Nicky Swallow has lived in Florence since 1981 and has been writing about Florence, Tuscany and other Italian regions for over 10 years. Having travelled widely throughout Italy and specialising in articles about hotels, food and restaurants, she is a regular contributor to the Time Out guides Italian titles, is the editor of the Charming Small Hotel Guide to Tuscany & Umbria and is author of the Insideout guides to Milan, Florence, Naples and Cape Town.