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Date Joined: September 17, 2012
Last Online: June 17, 2020
Birthday: December 17
Country: Italy
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About Me

Updated 2014/06/27

NON-EUROPEAN SWAPPERS: Please indicate a max value of $19 on your package, otherwise I'll have to pay crazy high customs duties. If possible, please use an envelope rather than a cardboard box, and please don't write "tea" or anything edible on the CN22 form (something generic like "kitchen apparel" will be fine!), as such packages are sometimes blocked by customs, thanks!

I'm a freelance translator specialised in video games localisation and testing. I hold a master degree in Modern Languages (German and English), a PhD in Linguistic Theories and Text Analysis and I attended Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich for a year. I love German language, traditions, culture and food :-)

I love cats, and I have 3 adorable furballs! A rainy night, a cup of tea, a cozy blanket and my cats messing with yarn while I'm knitting is my idea of perfect happiness :-)

I also love music, I play guitar and alto saxophone and I like singing.

I'm picky with friendships, I'm a workaholic, I hate sports (except for zumba), I like surprises and I strive to think positive :-)


PLEASE NOTE: A swap is a promise. I'd never flake on you. If you haven't received my swap in 4-5 weeks (USA/Asia/Australia) or 3 weeks (Europe), please contact me! I always take the time to read your profile, even for sender's choice swaps: this doesn't mean I'm hunting for hearts, I just think swaps are meant to be fun :-)

Tea Wishlist

At the moment, I prefer BLACK TEA you can add milk to (plain, decaf, dessert flavors, caramel, marzipan, vanilla, hazelnut, rhum, almond, marzipan, chocolate...)

PLEASE DON'T SEND ME FRUIT FLAVORED BLACK TEAS (I have a food intolerance to most black teas with fruits, so it's a big No-No, please - this includes bergamot/earl grey).

My second favorite is rooibos (plain or flavored).

I like green/white tea (plain, fruity, flowery) although I don't drink it very often.

I don't like fruit infusions very much, but my mom is into them, so they won't be wasted ;-)

I don't like herbal teas (I only drink mint/fennel). PLEASE DON'T SEND ME YOGI TEAS. I also dislike Chai.

I'm in love with Pickwick Spekulaas black tea and Niederegger Marzipan black tea!

My all time favorite bagged teas: Curtis Truffle black tea; Curtis Creamy Praline; Basilur Autumn Tea; Bigelow White Chocolate Kisses; Teekanne Rooibos Karamell-Sahne; Numi Chocolate pu-erh; Stash Vanilla decaf; Forté Hazelnut Truffle; Gschwendner Rooitea Sahne-Caramell; Pickwick Spekulaas; Niederegger Marzipan Schwarztee/Rooibos...

Please only send me individually sealed tea bags (no unwrapped bags). And if you're sending loose tea, please report expiry date and ingredients. Thanks a lot!


No allergies/intolerances

I eat fish and meat quite often, although I generally prefer pasta/rice/vegetables

I like dairy products, I actually love anything with/for milk and yoghurt

I hate cheese (except for mozzarella)! It's the only food I'll never eat O__O I can't sit at a table if there's cheese on it, the smell just makes me sick :-S

I sometimes drink alcohol, so for example I'll gladly try mulled wine/sangria spice mixes or chocolate with rhum filling.

I'm desperately looking for Panko!

Favorite foods: vegetable soups, anything with potatoes, anything with/for rice, local dishes (I'd love to try your traditional foods!), instant noodles, anything with buckwheat/rye, German typical foods (sausages, Semmelknoedel...), pizza, snacks (see below)... My motto is: As long as there's no cheese in it, I'll try it! :-)


I'm not crafty at all :-( There's only 2 things I'm good at: knitting and cooking!

I'd love to receive knitting stuff (most of all yarn, but also things like stitch markers and anything else!) Only whole skeins, please. No 100% acrylic. Any other fiber and any colour is fine!

I love cake design. Here's my latest creation (I'll update it periodically):


Peppa Pig cake (gluten free vanilla sponge with chantilly cream and strawberries)

I'm currently looking for cake pops moulds and colourful sticks

Candy / Drinks / Snacks

I LOVE salty/savory snacks and I'd really like to try your typical snacks! I'd love to receive: chips, snack mixes, nut mixes, crackers, popcorn, bread, rye snacks and typical savory snacks. If you're from the USA, I promise a heart rating for Gardetto's rye chips or snack mix :-)

I'm not a big fan of chocolate. Anyway, I prefer truffles/pralines with nougat/nuts. I love white chocolate. I hate fruits or mint fillings. White chocolate with Speculoos is the best chocolate I've ever tasted!

