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Italia magazine July'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.

United Kingdom
Anthem Publishing
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5,05 $(TVA Incluse)
28,11 $(TVA Incluse)
12 Numéros


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There’s nothing like an unexpectedly warm May Bank Holiday weekend to divert one’s hopeful thoughts to the enticing possibilities of summer… and that’s exactly what we’ve done in this month of Italia! too. With captivating lake, mountain, city and coastal destinations, deliciously authentic recipes, property hotspots and Italian culture, it’ll get you in the mood for your next trip to il bel paese – or simply inspire you from the comfort of your armchair. For starters, if you’re heading to Lake Maggiore, step off the tourist trail and take a stroll around the tranquil gardens of Isola Madre (page 72). Further south, the small but perfectly formed island trinity of Capri, Ischia and Procida are in the Italia! spotlight. Despite being close neighbours in the Bay of Naples, they have distinctly…

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this month’s contributors

JENNY OLDAKER is a self-confessed Italophile and discerning shopper, which gives her the perfect credentials to write our Luxe List feature on page 41. From superyachts and supercars to fashion, jewellery, food and drink, Italian design has a well-deserved worldwide reputation, and we celebrate these luxury brands on page 41. FLEUR KINSON is Italia!’s expert on Italian property markets. This month, she takes a look at the possibilities for sound investment in luxury Italian property. Whether you’re looking to buy a home or find a rental, Fleur’s guide shows you how and where to maximise your potential. To find out more, turn to page 22. FREYA MIDDLETON operates a business that spans Florence and Venice, where she engages with visitors that have a passion for Italian art. In each issue of Italia!…

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readers’ photo competition!

THIS MONTH’S WINNER Tony Maniscalchi, Newport Beach, California, USA “One of my favorite shots, and I got many more. Ciao from Positano! Travel to Italy every couple of years. We were married in Ravello this year and are already planning our return.” Bev Allison, via Facebook “A pic from our short break to Venice and Burano between Christmas and New Year.” Phil Bremner, London “A Fiat 500 covered in fruit and veg as part of the Milan Expo 2015.” Gordon Field, Hartlepool “While walking around Cefalù, Sicily, we came across the greengrocer. He appeared every day delivering and selling fresh vegetables and fruit. Wouldn’t it be nice if this happened in the UK?” Sue Ann Gladhaug, Kew, Richmond “This April 2016 I had my first visit to Lake Como and I was impressed by the beauty of the region. I…

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ITALIAN CHEESE COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE! Want to lower your blood pressure? Then eat more Italian cheese! Researchers from the Guglielmo da Saliceto Hospital and Catholic University in Piacenza have found that Grana Padano – a hard, semi-fat cheese that’s been compared to Parmesan – contains peptides that boast similar blood-vessel-relaxing effects to some prescription drugs. In a study, adults with hypertension who were given an ounce per day of the cheese were found to have a lowered blood pressure after two months. “Adding a little Grana Padano to a healthy diet may provide clinically significant blood-pressure-lowering benefits,” explained the study’s lead author, Giuseppe Crippa MD. TAKE A BOW, SIR CLAUDIO Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is to be made a Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Republic – the…

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this month july 2016

“The letter, written in 1493, was sent by Columbus to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain” THE LONG VOYAGE HOME A letter written by Christopher Columbus has been returned to Italy, 66 years after it was stolen from a Florence library. The eight-page missive, written in 1493, was sent by the Genoese explorer to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, who had financed Columbus’s voyage to the New World. In it, he gives his first impressions of Hispaniola and Cuba. The letter was stolen from the Riccardiana Library in around 1950, found its way into the hands of a Swiss book collector, and in 1992 was sold at auction by Christie’s of New York, fetching $400,000. In 2004, it was gifted to the Library of Congress in Washington, where it…

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stop press

HEALTH MINISTER CALLS FOR MORE KIDS The Italian government plans to double the amount of child benefit awarded to low-income families, in a bid to halt the decline in the country’s birth rate. Currently, families can claim €80 (£60) a month for a baby up to their third birthday, but health minister Beatrice Lorenzin says she would like to double that. Only 488,000 babies were born in Italy last year – the lowest figure since 1861 – and Lorenzin warned, “If we carry on as we are and fail to reverse the trend, there will be fewer than 350,000 births a year in ten years’ time, 40 per cent less than in 2010 – an apocalypse.” BLUE FLAG BOON FOR ITALY’S BEACHES The number of Blue Flag beaches in Italy has risen by…