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About me

I started hosting people and being hosted through Couchsurfing back in 2008. Since then I had the chance to be a host in Italy, the Netherlands, the UK and Poland as well as to be a guest in Sweden, the Netherlands, the UK, and Norway.

You can find many references about me by looking into my Couchsurfing profile:
I'm still a Couchsurfing member but don't like what CS became over the last years, thus my presence here on more friendly BeWelcome.

I hail from Bologna, Italy, but lived for some time in Norway (Oslo), then in the Netherlands (Utrecht) and I spent around four years in the UK (Oxford and around).
I moved to Warsaw with my girlfriend in September 2014 and I'm currently embarking in the tough challenge of learning some Polish. I have a boring Monday to Friday job, but my real passion is freelance journalsm, English teaching (I got a TESOL certificate) and translation from English to Italian or viceversa.

In my spare time I work on features and reportages, walk or cycle around Warsaw, buy, read and review books, write goofy poetry and clumsy short stories, play chess and wish to play basketball in a proper playground.

Spoken languages

  • Italian Mother Tongue
  • English Expert
  • Norwegian Bokmål Intermediate
  • French Beginner
  • Polish Beginner
  • Dutch Can only say Welcome!

My interests


Reading, writing poetry, short stories, unfinished novels, cycling, playing basketball, playing chess, learning more about Warsaw history.


Too many to mention. Look here, if you're interested:


Again, too much stuff to be written down here. It's a long time I don't use Lastfm, but you could get an idea of what I like here:


Not an expert on this, but I'm currently into Polish movies and still rate 'Citizen Kane' and 'Once Upon a Time in America' as my two favorite movies overall.

Travel experiences

Past trips:

Australia, Austria, Croatia, Denmark, England, Estonia, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino (ahaha), Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Wales.

Planned trips:

Thailand, Vietnam.


never ask
Max number of guests:
Maximum length of stay:

3 days

I Live With:

My girlfriend, Paulina. She's an English teacher (and a proud owner of a CELTA certificate) and, as such, sometimes travels the world to teach kids and teenagers. I'm a lazybones, but one day I'd like to do the same!

Please bring:

Italian Aperol, Dutch stroopwafels and hagelslag or whatever local delicacy you feel like.

I can offer my guests:

A private guest room furnished with an IKEA convertible sofa (single or double), a desk, a chair, shelves, drawers, etc.
We have spare duvets, pillows, towels and a hairdryer for your comfortable stay. You can use our washing machine and drying rack, if you need them.

I'm very much into Warsaw history holding a thousand interesting anecdotes in store to share with you. I also have a good sense of orientation, so if you need a guide or a chaperone in town, I'd be glad to take you out and about,

I can offer my hosts:

Sorry, but I'm not planning to travel as a guest anytime soon (too old for doing that, I'm afraid ;o)

Other information for guests:

Praga Polnoc (North) is a picturesque district. You may hear that it's a tough neighborhood and it certainly is less shiny (and more authentic) than other parts of Warsaw. Upon almost one year living here, I can say that this area is a perfectly safe place to stay, even though someone may say it has a bad reputation. Don't panic. Just be citywise and you will be ok.

Public transport:

We live in the Praga Polnoc district on the eastern bank of the Vistula. If you're a keen walker it only takes 20-25 minutes to be in Warsaw's Old Town (Stare Miasto) on your own legs.

'Stadion Narodowy' and 'Dworzec Wilenski' Metro 2 stations are both 5 minutes walking from our place.

Plenty of buses and trams stopping just around the corner will take you to the city centre in 15-20 minutes.

Warsaw East Railway Station (Wschodnia) is a 10 minutes walk from our place. This is where fast trains to/from Warsaw Chopin and Warsaw Modlin airports stop. From Wschodnia it takes around 30 minutes to reach Chopin and 45 minutes to reach Modlin.

House Rules:
No smoking, No drugs.

We cannot provide you with a set of spare keys and - alas! - no pets admitted. We'd like to have a cat but plenty of wallpaper at home forced us to do otherwise.