Amy Barnes

Amy Barnes was raised between Europe and Turkey until the age of seven. After studying Liberal Arts at the University of Florida, she returned to Europe in 1978 and settled in the historic center of Florence in 1979. She has designed a number of itineraries for Wilderness Travel, including our Italian lake district hikes, and has a parallel career in television as a production manager, working for the BBC and recently for The Discovery Channel. With an abiding enthusiasm for all things Italian, Amy loves sharing her insights and knowledge of her home country.

Upcoming Trips:

Italy's Lake District, September 24-October 2, 2014

Client Testimonials:


She worked very hard to provide us with an exceptional experience, but she made the "work" look effortless. Ann G., Portland OR
Tuscany to the Sea
Amy Barnes is not only knowledgeable about Italy, her planning was exquisite. Each connection was made so smoothly we had no sense, really, of the effort, foresight, and commitment that such connections entailed. Amy Barnes is also a person of singular grace and charm. She made everyone feel welcome, supported, appreciated. Harriet T., Lincoln, NB
Italian Lake District
Not only is Amy a super trip leader, she is also a wonderful person who is truly interested her work and the people in her care. Made the trip itineraries interesting and enjoyable. Ruth C., Sicklerville, NJ
Italian Lake District
Amy was a real delight. Her love of Italy showed through and greatly added to our enjoyment of the trip. Cynthia E., Walnut Creek, CA
Cinqueterre Extension
Amy has tremendous historical knowledge and really made every place come to life. Jill W., Calgary, Canada
Hiking in Italy's Lake District
Amy was very professional, yet friendly and concerned for the participants. Kathleen F., Lake Oswego OR
Hiking in Italy's Lake District
I enjoy Amy's calm leadership, dedication, and professionalism. She always made sure we got the most possible out of the cultural experiences in each area. I learned a lot! Gillian B., Calgary, Canada
Hiking in Italy's Lake District
Amy is one of the most fascinating and knowledgeable people I have ever met. Perfect for leading such a fantastic journey. Patient, friendly, fun, the best! Diane S., Carlsbad CA
Italy’s Lake District
Amy was fantastic. We so enjoyed her knowledge and enthusiasm for Italy’s northern regions. Teri C., Laguna Beach CA
Italy’s Lake District
Amy was great! Kind and good spirited. Judy D., San Clemente CA
Italy’s Lake District