MY STORY

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
- St. Augustine

My name is Francesca Spizzirri, but everyone knows me as Travelista73. I am a magazine writer, freelance journalist and social media influencer whose passion for life, travel, food and wine has led to many extraordinary journeys. 

A passionate foodie, I have travelled extensively throughout Europe in search of my next great meal. My love of food, writing and travel was further enhanced during my 5 years abroad. Experiencing Italy as a local gave me a deeper appreciation for the Art of Living. Picking up and driving to Florence for the weekend was not uncommon for me. Luckily, I still have many friends and family in Europe, so I can fuel my creativity and indulge my culinary curiosity on regular visits.


Exploring vineyards, historical sites, art galleries, markets and renowned restaurants are some of my favorite things to do. However, interacting with people, learning about new cultures, and discovering hidden gems continues to be my greatest source of joy and inspiration. 

A desire to document and share these personal experiences led to me creating and editing my own travel blog - Travelista73 - an online destination that inspires travel dreams and journeys through a collection of images, travel stories, hotel reviews and getaway guides that celebrate destinations around the globe. You can also share my journey through the Travelista73 social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Google, where 300,000+ followers and 8+ million yearly viewers come for their daily dose of travel inspiration. In addition to being a social media influencer, I am also a travel columnist for Fredi, Panoram Italia and Travel About magazines, as well as a contributing writer for Travelweek, Travel Professional, Canadian Traveller and DestinationVows.

Fascinated by boutique hotels and their unique ability to incorporate comfort, style, luxury and beauty into their interiors, I often daydream of owning one. But for now I quench my passion with stays at some of the world's finest properties that I share with you on the blog and social media, including Travelista73Hotels on Instagram.

Fun Fact: I was the first journalist in the world to report the Kardashians in Cuba! My image of them was shared around the world on sites such as The Daily Mail, TMZ and US Weekly.

My favorite souvenirs are bookmarks. Why? I love to read, so years ago I began the tradition of purchasing a new book before boarding every flight. Each book is inscribed with the date and location of my trip, along with an inspiring message. I then purchase a bookmark from every city I visit. They have become my personal heirlooms, beautiful reminders of where I have been and where I am headed.  

I live by the belief that who I am is inspired by where I have been. To quote St. Augustine, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” It is my life mission and passion to ensure I read the whole book and take everyone along for the ride!



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