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Layla on a cycle tour in Otranto

Layla, Italy & Turkey Specialist

I achieved an honours degree in classics and a postgraduate masters in rhetoric, igniting my interest in ancient history and winning myself an internship at the University of London. My classics degree provided me with the opportunity to work as a shore excursion leader on board a cruise ship that focused on culture and antiquity. This gave me the chance to explore much of the world, leading passengers across three continents and more than 40 countries.

After 14 months on board, I relocated to Australia for one year on a working visa. Wanting to settle down on home soil, but keen to use my travel industry and classics experience, I joined Audley.

Having returned from extensive travels through Italy and Turkey as an Audley country specialist, I became one of the founding members of these teams and now enjoy sharing my travel knowledge and passion with others and inspiring them to travel.

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Konya

I recommend visiting - Konya

When journeying anywhere in the world, I've always loved discovering local life and authentic places - as destinations receive more visitors this can be harder to find, especially in the cities. But, Konya has managed to remain relatively untouched and retain much of its original charm, culture and traditions, as well as being the home of the Whirling Dervishes.

Sextantio le Grotte della Civita, Matera

I recommend staying at - Sextantio le Grotte della Civita

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The magical cave hotel of Sextantio, situated in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Matera, offers a rather special stay. Facing Murgia Park, its views are certainly impressive, and with just 18 rooms it offers a personal and friendly service and atmosphere. Despite having all modern amenities, it retains its original features and is ideally located just a few minutes' walk away from both old and new Matera.

I'll never forget when…

After spending a few days in Rome appreciating its history, architecture and artwork, it was wonderful to visit the Rome Gladiator School and its hands-on museum to learn more about gladiator life in a very interactive (and physical) way. I had great fun dressing up, trying on helmets and brandishing weapons before I was allowed to start 'training' in the arena. My training culminated with three contests where, I'm pleased to say, I was declared victorious.

Photos of Layla

  • Layla at Castle de Monte in the Apulia region Layla at Castle de Monte in the Apulia region
  • Layla trying a cookery class in Bari Layla trying a cookery class in Bari
  • Layla at Gladiator school in Rome Layla at Gladiator school in Rome
  • Layla in Matera Layla in Matera
  • Layla in Otranto Layla in Otranto
  • Layla with Audley colleague in Otranto Layla with Audley colleague in Otranto
  • Layla in Pisa Layla in Pisa
  • Layla in Pompeii Layla in Pompeii
  • Layla outside the Colosseum in Rome Layla outside the Colosseum in Rome
  • Layla in Cappadocia, Turkey Layla in Cappadocia, Turkey
  • Layla visiting Ephesus, Turkey Layla visiting Ephesus, Turkey
  • Layla in Venice Layla in Venice
  • Layla with Audley colleague in Venice Layla with Audley colleague in Venice
  • Layla on a Vespa tour in Rome Layla on a Vespa tour in Rome
  • Layla visiting a vineyard in San Geronimo Layla visiting a vineyard in San Geronimo