Italian Gusto, Who We Are

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A happy group visiting a friend’s flower shop in Sorrento

Deborah Patterson

Deborah’s extensive knowledge and love of Italian art, culture, and language is the result of having lived and worked in Italy for over twenty-five years.  Fluent in Italian, Deborah is a professional artist who holds an undergraduate degree in art history and a master's degree in religion and the arts from Yale University.  Her work in Italy included teaching drawing and painting, leading small group tours of the Vatican Museums, and served as liaison for sister cities, Florence and Philadelphia.

Examples of Deborah’s artwork are on this site and may also be seen at

Josianne Pennington

Josianne brings years of experience designing and marketing international conferences and seminars. She has managed international and domestic financial seminars for a global publishing company and has designed specialty tours that sought out financial opportunities worldwide. For example, through her international network of contacts she was able to arrange meeting with experts, such as the first American stockbroker in Russia, the top economist in South Africa, the founder of the Czech Stock Exchange, and others. Her exceptional business and organizational skills guarantee an extremely well-run and well-organized tour experience.

Fun Fact: Deborah & Josianne were college roommates and formed Italian Gusto an undisclosed number of years later