Will von Behr
Whilst touring his family around Rome, Will realised there was no way to find concise, interesting, and reliable information without hiring a tour guide. As a result, he decided to leave academia and found Urbs. He studied Classics at Trinity College Dublin and Oxford University, and has a passion for all things ancient.
Francesca is an arts writer, gallery guide and tutor. She trained at the Warburg Institute in London, specialising in Renaissance art and culture. Since then, she’s held roles at a number of prestigious galleries and museums including The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.
Jack’s always been enthralled by curious places and mad stories. He found them in fantasy first, then he discovered history. So he took a BA from Trinity College Dublin, an MPhil from Cambridge and is currently researching there for his PhD, exploring cross-cultural interactions between Islam and England in the early modern world. But his real thrill is travel, feeling those great colourful expanses and claustrophobic alleys, where history comes alive.
Food and wine first drew Eleanor to Paris, where she now lives and writes for publications including The Telegraph, AFAR and Time Out. She studied at Ashburton Chefs Academy and the WSET after gaining her degree from Oxford. Since then, she's worked with travel brands including Eurostar and Evaneos and authored her first book, A Curious Traveler's Guide to Paris.
Food, travel and writing are the main reasons Ter likes to get up in the morning. On a good day he can do all three. He’s a travel writer, photographer and foodie living in Johannesburg with a soft spot for London and Paris.
Dr Hester Vaizey
Hester studied for her BA, MPhil and PhD at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, before becoming a History lecturer at Clare College, Cambridge. She has published several books, including Surviving Hitler’s War (Macmillan), Keep Britain Tidy (Thames and Hudson), Born in the GDR (Oxford University Press) and Letters of Note (Bloomsbury). She currently works as a freelance historian.
Dr Jan Tattenberg
Jan recently completed his DPhil in History at New College, Oxford where his work explored continuities in German history across the 20th century. He is currently a visiting researcher at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich.
Antonis is an archaeologist and freelance writer with an interest in museums and heritage. He was born and raised in Athens, where he now lives and works. He holds an MSc in Museum Studies from the University of Glasgow and a BA in History and Archaeology from the University of Athens (NKUA). He’s passionate about making the classical past accessible to as many people as possible through his writing.
Nicola is pursuing a DPhil in Medieval History at the University of Oxford, after having studied the same subject in Pisa and Paris. He specialises in 14th-century merchants and Mediterranean connections in the late medieval period. Apart from history, he loves travelling and exploring the unknown, be it a medieval village or the pristine nature of the Dolomites. Originally from Italy, he has always enjoyed travelling to different countries and learning about foreign cultures. Nicola is passionate about conveying to the wider public the idea that the Middle Ages is not a ‘dark period’ and that history is a fascinating subject.
Domenica has studied History of Art at Goldsmiths University, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Sotheby’s Institute in New York and The American University of Rome. She’s worked at The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and Sotheby’s at Venice Biennale, and is now an art dealer in the UK.
Aman is a freelance travel journalist based in New Zealand. Over the years, he’s written for print, budding startups, Fortune 500 companies, and everything in between.
Daisy is the editor of A Little Bird, an award-winning website and weekly newsletter described by The Guardian as 'Vogue meets Radio 4, online’. It’s an insider’s guide to London and covers the best of art, culture and style in the capital. Daisy also writes travel features for publications including Condé Nast Traveller, Suitcase and Eurostar magazine on a freelance basis. After a stint in Amsterdam, she’s now settled in London where she was born and raised.
Archie recently completed a PhD on architectural space in Renaissance literature. He now works as a freelance writer and editor. Before the pandemic, he performed as an improviser and also loved to travel. He lives in Newcastle.
Sonia Cuesta Maniar
Sonia spent her formative years living in several countries before settling in a small village in mainland Spain. During her childhood, she developed a love for architecture, food, local tales, and customs. Growing up listening to her elders tell stories about the past, she became deeply fascinated with social and cultural history. Unsurprisingly, she went on to pursue a BA in History and Philosophy from Durham University and an MSt in History from Oxford, where she is currently pursuing her PhD, which looks at social and political repression in Francoist Spain.
Sam is from Boston and studied Ecology, Photography and Spanish at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He subsequently trained as a chef at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Now based in Barcelona, he’s a food and travel writer with years of experience as a restaurant critic, guidebook writer, and as a freelance contributor for various international outlets, online and in print. In his spare time he likes to take clients on bespoke gastronomic experiences in the old city centre of Barcelona.
Lucy is a freelance Latin and Ancient Greek tutor and also works on historical research for TV, radio, film and book projects. Her work focuses on making history, especially Classics, engaging and accessible to as wide an audience as possible. She has currently returned to study to complete a PhD in Classics, working on Xenophon's Art of Horsemanship.
Giorgia holds a BA in History from the University of Bologna and an MPhil in Greek History from the University of Oxford, where she's currently pursuing her PhD in Ancient History, looking at women's participation in cults and rituals in Ancient Greece. Originally from Italy, she loves Classical culture and tries to escape to Greece whenever she can.
John-Francis first fell in love with Rome as a young schoolboy traveling with his parents and grandparents through Italy. Like a pious pilgrim, or a helpless lover, he has been returning to her enchanted precincts ever since! He holds a BA in Classics, and is currently pursuing a PhD at Oxford University in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies with a focus on Byzantine Catholics in the 15th century.
Lucy works in the learning departments at the Imperial War Museum and Dulwich Picture Gallery in London. Prior to that, she studied English Literature at Trinity College Dublin.
SJ is a freelance travel journalist based in London, who writes about her experience travelling in 80+ countries. She’s studying for a Master’s degree in Postcolonialism at SOAS University of London, and works as a research assistant in the field of Trans-African contemporary art.
Following a degree in French language at the University of Bristol, and further studies in freelance travel writing with the London School of Journalism, Charlotte spends her spare time writing for travel publications. With a strong passion for the sector, she also works in marketing within the luxury travel industry.
Anna Dorothea Ker
Writer and editor by day, law student by moonlight, Anna threads together diverse interests across the cultural spectrum from her current base in Berlin – and wherever her travels take her. Her favourite place to think is en route, preferably with a view to the open sky. She previously served as Senior Editor at iGNANT and Editor-in-Chief at Cee Cee Berlin.
After studying Art, English Literature and History of Art at Harrow College of Art, Lancaster University and Reading University, Stella moved to Athens from London in 1994. She has worked in journalism (as Arts editor at Athens News and English editor at The Art Magazine), and has contributed articles to publications such as Athens Insider magazine, and Neos Kosmos newspaper. Stella has also worked as a translator and exhibition organizer, and runs the site Art Scene Athens.
Anastasia is a freelance journalist, published author and ghost writer based between Athens and London. She’s written for The Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, and The New York Times, focusing on travel, food, sustainability and news stories within Greece. Her first book, Wallpaper* City Guide Athens, was published by Phaidon in 2020, whilst her second book, Grand Dishes, featuring the time-perfected dishes and stories of grandmothers worldwide, was published in 2021.