Who is this Reid Bramblett guy, anyway?
This site is written and maintained by guidebook author and award-winning travel writer Reid Bramblett.
(He also did all the design and coding because he is pigheaded that way and won't just hire a professional web developer.)
Reid spent his adolescence living in Rome (his father was teaching painting at a study-abroad program) and exploring Italy and Europe in a hippie-orange VW camper van with his parents. Reid later took a break from his studies in Cornell's anthropology department to spend his own junior year abroad in Italy.
Why bother listening to Reid's advice?
After a stint in the editorial offices of the Frommer's guidebooks, Reid Bramblett decided to see what life was like on the other side of the desk, writing Frommer's first-ever regional guide: Frommer's Tuscany & Umbria.
He spent the next two decades exploring, learning, taking notes, and reporting it all in more than 30 travel guidebooks for Frommer's, DK/Eyewitness, the Idiot's Guides, and For Dummies—as well as in countless travel articles.
As a daily travel reporter for MSNBC.com in 2002–04, Reid won two Lowell Thomas awards for travel writing.
Reid has written feature articles for the Miami Herald, Newsweek, Yahoo.com, Dallas Morning News, Cruisecritic.com, AOL Travel, TravelandLeisure.com, and Modern Bride.
He has been a Contributing Editor to Condè Nast's Concierge.com and to Budget Travel magazine, where he formerly served as staff Associate Editor.
Reid's weekly adventure column, "The Intrepid Traveler," appeared in the Chicago Daily Herald, the St. Petersburg Times, and the Tampa Bay Times.
On the air
Reid Bramblett has appeared as a travel expert on CNN, Fox NEWS, the Travel Channel, CNNfn, and the New York City affiliates of ABC, Fox, and UPN. He has also been a guest on various NPR programs and stations.
He appeared as the Cultural Anthropologist on the Travel Channel series Cruises We Love, and is the occasional co-host of the weekly nationally syndicated radio call-in show "The Travel Show with Arthur Frommer."
Reid lectures regularly on Italy, other European destinations, and other travel topics at the Smithsonian Institution, and has spoken at many other venues, including the New York Times Travel Show, the New York's Explorer's Club, Philadelphia Travel Show, many bookstores and libraries, and various professional conferences, including those of SATW (the Society of American Travel Writers, where he has served as the Active-at-Large).
Reid has also acted as a travel consultant for national tourism boards, major tour companies, scout troops, executives planning trips, and couples looking for something special on their next vacation.
On the web
In addition to ReidsItaly, Reid also maintains the popular ReidsFrance.com, ReidsEngland.com, and the award-winning ReidsGuides.com trip-planning site, which has been recommended by CNN, USA Today, Smart Money, the Washington Post, MSNBC.com, Frommers.com, Fodors.com, Men's Health, Away.com, and National Geographic Traveler, and was been proclaimed "Among the best" by Arthur Frommer.