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How many times have you visited Italy?
Too many to count – in fact, I lived there for six years.
What do you love about Italy?
I love the Italian way of life, my favourite being the weekly breakfast at the ‘bar’ with brioches and the best coffee you will find. I also love the way every city has a historical centre that distinguishes it from any other.
Which are your favourite destinations in Italy and why?
Florence – when it comes to art, not even Rome can compare to Florence. This is my absolute favourite city as it combines art, great food and is central to a lot of Tuscany’s attractions. I will always have a soft-spot for the Tuscan countryside. Tuscany is home to gorgeous resorts, many boasting incredible views of the surrounding green rolling hills. I also love Lake Garda, especially how each of the towns around the lake are so different. Regardless of where you are, the views are simply astonishing. I like to think of it as the exciting little sister of the traditional beach holiday!
Any favourite hidden gems?
Verona. I know it’s not exactly unknown, however it’s not always on the top of everyone’s must-visit list. It’s a very special city – go for a quick walk through the centre and you’ll soon see why.
Describe your favourite memory of a trip to Italy.
One of my favourite memories from a recent trip to Italy is cycling between Desenzano and Sirmione in Lake Garda. Even though it was tiring, it was definitely worth it. The views were amazing and we got to see parts of the lake we probably wouldn’t have done on foot.
Do you have any travel tips for visitors to Italy?
Don’t just ask for a ‘coffee’ at the bar unless you want a strong espresso. Make sure you brush up on coffee phrases and the differences before your trip. Also, leave some room in your suitcase to fill with some of Italy’s finest foods to take back home.