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Italia magazine September 2019

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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United Kingdom
Langue:
English
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Anthem Publishing
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Bimonthly
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welcome…

How much do you appreciate the long days of summer? All that daylight somehow keeps us energised far longer than during bleaker winter evenings, but there inevitably comes a moment of realisation that nights are indeed closing in for another year… Our September issue is all about getting active and making the most of what the outdoors has to offer as we move into autumn – so let’s begin in the Dolomites: famous as a top ski destination, but equally stunning without snow, when it becomes a green and pleasant land with plenty to do for the whole family. Next stop is Lake Iseo, where a gentle hike on Monte Isola will reward you with stunning views over the lake. If you prefer two wheels, an e-bike tour around Monte Amiata,…

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this month’s contributors

RACHAEL MARTIN is on the Leonardo trail this month. The world is marking the significant anniversary of 500 years since Da Vinci’s death, so Rachael takes a look at the exciting programme of events and exhibitions celebrating his unsurpassed legacy as one of the grand masters of the Renaissance. Turn to page 38 to find out more. FLEUR KINSON Wild, unspoilt and uncrowded, Abruzzo entices visitors with ‘the call of the great outdoors’, says our property expert. With good roads and direct flights to the UK, you can get away from it all without being completely cut off. House prices are affordable in practically every area of the region too. More on page 84. CHRIS ALLSOP heads north this month to the Italian Dolomites. It’s a place he’s visited before for snowy…

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five foodie reasons to visit brindisi, puglia

1 If you’re in Puglia, the vibrant food culture of Brindisi is one to savour. With its natural harbour, Brindisi has long been an important stop on trading routes to countries around the Mediterranean, as well as further afield to India, the Middle East and Japan. Thanks to this frequent contact with faraway cultures, the cuisine of Brindisi incorporates exotic flavours and spices. Don’t be surprised to see dishes such as curried prawn risotto or anchovies marinated with star anise and juniper on the menu. 2 The food here celebrates its close links to the sea. Look out for sea urchins (ricci), oysters (ostriche) and grouper or stone bass (cernia), cooked and served simply or combined in the typical fish soup ciambotto. Also try tiella, a baked dish of rice, potatoes…

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this month news & views

Leonardo Artmergency! Wannabe Renaissance masterminds should head for London this year, for a special challenge inspired by Leonardo da Vinci. The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace is playing host to a special Escape Room that’s based around Da Vinci-themed puzzles and riddles. Teams must work their way through the four rooms to solve the mystery of the missing curator. “Think like a Renaissance genius to unlock the mysteries in Leonardo’s drawings,” says the Royal Collection Trust, who developed the challenge alongside History Mystery. “Your team will need careful observation, creative thinking and detective work to beat the clock, but no prior art history knowledge is required.” The special escape room complements the ‘Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing’ exhibition that is running at the gallery this year to mark 500…

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going up, going down…

GOING UP • We love to be beside the seaside in Italy! And we’re not the only ones. This year’s top spots have been revealed in a guide to the nation’s seaside resorts compiled by Legambiente and the Touring Club Italiano. Cilento in Campania came out top in the ranking, while Sardinia had the most highlyrated beaches. Of Italy’s seas, the Tyrrhenian boasted the highest number of top beaches, according to the guide, entitled ‘Il mare più bello 2019’.• The ancient site of Paestum in Campania has seen an exciting discovery after thick undergrowth was cleared to reveal an undiscovered Doric structure. Various parts of a building, thought to date back to the 5th century BC, were uncovered by archaeologists, including columns, cornices and panels. Paestum was once a major ancient…

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italia! recommends

A getaway for men in Tuscany, a new ski destination for winter, and cocktails in Rome GENTLEMAN’S JOURNEY AT FONTEVERDE www.fonteverdespa.com Stressed execs can enjoy this new three-night break at Fonteverde Spa in Tuscany. Unwind with pampering treatments, a wine tasting with the hotel’s expert sommelier, a private styling consultation, or explore the beautiful Val d’Orcia countryside by vintage car or Vespa. MONTIVAS LODGE IN LIVIGNO www.inghams.co.uk Newly opened this year, the 20-room Montivas Lodge has a prime slope-side position in Livigno and its modern ski area. Its modern, minimalist design centred around sustainability and a ‘green’ ethos gives it a laid-back ambience. Rooms on a B&B basis. NEW COURT BAR AT PALAZZO MANFREDI www.palazzomanfredi.com Perfectly located in a luxurious 17thcentury palazzo in the heart of Rome, Palazzo Manfredi offers 20 rooms and suites. Now guests can relax and…