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Rebecca Winke – Travel Writer, Producer, and Innkeeper

Rebecca moved to Italy from Chicago in 1993 and spends her time writing about the lovely country she now calls home for various print and online publications, taking care of guests at her Brigolante vacation rental apartments, and wondering what strange winds blew an urbanite to a tiny hilltown in Umbria.

She also co-wrote the Umbria Slow: Food, Culture, & Travel app and was Associate Producer for the PBS series Dream of Italy.

“Insatiably curious about the world and its people, and a born storyteller, I’m always looking for my next discovery and a compelling way to share it that makes readers chuckle, shake their heads, and book a flight.”

Articles by rebeccawinke

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 10:02
“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became an adult, I put away childish things.” 1 Cor…
Thu, 03/12/2020 - 10:42
Lambrusco has long been the underdog of the Italian wine world, becoming its own worst enemy by flooding the market with treacly sweet and aggressivel…
Wed, 03/04/2020 - 12:01
“Etna giveth and Etna taketh away” is the mantra of the locals who have lived in symbiosis for millennia with this imposing volcanic peak—one of the m…
Tue, 03/19/2019 - 01:24
Naples is known for its delectable street food, from iconic pizza al portafoglio (wood-fired Neapolitan pizza folded twice into a handy triangle) to p…
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 11:16
Maybe you’re planning a trip to Italy, or would like to get in touch with your family history, or are simply enthralled with the idea of being able to…
Thu, 02/07/2019 - 04:56
Whether you’re hunkered down under the polar vortex in North America or are bracing for the predicted snowfall in Europe, you are officially passing t…
Mon, 01/28/2019 - 09:50
Pondering a visit to the bucolic rural region of Umbria during the winter, but aren't sure if it’s worth the effort to visit in the off-season? Though…
Thu, 01/17/2019 - 03:25
One of the most perplexing and, often, disappointing discoveries when visiting central Italy—including Umbria and vast swaths of Lazio, Tuscany, and…
Tue, 12/04/2018 - 04:23
When new expats imagine what their lives are going to look like in Italy, it is often a Hollywood montage flashing between scenes of fabulous meals, s…
Thu, 11/08/2018 - 00:08
  Le Marche’s pastoral landscape is bookended by two of its most dramatic features: the rugged Sibylline mountain chain bordering the region to the we…
Wed, 06/14/2017 - 23:39
When the world thinks of Italy’s iconic fashion industry, the city that first comes to mind is Milan. Known for its well-turned-out residents, high-en…
Thu, 05/25/2017 - 05:04
Italian pop songs and musicians have been making it to airwaves worldwide since Domenico Modugno belted out “Volare!” (from his hit song “Nel Blu Dipi…
Thu, 03/30/2017 - 03:44
Italy’s famed and varied cuisine is closely linked to each of its 20 regions’ history and topography, and nowhere is this more true (or more varied) t…
Thu, 03/23/2017 - 07:30
There is nothing more iconic in Venice than the sleek black gondola, steered by the standing gondoliere decked out in his (or, since 2010, her) black…
Sun, 02/26/2017 - 17:30
When you think of ancient Roman sites, the iconic Colosseum in Rome and the ruins of Pompeii outside Naples are the two that first come to mind, but I…