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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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Audley Travel Specialist Layla

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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