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Meet Pilar Guzman of Patina Modern

Three-time Editor in Chief, Speaker, Writer, Editorial & Brand Consultant


What is the first thing you do or place you go to when you land?

If I’m landing in Italy after an overnight flight, I find my way to a cafe where I will have a cappuccino and a spremuta d’arancia. Generally you have to stay awake long enough to check in in the afternoon, so I push myself to adjust. By time time I get to my room, I take a shower and allow myself a 25-30 minute disco nap.


What Italian city do you keep going back to? Why?

Rome. Because it’s the most beautiful city in the world with the best food, warmest humans, and most magical light. You don’t have to know where you are going and can walk endlessly without ever feeling lost.


When you think of Italy, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

A simple two-hour lunch outdoors at a sun-dappled table with a room-temp fresh mozzarella de bufala that’s still oozing with milk and a carafe of cheap but totally serviceable table wine.


Give away one helpful tip on how to travel in Italy.

Give in to a lack of efficiency. The less you fight it the happier you will be.


If you could take something, anything, from Italy back home, what would it be? 

The taste (and color) of una’ uovo bollita. . .


How would you describe Italy in one sentence? 

You might have the best meal of your life at an auto stop. The lowest common denominator is so much higher in Italy than anywhere else in the world, in my opinion.