Maddalena was born and grew up in Italy but has a Polish background as well. She started her career as a travel consultant almost six years ago at a local travel agency in Sicily. Four years ago she moved to London to start working for a UK tour operator. She is passionate about her home country of Italy but has enjoyed each of the destinations that she has travelled to and taken something special away from every experience; she recommends wandering around a new place without a map in order to interact with the people you come across, meetings that might lead to discovering some hidden secrets and gems.
A rich heritage and outstanding landscapes compete for your attention during holidays in Europe. With more countries than Asia crammed into a relatively compact space, for tailor made holidays Europe is unmatched.
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Our Europe specialist, Maddalena, has collated this list of Italy’s ultimate driving holidays. And, along with the highlights of Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast, there are plenty of secrets to discover, too.
No holiday to Italy would be complete without a pilgrimage to one of its famous wine regions, so we’ve made this at-a-glance introduction to buying wine in Italy with tips on how to read a bottle, match the wine and what to spend.
Uncork and unwind as we raise a glass to the world's best wine regions Let's face it, you don't need to be Oz Clarke or Olly Smith to enjoy a good glass of wine, and you certainly don't need to be a wine connoisseur to enjoy a holiday in one of the world's many superb wine regions.
Norway's western fjords continue all the way to the Russian border but are at their most inspiring and breathtaking around Bergen. There's a huge amount of other attractions and activities in the area as well, making this the best place to discover these timeless natural wonders.
Montenegro is slowly coming to the world's attention. Continuing from Croatia, visitors are discovering the Adriatic Sea stretches south. Here the coast is backed by rugged mountains and you can enjoy the attractions and delights without the accompanying crowds found elsewhere.
Bergen is one of Norway's most atmospheric cities. Second only to Oslo, the vibrant, atmospheric port boasts a spectacular setting, surrounded by seven hills and protected on three sides by a smattering of carelessly strewn islands.With a flight time from London of less than two hours and some seri…