Italian dreams… la dolce vita with family and friends

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Memories, not things, are what matter to me.

It took me a while to get there but eventually I realised that the latest “IT” bag or shoe had limited appeal. In all honesty I can’t even remember those must have purchases I made in my 20s.

So if you were to ask me what I would do if I won the lottery, I’d answer that I would share my love of Italy with friends and family.

A week on the Amalfi Coast with my crew

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I can’t imagine a more perfect way to thank my special girlfriends for all their love and support than to whisk them away for a week of sun, pasta and vino on the beautiful Amalfi Coast. Business class of course.

We would wake up late each day in our luxury villa in Positano and take a lazy stroll down to the beach. There we would lounge for a few hours and catch some rays before a long lazy seaside lunch.

After a swim and an afternoon nap (because that is the very definition of luxury if you ask me), we’ll get dressed up for aperitivo on the terrace overlooking the coastline. Dinner at La Sponda restaurant with amazing local wines would be the culinary highlight for my food loving friends.

No doubt we would cherish the memories of those days in Positano forever.

Foodie heaven with my husband

My husband and I met and fell in love over a shared passion for food. Nothing would make me happier than to treat my partner in crime to a week of indulgence in Italy’s Emilia Romagna region.

This area is known for its outstanding local produce including the famous ham from parma and parmigiano reggiano cheese.

It is also home to the world’s best restaurant Osteria Francescana in Modena. Chef Massimo Bottura’s 10 course tasting menu and matching wines is an indulgence we have coveted for some time.

We would stay at renowned Antica Corte Pallavicina, dine at their Michelin starred restaurant and take cooking classes with acclaimed chef Massimo Spigaroli.

A week of indulgence savouring the food of Emilia Romagna would be another great chapter in our life together.

Family holiday in Sicily and Sardinia

what to do in sicily

Sicily and I have unfinished business. I loved this raw and beautiful part of Italy that we made a brief stop in last year. It is my dream to take everyone back to Sicily for a month to explore the beaches, baroque towns and to climb smouldering Mount Etna, the island’s active volcano.

We would charter a yacht and sail past the Aeolian islands and along the Amalfi Coast. After a stop in beautiful Capri we would continue on to Sardinia where the sea is the most incredible turquoise colour you ever saw.

A full month of taking it slow to discover some of the most beautiful places in the world with the people I love the most would undoubtedly be a life highlight I would look back on fondly forever.

How about you? Do you try the occasional online lottery bet in the hope that you will win big? And if you had a financial windfall, would you spend it on houses and cars, designer clothing and shoes? Or would you find a way to create the memories of a lifetime?

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