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Direct line: 01293 765473*

Email address: miranda.jump@citalia.com

 

Expert areas

Sicily

Verona

Amalfi Coast

 

How long have you worked for Citalia?

Almost 10 years.

 

Do you have any travel tips for visitors to Italy?

If you’re planning on visiting the Field of Miracles at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, then aim for early morning or later evening to avoid the tour crowds and heat of the day. Always try and eat away from the main tourist piazzas, as prices will be better.

 

Which are your favourite Italian destinations and why?

Tuscany – I have just returned from a trip with my family and have fallen in love! Relaxing countryside, amazing views and culture. I loved the hilltop towns and the wine is particularly good. The Amalfi Coast is stunning – there’s lots to do and explore in this area. I love the fact you can take the boats around the bays to view the scenic coastline from the sea.

I also love the laid-back vibe in Puglia, and the character of the masserias and trulli houses. The food is amazing too – I need to go back!

 

What’s the most memorable meal you’ve had in Italy?

Eating pizza in Naples on a little back street… it was possibly the best pizza I’ve ever tasted! I think it’s the tomatoes – Italian tomatoes are the best in any shape or form. There have been too many other great meals to choose from so I’ll just say wine and ice-cream… have lots of both!

 

Any favourite hotels?

Grand Hotel Timeo in Sicily. Their terrace has the most amazing view; I spent a few days here and my son was wowed by being able to see Etna quietly erupting with the glow of lava in the distance.

Palazzo Victoria in Verona is another favourite. I have been to Verona a few times and love it. This is probably one of my favourite city hotels. I found the Roman artefacts so interesting; they were found when the building was renovated.

 

Are there any ‘hidden gems’ you could recommend?

The natural springs in Ischia (caused by underground volcanic activity), which are said to heal skin conditions and are also said to help other ailments like asthma and arthritis.