Art, Travel & Life in Italy & Europe

Contact information: info (at) arttrav.com or send me a tweet @arttrav

ArtTrav is a blog by Alexandra Korey about art, travel, and life in Italy and Europe. I focus on learning about art and culture through experiencing places, while enjoying everything a city or area has to offer, including food, luxury, wellness and landscape. This website has been online since 2004 (from before blogs were invented and this was handcrafted in HTML!).

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Me in 2012

A bit more info. I’m 40 years old, Canadian and living in Italy since 1999. I have a PhD in Renaissance Italian art history from the University of Chicago and my goal in life is to make art accessible. Deep, correct and quality information about anything upon which I report is my signature.

Personal life: If you’re thinking of working with me as an influencer, here’s a little bit more about the things I like (though browsing this website will also provide indication of my taste). I am an independent traveler who likes high culture and understated luxury. Most of the time I travel with my Italian husband, Tommaso. When it comes to activities, we’re pretty game to try anything as long as it’s not likely to kill us. Although I often focus on art and culture,  both of us like to balance that out with the best of European sports and wellness. We are avid tennis players and snowboarders. There are a few things I don’t like. Crowds and noise are amongst them, also big boats and camping. I am vegetarian and don’t drink alcohol have just started drinking wine now at age 40 (!), so while I am happy to write about the culture of wine, beer or spirits if it is relevant to a place, I prefer not to make it the focus of my travel or writing.

When it comes to social media, I love Instagram the most because of the community it creates (I’ve hosted local events as well as attended them), and I’m active in my own Igers communities in Tuscany – Florence, Maremma, Prato and Siena.

Work life: Rather than teach in universities, I’ve focused my career on inspiring love of the arts online through my blog as well as at work. My day job is as head of digital at the communications company Flod, which is specialized in social media and digital strategy for the arts and culture industry, and in crowdfunding. Flod also produces The Florentine, the longest-running English-language newspaper in Florence. I’m involved in the strategic development of the newspaper as well as some aspects of its everyday production. It comes out printed and online every month at www.theflorentine.net. In the past, I worked for the region of Tuscany’s social media team creating arts-related content, so I’m very familiar with the needs and language of DMOs. For more details on my work life, see my LinkedIN Profile or my CV website.

 


 

Legal disclaimers

FTC disclosure: ArtTrav does receive free products and press trips, though expresses a personal and honest opinion about all products and services reviewed. Any posts resulting from a sponsorship, blog trip or free gift are explicitly indicated as such in the text.

Italian newspaper disclaimer: “Questo sito non rappresenta una testata giornalistica poichè viene aggiornato occasionalmente e senza alcuna periodicità. Pertanto, non può essere considerato in alcun modo un prodotto editoriale ai sensi della Legge n. 62 del 07.03.2001.”