Writing & Experience Education

Masters of Arts in Art History, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, 2008

  • Master’s Thesis: “Rebuilding Identity: The Nineteenth-Century Facade of the Duomo of Amalfi”


Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland, USA, 2002

  • Majors: Philosophy, History of Mathematics and Science
  • Minors: Classical Studies, Comparative Literature
Travel Guidebooks

Moon Travel Guides – Moon Amalfi Coast: With Capri, Naples & Pompeii (1st Edition forthcoming Spring 2019)

It is my joy to bring to life my first travel guide to the entire Amalfi Coast area for Moon Travel Guides. It will include an in depth guide to the Amalfi Coast along with Capri, Ischia, Procida, the Sorrento Peninsula, Naples, and Pompeii. I am currently writing and photographing the book, which will be released in print and digital formats in Spring 2019.


Fodor’s – The Amalfi Coast, Capri & Naples (8th Edition, Released February 2017)

For the 8th edition to this classic guide to the Amalfi Coast, I was involved with a complete review of the Amalfi Coast section, including updates, additions and adding my passion for the Amalfi Coast!


DK Eyewitness – Naples & The Amalfi Coast (2015)

Consultant and writer for the Hotel and Restaurant sections of the Naples & The Amalfi Coast 2015 update.


DK Eyewitness – Naples & The Amalfi Coast (2011)

Contributing writer for edits, pull-out map and fact checking for DK Eyewitness Travel Guide’s Naples & The Amalfi Coast 2011 edition.


DK Eyewitness – Top 10 Naples & The Amalfi Coast (2010)

Contributing writer and fact checking for the Top 10 Naples & The Amalfi Coast 2010 edition.


Italia! Magazine

The UK’s Award-Winning print magazine about Italy – Italia! Magazine:

“A Twist of Lemon,” January 2018. Feature article on that most classic Italian Christmas cake, the panettone, Amalfi-style created by the Pasticceria Pansa.

“48 Hours in Positano,” March 2018. Feature article and photographs. (Digital version of print article available here.)

“48 Hours in Ravello,” August 2018. Feature article and photographs. (Digital version of print article available here.)


Starting in April 2012, it was an honor for me to join the Italia! team as the From Here to There columnist contributing monthly travel and lifestyle experiences on the Amalfi Coast for almost a year.

Italia! Magazine December 2011, Issue 85 – My Italia! Feature on Laura Thayer

Italia! April 2012, Issue 89 – As Amalfi Wakes

Italia! May 2012, Issue 90 – The Ties that Bind

Italia! June 2012, Issue 91 – Twists & Turns of Life

Italia! July 2012, Issue 92 – Escape to the Beach

Italia! August 2012, Issue 93 – Escape to the Mountains

Italia! September 2012, Issue 94 – The Language of Food

Italia! October 2012, Issue 95 – The First Signs of Autumn

Italia! December 2012, Issue 97 – Christmas in Amalfi

Italia! January 2013, Issue 98 – Calm and Quiet in Amalfi

Italia! February 2013, Issue 99 – Goodbye from Amalfi


NIAF Ambassador Magazine

“Minori on the Amalfi Coast,” Spring 2018. Feature article and photographs.

“The Amalfi Coast: Walking Through History One Step at a Time,” Fall 2014. Feature article and photographs.

“Capri: Finding the Height of Beauty,” Winter 2014. Feature article and photographs.


Dream of Italy

“Capri Walks: The Best Way to See the Island,” June/July 2017.

“The Unexpected Vineyards of the Amalfi Coast,” October 2017.


Perillo Traveler Magazine

The Amalfi Coast: Hidden Gems in Amalfi, Positano and Ravello,” Winter 2016. Feature article and photographs on the highlights of what to see and do on the Amalfi Coast, including a section titled Amalfi Coast Insider’s Guide with my favorite hotel, restaurant and shopping tips.


The Simple Things

“My City: Amalfi,” June 2015. Interview and article highlighting what I love about living in Amalfi.

Online Writing

ROL Cruise

It was a pleasure to contribute my local suggestions and photos for ROL Cruise’s Quick Stop Guide to the Amalfi Coast.


Charming Italy

For many years I was a contributing writer for articles and photos on the region of Campania for Charming Italy. My articles are on some of my favorite topics, including Italian architecture, art, traditional recipes, culture, history and things to do in Naples, Sorrento, Ischia, Capri, Salerno, Caserta, Pompeii and destinations on the Amalfi Coast. Here are some of my favorite articles, but I invite you to visit the Charming Italy website to read more.

History, Treasures & Tradition at Amalfi’s Arsenale Museum

The Best Restaurants in Amalfi

Amalfi Coast: The Charming Village of Atrani

Medieval Splendor in Salerno’s Cathedral of San Matteo

Positano – Captivating Beauty on the Amalfi Coast

Things To Do in Naples: Santa Chiara Convent and Cloister

Alluring Blue: A Boat Tour Around Capri

Capri’s Church of Santo Stefano

The Island of Ischia: Beaches, Castles and Thermal Spas

Nerano – Untouched Natural Beauty on the Amalfi Coast

Guest Posts

Find my guest articles about the Amalfi Coast on these excellent blogs and websites:

2 Baci in a Pinon Tree ~ Authentic Italy on the Amalfi Coast

Bell’Avventura ~ Blog Stains – Dare to Be Different in Amalfi & Ravello

Bleeding Espresso ~ Gita Italiana 2010: Mountains & Sea – Between Two Worlds on Italy’s Amalfi Coast

Fevered Mutterings ~ Why Laura Travels

Golden Days in Italy with Susan Van Allen ~ Golden Day Sixty-Five: Amalfi with Laura Thayer

Italofile ~ Five Favorite Things: The Amalfi Coast

My Bella Vita ~ Experiencing Italy: Windows on the Amalfi Coast

My Melange ~ France Travel Series: Meeting a Myth in Paris

Travel Feeder ~ Top 5 Photo Spots on the Amalfi Coast

Wanderlust Women Travel ~ City Guide to Amalfi, Italy

Wanderlust Women Travel ~ Sunday Soul Alone at Santa Croce Beach on Italy’s Amalfi Coast


Eye on Italy Podcast ~ Episode 18: The Amalfi Coast in Winter with Laura Thayer

The italyMONDO! Blog

It has been a pleasure to collaborate with italyMONDO! as a contributing blogger on Campania, Italian traditions and recipes and so much more. Here are a few of my favorite blog posts, but I invite you to visit the italyMONDO! Blog to find more!

In Search of the Undiscovered Amalfi Coast

italyMONDO!’s Introduction to Olive Oil

Welcoming … Laura Thayer



The Authors Guild, 2018


International Travel Writers Alliance, 2018

Interviews & Features