Sharri Whiting

Olive Oil IQ, app for iPhone/IPad

Luxury Marketing, Cross Cultural, Food, Wine, Travel, especially Italy, Namibia

SHARRI WHITING (SHARRI WHITING DE MASI) lives in Italy, where she writes about food, wine, travel, international business and cross cultural issues. She lectures on cruises about European culture and history and writes often about Namibia, where she lived for four years.

She is Italian correspondent for Luxury Travel Advisor, Travel Agent and the blog, Travel Agent Central. She also writes for Food Arts, Travel Africa/​Travel Namibia and the blogs, RXPat (http:/​/​ and Umbria Bella(http:/​/​ With her husband, retired diplomat Piero De Masi, she writes an annual Italian version of the magazine, Travel News Namibia.

Her stories have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal - Career Journal Europe, La Cucina Italia, expat/​HR, Boston Women's Business Journal, Los Angeles Times, Holland America Compass, Air Namibia Flamingo, The Tennessean, Mobile Bay Monthly, San Antonio Monthly.

She has written two books, CultureSmart!Namibia (Random House, New York, and Kuperard, London, 2008) and Top Ten Guide to Rome (The Internationalist, Boston, 2001). Her app, Olive Oil IQ, was published in 2011 by Sutro Media and is an essential for foodies and culinary travelers.

Sharri received her M.Sc. in Communications Management from Simmons College in Boston. She co-organizes a summer program in Italy for Simmons graduate students in communications management; she leads an annual seminar in international etiquette for the business department at American University of Rome, Italy.

Sharri and Himba woman in northern Namibia

Recent Work

Magazine Article
Italian Castles
Live like a royal the Italian way
American Academy and Sustainable Cuisine
Now the food is as good as the art.
The Tailors of Naples
A bespoke Italian suit -- no better souvenir of a stop in Naples.
The Simple Life
Farm holidays in Italy -- RX for the overstressed, overworked and overwhelmed.
Tuscan Dream
An entrepreneur dreams of owning a winery at home in Tuscany and makes it happen.
NICE: Where Cooks Become Chefs
Cooking well in the middle of nowhere.
The Splendors of Spoleto
Lucretia Borgia loved this Umbria hilltown.
Todi To Montefalco: La Strada di Mangiare Bene
Some of the Italy's best food is in Umbria
Miss Universe: On Top of the World for a Moment
International beauties vie for a ticket to fame, but what price glory?
Magazine in Italian
Travel News Namibia
Annual magazine for Italian travelers to Namibia