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Italia magazine July 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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Making the most of the Italian summer is what the magazine is all about this month, with a zesty mix of inspiring features and beautiful photography to transport you to your favourite destinations. Sicily and summer go so well together, which is why this unique Mediterranean island was the perfect cover choice this month. With a captivating coastline, rugged interior, a proud history, not to mention exceptional food and wine, there’s no doubting what attracts visitors from far and wide. So whether you’re interested in coming for a short break or a making a more permanent move, you’ll find plenty of good reasons why in this issue. Elsewhere, we head off to Pescara on the Abruzzo coast, and we experience the excitement of Siena’s iconic Palio. I travel to the Lido di…

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this month’s contributors

LORENZA BACINO is a journalist and writer who has travelled extensively in Italy and contributed to Italia! magazine for many years. This issue she explores the area in and around Pescara on Abruzzo’s coastline. From a helicopter ride in the skies above the city to quiet villages and amazing frescoes, Lorenza’s trip begins on page 20. FLEUR KINSON Sicily is our expert’s destination of choice for homebuying prospects this month. Read Fleur’s guide to the advantages of living on this enticing island, where some of Italy’s most affordable homes are to be found. The long, hot summers and spectacular landscapes are not the only benefits. Turn to page 80 for more. RACHAEL MARTIN Rachael has lived in Italy for twenty years and writes on many aspects of Italian life. This month she…

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readers’ photo competition!

THIS MONTH’S WINNER Jim Mabon, Stirling “Modica 2013. Cathedral San Giorgio Cathedral with wedding.” Denise McDonagh, Armagh “Lago di Mergozzo is a small lake in northern Italy just west of Lago Maggiore. This photo was taken the morning of the Triathlon Internazionale di Mergozzo. Bella Bella!” Steve Greig, Bury St Edmunds “Near Bossolasco, the wine producing area in the beautiful Langhe district of Piemonte, we came across this spaventapasseri obviously relaxing after a busy day’s work!” Peter Colligan,Waterlooville “While strolling the picturesque side streets of Assisi I spotted this lovely view towards the Basilica of Santa Chiara.” Mark Kauppi “The Cloister of the Dead in Santa Maria Novella. I was fortunate to spend four months as a professor in residence at Villa Le Balze in Fiesole.” Goretti O’Dea, Ireland “A photograph taken in the beautiful Cinque Terre. What a magical place! A…

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this month july 2018

THE LAST JUDGEMENT SECRETS REVEALED Visitors are flocking to an innovative event in Rome which presents the Sistine Chapel in an immersive experience. Giudizio Universale: Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel was launched this March at the Auditorium Conciliazione. The show, entirely dedicated to the Sistine Chapel, was conceived by artistic director Marco Balich in collaboration with the Vatican Museums, and features an original soundtrack written and performed by Sting, as well as Pierfrancesco Favino as the voice of Michelangelo. “I’ve created and produced many Olympic ceremonies all over the world, now I am proud to work on a show in our beautiful Italy,” Balich explains. “This is an operation that aims to engage and empower new generations with the masterpieces of our artistic heritage.” For ticket information visit…

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events in july 2018

PALIO DI SIENA 2 July Siena Siena’s famous horse race is held twice a year – the 16 August event marks the Assumption of Mary, while this one honours the Madonna of Provenzano. Natives of the Tuscan town spend all year preparing for the two spectacles, which see riders from ten districts face off in the historic Piazza del Campo. The races only last 90 seconds apiece, but they always manage to pack in enough thrills and spills to keep people buzzing until the next one. Read more about this exciting spectacle on page 28. FESTA DELLA MADONNA BRUNA 2 July Matera Outside of Basilicata, the city of Matera isn’t exactly a household name. But this pretty city located on a rocky outcrop does have a claim to fame. According to legend, a local peasant…

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gazzetta italia!

Sulle tracce di Montalbano Quando pensiamo alle esportazioni italiane di maggior successo, sicuramente i programmi televisivi non sono tra le prime cose che vengono in mente. Tuttavia esiste un prodotto italiano eccezionale che si è infiltrato in più di 65 paesi e che continua a diventare sempre più apprezzato – la serie televisiva di programmi polizieschi intitolata Il commissario Montalbano, basata sui romanzi di Andrea Camilleri. Oltre a occupare una posizione dominante negli indici di ascolto nazionali per la RAI, la rete televisiva italiana, la serie è stata acquistata da emittenti in Giappone, Australia, gli Stati Uniti e molti altri paesi. Nel 2012, è stata trasmessa per la prima volta nel Regno Unito, piazzandosi nello slot ambitissimo del sabato sera sulla BBC Four e conquistando un seguito di appassionati britannici. I produttori hanno…