Helen Lippe

How long have you been an Italy Expert and what do you specialise in? 

4.5 years. I love planning a multicentre holiday with lots of diverse and interesting locations rolled into one trip.

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Helen Lippe

Call us on: 01293 765055

"I love the history and architecture of the cities but also love to be by the sea as I find it very relaxing. I have visited Tuscany many times and love the mix of cities, rural villages, and seaside towns you find there, and the food is amazing. Sharing my knowledge with customers and seeing what they enjoyed most after the holiday is the cherry on top."

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My Expert Areas

Hidden Gems

Take a walk up Aventine Hill in Rome and find “the key hole” to see an incredible and unique view of the Dome of St Peter.
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Q & A

1. What was your most memorable holiday meal?

Amazing ravioli caprese at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in Sorrento.

2. What is the best thing about being in Italy?

I love Italy as the regions are all different. The stunning views of the Amalfi Coast are hard to beat but then a walk by the river in Florence at night is so romantic.

3. Where would you love to go next, and why?

Puglia is a bit of an unexplored hidden gem, I think it would be nice to see what the difference is between the other coasts I’ve been to, the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento. I would love to explore the little villages with the trulli houses, like in Alberobello. 

4. Do you prefer visiting cities, coast or countryside, and why?

I love all areas of Italy as they are all so very different. But my absolute favourite region is Tuscany, particularly the countryside where you find beautiful historic villages like Monteriggioni and Volterra.

My favourites

Well known Tuscany landscape with grain fields, cypress trees and houses on the hills at sunset. Summer rural landscape with curved road in Tuscany, Italy, Europe
Tuscany Holidays
I love Tuscany, I’ve been there on my own holidays a few times. The rolling hills and towns like  Monteriggioni and San Gimignano, they’re just so stunningly pretty. I had a friend who went a couple of years ago and she just kept saying how beautiful it was, she couldn’t get enough of it. We went in July and there were just fields and fields of yellow sunflowers popping off the green hills. It was sensational, and we’re going back this year because we loved it so much. In contrast, Florence is my favourite city, it’s so romantic, I love the river and the Ponte Vecchio. The city is so compact that you can get to most places on foot easily, so you can explore a lot of what the city offers in a short time. 
Castelfalfi, Tuscany Countryside
Without a doubt the Toscana Resort Castelfalfi for its amazing service and stunning views. Every single member of staff was welcoming and helpful and the food in the 3 restaurants I tried was fabulous. 

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We have been helping our customers discover the real Italy for 95 years now. Our experience and expertise, together with our attention to detail and personal touch, really does make us the leading Italian holiday specialist.

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