Interview with Severino Ricci (@italy2california)


Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

My passion for travel, which is one of my primary interests along with American English Language, Fitness and Sport. I have visited many places for pleasure and work-related purposes. I hope to continue to add to my list of soirees. Benefits of traveling affect your whole life.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

Being the Oceanside Tourism Ambassador for Italy since August 2017. I am responsible to share the city’s exotic life and relaxing experience with the world. When it comes to my responsibilities, I have to ensure that I meet the criteria of experience that I am sharing. I have to make sure that the image I have been representing for the tourists in order to attract them, is well presented. Furthermore, I have to keep a keen eye on the recent advancements in the tourism industry to ensure that visitors are provided with correct information. So far I have been successful in increasing awareness about the fun-lived experience offered by Oceanside. The information that is shared via social media has become viral in the target market and I hope it supports visitors to make memorable experiences. In the future, I intend to continue making noise! Creating buzz and painting a good image of the city everywhere is good noise.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

I have visited many places for pleasure and work-related purposes. I hope to continue to add to my list of soirees. What is the root of the wrong in our life? In my mind, it is ignorance, prejudice, and bigotry. How does this state of mind manifest in our own self? It does so by making us insular, lacking in empathy, and allowing ourselves to be familiar only with just our own little corner of the world. Thus, the logical question is that what is the antidote for this malaise? Travel is the answer to this perplexing query that I recommend to my colleagues. When you push yourself out of your comfort zone and take the time to really see a different culture, you begin sipping at the antidote of the poisonous attitudes of life. Travel exposes you to different perspectives, experiences, history, culture, religions and ultimately, a better self. For me, there are three vital narratives that travel teaches us. These are the will to really feel alive, the ability to become open-minded, and the dynamics to find a better self.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

I am grateful to “Visit Oceanside” (at California Welcome Center) and its President/CEO, Ms. Leslee Gaul, for giving me the opportunity to represent Oceanside in Italy

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

Whenever asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, my response always was a confident “many things”. I have always wished to travel, help needy people, work in a big city, and more. So far, I have had an interesting life with few regrets. Through this journey, I have acquired a sense of wisdom that does not come from a book, lecture, or even from any of the myriad theories I’ve studied about. It was my journey of self that has brought me to the point I am in today. I like to think that whatever I learn and share along the way can be helpful for someone or another. I would like to apply my knowledge and enthusiasm wherever I can for helping others achieve what they were trying to.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

My quote is “the outside reflects the inside”. People consider their problems to come from outside conditions. They try in vain to change the world surrounding them in hope things will improve. This seldom works because their thoughts are out of alignment. In my mind, life is a filter reflecting your innermost thoughts.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

Through my Instagram account @italy2california and my blog at

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