Kate Little is a certified Italian sommelier, authorized Italian tour coordinator and lover of all things Ligurian. Fluent in Italian and Texan, she leads private customized tours in the Cinque Terre and Northern Italy. Texan by birth, Italian by accident. Kate was born on Galveston Island, and stranded by a train strike in Monterosso al Mare (Cinque Terre), Italy in 1989. She never left. She now lives in Fontona, a village between Monterosso and Levanto in a fixer-upper farmhouse with her husband, son, 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 awol land turtles. Email her at Kate@littleparadiso.com and follow her on twitter @littleparadiso. Her blog at www.littleparadiso.com offers a glimpse into everyday life on the outskirts of the Cinque Terre.