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Silvia Gradogna


Hotelschool The Hague

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My Story

I was born and raised in Naples, a beautiful and vibrant city in southern Italy. Despite the love for my city I always felt the need to explore the world and live in an international environment. Thanks to my parents, I had the chance to have many experiences abroad since a very young age. From the age of 13 I spent summers in the UK and Australia to improve my English. I also got the opportunity to move to the US at the age of 16 for an exchange year, where I spent my senior year of high school and I experienced the American culture. Here I started working in the hospitality industry for the first time in my host-mother’s catering company. That year was life-changing, because I discovered so much about myself and about my passion for hospitality.


Hospitality and tourism has always been in my family, as my mother is an art historian and tour guide and my father owned a magazine about tourism in Campania. Following my mother’s footsteps I also became passionate about learning languages. I attended a language high school in Italy with a focus on English, French and German.


After high school I moved to Amsterdam for my Bachelor’s in Hospitality Management at Hotelschool The Hague, where I learned about the vast opportunities that the hospitality industry has to offer. My curiosity and desire to learn and grow led me to engage in many extra curricular activities such as the Student Council, the Debating Society, the TED Talk team, and the Sustainable Hospitality Challenge. These experiences allowed me to expand my soft and hard skills covering different roles ranging from events and marketing manager and recruiter. 


As work experience, before starting my Bachelor’s I did an internship at MarePineta Resort, a five-star hotel in Milano Marittima. After my first year of Bachelor I also did an internship as Assistant Operations intern at The Social Hub in Paris. Next to my studies, I have worked part-time in a boutique hotel, Hotel The Craftsmen, as well as the W Amsterdam, a five-star luxury hotel from Marriott International. Simultaneously, I worked as Student Ambassador for the Recruiment Department of Hotelschool The Hague, where I organized open days and presented HTH to interested candidates, as well as participated during selection days as co-selector.


Currently, I am in my last phase of my studies and I have successfully completed my pre-master program at Hotelschool The Hague. I am about to start my final internship before graduating in February 2024. I am highly interested in exploring different industries such as Strategy Consulting, Sustainability, Real Estate, and Hospitality Consulting.



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