Having braved a life's worth of New England winters, the thought of exploring the world was never far from my mind. So when an opportunity of a lifetime presented itself during my senior year at university, I knew I had to jump at the chance and left to study abroad in Madrid, Spain.
During my time in Madrid, I used my spare time to travel extensively throughout Spain and Europe, which is where my relationship with Italy really began. When I landed in Venice for that first time and started to explore its magical waterways and labyrinth of hidden streets, I knew Italy had my heart.
Now as a country specialist at Audley I share my experiences, insights and love of all things Italy with clients every single day and get to return to Italy every year to learn even more about what this incredible country has to offer.
I'll never forget when…
On my first evening in Florence, my guide took me to what she described as, 'the best view of Florence, in Florence.' Our driver took us up the winding road past Piazzale Michelangelo, a popular tourist lookout over the city. Just a few minutes further up the road we came to a quiet basilica, whose courtyard overlooks the entire city and offers even more expansive views than Piazzale Michelangelo. That evening, the view of the city was incredibly clear, made even better by the warm glow of the setting sun. It was like getting our own private view of one of Italy's most beautiful cities.