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Molly at Lake Como

Molly, Italy Specialist

I moved around regularly with my family when I was a child and I think it was this that sparked my love of exploring and discovering new places. I have been lucky enough to live abroad on several occasions and have travelled extensively through the United States, Asia and Europe.

It was while studying Latin and Literature that my passion for travel within Europe really began, with Italy being the first place that I chose to travel independently. Upon graduating with a degree in English literature, I continued travelling, including a wonderful trip to Croatia.

I worked briefly in publishing, property and private healthcare to fund my travels and it wasn't long before I decided to combine my love of travel with my career and so I made the decision to join Audley. I initially specialised in holidays to the United States before helping to set up Audley's first European destination, Italy. Over the past few years I have been lucky enough to continue my travels with personal and research trips to the Italian lakes, the Amalfi Coast and Sicily.

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River Adige, Verona

I recommend visiting - Verona

Nestled in the Veneto, and often overshadowed by nearby Venice, Verona is a beautiful Roman city. It’s best known as the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, and you can visit Juliet’s balcony. However, the highlight for me was the wealth of history in the city, which reminded me of Rome on a much smaller scale.

The marbled streets still retain Roman walls and columns, which modern shops and homes have simply incorporated into their design. After crossing the Ponte Pietra, a Roman bridge dating from 100 BC, you can climb to the Castel San Pietro for views over the city and the surrounding countryside.

Hotel Villa Franca, Positano

I recommend staying at - Villa Franca

First Class

Perched on a cliffside on the Amalfi Coast, Hotel Villa Franca offers a retreat in the town of Positano. Its individually designed rooms reflect the coastal setting and provide a spacious and relaxing oasis. After a day of sightseeing, you can unwind by the rooftop pool and enjoy the panoramic views over the town and sea.

The hotel works closely with local artists, and contemporary sculptures and paintings are on display throughout the rooms and communal areas, blending into the modern decor. I recommend snapping up one of the small tables in the lounge and enjoying an aperitivo as you overlook one of the best views in the area.

I'll never forget when…

I was driven around Lake Como on a motorbike. It was an exhilarating way to see the lake and something I hadn't experienced before. After a few days in the region, it was refreshing to see it in a completely new way.

We had the whole day to wind along the lakeside roads with our local guide, stopping off to visit some of the smaller towns. We could see how our proximity to the Swiss border touched upon the changing architecture in each of the villages. The tour was topped off by visiting an off-the-beaten track farm and restaurant for the most delicious lunch.

Photos of Molly

  • Molly in Bergamo Molly in Bergamo
  • Molly on the island of Burano, Venice Molly on the island of Burano, Venice
  • Molly in a gelateria, Milan Molly in a gelateria, Milan
  • Molly on a boat tour of Lake Como Molly on a boat tour of Lake Como
  • Molly on the roof of the Duomo in Milan Molly on the roof of the Duomo in Milan
  • Molly kayaking in the Sorrento Peninsula Molly kayaking in the Sorrento Peninsula
  • Molly on a boat trip in Venice Molly on a boat trip in Venice
  • Molly and Audley colleague at Villa del Balbianello, Lake Como Molly and Audley colleague at Villa del Balbianello, Lake Como