My name is MariaGiovanna. It is actually two words on my Italian birth certificate but once I came to USA I found hard to make people understand that Giovanna is not my middle name but part of my first name. So, I thought that joining the two names would help; well…it didn’t. Many still call me Maria and I don’t like it!
I was born and raised in Avellino, a small city in the Italian region of Campania (where the Amalfi Coast is!). In Italy I studied Architecture at the University of Naples, I married a wonderful man (we just celebrated our 25th anniversary this year!) and my my two amazing boys were born (they are the treasure of my life).
In 1991, our family of four flew to USA for a journey that should have lasted eleven months, uh…Twenty-one years have passed and we are still here in quaint Frederick, Maryland.
While I have worked as an architect for seventeen years I also found myself longing to keep my Italian culture alive. I realized that being away from Italy gave me an advantage. I didn’t have to deal with the everyday problems, politics and gossips linked with your life there. From this side of the Ocean I could just appreciate and reconnect to Italy’s rich culture, ancient history, variegated cuisine, melodious language, marvelous art, amazing design and just its overall beauty.
In 2010 I abandoned the architecture career and I started “Sharing My Italy”, a small home based service where I can share “my Italy” with all Italy amateurs.  I offer Italian language lessons, Italian cooking demonstrations and I design personalized trip to Italy.
This blog marks the beginning of a new journey in “Sharing My Italy“.


78 comments on “About

  1. Lovely blog MariaGiovanna…So eager to explore more!

  2. Matt says:

    I stumbled onto your blog while looking at Ragu Recipes. Very enjoyable reading, and a subject very dear to me. Technically, I’m American…but one side of my family is from Lioni and Naples, and came to the states in the early 1900’s. Sadly, the stream of time has taken most of them away, only two second generations are alive now. But I have great memories of food, family and wild reunions. Thanks for the nice blog.

    • Matt,
      I am so happy you found my blog and I am especially happy if it brought happy memories to you.
      I hope to be more active on the blog again soon. Things got a little crazy and I haven’t been able to focus on the blog as much as I would like to.
      I hope you will be back and keep find the reading enjoyable.

  3. Sharon Iacoi says:

    Hello MariaGiovanna, I really enjoyed reading your blog and the scruptious receipts. Especially your lemon cello. I met you last year at Gilbert Ortega Gallery in Scottsdale Az. You gave me your business card. My grandparents were from Calabria. I have so many good memories of her cooking. My favorite was her easter bread and cookies. Im diffently going to make your lemon cello receipt. It was so nice meeting you and your husband. Ciao! Sharon

    • Ciao Sharon,
      I am so glad you found my blog and that you enjoy it. It was a pleasure meeting in Phoenix…everyone loved the gifts. Please let me know how the Limoncello will come out.

  4. jlpiallat says:

    I love your blogs, your photos are very beautiful. I’ll be back… I also have a second blog on old pictures.
    SENSUALITE | La beauté à l’état pure

  5. Ciao Maria Giovanna (which is my mother in law’s name by the way, but she goes by Giovanna),
    I just found your blog today looking up your pictures of pesto alla trapanese (which, once again, my trapanese mother in law makes wonderfully). My life is the mirror image of yours, an American living in Italy. Look forward to reading more!

  6. Jenn says:

    Hi Maria Giovanna,

    I just stumbled across your blog and wanted to stop in to say hello. I’m 1st generation Italian. My family immigrated to Canada in the mid 50’s from Campobasso. My husbands family is from Avellino and also made the journey around the same time. I was very excited to see you were from there as well. I’m looking forward to book marking you and following your blog.

    Buon Anno!

    • Hi Jenn,
      I am so glad you found me. It is really true that the world is small…your husband’s family from my own hometown!
      I hope you will enjoy what you find on my blog and if there are any memories that you would like to share please do.
      Happy New Year!

    • Carmela says:

      Hi Maria Giovanna and Jenn,
      My parents were born in Casacalenda, Campobasso(Molise) I also have many friends in my home of Toronto who were born in Avellino. I love your blog as I am always looking for recipes.

  7. ajaytao2010 says:

    MariaGiovanna nice reading about you. Italian lady architectural student & settled in USA.

    Thanks. I invite you to visit my blog Ajaytao2010@wordpress.com,
    Browse through the category sections, I feel you may find something of your interest.

