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Madekine visiting Lake Maggiore, Italy

Madeline

Italy & Greece Specialist

From my very first trip, I was immediately taken with the culture, beauty, and hospitality found throughout Europe. I find myself returning again and again to its romantic art cities, glistening Mediterranean waters, breathtaking countryside, and always finding something new to explore.

With strong Italian roots and a love of the classics, I hold a particular passion for Italy and Greece. After all, there's nothing quite like enjoying aperitivo in an Italian piazza, or meze on a Greek island at sunset.

When I'm not traveling, I spend my free time hiking, cycling, and diving around my home in San Diego.

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If you wish to have the best vacation ever, Audley will provide you with knowledgeable local guides, immediate access to galleries (we had special passes which meant no lines), and your own private driver.

Inez in Italy

Inez traveled to Italy for 9 days in September 2019, organized by Madeline S

I visited Italy 40 years ago and was so excited to return. Madeline, my country specialist, created the most amazing trip to Italy; we went to Venice, Florence, Rome, ate a seaside patio lunch in Cinque Terre and indulged in a wine tasting at a Tuscan farmhouse. If you wish to have the best vacation ever, Audley will provide you with knowledgeable local guides, immediate access to galleries (we had special passes which meant no lines), and your own private driver. You are the only focus during an Audley Tour.
Positano, Amalfi Coast

I recommend visiting - The Amalfi Coast, Amalfi Coast Region

An often-overlooked destination along the Amalfi Coast, Ravello is an essential stop for a little rest and relaxation on your trip to Italy. Nestled high up above the coast, Ravello offers unmatched views of the Bay of Salerno and the immense, verdant slopes that surround the town. Much quieter than Positano and Amalfi, Ravello allows you to escape the crowds and offers dramatic views of the coast. I recommend staying overnight to give you plenty of time to explore the historic core of the town, lounge by your hotel's pool, and visit Villa Cimbrone's renowned gardens.

Hotel Villa Flori, Como

I recommend staying at - Hotel Villa Flori, Italian Lakes

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There's no better way to experience Lake Como's beauty than by staying right along the water's edge. At Hotel Villa Flori, you can do just that in quiet comfort. Wake up and enjoy the view from your room, have breakfast on the outdoor terrace that overlooks the lake and soak up the enchanting surroundings. Later, hop on one of the hotel's complimentary bikes and make your way into Como town, just a short, leisurely ride away. Once you're done exploring you can end your day by enjoying a glass of wine on your private, lake-view terrace.

I'll never forget when…

On my first evening in Florence, my guide took me to what she described as, 'the best view of Florence, in Florence.' Our driver took us up the winding road past Piazzale Michelangelo, a popular tourist lookout over the city. Just a few minutes further up the road we came to a quiet basilica, whose courtyard overlooks the entire city and offers even more expansive views than Piazzale Michelangelo. That evening, the view of the city was incredibly clear, made even better by the warm glow of the setting sun. It was like getting our own private view of one of Italy's most beautiful cities.

Photos of Madeline

  • Madeline at a cooking school in Florence, Italy Madeline at a cooking school in Florence, Italy
  • Madeline cycling around Lake Como, Italy Madeline cycling around Lake Como, Italy
  • Madeline in Florence, Italy Madeline in Florence, Italy
  • Madeline on Lake Maggiore, Italy Madeline on Lake Maggiore, Italy