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What do you love about Italy?
It has so many enchanting places to visit. There’s so much history, so if you are the kind of person who likes cities or you’re a beach person, it has a place for everyone. I like the friendliness and welcoming nature of Italians.
Which are your favourite Italian destinations and why?
I love Capri. Such a romantic place that feels almost like going back to old romantic movies – you expect to see Audrey Hepburn suddenly appear. There are little lanes of boutiques where you can purchase lovely handbags, shoes and beautiful dress jewellery. The al fresco dining and lovely food – mozzarella, oils and balsamic, so many different pastas and sauces… I can almost taste the lovely flavours and feel the light breeze on my face! There’s lots to see, and a beach to relax on and watch the world go by. Even if you don’t stay on the island, it’s really worth a trip from the Amalfi Coast or Sorrento for a lovely experience.
Lake Garda is another favourite. There are so many lovely places to see, and it’s easy to get around by car as the roads are really good and well signposted. You can get the ferries over to different places – the lakeside towns are all lovely. Sirmione is my town of choice; they have the boats right there as you walk through the castle gates, and there are lots of shops, restaurants and ice-cream parlours.
Do you have any travel tips for visitors to Italy?
If you stay in Sorrento (particularly near the main square) I’d recommend going bed and breakfast, since there are so many lovely restaurants to go to.
Also, I would recommend using public transport around the Amalfi Coast, particularly if you’re not a confident driver!
What would your dream multi-centre itinerary be?
Venice, Lake Garda and Verona, or Sorrento, Capri, Ischia and Rome.