Locals in Italy: Simona Gadaldi

Updated: Sep 3, 2020

Ciao! Are you someone who would love to meet locals in Italy? At Creative Edge Travel, we think meeting locals is the #1 secret to more meaningful travel and opening yourself up to unexpected opportunities.


I’m so excited to announce our Locals in Italy series where we’ll be introducing our personal friends and partners so you can learn about their cultural traditions, try recipes right from their kitchens, and explore everyday life in Italy through the eyes of a local!

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Simona relaxing in front of Lake Garda where she lives.


To kick this off, I welcome my new dear friend, Simona Gadaldi. The story of how we met is not quite as common as a typical coffee shop encounter. It was Fall of 2017 and I was exploring the Dolomite Mountains in the northern region of Italy. Determined to take advantage of the amazing nature I was surrounded by, I set out on a 3 hour hike…in crappy tennis shoes…with no walking stick or equipment. (Yeah, ok..not the smartest idea but I couldn’t pass up the experience!)


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I made it to the little mountaintop lake I had been heading to and after resting and refueling, I started to head back. On my way, I passed an Italian couple enjoying the view. “Not a bad view, huh?” I said. Just minutes later, I was sitting with Simona and her husband, Giovanni, enjoying the food they had shared with me! After a good conversation learning about each other, these incredibly caring and kind people volunteered to help me back down the mountain!

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One of my favorite things in the world is sharing stories about how locals in Italy have made my experiences so much more incredible than I could have imagined. But now it’s time for you to hear from Simona herself! I’ll warn you, though, she forgot to say how incredibly brave and adven