Meet the Host

Araceli Cardenas-Bon is a freelance journalist currently living in Rome. Araceli, who is originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, graduated from St. Mary's University in San Antonio with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Her passion for culture came at an early age. She was raised in a bilingual English and Spanish household, which taught her to embrace diversity without limitations. By the age of 25, Araceli had traveled throughout Latin America, Cuba, Haiti, the Caribbean and Europe while working as an account executive, reporter and producer for two major networks, Telemundo and NBC.

In 2006, she moved to Rome and began working as a project consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. She took a year off in 2008 to pursue the opportunity of a lifetime by signing on with Rome Reports (RR), an independent TV news agency that produces news coverage and documentaries on the Vatican for media organizations around the world. Currently an independent consultant at the United Nations as a communications and multimedia specialist, Araceli is also the creator and host of Rome Today, a production featuring the best of Italy. The show includes food and wine segments, art, history, culture and more. When she’s not in the kitchen she dedicates her expertise to covering international news with Rome Today TV. The company offers its own correspondents to report breaking news on behalf of television networks worldwide.

Although she is currently based in Rome, she splits her time between the United States and Europe in the company of her extended Italian Mexican-American family. She firmly believes that “Mille viae ducunt homines per saecula Romam – All Roads Lead to Rome!” Therefore, Araceli travels freely throughout Italy knowing everyone has their own story to share…and it all starts in the kitchen!