I love cookies and biscuits, I could live off of cookies only! :-) Any kind, except those with fruit pieces or fruit fillings. I especially like Digestive-like cookies, butter cookies, rye and/or cereal cookies.

I love peppermint, balsamic and butterscotch candy, and I adore sour/tart candy and bubblegum. I have a "soft spot" for gummy candy :-)

In general, anything local/typical is truly appreciated :-)

Drinks: I don't drink plain black coffee/espresso. Apart from that, any drink mix is fine: the weirder, the better! Some drink mixes I received through Swap-Bot and loved: Nescafé Irish Cream Latte; Lynch Hot Apple Cider; Options hot chocolate; Cadbury Highlights; Nescafé Creamy Latte; Nescafé Cappuccino with chocolate sprinkles, Mulled Wine spices...


I generally listen to heavy metal music (Metallica, Pantera, Blind Guardian, Within Temptation, Nightwish, Marylin Manson, Angra, Stratovarius...)

I like Irish, Celtic and Medieval music.

I don't like disco music, jazz and fusion.

If you want to make me happy, I'd really like to receive CDs (homemade, store bought or even second hand) or USB devices from any heavy metal bands you like/know (Power/Epic/Symphonic metal is my favorite, think about Blind Guardian, but I'll gladly listen to any heavy metal music, I love local bands, too).


MAKEUP - I only use:

  • Foundation/BB cream (very fair, I have a vampire complexion ;-) )

  • Mascara (any colour)

  • Kajal

  • Smokey eyes eyeshadow/palette


  • Face cream/lotion/moisturising capsules (normal/sensitive skin)

  • Body oil/spray

  • Anything eucalyptus/balsamic (essential oil, candles...)

  • Body scrub/Shower gel (we don't have a bathtub)

  • Face masks (my favorite masks are paper masks and peeloff masks, but I like all masks)

  • Nail stickers/Semi-permanent polish/Top coat

CLOTHING - I like cozy, funny socks, my size is 36 (Italy) - USA 6 - UK 3.5 --- T-shirts/pajamas/leggings: size 38-40 (Italy) - XS-S (Europe) - 32-34 (Germany) - 6 USA --- I like all colours, from black/white to bright/neon! My hair is blond and my skin is very pale (are these info useful at all? Oh well... ;-) )


  • Cappuccino (any brand, any flavor)

  • At the moment, I'm very much into knitting, so knitting yarn would be awesome (any kind, but only new and whole skeins and no 100% acrylic, please)

  • T-shirt yarn (homemade would be super welcome, too!)

  • Mugs, any color, any size

  • Custom handmade/printed address labels

  • Savory/salty snacks (typical chips or snacks are SUPER welcome!)

  • Dressing / sauce / seasoning mixes

  • Typical cooking ingredients: I love to try new recipes and I'd be excited to receive anything typical from your country/area (I eat everything except cheese). One thing that never ceases to amuse me is receiving "Italian style" foods, like "Italian" tomato sauce or chicken herbs or whatever has the adjective "Italian" on the package. It's super funny to see what is considered Italian food in other countries, so please feel free to send me "Italian" snacks or ingredients from your country :-)

  • Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)

  • Faux leather bracelets (esp. black, but any colour is fine)

  • I'd like to receive some of those big paper coffee cups with lids (like Starbucks cups) for hot drinks

  • Kitchen or tea towels (my kitchen is steel/dark grey/light grey and red, but any colour is fine), especially tea or cat themed

  • Typical drink mixes, like apple cider or Irish coffee latte or Gold Kili ginger...

  • Makeup brushes

  • Dr. House / Big Bang Theory anything (I'm obsessed with Sheldon! Bazinga!!!)

  • Heavy Metal bands t-shirts (local bands appreciated) size S (Small)

  • Cozy, funny socks, my size is 36 (Italy) - USA 6 - UK 3.5

  • Clothing (t-shirt, pajamas, leggings) - new or in good condition, please - size 38-40 (Italy) - XS-S (Europe) - 32-34 (Germany) - 6 USA --- I like all colours!

