We are a husband and wife team that lives and works in Levanto, the nearest town to the Cinque Terre. Individually and as a couple we have traveled the world and continue to do so with our two daughters.  Douglas is an American who has lived and worked as a teacher in Italy for the past ten years. He has degrees from the Universities of Michigan, Cape Town, and Iowa. Doug is also a translator from Italian to English. Erica was born and raised in Parma, Italy. She has taught Italian as a second language for many years to foreign students and businessmen/women. She worked in the tourist industry and is a certified tourist guide. She writes the blog vitadacasalinga.wordpress.com, available in English at housewifeplanet.wordpress.com. Doug and Erica both love to cook Italian and American meals, and are knowledgeable about local wines and olive oils, having harvested and produced oil from their own olive grove.