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Italia magazine February 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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Italy is a land of twenty diverse regions, some more familiar as destinations than others, but which is your favourite? Do you have a penchant for Puglia, a craving for Campania or a love of Lazio? Here at Italia! we couldn’t possibly choose, but the chances are that Tuscany is right up there on your list, as it is for most visitors to il bel paese. A cradle of Italian culture, there is so much to discover, and not just in the most famous cities. On the northern fringe of the Chianti region we’re visiting Pistoia, which has enough heritage to satisfy any curious traveller but without the bustle of Florence or Siena, and we take a detour to tiny hilltop Montefioralle, near Greve-in- Chianti, which is reputed to be…

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this month’s contributors

JANE KEIGHTLEY Stepping off the tourist trail in northern Tuscany, Jane Keightley travels to historic Pistoia, Italian Capital of Culture 2017, to see the Joust of the Bear, an annual ritual celebrating the Feast Day of the city’s patron saint, James. But will the weather hold? Read about her adventures on page 18. FLEUR KINSON We asked our homes expert to assess the property market in Piedmont this month. It’s a vibrant region of majestic peaks, rolling hills, tidy vineyards, beautiful buildings, cultural sophistication and stunning food, so it’s no wonder it’s an attractive prospect for any would-be buyers. Find out more on page 80. JOE GARTMAN Our very own curious traveller Joe, and his photographer wife Pat, take the well-trodden path to Florence this month. They stumble upon a fascinating tale in a quiet…

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readers’ photo competition!

THIS MONTH’S WINNER Peter Bussone, Buckhurst Hill “My wife and I had a fantastic week in southern Sardinia this first week of September. We visited the town of Pula and came across this amazing sight – and it wasn’t even raining!” Edward Bellock, Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania, USA “Florence reflected in the Arno river, May 2015.” Les Jones, Croft-on-Tees “I live between North Yorkshire and Calabria. It had never occurred to me that when I bought my swimwear the colours were those of the Italian flag. The picture is my washing line in Calabria at the moment when I noticed this! I have the most enviable washing line in Italy. It is a pleasure rather than a chore to do the washing in Italy!” Stephen Spencer, North Scituate, Rhode Island, USA “The morning commute in Firenze comes in many…

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DAVID’S IMAGE RIGHTS FURORE We could soon be seeing a lot less of the world’s most famous nude, Michelangelo’s statue of David, after an Italian court ruled that tour operators and souvenir producers are no longer allowed to use images of the marble sculpture without official authorisation. The ruling came after a travel company, Visit Today, was reported for having the famous statue emblazoned across its tickets, without having requested permission. Italy’s culture minister Dario Franceschini was very much in favour of the court’s decision, warning firms: “We will be vigilant and we’ll be looking out for any violation of the law.” FEEDING THE REFUGEES A group of chefs have been teaching Syrian refugees in Jordan how to make Italian food. As part of the International Week of Italian Cuisine, two professional cooks…

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this month february 2018

The Rosa Alpina Hotel & Spa is only the ninth eatery in Italy to achieve the honour THIRD MICHELIN STAR FOR ROSA ALPINA A tiny skiing village in Italy could soon be inundated with food fans after a restaurant there was awarded its third Michelin star – only the ninth eatery in Italy to achieve the honour. St Hubertus, part of the luxurious Rosa Alpina hotel and spa in the northeastern hamlet of San Cassiano (www.rosalpina.it), offers an intimate dining experience as well as some unusual but scrumptious menu options (how does suckling pig with cucumber flowers, or eel and chamomile, take your fancy?). International director of the Michelin Guides, Michael Ellis, said of the restaurant’s head chef Norbert Niederkofler: “Discovering his cuisine is an unforgettable human experience full of emotion.” The 23-room…

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KING OF THE BUBBLES If you’re the kind of person who gets in a tizz over your fizz, here’s some news that might help you choose from the numerous types available: a £10 bottle offered by Spar has been named the best own-brand prosecco in the UK. Following a blind tasting by judges from the International Wine Challenge, the chain’s Valdobbiadene DOCG received a score of 78 per cent. The judges deemed that the winning fizz had flavours of pear and white peach, and boasted a “pleasant balance”. Asda’s Fillipo Sansovino (£6.50) and Waitrose’s San Leo Brut NV (£10.99) were the joint runners-up, each scoring 77 per cent. BIG VICTORY FOR THE LITTLE GUY Italian authorities have slapped a €60m on Unilever for abusing its dominant market position to shut out small ice-cream…