Marilize Verdoes

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

15 years in total, 1yr 6 months at Citalia. I specialise mostly in multi-centres

Marilize Verdoes

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"Finding the right itinerary for a client and getting an email from the client saying how much they enjoyed their holiday and that everything worked out perfectly."

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Top Tip

When in Italy, always go to the restaurants in the alleys rather than the restaurants at the main tourist attractions. It’s more authentic, better priced and just as good. In Rome, eat cacio e pepe and carbonara, both originated from the famous city. Also, don’t forget to try the gelato! You won’t be disappointed. 
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Q & A

1. What was your most memorable holiday meal?

The carbonara I had in Rome. The dish is originally from Rome and now I understand why. Absolute perfection!

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

The diversity of the different regions. Italy is filled with hidden gems and finding them is half the fun. The food is always fresh, wherever you go, you can expect freshly made delicious cuisine. Take the time to speak with the locals, Italians love talking about their country and sharing stories about their families. When you walk away from a dinner, it feels like you made a new friend. 

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

Puglia, the diversity of the regions is something I’ve always wanted to experience. I’d love to stay in a Trulli house or cave in Matera. Ending the holiday next to the coast.

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

Cities, coast, and countryside. It’s like having to choose between your children. It’s not possible!

My favourites

A view of the coast of Sorrento, with a classic building on the right, and mountains in the background
Sorrento Holidays
Sorrento, the location is fantastic because you can visit a lot of other areas, including the Amalfi Coast, Positano, Capri and Ischia once there. The slow life and beautiful views are a big draw for me. And of course, the food and sipping on ice-cold white wine from Ischia around a big table with your friends is priceless.
Grand Hotel Royal, Sorrento
The Grand Hotel Royal in Sorrento offers one of the best locations in Italy, it simply can’t be beaten. I had some of my best meals there and the service was impeccable.

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