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Italia magazine August 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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Piazza del Duomo and Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, Spoleto. Find out more on p29.(*UK DD orders only)It’s the August issue and in Italy August means one thing: Ferragosto. Not just a public holiday on the 15th, it’s more a state of mind. A religious and ancient celebration harking back to Roman times, it is also peak holiday time. Shops and businesses are closed for the long weekend, with an exodus of Italians taking their annual fortnight’s vacation one side or other of this auspicious day. While you might find shops closed in larger cities, Italy is very much open for business with plenty to see, do and discover right around the country. Roads are busier, beaches buzzing and it is an exciting month to be in Italy.Our cover star,…

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this month’s contributors

LAURA THAYER has lived on the Amalfi Coast for 11 years and knows this beguiling area so well. This month’s visit is to picturesque Ravello, which looks down to the coastline below. Apart from the breathtaking views, it is a town with fine villas, historic gardens, music festivals and a delightful centro storico. Turn to page 20 for more.FLEUR KINSON Known as the Italian Riviera for its fine Blue Flag beaches, Liguria’s hinterland with its wooded hills and more serene way of life is just as attractive. Our property expert explains why a lull in the market might well be the time to consider investing in this diverse northern region. Turn to page 80 to read more.MARK NICHOLLS Intrepid writer Mark heads off to Cannaregio, a quieter corner of Venice, this…

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this month readers’ photos

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!*Lesa Dion, Byron Center, Michigan, USA “I took this picture of my daughter sitting on the edge of a pool in a villa near Certaldo overlooking the Tuscan hills and San Gimignano in the background.”WIN!VILLA SANDI IL FRESCO PROSECCO & BOTTLE STOPPER*David Ellisor, Durango, Colorado, USA “This ancient village on the Italian Riviera is a part of the famous Cinque Terre. This is a haven for peace, relaxation, walking the gorgeous trail and enjoying all of your senses – color, walking, waves, and delicious foods. You will never see so many olive trees and vineyards in such a small space.”Era Merkal, Winter Park, Florida, USA…

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five reasons to visit italy’s unesco sites

(Images © iStock unless otherwise stated)1 The capital of modern-day Italy, legend has it that Rome was founded by Romulus and Remus in the 8th century BC. The city became the centre of the Roman Empire and then the capital of the Christian world, and its extensive World Heritage site unsurprisingly includes large parts of the historical centre of the city. Just outside Rome there are more sites: the Villa Adriana and Villa D’Este at Tivoli, and the necropolises at Cerveteri and Tarquinia. For more on UNESCO sites in Rome and Italy, go to whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/it2 The Ligurian coast between the Cinque Terre and Portovenere is stunning. The small towns clinging to the steep, rocky coast hold the story of human occupation in the region over the past millennium.3 Built from…

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this month news & views

Spiaggia di CerialeLido di LericiSpiaggia di LoanoCelle LigureBordigheraFlying the Flag in LiguriaBlue is the colour for Liguria’s beaches as they proudly boast the highest number of prestigious Blue Flags awarded in Italy yet again this year. Confirming Liguria’s status as the Italian region with the most Blue Flags for the ninth year in a row, the 27 winning beaches are scattered along the eastern and western Riviera coastline, in the provinces of Imperia, Savona, Genoa and La Spezia, and are a real boost for local tourism. If you want to know which beaches are offering a Blue Flag welcome to visitors this summer, take a look online at www.lamialiguria.it.Awarded annually by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), the Blue Flag certification was created in 1987 to ensure the quality of…

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you tell us…

Spaghetti cacio e pepeWe asked our Facebook friends to describe their favourite Italian dish – the replies made our mouths water!• Polenta with braised rabbit, radicchio insalata and Montasio! Lydia Della Rossa Delmore • Bistecca alla Fiorentina or Spaghetti alle Vongole. A good gelato always goes down nicely too! Carl Hunt• My spaghetti and meatballs in my own home-made tomato sauce! My partner and I love it, if say so myself! Love all Italian food! Nicky Wright • Spaghetti cacio e pepe. Judith Serevino• Anything with porcini! Jan BacklundAnd finally…• Does Sophia Loren count? Every time I see her movies, my mouth waters and eyes open wide and I go WOW! Michael McKenneySend us a letter using the address on page 6Join us on Facebook, search for Italia! magazineFind us on Twitter at @ItaliaMagFind us…