Much of Shannon's early life was spent touring the US and Europe with her family. Graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Art History and French allowed her to study and travel across Europe throughout her four years at college. As a sophomore she was fortunate to study Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture in Florence, Italy. She also lived with a family in the hills of Fiesole during her semester there, immersing herself in local life and language. She continued to travel to Italy often with her family, then as a newlywed and later on with her children. With a love for travel and new experiences, she has also explored much of Western Europe, Morocco, Thailand, China and Japan, and subsequently spent the first three years at Audley as a China and Japan Specialist prior to joining the Europe Team.
Before joining Audley, Shannon was a portrait and food photographer, a passionate cook and also an event planner. She is also an avid skier and loves the chance to hit the slopes outside her native New England. Her skill set lends itself perfectly to planning the ideal trip to Italy, including excellent tips on local dining and photography.
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Step out of the boat door at your hotel into a private water taxi waiting for you in the canal and you feel as though you are in for something special. The tour will begin with a lovely ride through the canals as you head toward open waters to gain perspective of all the islands in the Gulf of Venice. If the weather is nice, the back of the boat will be open so you can enjoy the sea breeze and warm Italian sunshine. Your guide will point out important buildings as you make your way in and out of central Venice and then explain the history of the surrounding islands such as Murano, Burano, and Torcello. It is such a lovely way to learn about the history of this fascinating and complicated city.