  • Handmade blank notecards and/or envelopes

  • CDs (homemade, store bought or second hand) or USB devices with heavy metal music (famous artists or any heavy metal band from your country) or Celtic/Irish/Medieval music

  • Beauty products and samples. I received some face moisturising capsules (Rilanja) in an Advent swap and I loved them, so I'd like to receive something like that, as we don't have them here.

  • Anything with Eucalyptus scent (candles, essential oils, candy, and so on)

  • Cosmetics ingredients, such as beeswax or cocoa butter or almond oil: I make body lotions, lipbalms and other cosmetics myself and I'm always keen on new ingredients.

  • Small cat toys, my cats particularly like feathered toys and small balls :-) No snacks please, unless we have agreed upon them: they're very picky ;-)

Thanks, but no thanks...

Some things I don't use and/or I wouldn't like to receive:

  • USED bath/body/makeup products (I'll just throw them away)

  • Pens/Pencils/Notebooks

  • Plain coffee

  • Fruity black tea (yes, I know, it's the third time I mention it! ;-) ), herbal tea, Chai

  • ATCs, FBs, ephemeras (I have no use for them)

  • Sewing/Crafting supplies (I'm not crafty at all, but knitting yarn is super welcome)

  • Embroidered pieces of fabric (I have no idea what to do with them...)

  • Expired goods (in a swap, I received a drink mix that had expired a year before, come on.......)

  • Jewellery (I don't wear rings, necklaces, and so on - I only wear faux leather bracelets)

  • Nail files or lipbalm (I do use them, but I received so many, I think they'll be enough for the next 5 years :-) )

  • Nail polish (I have a GlossyBox subscription and I'm receiving more than I can use...). Nail stickers, semi-permanent polish or top coat are welcome!

  • Bathtub items (I only have a shower)


Comment: sorry, about that. no message back from you. willing to rerate when something arrives. hope you are not a flaker
laurenvnzl rated for Cup of something on Nov 7, 2014
Comment: Dear Francesca, thank you for the lovely parcel. We had great fun smelling all the lovely tea an dlook forward to enjoying the hot chocolate and coffee. Thanks also for the lovely bag they were parcelled in
Comment: This was a special package!! The previous package was lost. I love the teas and turquoise yarn is perfect to my little sister and the surprise halloween things were amazing... I've never had pumpkin spice anything! SUPER thanks.
Response: Phew, I'm so relieved you received it this time! Thank you for your rating!
SweetClementine rated for Edibles: Around the World #2 on Oct 21, 2014
Comment: Thank you very much for this "worldly" package. I am excited to try each of the items you sent. I love that you sent something from Italy, and the spicy chicken spices look good too. I eat lots of raw veggies, so the Finnish dip will be made very soon. Thank you!
Response: I'm glad you liked my package! It was very funny to find items from different countries, and I was actually surprised I could find such unusual food in my region! :-)
viza rated for Pick 3 Swap on Oct 21, 2014
Comment: Hi Francesca! I like your choice in this swap and all items are packed with such love! Thank you very much for all! P.S. I miss for your Tea for everyday swaps...
heartcore1985 rated for I Don't Like This! on Oct 16, 2014
Comment: Thank you Francesca for the teas you've sent me :) Kind greetings and wishing you a nice weekend ahead, Aline
mara76 rated for € 10 surprise package!!! on Oct 15, 2014
Comment: Thank you!! What a fab package.. I love everything.. nothing will go to waste. My autumn evenings will be extra special with the yummy tea and everything else. Have a lovely day!
renate rated for Tea for Every Day (Europe) - October on Sep 25, 2014
Comment: thanks for all the loverly tea and the coffee that you send me
maxbenleo rated for Goodies for a dark autumn evening on Sep 19, 2014
Comment: Vielen Dank Francesca für Dein tolles Paket, ich freue mich schon alles zu probieren und übrigens Dein Deutsch ist sehr gut😊 ganz liebe Grüße aus Hamburg!!
Sara76 rated for Cup of something on Sep 19, 2014
Comment: THANK YOU!!!! Your package arrived today and I love everything in it, especially the cute little bag!!! What a wonderful swap! I can't wait to try those yummy coffees and beautiful teas!! I wish I could give you 10 hearts for this swap! <3 <3
Response: I'm pleasantly shocked my parcel took just 1 week to reach you! I'm glad you liked it, and please let me know if I forgot to translate directions for anything :-) Thank you for your rating!
kacka rated for Tea for Every Day (Europe) - April on Sep 15, 2014
Comment: hello, i have found your swap, sorry it was confused with the rated envie, cause by moving , but thousands of hearts is on the way to you - such a great selection with a bonus of nicely opened empty teabags, i really appreciate it:), thank you
Mrrranda rated for Country Treats on Sep 7, 2014
Comment: Got my box a couple days ago, and I love - LOVE - everything in it, including the little cat tags describing each item. You even found the elusive Trolli strawberry puffs!!! Thank you so much, your box really has brought me a lot of happiness.
Response: Trolli candies are very popular here, so just let me know if you ever need to refill your stock, and we can do a private swap :-) Thank you for your rating!
sanna rated for Tea and biscuits on Sep 2, 2014
Comment: Francesca, huge thank you for your huge package! :) We love everything; Lilja already tasted the marmelade and we both tasted some Kinder chocolate, more tasting later. I wish we would have those small packages of everything delicious in here! As soon as I'm feeling better, we will try your cookies and cookie cutters. (I'm already dreaming of bunny shaped gingerbreads, even there are months to Christmas time! We always use almost all cookie cutters we have, when baking them, hehe.) Lilja asked to write that she wishes that also you will receive such a great mail today. :) Thank you again!
Response: Thank you Sanna, and thanks to Lilja, too, of course! You both made my day :-)
Lisanne rated for MM: IT'S SIMPLY A SAMPLE! on Aug 27, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the great pakcage!
viza rated for Tea Lovers' Tea And Card on Aug 21, 2014
Comment: I've got the resend of your swap today:)! Thank you for teas and my favorite extra teas! And I love bookmark!
Response: Great, I'm glad you finally received it! Man, it took really long this time! :-(
Comment: thank you!! i loved that focaccia too <3
dea rated for Local Teas on Jul 29, 2014
Comment: I love all teas from you. Mocacino is perfect too. Thanks so much. I can´t wait your private swap too. :-D
Comment: Thanks! Beautiful packaging all made with much LOVE... A lot of very nice cups of tea are waiting....Merci beaucoup...<3
uiltje rated for Comfort Package Swap #2 on Jul 24, 2014
Comment: It took a while but your package arivved! And I really love all the items. A lot of delicious tea, yummy chocolate, the cute tea towel and the keychain. You've spoilt me again!
draco rated for The Ultimate Tea Swap #2 on Jul 22, 2014
Comment: thank you so much for all the teas. can't wait to try them all

