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Italia magazine Dec'16

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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this month’s contributors

MARIO MATASSA takes us behind the scenes of his restaurant in Piacenza. With a unique Irish-American-Italian menu, his place is a roaring success, after just one year in business – but this has not come without a lot of hard work, as you’ll see when you read his pacey account of one evening’s service, on page 70. FLEUR KINSON Italia!’s homes expert is ideally placed to give advice on the opportunities and pitfalls of restoring a property in Italy. She takes a look at the practicalities of taking on such a project, as well as assessing the good places to seek out the best buys, with advice from local experts. Find out more on page 22. CHRIS ALLSOP heads off to Turin, birthplace of the Slow Food movement, this month to join…

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It s been a time of contrasts since our last issue: not only has summer left the stage here in the UK, ushering in the misty, tawny hues of autumn, but we’ve been turning our thoughts to the festive season in the magazine. To inspire your Christmas shopping, we’ve gathered a stylish collection of Italian gifts for friends and family which I know you’ll like: just turn to page 49 and let the armchair browsing begin… And to continue the theme of contrast, I gladly revisited the balmy days of summer this month on a quick trip to Sicily. Exploring the architectural delights of Noto and the stunning island of Ortigia against a backdrop of searing blue skies and bright sunshine was a tonic to this pale northern European’s soul. And…

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readers’ photo competition!

THIS MONTH’S WINNER Bill Corley, Massachusetts, USA “Photo of Saint Francis Cathedral in Assisi from the Rocca Maggiore.” Ronald Margherio, Peru, Illinois, USA “Intent on her work in the Campo de’ Fiori in Rome.’” Reg Murray, Broughty Ferry, Dundee “Foro Italico at the Italian Open tennis. ‘Despite calling for divine help I still lost in the first round.’” Kerry Governato, via email “This was taken on San Giovanni Day in Florence, held every year on the 24th of June. I love the costumes and colours. It is a wonderful tradition that lives on.” Alison Wilson, Chorley, Lancashire “We were advised before our trip that the best time to take a gondola ride was late in the day when the day visitors have left. This was definitely the best advice that we can pass on. The canal hustle and bustle goes…

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this month december 2016

FIVE-STAR ITALY Italy is by far the most sought-after destination for people wishing to buy property abroad, if new statistics published by TheMoveChannel.com are anything to go by. Each quarter, the international property portal posts its ‘Hotspot Index’, a list of the 50 most desirable cities based on online searches carried out by potential property buyers. And in the third quarter of 2016, Italian cities scooped all of the top five places. Florence headed up the list with 2.86 per cent of searches by location, followed by Rome, Terni (Umbria), Verona and Sorrento. Said TheMoveChannel.com director Dan Johnson, “Italy is preparing for its own political referendum, but the property market appears to be continuing its steady rise in popularity this year. A rise in supply from sellers and competitive pricing mean…

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BUBBLE AND SLEEK You’ve heard of skinny latte, but how about skinny prosecco? Yes, it sounds too good to be true, but a slimline version of everyone’s favourite fizzy drink is due to go on general sale early next year. Made by Thomson & Scott, the bubbly is already on sale at Zizzi restaurants, and by the bottle at Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and Brown Thomas. But the brand is in talks with supermarkets across the UK to bring the drink to the masses – and with around half the amount of sugar found in regular prosecco, and just 67 calories in each glass, we have a feeling it might just take off. FAIR COPS Last issue, we ran a story about Italian policemen cheering up an elderly couple by cooking them a pasta…

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italia!’s top picks

ON YOUR BIKE This print celebrating the iconic Piaggio Vespa in all its retro glory would make a great Christmas present. Available framed or unframed in classic red, blue and cream, or multicoloured. Price £17.99 from www.notonthehighstreet.com/winkdesign DING DONG When Alessi turn their hand to Christmas decorations, you just know they are going to be good. This year, designer Marcel Wanders has created Holy Family, a set of ten bells in decorated porcelain, representing the key characters of the Nativity. This modern take on the traditional story makes these ornaments something to treasure for years to come. £19 each, www.alessi.com A PASSION FOR ITALY Fractional ownership is the smart way to enjoy the benefits of owning a luxury holiday home at a fraction of the cost of buying it outright. Il Riposo in Le Marche…