With Grand Circle since 2002
99% of travelers rated their experience with Patricia excellent
"Patricia is wonderful and gets our highest praise. She is intelligent and knowledgeable and covered information in a very clear and patient manner. In addition, her warm and caring personality was beyond expectations. She is a remarkable person and we appreciated her efforts very much."
–Jona & Ron Ashany, 19-time travelers, Scarsdale, New York
Born in: Dunoon, Scotland
Resides in: Lake Garda, Italy
Languages: English, Italian, French
Hobbies & Interests: Reading, walking, bicycling, traveling, experimenting with new cooking techniques
Get to know Patricia:
I'm the youngest of six children (a big, happy, dysfunctional family), with a mother from northern Italy and a Scottish father. I think parents matter more than where you grow up, and mine were great. While we lived in Scotland, which is damp most of the year, my parents made sure we traveled as much as possible, including a trip to Italy every summer to visit my mother’s family.
I was so lucky as a child to have these idyllic summers. We spent them mainly in Lake Garda, and what I remember are the deep blue skies, the flowers, the water … the endless days spent playing on the beach or in the parks, with my family and friends all around … and picnic baskets full of fresh, homemade food, pizza, mortadella, grapes, and much more. We often took excursions to lakeside towns—visiting the ruins of Catullus’ Villa in Sirmione was what whetted my appetite for history—and traveled further afield to Venice and Lido di Jesolo, and enjoyed Christmastime with family in South Tyrol.
It’s those early childhood memories of Italy that were the building blocks of my love of this country today, and of my enthusiasm for passing that passion on to my travelers. I live in Italy now, with my son, but I’ve definitely benefited from the cross-cultural experience of growing up between Scotland and Italy—and sharing the cultural differences (and similarities) between the cultures of those two countries with my travelers is my special delight.