Myra Robinson is an award-winning travel writer who lives partly in Italy, in the Veneto, and partly in Newcastle upon Tyne, north east England. She has written articles for many newpapers and magazines including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Times and The Independent, and is a regular contributor to 'Italy Magazine' and 'La Gazzetta Italiana'. After a life- long obsession with spa towns, she discovered Battaglia Terme, the fictional Montebello, a faded backwater once renowned as having 'the best mud in Italy'. This became the title of her amusing book describing her absorption into the community with all its quirkiness. Her latest projects are setting up an English conversation group, and arranging a twinning between the Museum of Navigation in Battaglia and Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum in England. She continues to write, mainly about Italy, and gives popular talks about her experiences.