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Gina DeSantis

Travel Coordinator

If I can help reveal the secrets of Italy's authentic culture to a traveler, and let Italy take them on a journey to discover the beauty and magic that it has to offer, I know that I’m doing what I love and am passionate about.

From an early age, I was always drawn to learning languages and the traditions of other cultures. This passion fatefully led me to study in Italy, when I was given the opportunity to spend my first semester of college abroad in the rolling hills of Siena, Italy. During this time, I absolutely fell in love with Italy’s charm (how could you not?). I took advantage of each weekend and break, exploring a new area every chance that I got. I made sure to visit the famed cities such as Rome, Florence, Venice, and Milan, but I really became enamored with visiting the cities and towns that were less well-known and had their own unique charm. The school that I attended in Italy intensely focused on full immersion in all aspects of our lives, which I committed to wholeheartedly, wanting to soak up as much of the culture as I could. We lived with host families, attended classes taught exclusively in Italian, and had to manage all the intricacies that living in a small Italian town tend to involve. After my studies in Italy, I continued with Italian and Spanish language in university, and went on to live in Spain for one year after graduation, teaching English and continuing to expose myself to new cultures. Living in Italy and Spain opened up a world of travel to me that I had never known existed, which was traveling with the intention to full-heartedly grasp a culture. I want to share this passion with other travelers, and help them fall in love with Italy the same way that I did. Italy is a magical place with so much to offer, where the people make you feel as if you are famiglia, the food (and wine) make you remember what it feels like to be alive, and the breath-taking and diverse sceneries will inspire you. If I can help reveal the secrets of Italy’s authentic culture to a traveler, and let Italy take them on a journey to discover the beauty and magic that it has to offer, I know that I’m doing what I love and am passionate about.