  8. Max510 says:

    Complimenti ! e grazie per mostrare il meglio del nostro paese 😉

  9. Peripatetic Eric says:

    I enjoy following blogs of people from countries other than my own so I can see things through a local persons eyes. Especially from countries I would like to visit someday.

  10. megtraveling says:

    Hi! I wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award! Thanks for such an enjoyable blog. Here’s the link: http://megtraveling.com/2012/11/16/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/

  11. Ratna Sharma says:

    Would you be interested in writing a guest blog post on our blog, http://www.womenstravelblog.com/ ? We are a PR 2 blog whose audience enjoys reading anything about travel (e.g. “Top 4 Places for Women Travelers”, “The fun and excitement of Solo Traveling”, “Turkey land of Holidays”, etc). And, of course, you’ll receive a FOLLOWED link to your blog or page of your choice. Please let me know if you’re interested. I think you’d be a great fit with our audience, and we’d also like to talk with you about other partnerships.I have few more travel sites and blogs for link exchange and article exchange if interested please feel free to contact me

    Talk to you soon 

    Ratna Sharma

  12. dmswriter says:

    We went to Italy last year. It was a dream trip for me, and I loved every minute of it – Rome, Pisa, Florence, and especially Venice. We’d love to live there someday, so in the meantime, I’ll read your blog for inspiration. Thank you!

    • So glad you found my blog and I hope you will enjoy. I was just in Venice few weeks ago and I will be writing about in the next few days. Welcome to my blog!

  13. Ciao Maria,
    Just came across your lovely blog and find so much in common. I too love all things Italian and try to spend as much time in Italy as possible. My husband and I will celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2 days, and our gift to each other is another trip to Italy. I started a blog two years ago while in Italy and love documenting our adventures with photos. Yours are wonderful! Best of luck with your continued adventure.

    If interested, my site is blogginginitaly.com


    • Congratulations on your anniversary! I will certainly explore your blog and I am looking forward to pictures from your next trip 🙂

      • You’ll have to wait a bit…our next trip is NEXT summer…but there should be some posts between now and then! I have many posts still to write from this past summer.

  14. expressedd says:

    Hi Maria!! Nice to see your enthu for Italy.. I like your blog.

    I invite you to visit my blog too.. http://www.expressedd.wordpress.com.



  15. megtraveling says:

    Hi! I wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Super Sweet Award! Thanks for such an enjoyable blog. Here’s the link: http://megtraveling.com/2012/10/06/super-sweet-award/

    • Hi Meg, thank you so much for the nomination. I am truly honored, however, coming back from Italy I had many things to catch up with plus dealing with an awful cold and I am very much behind with my blog. I was planning to post a travel journal to share some of my pictures, the wonderful places I have been and the delicious food, but I haven’t had the chance to do so yet.
      I cannot promise to follow up with the award but I will try my best, in a meanwhile congratulations to you and thank you again for thinking if me.

  16. albertocook says:

    Hi my name is Alberto from north east of Italy ( Udine)
    I just star With my blog of recipes of italian tradition.
    Your recipes are wery good.
    Ciao, saluti dall’ Italia.

  17. Ciao MariaGiovanna! I found your blog searching for snippets about Bundt pans and Italian cakes (which I am writing a blog post about). And I can’t believe how many commonalities we have – both started our blog 9 months ago, both are sharing Italian cuisine, culture & a bit of travel (except I am in Australia and from Northern Italy). Amazing! I will enjoy reading your blog posts. Paola x

    • Paola, I am so glad you find me…it is really true that the world is so small! It’s indeed amazing how much we share. I will be traveling in Italy for the next three weeks but I will visit your blog upon my return. Ciao! x

  18. Such an interesting background you have. There are lots of Italians where I live (Toronto area) but I haven’t got any of their recipes so I will enjoy trying yours.

  19. Hi MariaGiovanna, wonderful blog you have here. I’ve always been in love with the Amalfi Coast. I, in fact, have a painting of it in my living room. You are the first person I’ve met from there. Very nice to meet you.

  20. marneymcnall says:

    Hey MariaGiovanna, I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award. I really enjoy your posts. If you’re interested in accepting the award, the rules are listed on

  21. Oh how I wish it was ‘my Italy’ too! I’ve nominated you for a blog award of your choice (feel free to choose 1 or all 3), please check out my post: http://twoblackdoggies.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/a-very-belated-thank-you/

  22. freetravelconsultant says:

    Hi Maria, I liked your blog 🙂 I am about to take off for a long weekend in Verona (which I hope to write about on my blog-www.freetravelconsultant.com). If you have any tips, please let me know:) I will be following your blog-great idea!

