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Italia magazine May 2017

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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Anthem Publishing
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this month’s contributors

HEATHER CROMBIE Intrepid traveller Heather is always up for a challenge, so when we asked her to take a tour around the highways and byways of Molise, the tiny coastal region right next to Abruzzo, she didn’t hesitate. If you’re as curious as we were to find out about the region’s secret corners, you can read her Top 10 which starts on page 20. FLEUR KINSON If you dream of owning your own bolthole in an Italian city, property expert Fleur is here to help. She takes a look at the best cities – large and small – for living the high life in Italy. Whether you are looking for a place to buy for yourself or to rent out, Fleur takes you through the options and the pitfalls. Turn to page 82. VALENTINA…

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welcome!

Sitting here writing to you, I can’t quite believe Italia! has reached its 150th issue… Having been editor from issue 30 until just before its 100th birthday, and now back at the helm again, to see the magazine achieve such a milestone is a real privilege. Much has changed in the years since Italia! launched in December 2004: political leaders might have come and gone, economic fortunes waxed and waned, but our love for Italy remains undimmed – and so does yours, it seems. To celebrate our happy anniversary, we are launching an exciting travel writing competition. So if your love of Italy inspires you to put pen to paper, we want to hear from you – turn to page 40 for all the details. Elsewhere, we go on a voyage…

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letters to italia!

EXPLORING ASOLO We just wanted to thank you for your 48 Hours in Asolo feature which appeared in a previous issue of Italia! magazine. We normally fly into Treviso airport and drive down to Venice when we come to this area, but this time we were inspired to head north to Asolo, to see the town for ourselves. So glad we did – it is as charming as your writer suggests with beautiful views, so much history and typical Veneto architecture. We walked all the way up to La Rocca – a bit of a climb but well worth it for the panorama of the surrounding hills at the summit. They say Asolo is known as the “city of a hundred horizons” and it’s true. When we were strolling around in the town,…

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roman holiday

NEW! Letter of the Month wins a 12-month subscription to Italia! every issue March must be one of the best times to explore the Eternal City. We have just returned from a four-night break and were on a mission to see places we had not seen before. We started at the Baths of Diocletian. We were amazed at its size and Michelangelo’s church and cloister. Next our trail took us to the Palazzo Massimo, a fantastic museum. We had gone to see the garden frescoes from the Villa Livia – probably part of Livia Drusilla’s dowry when she married the Emperor Augustus, her second husband, in 39 BC. These frescoes adorn a windowless room underground. Your eye is taken in by the clever perspective and your eyes follow birds and flowers enjoyed by us…

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readers’ photo competition!

THIS MONTH’S WINNER Mark Rea “Early morning on the Ponte Vecchio, Florence.” Karl Fyhr Visby, Sweden “This is a photo I took during my visit to Milan at the beginning of June last year. It was raining for a while and I was relaxing at a bar.” Tony Eklof, Cork, Ireland “I took this photo of the sunset from the walls of the Castello Scaligero while on a holiday in the picture-perfect town of Torri del Benaco. The ferry would appear to be crossing Lago di Garda from Garda to Salò on the other side of the lake.” Bryan Abrams “This view is from a castle in the hills above Portofino!” Stephen Ellis, Worcestershire “My wife and I visited the Frasassi Caves at Genga in Le Marche in August 2016 and having visited the caves themselves, walked a steep…

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this month may 2017

Vagli Sotto, nestled in the hills northwest of Florence, reportedly spent £68,000 on a marble statue of Donald Trump THE GIANT MARBLE DONALD A town in Tuscany has raised eyebrows by commissioning a giant statue of Donald Trump. Vagli Sotto, nestled in the hills around 50 miles northwest of Florence, reportedly spent £68,000 on the marble statue, which will be erected in its new Park of Honour and Dishonour. The attraction also features busts relating to the Costa Concordia disaster and another of Diesel, the police dog killed in a raid after the Paris terror attacks of 2015. But it’s the homage to Trump – paid for by private donations – that will grab the headlines. So, are the town’s councillors fans of the US President? “I’m not going to enter in…

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