Shannon, Italy & Greece Specialist
Much of my early life was spent touring the US and Europe with my family and this inspired me to study art history and French. I was lucky enough to travel across Europe throughout my four years at college. I spent a semester in Florence studying Renaissance art and architecture, and while there, lived with a family in the hills of Fiesole immersing myself in local life and language. My love for art history also took me to Greece and I got to tour the mainland as well as several islands before continuing on to the coast of Turkey and Istanbul. Along with my love for art and architecture, I’m a passionate cook and avid skier, and before joining Audley, I worked as a portrait and food photographer, and event planner. Now, I can combine all these skills to help others discover the treasures of Italy and Greece.
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I'll never forget when…
Of all Greece’s archaeological sites, I was most struck by Ancient Olympia. This former religious site, dedicated to the worship of Zeus, began hosting athletic competitions around the 8th century BC, and in today’s Olympic Games, the torch begins here. Touring the site, I learned from my guide that the torch is called ‘the light of Greece’ and represents the light of the country, which is shared with the world to celebrate the start of the games. It’s lit using a small reflective cauldron, which uses light from the sun to ignite a flame.