If I was asked to pick my favourite country, Italy would certainly be ion the running. My inner foodie marvels at the pizza, pasta, aperitifs, gelato and wine. Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, the Colosseum – these all help to satisfy my interest in culture and history. Its visual delights overwhelm: old cities, quaint towns, stunning countryside and show stopping architecture. It’s a place for the artists, coffee snobs and fashionistas. Italy is perfect for both weekend city breaks and week long getaways. Here’s to a country that I aspire to visit many, many more times in my lifetime.