Katie Barton

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

Since October 2012 and I specialise in multi-centres across Italy.

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Katie Barton

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"I love speaking to people about what they’re looking for in a holiday and finding the best destinations that can tick all the boxes. There are so many interesting people and chatting about where they’ve been and what they love is a big plus."

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Hidden Gems

I would highly recommend visiting Tivoli Villa d'Este, it’s about an hour outside of Rome. Take a tour of the house, and grottos, and savour the views of the Roman countryside. Take the time to explore the water fountains, there are around 500, which was completely unheard of at the time they were built. 
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Q & A

1. What was your most memorable holiday meal?

 Dinner at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo overlooking Lake Como. The food was exquisite and the service was out of this world.

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

Eating all the scrummy food and hopefully the weather!

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

Liguria, it’s one of the few places that I haven’t been to with work. Some of my colleagues who have been can’t recommend it enough. Seeing the pictures of areas like Cinque Terre village and all the little towns, it looks incredible. There’s also a rail route along the coast, and I think travelling by train along the sea would be really cool. 

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

Countryside, I have such fantastic memories from childhood. We would drive from the UK down to the Italian countryside, stopping along the way to explore the different areas. We stayed in a villa with loads of other families which was so fun. The rolling hills, chilling out, eating all the amazing food, it was really lovely. 

My favourites

View from famous wine street in South Styria, Austria on Tuscan-like vineyard hills.
Tuscany Countryside
Tuscany Countryside, I think my memories from childhood will always keep this part of Italy close to my heart. The rolling hills are something you never forget, that feeling of being out in the open air, simply soaking up the sunshine is unforgettable. 
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como
Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Lake Como. As a destination, Lake Como is really beautiful and exclusive, you won’t find anything else like it. The hotel is really grand and a bit over the top, but it is just so beautiful. It’s right on the lake, with some sensational gardens around the back, so you’re in the middle of absolute splendour. It’s not my usual choice, but sometimes you’ve got to just go for it and Lake Como is one place to do this, to get the true luxury Italian experience.

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