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Born in Switzerland, Katja Meier earned a degree in performing arts in Zurich and worked for a few years as an actor in the German-speaking countries. In her late twenties, she traded Shakespeare and Goethe for a backpack and never looked back.
She settled in Tuscany in 1999 and worked as an olive picker, wine tour guide, wedding planner and life coach before taking on a small refugee home in an Italian hilltop town. She lives with her Italian partner and their two kids next to an olive grove with a view over a little-known valley in the praised Tuscan countryside.
Katja writes for Trust and Travel villas, her Map It Out blogs and The Telegraph.