Martin Gray spent the best part of his working life lecturing at the University of Stirling, where he became Head of the Department of English Studies. He is author of several academic books, as well as The Penguin Book of the Bicycle (1978). His involvement with Italy started at the University of Perugia in the mid-1960s. Since then he has travelled all over Italy as often as he could. In 1972 he bought a house near Montalcino. He started Learn Italy in 2002.

Steve Kershaw is a Classics Tutor for Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, and the leader of the European Studies Classical tour for Rhodes College and the University of the South. He has travelled extensively in the Mediterranean world, lecturing on the Classical sites and culture of the region. His latest publication, A Brief Guide to the Greek Myths, was published in 2007, and he is currently working on A Brief Guide to Classical Civilisation and developing an online course in Greek Mythology for Oxford University. He is also an honors graduate of the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, and is regarded as one of the finest jazz double bass players in the UK. He lives in the Oxfordshire town of Deddington with his artist wife and his English Springer Spaniel.