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Italia magazine August 2017

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.

United Kingdom
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12 Numéros


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An altogether quieter pace of life in Lodi, Lombardy, on page 28Summer temperatures have climbed here recently and, at one point, London was matching Sardinia for searing sunshine and dazzling blue skies. It didn’t last long, of course, and certainly wasn’t as pleasant – standing on the Northern line in the rush hour or lazing on the white sands of the Maddalena archipelago? No contest, but the temperature was the same and we could dream…Making the most of the summer is what it’s all about in this issue, whether you’re getting away to Italy or bringing Italy closer to your home. Planning your next getaway? Selfcatering in sunny Sicily proved a hit with Lorenza Bacino and her family, while a visit to the pretty Lombardy town of Lodi was Rachael…

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letters to italia!

Ribolla GiallaFritto mistoNEW!Every issue our Letter ofthe Month winsa 12-month subscription to Italia!LETTER OF THE MONTH AUG 2017ORANGE IS THE NEW WHITEI was lucky enough to spend some time in Venice in March, which was heavenly, as the tourist season wasn’t really in full swing and we were able discover the sights in a leisurely manner.Both sides of the Grand Canal are teeming with restaurants and as the weather was quite mild, the outdoor tables were packed. The friend I was with had other ideas for dinner, however. She had heard of a restaurant, Antiche Carampane, that was down a maze of tiny alleyways in the San Polo quarter.Well, we got there eventually and despite it only being a Tuesday it was packed. Whatever was available from Rialto fish market…

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readers’ photo competition!

Send us your favourite Italian travel photos, and each month the best will win a bottle of Villa Sandi Il Fresco Prosecco and exclusive bottle stopper!*THIS MONTH’S WINNERAndy Hall, Stonehaven“San Giorgio Maggiore, from St Mark’s Square, Venice, pre-dawn in January. I wanted to capture the decisive moment when the lights were still on but there was natural light from the emerging sunrise. I was also keen to portray the bobbing movement of the gondolas in the lagoon.”SEE MORE OF YOUR PHOTOS ON OUR WEBSITE italytravelandlife.com “This was our view of Lake Como from our balcony in Perledo, near Varenna. Amazing place.”Natalie Cummock, DarfieldFrancesca Barone, by email “Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, Firenze – inner courtyard with frescoes, September, 2016.”Shirley Tagg, Burgess Hill “We found this sculpture along the busy AmalfiCoast…

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TAKING AWAY THE TAKEAWAYSVenice has become the latest Italian city to clamp down on fast-food restaurants. A new law prevents new kebab shops and similar outlets opening, and also limits the number of businesses selling pizza by the slice. “We want to put the brakes on activities that are not compatible with the preservation and development of our cultural heritage,” said tourism chief Paola Mar. Last year, Verona banned new kebab shops, while Florence said any new restaurants and food shops in its historic centre would have to ensure that 70 per cent of their produce was local.(Images © iStock unless otherwise stated)UBER GETS A LIFTItalian courts have temporarily lifted a ban on Uber taxis operating in the country, while an appeal is heard. In April, the US-based firm –…

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this month august 2017

Image by pizzodisevo - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commonswikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1616845Image by giovanni bidi, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=54627672Blera, LazioThe castle at BleraMontefiore dell’Aso, Le Marche(Image © John Stillwell/PA Archive/PA Images)You’ll need to show evidence that you have the means and know-how to do that property upYOUR VERY OWN FAIRYTALE CASTLEEver dreamed of living in a castle? Well, now’s your chance – the Italian government is giving away 103 abandoned historic properties, including castles, towers and monasteries, absolutely free of charge. But before you get the party poppers out, we should point out that there’s one small caveat: you’ll need to show evidence that you have the means and know-how to do that property up and turn it into a prosperous tourist site. The initiative is part of Italy’s Strategic Tourism Plan, which…

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WHOSE FELINE IS IT ANYWAY?A row erupted at a court in Genoa recently… over the ownership of a cat. The kitty, named Fiocco, belonged to a lady in the Struppa district but began to stray and eventually found its way into a neighbour’s home. When it looked like she was going nowhere, the neighbour renamed the cat Tequila and, two years later, even took the pet with her when she moved house. But the original owner found out and filed a complaint, hence the court case. After much legal wrangling, it was deemed that the feline should remain with owner number two, who declared that she was “very happy and thankful”.THE OBAMAS’ TUSCAN HOLIDAYBarack and Michelle Obama made a grand entrance as they flew into Tuscany for a six-day holiday…