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ica1986 on Oct 29, 2015:

Hi how are you ? I hope you ´re ok. I am fine but headache every day but today i get my lenses for my new prescrioption so it can be ride off. And I will let you know I have published a swap maybe you like it.

Kayenderes on Dec 22, 2014:

Happy birthday and happy holidays I hope you got my mail snail. I explained my move and new addresses please contact me [email protected] Hugs to you dear one

Kayenderes on Dec 22, 2014:
Tatsu on Oct 2, 2014:

You're very welcome. I hope you enjoyed the treats. ;)

maxette on Sep 18, 2014:

HI... J'espère que tout va bien...laisse-oi un petit message, une réponse quant au paquet entier de thé? ...bises

AmericanHeiress on Sep 5, 2014:

Francesca, thanks so much for your amazing package. I was so surprised and can't wait to try all your goodies. Your boxed arrived with perfect timing, was having an ok day and you made it a great day!!!

heynizajude on Aug 18, 2014:

Ciao Francesca! How's it going? (: I was your partner on the Let's share a meal! swap, remember a box full of mexican stuff? well I was wondering if you've tried the stuff yet, sorry if this is a bit weird but I'm very curious about how you perceive the flavors, please let me know (if you want to share if not that's ok) Take care! (:

sanna on Jul 4, 2014:

Today I received your package; thank you! :) (I hope you didn't feel that you have to send something as we sent something.) I love the scarf! The blue colour in it is perfect. :) You are talented. The cheese snacks are already gone, and the handmade cosmetics are treasure! I'm enjoying the delicious chocolates now... Thank you! <3

Makeupbychiara on Apr 15, 2014:

Ciao cara, grazie per il benvenuto! Ho scoperto swapbot da un paio di mesi ma sono già addicted! :-)

nikoniko on Jan 12, 2014:

Hi Francesca! I'd love to do a private tea swap! In addition to tea bags, I have some tea au lait mixes that are really delicious if you'd like to try them!

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