About Laura Byrd

Laura started The Streets of Italy when her husband took a tour of duty in Italy. Byrd has been a freelance journalist and a former television reporter most of her life. Moving to another country was just another place to report on, but then she fell in love with Italy and all it offers. Video, voice over talent, social media reporter and writer, Story Worldwide Publishing. Automotive facilitator: APEX Performance, GP Global Worldwide, AMCI Global, Automatik. Freelance journalist: Sportscar International, Car & Driver, Navy Times, Copley News Service, Washington CEO. Contributing Editor: World & I magazine, Vintage Motorsport Magazine, Panorama newspaper. Column writer: DRIVEN (2003 - 2008 new vehicle reviews) San Diego Magazine. Road Show (2003 - 2008 vintage automobile restorations), San Diego Union-Tribune. Creative Director: Lifestyles Magazine, 2008. Start-up glossy publication. Created original content including; Signature Dish, Tasting Room, Chef's Table, Grapevine, Vintage Wheels, Scenic Route, Scenic Drives.

Some Italians don’t like it hot

By |2016-09-25T19:40:56-07:00August 17th, 2016|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Food and Wine, Travel & Leisure|Tags: , , , , |

There it was again. The intrusive buzzer that made us jump each time it echoed through our Italian villa. Someone was at the security gate, asking to come in. An unfamiliar part of our new life in Naples included a security fence around our home with a pedestrian gate for guests. Looking out the window [...]

The Streets of Italy, Mine is Bigger Than Yours

By |2017-03-22T07:59:33-07:00June 27th, 2016|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Food and Wine, Travel & Leisure|Tags: , , , |

Rita started it. The day we moved into our villa in Naples she was at our front gate. A small dark Italian woman with laughing brown eyes, she came to our house the first time with Italian coffee. The following week, the button on our security gate was pushed a dozen times by Rita. Buzz, [...]

Going the wrong way on a one way in Italy

By |2017-03-22T07:59:34-07:00May 5th, 2016|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Food and Wine, Travel & Leisure|Tags: , , , , , |

We were going the wrong way The wrong way on a one-way street in the tiny coastal town of Arco Felice. Usually, roundabouts went around. Getting lost or confused about which direction to take while you're inside one is an easy fix - you just keep driving in a circle until you figure [...]

Lost and found in Benevento, Italy

By |2017-03-22T07:59:34-07:00April 29th, 2016|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Food and Wine, Travel & Leisure|Tags: , , , , |

The road was getting narrow. Reaching out from the back seat of our Harley-Davidson Street Glide, I could almost touch the tall, rough walls on either side of the bike. Up ahead, our friend Joe was leading us to the annual Apple Festival in the small Italian town of Benevento. A wrong turn [...]

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