Alessia was born and raised in Milan, Italy. Her family combines cultural influences from the North (on her father’s side) and the South (on her mother’s), which contributed to the development of her interest in the cultural and linguistic complexity of the country. After pursuing classical studies in high school she graduated in Humanities at the University of Milan, majoring in Italian Philology. She then moved to Chicago where she started working in advertisement, but also as a translator and private Italian teacher. Meanwhile she earned a Master’s degree in Language Pedagogy from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, with a specific focus on teaching Italian to foreign students. She is also certified to teach English as a Foreign Language. Alessia’s main passions are traveling, reading, interior and fashion design, photography, and singing.