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Ruth in Bergamo


Europe Specialist

Originally from Liverpool, Ruth has always had a passion for travel, joining Audley in 2016 as part of the Africa team before helping to set up the Europe programme.

With adventurous parents she was lucky enough to explore many destinations at a young age. Some of her fondest memories are of summer hiking and rafting in the French Alps with her siblings. In an attempt to improve her language skills she undertook a work experience placement at a Parisian magazine office. Having her best friend's mum as her French teacher certainly helped. Having family in Piedmont allowed her to explore neighbouring Italy and its contrasting regions in depth too. As a food lover with a soft spot for wine she instantly fell in love.

Europe offers scenery, history and delicious dishes and labels like nowhere else. Her new favourite destination is Croatia as it ticks all of these boxes and more while being relatively new to tourism.

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Bellagio waterfront, Lake Como

I recommend visiting - Bellagio, Italian Lakes

Bellagio oozes glamour. Situated on the tip of land between the two branches of Lake Como, it has unrivalled views across the lake and to nearby towns such as Varenna and Menaggio. The orientation of the town gives the illusion that you’re on an island, adding to the tranquillity.

The heart of Bellagio is a small, intricate mesh of cobbled alleys, littered with boutiques, cafés and gelaterias. This is surrounded by a collection of quaint hamlets, all reachable on foot or by bike. And, as a stark contrast to the narrow streets and understated properties, you have Villa Melzi and Villa Serbelloni, both of which are grand properties dating back centuries.

Villa Spalletti Trivelli, Rome

I recommend staying at - Villa Spalletti Trivelli, Italy


For me, you can’t get a more luxurious or authentic experience in Rome than staying in a private, listed palazzo turned boutique hotel. The property is so beautiful that the family who own it still live in the grounds. Its rooms are spacious and opulent, with high ceilings and an extremely well-stocked, complimentary minibar. Villa Spalletti Trivelli stands out for its historical artwork, personal service, and private spa — with more sauna spaces than hotel rooms. From the manicured gardens and roof terrace, which hosts three large hot tubs, you could be in a country retreat, when actually you’re just a short walk from Rome’s main sights.

I'll never forget when…

Laura is a retired chef who lives in a charming apartment outside Sorrento. She was born in Campania and has always called the area her home. I visited Laura for the day to cook with her and learn how to make some classic Italian dishes. She starts by showing you the fresh produce she has bought earlier that morning. You then get the hands-on enjoyment of making the likes of ravioli and tiramisu. Cooking in an informal setting takes all the intimidation out of the task. The afternoon finishes with a four-course meal of what you’ve prepared (which Laura serves), accompanied by wine and classical music chosen by Laura playing in the background. I’ll try to forget the calories consumed, but I’ll never forget Laura.

Photos of Ruth

  • Ruth in Bergamo Ruth in Bergamo
  • Ruth taking a boat trip on Lake Como Ruth taking a boat trip on Lake Como
  • Ruth atop the Duomo in Milan Ruth atop the Duomo in Milan
  • Ruth at Villa del Balbianello, Lake Como Ruth at Villa del Balbianello, Lake Como