Like Mozart, Liza was born in the city of Salzburg and the greatest of her passions are foreign languages - the reason why she followed this line of study. She holds degrees in Italian and Portuguese Literature and Linguistics from the University of Salzburg. Her studies led her to live longer periods in Italy and Portugal, also to attend courses and do researches at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and the University of Lisbon. During her studies she collaborated for several years on a research project about Northern Italian dialects at the Department of Romance Languages at Salzburg’s University and therefore carried out fieldwork in the regions of Lombardy and Trentino. The topic of her PhD thesis was „Travel by Land – Travel by water: A comparison of Portuguese and Italian Travel Journals in the Early Modern Period”, which she completed with distinction in 2011. This interest in foreign languages and cultures led her to become a tourist guide. Her special interests are European history and musical topics, such as Mozart’s biography, Herbert von Karajan and the Salzburg Festivals, the true story about the von Trapp family and the historical background of the Christmas song Silent Night Holy Night.
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