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Amber Martin

Program Director - Italy
My love of Italy began when I took a semester hiatus during my junior year in undergrad to study art history and sculpture in Florence for 4 months. Upon returning to the US, I knew deep down I had started a lifelong journey of discovery and travel, specifically with Italy.

So far I have been lucky enough to travel to Italy on 6 different occasions, in which I studied art, as well as taught plein air painting on site in Rome with a small non-profit organization which I managed for 4 years. This gave me the unique opportunity to explore different parts of Italy on multiple occasions, all while managing local vendors and logistics.

No matter how many times I return, I still manage to discover something new in the towns and cities I have had the pleasure to visit. Returning to Rome always feels like coming home, yet Florence continues to be my first love, and will always hold a special place in my heart. Even now, if I find myself needing an escape, I picture myself standing on the hillside of San Miniato al Monte, listening to the monks chanting in the distance, and watching the sun set over the Florentine skyline.

I currently live in a fairly remote part of Pennsylvania with my fiance, Roman, and his 8-year-old daughter, as well as a large menagerie of animals. We are surrounded by mountains and countryside, with more chickens than people in our small village. In my spare time, I am a professional face painter and an animal portrait artist. I also run a small business in which we raise a variety of geckos and other reptiles.

I am so excited to dive further into the six Untour regions of Italy. As the Italian Untours Program Manager, I hope to share my joy and passion for Italy with future Untourists, and to help each one discover this spectacular country full of history, passion, and intrigue. I may be the newest addition to the Untours team, but I hope my years of knowledge and experience will help build on the strong foundation created by our founder Hal, and the long-term members I’ll join.