Today I was interviewed again at Viterbo’s local radio station Radio Verde, this time by station owner and manager Gioia Capulli and poetess Lorena Paris.
|at Radio Verde studios
One of the first things they wanted to know was the motivation for a person from another country to write about and promote the Etruria Tuscia area. To answer I quoted the motto of Rome’s Welcome Neighbor club founded about 30 years ago by Yolanda Bernardini: “ bloom where you are planted”.
Welcome Neighbor is still very active in the Olgiata area of Rome thanks to the volcanic Paula Treu.
|in the olive groves of Vetralla
The main stimulus for writing about and promoting Northern Lazio's Viterbo/Tuscia area was the realization that very little information about the area existed in English and there was a total lack of communication and touristic promotion.
Here is how I explained it in the introduction of my book Etruria Travel.
This massive void called out to be filled and as journalist and researcher transplanted to the province I knew I had found my niche : after the many years writing about Rome and Moscow now it was to be Tuscia/Etruria.
Within a few years the void was filling up fast with an award winning website now in its 15th year, hundreds of articles were written and published http://www.elegantetruria.com/bibliography as well as several books. http://www.elegantetruria.com/books.
Not bad for a one-woman company.
The weekly blog http://50yearsinitaly.blogspot.it begun in February 2011 now has 170 posts of which only three were contributed by carefully selected guest blogger friends.
The blog’s mission is to highlight itineraries, travel tips and happenings in the central Italy area especially Viterbo and the many lovely surrounding towns but when I began traveling on luxury cruise ships as guest lecturer I was able to add many other interesting themes.
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