ladra di biciclette

il bike blog di una giornalista a pedali, 3° premio Blog Adutei 2019, Giornalista Amica della Bicicletta Fiab 2018

About me

Please don’t ask me how old I am. I have a clue for you, though. I have been living in Milan for 30 years in a house which is full of books and maps. I share my life with lots of friends, four bicycles and a female border collie named Himalaya which in Sanskrit means Snow dwelling. To keep it short I call her Pippi or Laya.

Mariateresa Montaruli and her border collie Laya

I studied as an interpreter and translator. I can speak 5 languages and have a Masters degree in Economics and Tourism. After cutting my teeth on numerous travel publications, I started writing for several women’s national magazines. I have also written travel guides to Scotland, Cuba, Valle d’Aosta, Alto Adige, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Toscana, Umbria, Puglia, and Sardinia. My publications include magazine “InBici in Lombardia”.

I currently contribute to Io Donna, the Saturday supplement of the Corriere della Sera. I am a freelance journalist and creative consultant with a strong focus on cycling and the outdoors. I also provide consultancy services and workshops on communication in tourism, creativity and web writing.

You can hire me to write for your print magazine, blog, and website. I am happy to blog about products or services so long as they are in line with Ladra di biciclette and I’m compensated for my time in either payment or goods. I can also help you with content editing, guest posting, and communication design.

Mariateresa Montaruli's road bike
My Cinelli steel road bike in Puglia, near Cisternino

As a bike blogger, I was named Bike-friendly Journalist 2018 by Fiab, Federazione Italiana Ambiente e Bicicletta. In March 2019, I won the 3rd prize in the Blog category at the annual Adutei (Association of Foreign Tourism Boards in Italy) Press Award with the article “48 hours in Athens by bike”.

If I’m not cycling, writing or teaching, you might find me swimming, dancing the tango and doing yoga. Otherwise, I will be walking with my border collie Laya in alpine woods or slowly cycling on secondary gravel roads in her company. As a sheepdog, she would wait for me at any turn, always keeping an eye on me as if I were a sheep.

bike blogger Mariateresa Montaruli with her border collie Laya at Crespi d'Adda
Cycling at Crespi d’Adda, Lombardy, with Laya