Hello and welcome!

My name is Claudia but you may call me Mafalda  🙂 it’s the nickname I carry on since I was a child, by now it has become my alter ego! I’m a 50-something italian girl who loves travel the world together with my life companion FIlippo, my husband.

I am a veeeery imperfect woman and traveller, with a certain sense of humor and who does not like pre-packaged journeys (and lifestyles as well). I like to travel and discover places and new experiences, and share it to the world.

Our last trips in 2019 went to Norway and Mauritius.

Why do I write this blog?

This blog “Una donna con la Valigia” (A Woman With a Suitcase) is an indipendent and personal travel blog, born in July 2011. First of all, I write for myself, because I like it and it’s for me a passion.

It is adressed to whoever likes to travel in an independent way and thinks travel can be a fantastic experience in life.

What kind of traveller am I and what are the topics of the blog.

I’m neither a backpacker (never slept in a hostel) nor that kind of tourist who travels with well-organized all-inclusive tours, I organize all my trips by myself, and usually travel with my husband. On this website you can read articles and contents telling stories about places I’ve visited and tips for do-it-yourself travellers, as well as ideas about itineraries and places to discover, in Italy and abroad. My favourite destinations are tropical islands and historical towns and itineraries.

How is this travel blog different from others and why should you read it?

This is an indipendent travel blog, I don’t write for travel industry. I only tell about real and direct travel experiences, mine together with my husband, entirely organized and paid for by us.

So, no sponsored tours or articles in this blog, because I prefer to be free and pay all my travels myself, always careful to find out the best combination of price and quality.

Traveling is not about doing sponsored trips, I think we need to hear more genuine stories about places to see and discover.

My motto is:

Nothing is perfect but every little moment in time can be unforgettable

In everyday’s life I used to be a professional web and graphic designer for almost 30 years, but starting from July 2021 I started a life change running my new Guesthouse in La Spezia, Liguria, very close to Cinque Terre and Portovenere. If you want to visit this area of Italy I can accomodate you in a spacious double room with view on the Gulf of Poets! For more details, infos and enquiries read the article or see the webiste >>

la spezia terrazza con l'ulivo guesthouse

This site in English language is under construction, please refer to the italian website for full content.


Here is where you can find me too:


la bacheca di mafalda homepage

La Bacheca di Mafalda is my very first travel website, online since 2009, it contains Travel Diaries and a Travel Guide for indipendent travellers (sorry, only in italian language but you can translate with google translator at the top of the page).


facebook page

The Facebook page  is the social network account that I prefer, to interact with friends and followers, but you can find me on Twitter , Pinterest, Instagram too.



I’m on Flickr since 2007, I like it more than other photo social networks, like Instagram (I don’t like Instagram very much).