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Italia magazine January 2018

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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I like the January issues: they are a bridge between Christmas and the expectation of a fresh, new year. Let us be the first to wish you a sincere buon anno for 2018 with a packed line-up that’s looking forward, but also with a nod to the Christmas festivities still on the horizon. But first, we were saddened to hear of the passing of Antonio Carluccio. He was the first champion of authentic Italian food in the UK several decades ago, when it was difficult to find fresh garlic in the shops and you bought olive oil over the pharmacy counter! You can read our joyous tribute to this wonderful culinary ambassador on page 14.Elsewhere in the magazine, our travels take us to quiet corners of Venice, where artisan culture…

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this month’s contributors

BEVERLEY BYRNEA travel writer for more twenty years, our new contributor Beverley also specialises in celebrity interviews – this month she catches up with classical music singing sensation Carly Paoli to talk about her family roots in Puglia and singing with Andrea Bocelli. Find out more on page 38.FLEUR KINSONThis month, Emilia- Romagna is in the property spotlight and our homes expert reports back on why this affluent region’s cities, countryside and beaches have so much to offer, not least because prices here are more realistic than they can be in its neighbour Tuscany. Discover Emilia- Romagna’s potential on page 82.SARA SCARPATravel writer Sara can often be found in the pages of Italia! exploring her home city of Venice, but this month she has taken a trip to Ravenna, where…

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letters to italia!

Fern has never been to Italy. Can you help?DOGS IN ITALY – ADVICE REQUIREDLETTER OF THE MONTHJAN 2018My family and I regularly take our summer holiday in Italy, but leave one family member behind – our beloved black labrador, Fern. She is now in her later years and we are increasingly reluctant to leave her in kennels while we are away. Although a little slower and stiffer than she used to be, she is in good health, so this time we are considering taking her with us. Our problem is there seem to be so many things to take into account! And I thought that taking babies and toddlers abroad had been difficult.Italia! readers, we need your assistance! Have any of you taken your dogs to Italy? We are carefully…

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readers’ photo competition!

VILLA SANDITHE ICONIC PREMIUM PROSECCOSEE MORE OF YOUR PHOTOS ON OUR WEBSITEitalytravelandlife.comTHIS MONTH’S WINNERNigel and Zara Moran, by email “Stopping to enjoy the view with our dogs, Milton and Marlowe. Chianti Classico, Tuscany.”WIN!VILLA SANDI IL FRESCO PROSECCO & BOTTLE STOPPER*Nicky Dorren, Ilford “This photo was taken in Venice last year as part of a threeweek tour of Italy. I travelled alone and visited Turin, Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome and Ischia. Best thing I ever did!”Peter Bianchi, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA “This is a photo of Amalfi at sunrise.”Mike and Anna Hooper, Woollahra, Sydney, Australia “The arches and flying buttresses of the Duomo di Milano from the Terrazza sul Duomo. Magnificent Gothic architecture including 135 spires and 150 gargoyles.”Stephen Spencer North Scituate, Rhode Island, USA “During my recent trip to Rome, it…

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HOLLYWOOD HICCUPHe might be an expert baker, but it sounds like Paul Hollywood needs to swot up on his vexillology (that’s the study of flags, as you well know). On a recent episode of The Great British Bake-Off, the loveable Liverpudlian compared a margherita pizza to the Italian Tricolore: “The whole thing is white, green, red. It’s the Italian flag,” he told the contestants. Well, he got the colours right, but as (almost) everyone knows, the green should go before the white. And viewers were quick to point out his error, with one tweeting: “’White. Green. Red. Italian flag.’ OK, Paul.”(Images © iStock unless otherwise stated)NUTTY BUT NICEIf you’d visited Carosello restaurant in Australia’s Monee Ponds during October, you would have been presented with a particularly scrummy dish – nutella…

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this month january 2018

LIFE SWAPPING WITH SWEDESOver in Sweden, it seems they’re envious of the Italians’ quality of life. As part of a study by Swedish researcher Olle Melander, 200 residents from the city of Malmö are swapping places with the same number of Italians from the southern region of Cilento, to try and determine why the latter enjoy such long, healthy lives. The average life expectancy for Cilento residents is 92 for women and 85 for men – significantly higher than for those living in Malmö (84 and 80). And in an attempt to work out why this is, each set of subjects will spend three months residing with host families, who will show them what they eat and how they go about their daily routines. “This is a unique chance for…