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Shannon in Italy

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.

Photos of Shannon

Shannon in Alberobello, Puglia region Shannon in Alberobello, Puglia region
Shannon on an art tour of the streets of Athens, Greece Shannon on an art tour of the streets of Athens, Greece
Shannon in Santorini, Greece Shannon in Santorini, Greece
Shannon in Milos, Greece Shannon in Milos, Greece
Shannon at the Temple of Posideon, Greece Shannon at the Temple of Posideon, Greece
Shannon at an Italian cooking class Shannon at an Italian cooking class
Shannon on a boat ride along the canal in Italy Shannon on a boat ride along the canal in Italy
Shannon in Giancolo, Rome Shannon in Giancolo, Rome
Shannon in Lecce, Puglia region Shannon in Lecce, Puglia region
Shannon in Pressice, Puglia region Shannon in Pressice, Puglia region
Shannon in Burano, Italy Shannon in Burano, Italy

Photos taken by Shannon

Grape harvest at Serego Alighieri winery, Verona Grape harvest at Serego Alighieri winery, Verona
Castelvecchio, Verona Castelvecchio, Verona
Grapes at Serego Alighieri winery, Verona Grapes at Serego Alighieri winery, Verona
Uffizi gallery, Florence Uffizi gallery, Florence
Church interior walls, San Gimignano Church interior walls, San Gimignano
Views of Tuscany, San Gimignano Views of Tuscany, San Gimignano
Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta, San Gimignano Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta, San Gimignano
Piazzo del Campo, Siena Piazzo del Campo, Siena
Al fresco dining Al fresco dining
Vittorio Emanuele II, Rome Vittorio Emanuele II, Rome
St Mark's Square St Mark's Square
Burano street scene Burano street scene