I’m a freelance travel and food writer, based just north of Milan.

I came to Italy in the 90s and made it my home. It kind of happened gradually. There are two versions: the Isabella Allende version, female geneaologies and all, that will be written for my grandkids and begins Our grandmother arrived on a plane. And then there’s the other version, owing slightly more to Bridget Jones that starts with me in a bright orange puffer jacket roaming around Italy on trains. Then life happened, and before I knew it I was driving round the Milan ring road eyeing up the Abarths and singing along to Mina with the best of them. I learned the language and I absorbed the culture.

I write about travel, food and anything that’s connected for a range of publications including Roads and Kingdoms, Italia magazine and Standard Issue. I provide on the spot insights into places, food, culture, experiences and more.

Photos are always my own.

If you would like to get in touch, you can contact me at rachaelmartinfreelance@gmail.com

You can find me on LinkedInTwitterInstagram and Facebook.