On her monthly visits to Italy, FitzRoy hits the big cities as well as lesser-known corners to find hidden gems. She can lead you to the back streets of Bari, where women sell fresh orecchiette from their front doors. In Maremma, she has an exclusive villa with private access to the Tarot Garden. And, thanks to persistence and the right friends, she can open the Uffizi in Florence after hours or rent a private palazzo near Rome’s Spanish Steps.
Excited about: Eastern Sicily is emerging as a food and wine destination. In Catania, a city that’s often ignored by even the most inquisitive travelers, FitzRoy can set up a fish-market tour with a superb guide followed by a private visit to Fratelli Fecarotta jewelry shop, known for its one-off designs. She also knows the best terraces in town from which to watch fireworks during the February feast of Sant’Agata, the island’s patron saint.