Emma Impavido was born in the UK. She spent 3 years as a child in Paris and was bitten by the travel bug at an early age. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe and spent extended periods in Venice, Milan, and the south of France. Emma holds a degree in Italian and French from Reading University, UK and a Masters degree in Art History from Warwick University, UK. Emma worked for six years for Britain’s leading cultural tour operator, Martin Randall Travel, organizing educational tours and music festivals in historic buildings along the Danube, Rhine, and most memorably, in Venice. In 2000 she moved to Washington DC. She worked at Smithsonian Journeys for just under a year before joining Academic Travel Abroad in April 2001. Emma loves the thrill of pulling together a program and talking about her favorite cities and regions.