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How many times have you visited Italy?
At least 26 times. As well as work trips (I’ve been with Citalia for nine years now, so there have been a few), I also go out there for holidays and to see family.
Describe your favourite memory of a trip to Italy.
Sitting in my auntie’s house in a little rustic village in Puglia with all my family. Chatting, laughing, eating local bread dipped in olive oil and my uncle’s cured meat and cheese platter, and drinking homemade wine. Perfect!
Which are your favourite destinations?
One of my favourite destinations is the Amalfi Coast – it’s simply stunning. On a visit there you can enjoy everything from the views and food, to the culture and the Italian way of life. There is also so much to do there – you could visit Pompeii, Herculaneum or the Paestum Temples, or spend a day in Sorrento.
Another favourite destination of mine is Tuscany – it’s one of the most tranquil places I have ever visited. I stayed at the Casa Vacanze Le Cellole, which is a restored farmhouse. I would wake up in the morning and look out of my window at the rolling hills and beautiful vineyards. A lot of the time it felt like I was the only person there – it was so peaceful and quiet. Tuscany does provide the bests of both worlds, however. You can enjoy all the tranquillity of the countryside, but you also have Pisa, Lucca, Florence, and Siena right on your doorstep.
Have you discovered any ‘hidden gems’ on your trips to Italy?
Le Tre Sorelle in Positano. It’s a beautiful seafront restaurant where you can sit and soak up the ambiance of Positano while sipping Prosecco and eating amazing food.
Do you have any travel tips for visitors to Italy?
It might seem a little obvious, but my main tip is to take the time to sit in a piazza and watch the world go by – my favourite thing to do in Italy.