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Your "Girlfriend " Guide Through Italy


My name is Thea Ellenberg and I am an Italian-American with dual citizenship, and I am fluent in Italian. I am married to my wonderful husband for 15 years. I have 11 year old triplets and a 13 year old daughter. I am a maternity, newborn, and family photographer in the Athens, GA area. I want to give you more of an idea of who I am and why Italy means so much to me. So here is the "Italy" part of my life in a nutshell:



  •  I studied a semester of architecture in Florence, Italy, with Syracuse University 

  •  I received a Thesis Research Travel Grant from Cornell University and spent a summer in Italy doing research


  •  I lived, taught English, and worked with an architect in Florence for two years 

  •  I was a tour guide with a tour company in NY that traveled to six European countries 

  •  After I moved to GA, I organized and led my first tour through Italy 

  •  Teaching with UGA, I taught Interior Design in Verona, Italy, for five summers 

  •  As Interior Design Program Chair, I proposed and created Athens Tech's first study abroad program ever 

  •  I organized and led travel tours with Athens Tech for three years 


  •  I was born to Italian parents 

  •  I was six years old when I first went to Italy 

  •  I am fluent in Italian 

  •  I have dual Italian/American citizenship 

  •  I am passionate about Italy, and especially about sharing my passion with others 



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