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Italia magazine March 2019

Italia! is the award-winning magazine for everyone who has a passion for Italy. Each month, you¹ll find a wide variety of beautifully photographed and intelligently written articles to inspire and inform you. Covering every aspect of Italian life, from travel, holidays and property to food, wine and culture, we bring Italy closer to English-speaking readers across the world.

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welcome…

I don’t know if you saw this recently: a major holiday rental company offered to sponsor four people to live in a village in Basilicata for three months this summer. As temporary citizens of the town, the chosen four will work on local initiatives to revitalise the tiny town of Grottole. Yes, it’s tapping into a pipe dream and no, the grass isn’t always greener, but nevertheless, cue serious daydreaming… (Or ‘tangential strategising’, as I like to call it.) Upping sticks in search of adventure is often the imperative for travel, whether it’s for three months, two weeks, or even just a weekend. So in that spirit our new issue will take you from the chilly alpine splendour of Courmayeur in Valle d’Aosta right down to Sicily – visit the majestic…

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this month’s contributors

RACHAEL MARTIN travels to the Valle d’Aosta, to Courmayeur, a popular skiing destination. But there is so much more to explore here at the foot of the Monte Bianco massif, whatever the season. Hiking and cycle routes abound, food is hearty and delicious and the region produces decent wines too. Find out more on page 28. FLEUR KINSON looks at island living this month with her report on property in Sardinia. With its stunning coastline and clement climate, great food and wine, it’s no wonder it’s been a magnet for the rich and famous for decades. But there is still property here to suit every budget – if you know where to look. Find out more on page 80. JON PALMER A key member of the Italia! team here in the UK, Jon is also…

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five reasons to visit italy’s art archives

1 The experience always involves long queues – which are even longer if you go in high summer and haven’t booked in advance – but there are plenty of reasons why Florence’s Uffizi Gallery is the city’s most visited art museum. The palace was originally built to accommodate the offices of the city’s magistrates (gli uffizi) and the Medici family’s art collection, and now houses the world’s most important collection of Renaissance art, including works by Botticelli, Titian, Raphael, Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Michelangelo. 2 Housed in her palazzo on the Grand Canal, where the art collector lived for three decades before her death in 1979, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a small but perfectly formed gallery exhibiting a range of 20th-century masterpieces. Expect to find Picasso in the dining room, Bacon…

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this month news & views

Off the buses! Rome experienced some unexpected pre-Christmas travel chaos after a recent ruling that will restrict tourist buses in the city. Protests from tour operators and coach hire unions brought the city to a standstill after it was announced that tourist buses would be banned from the historical centre from January 2019. Dozens of coaches piled into Piazza Venezia on 20 December and the blockade forced the closure of several roads, backed up traffic and disrupted public bus services across the city. The Mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, criticised the protestors’ actions as “unacceptable”. She wants to restrict coach access to the city’s historic attractions in order to reduce pollution and protect the historical treasures. Those protesting the ban claim it will damage tourism and affect local shops, guides and restaurants.…

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going up, going down…

GOING UP • Old age is getting a whole new definition in Italy, thanks to the life quality of the country’s seniors. Researchers at the Italian Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics in Rome have judged that only those over 75 should be considered ‘elderly’ in Italy, as Italians remain active for longer than their counterparts in other countries. And people in Italy aren’t just living longer (life expectancy has increased by 20 years over the past century), they’re also staying healthier… All the more excuse to spend your golden years in Il Bel Paese! • Something that will come as no surprise to fans of Italian fizz now… Demand for Italian sparkling wine is soaring, with record sales reported in the US and UK in 2018. Italian agricultural association Coldiretti cites that…

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italia! recommends

LE CESARINE www.cesarine.it If you want to eat and live like a local, Le Cesarine are what you need. More than 600 passionate Italian home cooks will open their doors to share the warmth of their hospitality and excellent food in places all over Italy. Learn how to make the dishes – or just enjoy eating them! LE PRATOLA www.lepratola.com Looking for a property to rent this summer? With four immaculately restored heritage properties in Tuscany, Rome, Florence and Venice, Le Pratola offers genuine hospitality and the services of a five-star hotel with all the privacy and comfort of a private home. TIRAMISOO www.tiramisoo.co.uk Danilo Cortellini, head chef at the Italian Embassy, has launched his new Londonbased private catering company with wife and business partner Gaia Martini. Superb food and Italian hospitality for intimate dinner parties, larger celebrations…

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