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Martha Bakerjian

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Martha has traveled extensively in Italy for more than 30 years and she currently has a home in the Lunigiana region, an off the tourist track part of northern Tuscany, where she spends about half the year, using it as a base to explore Italy and getting to know the local food and culture. Follow her writing on Martha's Italy. Martha's travels have included every region of Italy. She enjoys attending traditional festivals, visiting historic sites, exploring undiscovered towns, and sampling the regional cuisine. Her first Italian experiences were on the island of Sardinia, where, as a member of the staff, she helped plan the logistics for an archaeological project, cooked traditional Italian cuisine for the crew, and managed the dig house for five summers. She also participated in a summer archaeological survey on the Salento Peninsula of Puglia, the heel of Italy's boot, walking fields and stopping to interview locals about possible artifacts in the area. Martha wrote the Italy Travel site on About.com for 10 years. She has also written about Italy for the Grand Wine Tour, HomeAway UK blog and Qatar Airlines Inflight Magazine. She wrote two mobile apps, Puglia and Italy Travel Tips, with Sutro Media.

Posts by Martha Bakerjian

You asked...we answered!

  • 1
    What's your most exciting or surprising travel experience?

    Being inside the Sistine Chapel with only 12 people on an after-hours visit with the Roman Guy.

  • 2
    What's the most underrated destination in your opinion?

    Central Italy’s Le Marche region and the interior of the island of Sardinia.

  • 3
    What's your favorite mode of transportation? Why?

    That depends on where I’m going. If I’m visiting cities and big towns, I love taking the train, sitting back and enjoying the scenery. For visiting small towns and the countryside, a road trip by car is definitely the best option, not being on a schedule and stopping wherever something looks interesting.

  • 4
    What is the most important thing you've learned from traveling?

    Just about any place I go in Italy I can find something interesting to see or do.