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Italia magazine Grand Tour 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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12 Numéros


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Dawn breaks over Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples, page 90Welcome to this special Grand Tour travel guide from the publishers of Italia! magazine – with 132 pages of expert travel know-how, it is inspired by The Grand Tour of days gone by. Rather like an 18th-century ‘Gap Year’, wealthy young aristocrats were dispatched to Italy on The Grand Tour to complete their education – and the cultural splendours on their itinerary are just as dramatic to this day.In the guide we follow in their footsteps: starting from the Italian Alps, via Turin, Milan and Venice to Florence and Rome, two key stops on The Grand Tour, then on to Naples, Campania, and Sicily. In three colour-coded regional sections, you’ll discover iconic places to visit, guided city tours, where to…

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valle d’aosta

La Via Croce di Città in Aosta (Photograph © Enrico Romanzi)Aosta Cattedrale (Photograph © Enrico Romanzi)Chris above the former mining town of La ThuileSarriod de la Tour, in the comune of St Pierre (Photograph © Enrico Romanzi)Aosta offers great shopping opportunities (Photograph © Enrico Romanzi)Roman ruins and soaring mountains (Photography by Chris Allsop unless stated)Monte Bianco from the Val Ferret (Photograph © Enrico Romanzi)grassy and mellow local cheese for sale.There’s something of the hidden kingdom about the Valle D’Aosta, like an Italian Bhutan (but with a lot more ski lifts). Entering from France via the seemingly endless Mont Blanc Tunnel, you’re transported from alpine foothills and farmland, in winter with horses stark black against frozen white pastures, and into an encirclement of soaring peaks. Arriving at sunset is particularly enchanting:…

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la Chiesa della Gran Madre di Dio and the Ponte Vittorio Emanuele ITurin is proud to be the birthplace of the Slow Food movementthe Piedmontese are also justly proud of their winethe Porta Palatinastaircase at the Palazzo Carignanothe market at the Porta PalazzoHanging in the air above the city wasn’t exactly how I’d envisaged starting my visit to Turin. Yet here I was, 150 metres off the ground in a helium balloon, my heart in my throat, feet heavy as lead. Somehow, I’d been persuaded that The ‘Turin Eye’ (www.turineye.com) would be a novel way to see the city. In spite of my trepidation and inability to step onto the glass panel in the basket, the views from up here are captivating. The snow-capped peaks of the majestic Alps provide…

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genoa: behind closed doors

this grand chamber functions as a meeting roomthe doors of the Palazzo Patroneon the other side of those doors (Photography by Chris Allsop)My guide, Paola, is knocking, quite insistently, on the metal doors of Palazzo Patrone, now a military HQ. The HQ is one of Genoa’s Palazzi dei Rolli and, according to her itinerary, it’s meant to open today to the public. There are 42 palaces open today, so there are worthy alternatives available to us, but Paola is determined that I see inside this one.A few minutes later, a lock cranks. A man in uniform pokes his head out and there’s a rapid and polite exchange in Italian. Fortunately, he breaks into a smile – apparently the military hadn’t been entirely sure at what time to open their doors.…

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walk on water

Serene canal waters of Gaggianoview of the Naviglio Grande at sunsetcanoeists on the canalstone detail on the Certosa di Paviapeaceful canal in the town of Cassinetta di Lugagnano (All images by Marina Spironetti)The impressive river front of Gaggiano with the baroque church of Sant’Invenzio to the leftIt all starts with the Naviglio Grande, the most important waterway that connects the city to AbbiategrassoThe name says it all: Milano, from the Latin Mediolanum, coming in turn from the Celtic Midland, ‘land in the middle’. In the middle of what? Water. As simple as that. The territories around Lombardy’s capital are naturally water-bound: a rectangle marked out by the lakes (Maggiore, Lugano and Como) in the north and the rivers Ticino, Po and Adda on the other three sides. In addition, there…

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Locals eating at La Folperia di Max e Barbarathe back ‘streets’ of Paduala Piazza della Fruttaarance at the marketRudy in his shop in the Sotto il Salone market(Photography © Sara Scarpa)Donatello’s statue of Gattamelatafresh folpetto with green sauce – which takes us back to the Folperia di Max e Barbara!When you arrive in Padua from Venice, the one thing that jumps out at you is the energetic buzz of the city. With nearly 60,000 students at the University, there is a sense of optimism that pours out of the wine bars and into the beautiful piazze. It is in places such as Piazza dei Signori, Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Frutta that you will find such an atmosphere dominating from the early evening, when the locals meet for the…