Who are the folks behind My Bella Basilicata? We’re residents with first-hand knowledge, professional experience, and local contacts to help you enjoy this beautiful region to the fullest – whether you are searching for your family's
past or planning a visit.
VALERIE has more than 15 years’ experience in the travel and tourism industry. She has worked as a travel agent, a corporate consultant, and as a tour planner and guide. She is also a freelance travel writer focused on Italian travel. She has roots in Basilicata, an affection for the people, and a love of the culture, history, landscapes and foods. Valerie studied History and is a member of APG (Association of Professional Genealogists).
BRYAN traded his white-shirt insurance career for the slower pace and rich history of Italy in 2006. He has directed his eye for detail to researching genealogy documents and has logged hundreds of hours helping individuals and genealogy services locate records here in Basilicata. Bryan knows every town in Basilicata and loves hiking and exploring.
The HGTV came to Trivigno to film Bryan and Valerie, along with their local friend Antonio, for their popular show, House Hunters International! It was a lot of fun to participate and the episode aired in late 2012. You can watch it on our YouTube channel.
The popularity of House Hunters International is truly international and can be seen on the Fine Living channel in Italy (dubbed into Italian).
Bryan and Valerie were also interviewed by RAI Italian TV's news station TG-R about their move to Italy, and Valerie was featured again on RAI with an American family that returned to their roots for a trip to see their ancestral town.