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Italia magazine March 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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The power of the mighty Marmore Falls in Umbria. Find out more on page 30 (This image © Michele Tortoioli Cover image © iStock)Hello and welcome to the March issue of Italia! magazine. We hope you like our cover image as much as we do this month. Starved of daylight as we are in the UK over the winter period, its fresh colour palette shouts spring: a real antidote to those gloomy days of winter. And if the mere sight of Positano on the cover doesn’t give you itchy feet, our ‘48 Hours’ feature about this beautiful Amalfi Coast town certainly will!We’re also delighted to announce the winners of our travel writing competition, and you can read the winning entry on page 44. Find out, too, about Umbria’s initiatives to…

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this month’s contributors

LAURA THAYERWriter Laura Thayer is an American who has lived just outside Amalfi for more than ten years, so she really knows the Amalfi Coast like the back of her hand. Her website, www.ciaoamalfi.com, is a must if you’re planning a visit to the area. Read her exclusive guided tour around the streets of Positano on page 20.FLEUR KINSONFriuli-Venezia Giulia – so good they named it thrice! But it’s a bit of a well-kept secret when it comes to overseas visitors and would-be residents: property prospects are very reasonable in this unspoilt northern region of golden beaches, soaring mountains and delightful towns. Find out more on page 82.JON PALMERJon writes our regular Insider’s Rome feature every month, but we recently managed to drag him away from the capital and sent…

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Prize worth £2,950We have two places to give away on a four-day cultural tour to historic, Byzantine Ravenna this September worth £2,950, thanks to our friends at Sapienza TravelSapienza Travel’s All That Glitters Is Byzantine Gold is a four-day guided cultural tour of Ravenna, the last capital of the Western Roman Empire. Discover a treasury of dazzling mosaics and Byzantine architecture including the Neonian Baptistery and the 6th-century, Byzantine Sant’Apollinare Nuovo church. Dante Alighieri, author of The Divine Comedy, spent much of his exile in Ravenna and is buried in the city. Ravenna is home to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, and you will visit all of them on this carefully curated tour with Sapienza Travel’s expert guides. The itinerary also includes a private visit to the church of San…

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readers’ photo competition!

SEE MORE OF YOUR PHOTOS ON OUR WEBSITEitalytravelandlife.comAnn Thompson “Salt pans, Margherita di Savoia, Puglia.”THIS MONTH’S WINNERBeverley Birchley“This is of Manarola at sundown. We had visited the town during the day in order to find the best spot to capture the magic of the sun going down. We settled for the cemetery on the hill, and spent a happy few hours admiring the affect of the changing light on the houses and harbour.”Dominic Tomassetti, Gap, Pennsylvania, USA“Firenze photographed on a recent trip to Tuscany and other areas of Italy. The golden hues of the city, seen from the Piazzale Michelangelo seems impossibly beautiful, but it is a real place and the memory of Florence will always beckon the visitor back.”WIN!VILLA SANDI IL FRESCO PROSECCO & BOTTLE STOPPER*Margie Miklas Port St…

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this month march 2018

Ema Destinová as Carmen in 1907Carmen gets the last line in a new production in FlorenceCelestine Galli-Marié in 1884Emma Calvé as Carmen in 1894“Carmen was written 150 years ago in a very different cultural context – times change,” said a spokesmanTWIST IN THE TALEOpera lovers in Florence were in for a big surprise when they went to see a production of Bizet’s Carmen in January – in what’s believed to be a world first, the show was given a dramatic new ending. Traditionally, the story wraps up with Carmen being stabbed to death by her spurned admirer Don Jose. However, in a bold statement against the mistreatment of women, the company behind the production altered the climax so that Carmen wrestled Don Jose’s gun from him and shot him dead.…

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italia!’s top picks

GOLD STANDARD Personalised cafetière, £85, www.notonthehighstreet.com/beckybroomeltdSPICE UP YOUR LIFE Taste of Italy spice set, £30, www.zestandzing.co.ukTICK TOCK Minimalist men’s watch, Italian leather, £155, www.freedomtoexist.comWALL ART Eyecatching Michelangelo artwork, €350, www.johnnydellorto.comDREAM OF VENICE Treat yourself to this generous one-pint ceramic mug by Emma Bridgewater, £24.95, www.daisypark.co.ukCOFFEE TIME Set of 8 gold-edged espresso cups from LSA, £65, www.black-by-design.co.ukBLUE IS THE COLOUR Blue Spode Italian cake slice, £14, www.dunelm.comHIGH FLIER Kick jet lag into touch with this simple homeopathic remedy. Perfect for air travel sickness too. £12.99, www.jet-candy.comBABY BABY Personalised baby favours with traditional handmade Italian confetti, £3.90, www.notonthehighstreet.com/aphroditeandaresON THE MOVE This practical tablet holder comes in two sizes for when you’re out and about. eniTAB360, £14.99, www.filofax.co.ukHOLE IN ONE Innovative vase for single blooms, POA, www.caoscreo.itSAY CHEESE Make your own mozzarella and…