2022 - 02:50
Olafur Eliasson’s installation in Palazzo Strozzi’s courtyard is dizzying. The 36 x 26 ft flickering moiré pattern of two overlaid grids called Under…
Mon, 09/12/2022 - 06:52
Milan is Italy’s most expensive city and a hub of fashion and finance. With its high concentration of luxury brands and Michelin-starred restaurants —…
Tue, 08/09/2022 - 09:47
As you walk from Pavia’s train station towards its historical center, you'll spot a 26-foot-tall woman holding a shield in one hand and a spear in the…
Mon, 07/04/2022 - 02:45
Milan is one of the world’s design capitals. Brands like Prada and Versace are headquartered in the northern Italian city and the Salone del Mobile (F…
Thu, 06/09/2022 - 02:03
In the hills above Lake Garda in Gardone Riviera, a former dentist to the Italian royal family and Pope Pius XII transformed a 3.7-acre vineyard into…
Tue, 03/22/2022 - 03:52
Genoa is Italy's sixth-largest city in terms of population, but it doesn’t have the kind of tourist appeal that Florence, Rome, or Venice have. Just 5…