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Italia magazine February 16, 2016

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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I’m a little embarrassed that, although I’ve been lucky enough to travel extensively through Umbria, I’ve never (yet!) made it to the region’s capital, Perugia. I’ve come close: I very nearly went to the city’s world-famous chocolate festival one year, but all the hotels were full... So I read with interest our cover feature this month, where Lorenza Bacino discovers there a lot more to the city than sweet things to pop into your mouth. It’s a city of art and intrigue, as you’ll discover from page 36. Rome features again in this issue, in two features, in fact. First off, from page 44, regular writer Adrian Mourby spends time in the city when it’s covered in snow. I am particularly proud of some of the stunning images he came back…

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this month’s contributors

ADRIAN MOURBY has written extensively for Italia! and many other food and travel magazines. In this issue he enjoys a different take on Rome, discovering the Eternal City when it was covered in snow. Beautiful all year round, Rome takes on a different degree of majesty during the winter. Just mind your footing! See page 44. FLEUR KINSON is one of the best-known faces of Italia!, having written just about every Homes In... feature since the magazine launched in 2004. In this issue she suggests considering an apartment rather than a full house. Cheaper to buy and run, they offer city and town living that is both convenient and affordable. Join her on page 22. JON BICKLEY takes his family back to one of the most exclusive hotel complexes in southern Sardinia,…

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readers’ photo competition!

THIS MONTH’S WINNER Judy Reynolds, Fowlmere, near Cambridge “Photo of beautiful Portofino when we stayed there for a couple of days in June this year.” Ian Hughes, Wallasey, Merseyside “We were travelling back to Bari airport after our holiday near Lecce when we popped into this beautiful little harbour at San Vito. My camera was already packed so I snapped this picture with my mobile phone.” Paul Norgard, Michigan, USA “Took this photo October 2013 on a road cycling ride to Volpaia, Province of Siena, Tuscany. Quintessential Tuscany, rolling hills, vineyards and cypresses.” Rick Carlotti, Pennsylvania, USA “This photo is of the Sicily Rome American Cemetery in Anzio honoring those nearly 11,000 American men and women who gave their lives to free Italy from the grip of the Axis forces in WWII, helping to turn the tide in…

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ALL SYSTEMS GODO A brand-new Italian ‘fast food’ chain has opened in London. Set up by entrepreneurs Amin Bouafsoun and Simone Sajeva, and with Michelin-starred chef Tommaso Arrigoni on board, GODO promises to bring the “authentic, passionate flavours of Italy” to restaurants in the City, Mayfair and Canary Wharf, and all at competitive prices. But the Italian theme doesn’t stop with the dishes themselves – brilliantly, home deliveries will be carried out by staff driving either a Fiat 500 or a Vespa, and wearing Italian fashions supplied by Dainese and Conte of Florence. Orders will be taken via a simple two-step app process. HARRY POTTER AND THE TOLERANT SCHOOLKIDS Hey presto! Not only is Harry Potter a damn good wizard, he also makes students more tolerant human beings. Two studies have been carried…

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this month february 2016

SOMETHING SMELLS FISHY… Tomato ketchup may not have been invented when the Ancient Romans were around, but its precursor was – and thousands of jars of the stuff have been discovered in a shipwreck off the coast of Alassio, Liguria. The seasoning, a pungent fish-based sauce known as garum, was found piled up high inside a sunken vessel dating back to the 1st or 2nd century AD. And while it’s not exactly gold bullion, it still represents an important discovery for archaeologists – especially as the ship is one of only five Ancient Roman boats to have been located in the deep waters of the Mediterranean. Enthused Vincenzo Tine, Liguria’s Superintendent of Archaeology, “Locating [the ship] at such depth has been a very important achievement.” Garum was made by fermenting fish…

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SEXIEST EVER ITALIANS REVEALED Trendy New York lifestyle magazine Paper has declared its ‘seven sexiest Italians of all time’ (and then gone on to name nine…). Unsurprisingly, movie stars make up the bulk of the list, with screen sirens Sophia Loren, Monica Bellucci, Monica Vitti, Silvana Mangano and Ornella Muti being joined by bushy-eyebrowed spaghetti-western star Fabio Testi. Elsewhere, there’s former skier Alberto Tomba, entrepreneur and grandson of Fiat mogul Gianni Agnelli, Lapo Elkann, and, rather unexpectedly, “the young man in Bronzino’s Portrait of a Young Man”. Robert De Niro doesn’t get a look in. But what really strikes us as odd is the idea of someone going up to Bronzino’s painting and thinking… “Phoar!” HOTEL MAKES IT SKI IN A ROW The Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf in Cortina d’Ampezzo has been…