Donald Strachan (chapters 1 and 4-8) is a London-based writer and journalist. He has written about Italian travel for publications including the Sunday Telegraph , Independent on Sunday , Sydney Morning Herald , and Guardian , and is the author of Frommer's Florence & Tuscany Day by Day and coauthor of Tuscany & Umbria With Your Family . Stephen Keeling (chapters 1-3 and 9-12) grew up in England, lived briefly in Latvia, and spent 12 years as a financial journalist in Asia. Despite attempts to kick his gelato addiction, he has been to Italy many times-an incomparable knowledge of Tuscan Chinese restaurants formed while chaperoning a group of Vietnamese officials in 1994. Stephen is the coauthor of the award-winning Tuscany & Umbria with Your Family and currently lives in New York City.