    • Thank you so much for following. Lucky you, spending few days in Verona . . . I hope you will catch an Opera at the Arena, it’s a great experience! Looking forward to read all about 🙂

      • freetravelconsultant says:

        Hi Maria, yes, that is the plan:) Hopefully we will see Carmen..Only one opera but I have a feeling I will repeat this trip next year an with extensive stay 🙂 i will try to take some food pictures-maybe you could help me about those tastes I might like there..Cheers! 🙂

      • You should try the local cuisine, I suggest you try one of these (or all): La taverna di Via Stella – Osteria Mondo d’oro – Trattoria al bersagliere. You must taste the Risotto all’Amarone! Waiting to hear . . . Have a great time!

      • freetravelconsultant says:

        I love risotto-will try that one..wrote the names down you mentioned-hopefully I will find them and try out. we reserved tables for dinners, but at lunch time I would like to see one of the options you mentioned:) thanks for your tips! much appreciated:)

      • freetravelconsultant says:

        Hi Maria,

        Just got back from Verona! WOW! It was amazing! I could not find the restaurant you mentioned, but tried Risotto d’all Amarone! (will write about it on my blog soon)..was so yummy! thank you for your tip:) if you write about the receipe-please let me know..i am certainly interested..Best!

      • Sorry you missed the restaurant but glad you a good time and like the Risotto . . . it may be on my blog this Fall. Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to enter my book giveaway https://sharingmyitaly.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/my-first-giveaway-masseria-the-italian-farmhouse-of-puglia-a-beautiful-book-waiting-for-you/

  23. marneymcnall says:

    Hi MariaGiovanna! You are so sweet for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Award. Thank you! I really enjoy your blog. My husband and I went to Italy on our honeymoon 13 years ago. I’d love to go back again…but until then, thanks for letting me do so a little vicariously.

    • Hi Marney, thank you for truly being an inspiration . . . who would have been more deserving! I hope my blog will bring back happy memories of your honeymoon and may be in the future I will help you with your next trip to Italy. Welcome to my blog and congrats on a well deserved award!

  24. megtraveling says:

    Hi! I wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Thanks for such an enjoyable blog. Here’s the link: http://megtraveling.com/2012/06/08/reader-appreciation-and-very-inspiring-blogger-awards/

  25. Caio, So glad to “meet you”. We share the same interests – cooking great Italian meals, traveling to Italy, and helping arrange trips for our friends. Thanks for stopping by our blog, and hope you enjoy it!

    Susan and Wade

  26. Ron says:

    Hi, So thrilled I found you. I would like to spend about 3 months in Oltrarno in the Spring of 2013. I am looking for a small apt. not on a street where there is a lot of cars and motor cycles, the noise pollution will keep me up all night.
    Around Santo Spirito is perfect for me. A nice side street with air cond. and WIFi. I hope you can help me. I have been looking for months. I don’t like these ultra modern apts. I like Florentine decor. Thanks so much.

  27. Ciao MariaGiovanna, I nominated you for the Illuminating Blogger Award! I you want to accept please check my blog! Buon weekend!

  28. megtraveling says:

    You have a great blog! I’ve nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. Here’s the link: http://megtraveling.com/2012/05/04/kreativ-blogger-award/ Congratulations!

  29. I found your blog via the blog of Meg (Meg Travels). I’m thrilled that I did!! I can’t wait to start following your blog 🙂

  30. Colleen says:

    MariaGiovanna, I’m looking forward to an opportunity to learn more about Italy, which sadly I don’t know enough about yet! I love everything about cultural exchanges, and as I too am thinking of settling abroad in a foreign country, I am sure I will be able to relate to your some (if not many) of your experiences. All my best!

    • Thank you for following my blog. I hope you will keep enjoying what I have to share. I have experienced that once you move away from your country, you learn to appreciate it a little more and in a new unexpected way. Best wishes to you!

  31. Bill Fehlinger says:

    Professoressa: Checked the blog and it is great. Had fun in class today.

    Grazie! See you next week.

    Bill Fehlinger

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