Franco Cogoli was born at Bassano del Grappa in 1964, and he is now a travel photographer based in the Veneto region of Italy. He began as a professional photographer in 2000, having worked for several regional publications and a guide to cycling in the Veneto region. After three months in Alaska, Franco published his first feature in Weekend Viaggi magazine, and began working on assignments for other Italian travel magazines, including Bell'Italia, Bell'Europa, InViaggo, Meridiani, Traveller, and Tuttoturismo. With SIME Books, Franco has collaborated on two books about the Veneto region: "From Prosecco to Raboso" and "Treviso 101 101 Ways to Discover Treviso." The Croatian Tourist board awarded Franco with the "Zlatna Penkala" (Golden Pen) award in 2008. He currently collaborates with journalist Auretta Monesi to produce a food and wine column for the monthly magazine, Bell'Italia."