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Italia magazine May'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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Sardinia will always have a significant place in my heart. In the early 1990s a couple of friends suggested that this was where the Romans went on holiday. And we believed them! At the time the island was largely unexplored – and certainly unexploited. The Costa Smeralda was a long way off being the billionaires’ playgound it’s since become. Indeed, myself and my (now) wife passed an idyllic summer there living off cheese, bread and tomatoes. Our days were spent on the beach; our nights in our tent next to the sea. Nothing much else seemed to matter. Sardinia has changed. Whereas you could once pitch a tent and sleep for free right next to the ocean, you’re now obliged to consider luxury hotels and Michellinstarred restaurants. But the Sardinian soul…

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this month’s contributors

WANDA DJEBBAR lives for food, especially that of her beloved Tuscany. In this issue of Italia! she explains the most famous of the region’s gastronomic delights, including its wines, mushrooms, fruits, meats, truffles and – even – the wood that’s used to impart flavour. Join her on her journey of Tuscan taste discovery from page 72. FLEUR KINSON not only knows a thing or two about the many and varied property markets in Italy – she is regarded as one of the UK’s most knowledgeable writers on the subject – but she also knows how to kick back, and for this issue of Italia! she shares her knowledge of Sardinia’s stunning beaches. Join her there from page 42. CAROLYN LYONS has been a long-standing contributor to Italia! and, like Fleur, has also…

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readers’ photo competition!

THIS MONTH’S WINNER Win and Rosie Sargent, Tacoma, Washington, USA “Another day took us up to the hills, to Bussana Vecchia, an old village originally destroyed by an earthquake in 1887. The town itself is a contrast between pretty, hip, and haunting, with art galleries next door to fallen brick walls. Large portions lie as they did for decades. The main church looks like a bombed-out shell, with its roof open to the sky. Paintings are still fresh on its walls.” Mrs P Fuell, Fakenham, Norfolk “I attach some shots of Cefalù. I recently spent a week in this delightful resort, having been there 30 years ago. The old town has not lost its charm, although the new town has developed quite a bit in that time.” Diane Watson, North Anston, Sheffield “The wonderful defensive gateway…

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LAST CHANCE TO BUY INTO CASA TRE ARCHI Imagine investing in a luxury Italian lifestyle, owning your own slice of an exclusive property, without having to make a huge financial commitment or worrying about year-round management. Says India Hobbs-Mauger of Appassionata.com, “We are pleased to offer our final share in the beautiful medieval 3-bedroom town house Casa Tre Archi, in the heart of Petritoli, a stunning hilltop village in the region of Le Marche. Casa Tre Archi offers stunning views from the roof terrace, perfect for al fresco dining, and all for just £80,000! For full details contact India Hobbs-Mauger at ifh@appassionata.comor call her on +39 331 541 3225. www.appassionata.com MUSSOLINI GIFT GOES UNDER THE HAMMER A pair of swastika-shaped cufflinks presented to Adolf Hitler by Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini has sold…

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this month may 2016

AIDAA claimed that the Carlo Cracco’s pigeon recipe was against the ‘Birds Directive’ law NO PIGEONS PLEASE, WE’RE EUROPEAN A renowned cook was the subject of a backlash after preparing a pigeon dish on the TV show MasterChef Italia. Michelin-starred Carlo Cracco made pigeon with turnip in an episode that aired in January, but the recipe incited the wrath of AIDAA (the Italian Association for the Protection of Animals and the Environment), which claimed that such a dish was against the ‘Birds Directive’ law, which protects species across Europe. Soon after the programme, a message appeared on the group’s website saying, “From the point of view of European law and national law, pigeons are a wild species. Cracco is not God and is therefore not above the law.” AIDAA president Lorenzo Croce…

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‘RIGHT-SIZED’ REAL ESTATE COMES TO LE MARCHE Le Marche is at the centre of an emerging trend in foreign real-estate ownership in Italy. Instead of pricey mega-villas, architects are designing comfortable, energy-efficient, ‘right-sized’ homes, in magnificent positions – like Casa Ideale, a 145sqm 3-bedroom house with open-plan architecture and great views. Casa Ideale also has a panoramic terrace – and full planning permission already in place. Sold as a turn-key fixed-price contract, it’s a ‘smaller’ house that lives like a big villa, but for a fraction of the cost and restoration time. Learn more about Casa Ideale at www.propertyforsalemarche.com/ruins-to-restore SEVENTH TIME LUCKY FOR MORRICONE At the ripe old age of 87, Ennio Morricone has finally won a competitive Oscar. The legendary Italian film composer scooped the Best Original Score gong for his soundtrack…