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Valerie Schneider

Valerie Schneider (Valerie) is a freelance writer, who lived in New Mexico for twenty years before trading the high desert for the medieval hill towns of Italy in May, 2006. She is a regular contributor to Slow Travel, pens travel agency newsletters, and has written for Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel. She and her husband, Bryan, currently reside in Ascoli Piceno where they conduct small-group tours called Panorama Italy. Read about her Italian adventures in her monthly Slow Travel column, Living Slow in Italy, and on her blog, 2 Baci in a Pinon Tree.

Slow Travel Pages

Living Slow in Italy: Valerie's monthly articles about moving to Italy (starting March 2006).

United States


New Mexico: Indian Country - New Mexico's Native Places: Touring the Native American Pueblos near Albuquerque, Santa Fe and western New Mexico.

New Mexico, Duke City Dining: Albuquerque Restaurant List, Contest 2004 winner.

New Mexico, Adventures in Color: The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Contest 2004 winner.



Ascoli Piceno Travel Guide: Medieval town in the mountains of Le Marche.

The Roman Holiday Tour - Walking into the Movie Scenes: Finding the locations in Rome for the movie "Roman Holiday", Contest 2004 winner.

Doing the Beach: What you need for a day at the beach in Italy.

Car Rental - Rome Downtown: Picking up a rental car at Termini or Villa Borghese in downtown Rome, directions to get out of town.

Trip Reports

Trip Report 271: The Roman Holiday Holiday: A day strolling around Rome finding the scenes used for the filming of the movie, Roman Holiday, Spring 2001

Trip Report 704: Climbing the Family Tree In Basilicata's Hilltowns: Visiting my great-grandparents' hometowns in out-of-the-way Basilicata, Spring 2003

Vacation Rental Reviews

Review 2480: Podere I Poggioli, Apartment - two apartments, charming agritourism, near Citta della Pieve/Chiusi

Review 2459: Poggiovalle, cottage - cottages and apartments on estate near Citta della Pieve, Umbria; one of the largest farms in central Italy

Review 2452: Summer In Italy, Villa Gioconda - a large, modern, well-equipped villa near Agropoli, Campania

Review 518: Seaview Travel, Torre Giordano - house in Asciano, Tuscany South

Review 514: Summer In Italy, Villa Trotta - former olive mill set in the countryside of the Cilento Forest, above the sea

Review 154: La Casina, apartment in San Polo - portion of a house on a farm near Arezzo, Tuscany East, set in a peaceful olive grove, with vineyards

Hotel Reviews

Review 2100: Hotel Giubileo - modern, 1980s-syle hotel located in Pignola, Basilicata

Review 2059: B&B Gatto Carlo - villa located in Basilicata, Genzano di Lucania

Review 1853: Convent: Istituto Santa Giuliana Falconieri - Navona in Rome, inexpensive, spotless room right off Piazza Navona

Review 1690: Hotel Barocco - Via Veneto in Rome; solid 4-star hotel in the heart of Rome at a reasonable price

Review 1607: Residenza Giotto - centrally located near the Duomo, in Florence

Review 1606: B&B Santa Lucia - small B&B in a former monastery, located in Sulmona, Abruzzo

Review 681: Col delle Rane - small farm with 18 rooms, near Maser and Asolo, Veneto

Review 680: Trevi Hotel - 3-star hotel set just inside the walls of the hill town of Trevi in Umbria

Review 679: Hotel Montemare - small, family-run hotel in Positano, Campania

Review 364: Hotel Mach 2 - an airport hotel in Fiumicino, Lazio

Review 363: Residenza San Pantaleo - small inn south of Piazza Navona in Rome

Review 246: Hotel La Rovere - Rome; small, 3-star hotel in Trastevere neighborhood

Restaurant Reviews

Review 2712: La Stalla - Matera, Basilicata

Review 2711: Nadi - Matera, Basilicata

Review 2710: AgriSarli - Anzi, Basilicata

Review 2709: La Baita - Pierfaone, Basilicata

Review 2708: A` Camastra - Laurenzana, Basilicata

Review 2706: La Capannina Antica Osteria Bantina - Banzi, Basilicata

Review 2377: Trattoria da Sergio alle Grotte - Navona, Rome

Review 2376: La Cantina di Ninco Nanco - Pantheon, Rome

Review 2080: Ristorante Cesidio - Sulmona, Abruzzo

Review 2079: Hostaria dell'Arco - Sulmona, Abruzzo

Review 2078: Il Vescovado - Sutri, Lazio

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