Sophie Barling caught the travelling bug aged 18 in Ecuador, where she spent five months teaching and exploring. That first trip also seeded a lasting passion for all things Latin – from South America and Spain to the original land of the Latins, Italy. During a four-year Classics degree at Oxford she even attempted, under duress, to speak Latin – with mixed results. Though Italy (ancient and modern) will always be her true love, there have been some Celtic moments, too: straight after university she drove round Ireland (anti-clockwise) for the Rough Guide, and she likes a Guinness just as much as an Aperol spritz.
Sophie worked at Condé Nast Publications for seven years, and is now a freelance writer specialising in interiors, art and travel; she has been published by magazines including Conde Nast Traveler, Suitcase Magazine, Country Life and Architectural Digest, and is a regular contributor to The World of Interiors. Linkedin, Instagram