Mariuccia is a citizen of Italy and the USA. She was born in the Finger Lakes Region of New York, granddaughter of Italian immigrants. After she finished college and a two-year stint in New York City, Mariuccia bought a one-way ticket to Italy, where she spent the next eighteen years. This full immersion into a new culture was a life-changing event that has influenced her work as a creative person, both as designer and writer. She got the inspiration for "Meet Me in Milano" from her time there. Now, traipsing around the beautiful Finger Lakes designing gardens has inspired another story, "Blue Sky with Clouds," in which two Italian women experience life and love in small town America. In her next book, Mariuccia is going audio with "Stories of Food and Life," so stay tuned and in touch!