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Italia magazine June'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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Italy has it all. Surrounded by stunning coastlines; villages of immense beauty precariously hanging onto cliffs; a culture that is enriched by its food, wine and fashion; cities of world renown; a true sense of history that is respected rather than ignored… And it has its lakes. The word ‘breathtaking’ is one that I rarely use, but to stand next to one of the country’s expansive lakes is an experience to be savoured. There are the obvious ones – Garda, Como, Maggiore – but there are others that unless you’re pointed in their direction you’d simply not know about. I once drove through the Sibillini Mountains on a mission. The driving wasn’t easy – narrow switch-back lanes with plunging drops (no barriers, at least not then) and the usual craziness…

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this month’s contributors

ADRIAN MOURBY goes to Tuscany for us this issue, and the walled city of Lucca in particular, where he spends time at a festival that celebrates the life and work of the composer Puccini. The musical artist has left a huge impression on Italian culture and he used the region of Tuscany as his muse. Find out more from page 36. FLEUR KINSON is Italia!’s expert on Italian property markets. Fancy rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous on the edge of Lake Como? Or maybe you’d like to purchase a lakeside home that’s a little less ostentatious? Let Fleur guide you through all the options in this month’s feature, which starts on page 22. FREYA MIDDLETON operates a business that spans Florence and Venice, where she engages with visitors that have a passion for…

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readers’ photo competition!

THIS MONTH’S WINNER Elizabeth Hak, Calgary, Alberta, Canada My mum and I travelled to Tuscany in the summer of 2011. We decided to spend a day in Pisa. It took a couple of hours and we arrived late in the morning. I took the time to climb up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Mum decided to stay firmly on the ground. It was so hot! As I enjoyed the view from the top, I looked down and saw this lady taking a break from the heat under a colourful umbrella. Who says an umbrella is just for the rain?” James Dowie, Hamstall Ridware, Staffordshire “These guys sit in the main piazza in Ostuni for hours every day. I thought it fascinating watching them just sitting; some were talking and some just sat in silence.” Sheila…

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SCHOOL OF WINE Italian schoolchildren as young as six could soon be taught how to drink wine. The proposal forms part of a parliamentary bill designed to prevent irresponsible drinking among young people and help them appreciate wine’s importance to Italian culture. It comes hot on the heels of a similar, regional initiative, where schoolkids in Brescia have been receiving lessons in wine appreciation. Said Dario Stefano, the senator behind the bill, “Italy is now the biggest wine producer in the world. It is our history, and we should be happy and proud to teach our children about it.” FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK Italy came up trumps in the 2016 New York International Olive Oil Competition, scooping more gongs than any other nation. Of the 184 entrants from Italy, 109 received awards, with…

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this month june 2016

Researchers took saliva samples and measured the cortisol levels of around a hundred volunteers “ART IS GOOD FOR THE HEART” If you want to live longer, try admiring more art. That’s the advice given by a group of Italian researchers who carried out an experiment to gauge whether paintings and sculptures have a positive effect on our health. They sent a group of a hundred volunteers up to the cupola of the Basilica of Vicoforte in the Piedmont region, where they were left to admire the 18th-century fresco – think cherubs and angels – for around two hours. Before they climbed the 240 steps, the researchers took saliva samples and measured the volunteers’ levels of cortisol (the ‘stress hormone’). Remarkably, when the subjects returned from looking at the painted ceiling, those levels…

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ITALY STILL POPULAR WITH PIZZA LOVERS Rome and Naples both made it into a top five worldwide destinations for pizza lovers. The list was the result of a survey by readers of Condé Nast Traveller magazine, in which they had to nominate their must-visit destinations for experiencing the traditional Italian dish. Leading the way was Chicago, famous for its deep-dish pizza, with New York City, home of the top-ranking pizza restaurant in the US, Juliana’s, finishing second. Rome, which tends to favour the thin and crispy pizza, was third; and Naples, widely considered to be the birthplace of the margherita pizza (see page 98), finished fifth. BOSS BUNGS BIRTHDAY BONUS On your birthday, the usual protocol is for people to give you presents. But the boss of an Italian air-conditioning company reversed the…