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What do you love about Italy?

I love how varied the country is in terms of the landscapes and cuisine. From the peaks of the Dolomite Mountains and the beaches of Sardinia, to the comfort foods in the North and the exotic Arabic influences of Sicily. My ultimate favourite thing about Italy though, is the ‘stand up’ espresso bars where you can shot and go – great Italian culture.


Which are your favourite destinations?

Puglia, for its vast farm land dotted with masserias, each more beautiful than the last (many are now converted to hotels), endless olive groves, and whitewashed towns and cities.

Cilento is another favourite. A quiet escape from the buzz of Sorrento and Amalfi, the region has a relaxed atmosphere and a very Italian feel about it. There are some beautiful drives there as well, with roads going across valleys and into the mountains.

Have you discovered any ‘hidden gems’ on your trips to Italy?

On a drive from Cefalu to Catania in Sicily, we stopped off at a lovely town called Enna. It is right in the heart of the island (in fact it’s nicknamed the ‘navel of Sicily’) and is elevated, towering over the surrounding landscape and offering stunning views.


Any favourite hotels?

Canne Bianche in Puglia for its incredible service, wonderful location on the beach and chic décor. It’s a short, 20-minute walk to the local town, too.

You can find out more about the hotel here



What's your favourite Italian dish?

I love a good hearty dish, so I would have to say brasato. It’s a rich, stew-type dish served in the Veneto area. I had an absolutely delicious one at the Met Restaurant in the Hotel Metropole in Venice.



What would your dream multi-centre itinerary be?

I would fly into Nice and pick up a car to journey the coast of Liguria, with stops in San Remo, Alassio, Rapallo and Cinque Terre.