Palmabella's Italy

Your Hosts in Italy

Palma and Brad Hansen

I am an Italian-American California girl who grew up in a large Italian family enjoying the tastes, scents and language of my grandparents. My husband Brad and I have a passion for Italy, and all things Italian. The food, the wine, the stunningly beautiful scenery, the art and architecture, and most of all, the Italian people fill our souls with a magic that has enhanced our lives. We love to share that magic with others.


I first fell in love with Italy during my initial visit in 1987. It was a whirlwind trip, covering the boot from the northern lakes to the Amalfi coast. In my 14 visits to Italy, I have learned to slow down and savor each region, and explore out of the way hill towns or city neighborhoods. I am an accomplished Italian cook, love to entertain, and plan events. When at home in Palm Desert, I work as a Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist.

Brad Hansen

Brad has traveled Internationally for almost 40 years, and his organizational skills have helped him plan and orchestrate both regional and national sales meetings. He’s just as good at parties and social gatherings. Brad loves the Italian culture and lifestyle, and of course, the FOOD! Brad's interest in Italian wine has expanded to discovering Italian varietals in both Italy and California. He is employed as Compensation and Recruiting Manager for an international company in Southern California.

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