As a child I was fascinated with world history, particularly with Roman, and later, Byzantine history. I grew up reading about the conquests of Augustus and Constantine and their importance on the development of both East and West. This curiosity grew into my passion and I went on to study political science and history at the University of Nevada. I went to Italy and other regions of Rome’s historical empire such as modern-day Turkey and Israel, and learned about their art, culture and history. Visiting in person opened my eyes to the beautiful world that we inhabit and continues to inspire me to explore new places as often as possible.
As a country specialist at Audley, I strive to use my knowledge of history as well as my first-hand experience in Italy to ensure that you have the most memorable experience possible. Andiamo!
I'll never forget when…
Joining a specialty guide to explore the more authentic aspects of Venetian dining during a bàcaro tour offered me a great insight into the city. A bàcaro is a traditional Venetian osteria which serves a variety of cicchettis (small plates of food) accompanied by contemporary Italian drinks. These intimate establishments are a convivial meeting place for locals and tourists alike and offer an insight into life beyond St Mark’s Square. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to try some local treats, such as polpette (fried meatballs) or crostini with sarde in soar (crostini with sardines in onion and vinegar sauce).