A Boston native, I was first exposed to travel on a trip to Italy during high school, having studied the language and garnered a keen interest in Italian art and history. This made me decide that exploration was a priority after graduating. Deferring my acceptance to college for a year, I got a work visa and headed for New Zealand, where I spent a year working and exploring the country extensively.
I went on to study Italian with Tourism Management at Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland, spending my third year in Rimini, Italy. This enabled me to learn the language, and I also became involved in the music scene, working as a pianist and producer of music. Upon graduating, I returned to Boston, eventually turning my love of travel into a career by joining Audley. After working as an Australia and New Zealand specialist for four years, I joined the Italy team. Returning to the country rekindled my passion for its art, history, food, and music.
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This was a dream vacation. We travel extensively and hands down this was the best one.
Abby Mackness traveled to Australia and New Zealand for 29 days in January 2018, organized by Eric
This was a dream vacation. We travel extensively and hands down this was the best one, we didn't have to worry about anything. Audley Travel took away the hassle of our 'out of the country' vacation. I didn't have to worry about what to do, how to get there or where to go. Everyone involved from Audley Travel to a driver in New Zealand, was so friendly and professional. Nothing less than five stars from us!
I'll never forget when…
Fascinated by our planet's geological history, I was in my element when touring Herculaneum and Pompeii. Our local guide kept us on our toes as we walked through the ancient streets, pointing out different buildings to paint a picture of how life was for Romans in these spa towns before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried them in ash. The black volcanic soil surrounding Vesuvius is incredibly fertile, and yields some of Italy's most prized grape vines. We enjoyed a wine-paired lunch at Le Lune del Vesuvio, a family-owned winery and restaurant. All the food and wine was local to the vineyard and adjacent farm, and the family's passion for their produce was clear as we dined on their delicious bread, cheese, pasta, and wine.