Katie Barton

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Which are your favourite Italian destinations and why?

Big question! Rome has been my favourite city, for the historical sites – I thought the Vatican was amazing.

I loved staying in Sorrento and getting boats locally over to Capri and Naples. It was really easy to do and the Amalfi coastline is incredibly pretty and quaint.

Tuscany - staying in a villa and driving around the country visiting all the small towns off the beaten track.


Any favourite hotels?

The Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Lake Como, it’s just amazing. Situated right on the lake front, it’s beautifully decorated and has a few different styles of restaurants to choose from.


What’s your favourite Italian dish or most memorable meal you’ve had in Italy?

I recently went to the Botanico San Lazzaro hotel in Maiori and had an amazing seafood linguine dish that contained some shellfish I’ve never even seen before, it was delicious.

What are your favourite ‘hidden gems’?

I’m not sure it’s a hidden gem, but an hour outside of Rome are some gardens - Tivoli Villa D’Este. They’re ancient gardens built years ago, with around 500 fountains which was completely unheard of at the time with hydraulic jets. The gardens also offer a tour of the house, grottos and amazing views over the countryside.


What would your dream multi-centre itinerary be?

In a world where money was no object, I’d take the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to Venice, for three nights there. Then I’d pick up a car and drive to the Tuscan countryside for seven nights in a private villa or self-catering apartment. Then, drive to Sorrento, drop off the car hire and spend three nights in Ravello and three nights Capri. Then home!


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