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Italia magazine November 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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All aboard! Follow Mark NIcholls’ steam train adventure across Tuscany on page 38(*UK DD orders only)It’s been a busy month here, what with sending our latest travel guide Venice & Veneto to press (see more on page 44), as well as the regular issue of Italia!. When times like these come around, things can get, well, a little hectic. So a brief trip to Corvara in the Dolomites was a welcome escape from the deadlines. It’s a place of majestic vistas: jagged granite peaks and wildflower-strewn valleys, where the silence was so tangible you could feel it in the wind. Familiar to many as a ski destination, it was such a treat to see this living landscape in its late-summer glory.For this issue, we’ve travelled to Umbria. After the earthquakes…

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this month’s contributors

JOE GARTMANWith his unerring knack of finding the story behind the stories, Joe travels to a quiet backwater canal in Venice where he finds a museum dedicated to Carlo Goldoni, Italy’s greatest comic playwright. The first to write scripted plays for the actors, he completely changed the shape of Italian theatre. Find out more on page 45.FLEUR KINSONThis month, our expert assesses the property prospects of Umbria, which like a phoenix rising from the ashes has plenty of potential despite the earthquakes last year. With tough legislation in place to ensure the stability of new homes and restorations, buyers can have confidence. Turn to page 80 for more.MARK NICHOLLSJust a few generations ago, it was every boy’s dream to be a steam engine driver when they grew up. Steam trains…

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letters to italia!

NEW!Every issue our Letter of the Month wins a 12-month subscription to Italia!Catherine wrote to us in September, detailing her plansLETTER OF THE MONTHGRAND TOUR OF TUSCANYWow, what a trip! Got back on Sunday morning. I have photos and wrote a detailed log of each day. As soon as I get a chance to translate this into a ‘piece’, I’ll submit it.Volterra was the star of the holiday. I was expecting San Gimignano and the other famous cities of the north to blow me away but Volterra hit the spot. It is relatively unspoiled and the balance between tourism and everyday life is just about right.The food was fabulous. I discovered the simply enjoyment of biscotti with Vin Santo. It was an interesting walk to the campsite after the prosecco…

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Anne Crawford“I took this photo of a beautiful abandoned palazzo from the balcony of my hotel room in Ortygia in July 2008. Although the building has now been restored I think there is still a great deal of charm in the original.”Jim Kiernan, Carolina Beach, North Carolina, USA“Taken from the Grand Hotel in Bellagio on Lago di Como, with Menaggio in the distance.”Colin Fortnam“Most years we motor down to some Italian friends who live in Acqui Terme, in the Bormida valley close to Alessandria. The last couple of times we have driven down in my Borgward classic car from a show in Germany. Our friends told us of the lovely 13th-century Church of Francis of Assisi in the town of Cassine, about 12 kilometres from Acqui. We have visited a…

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(Images © iStock unless otherwise stated)VILLAGE IMPOSES SELFIE BANAt the time of writing, thousands of tourists were expected to descend on the medieval village of Guardia Sanframondi, Campania, for one of Italy’s most unusual religious festivals. But one thing they were strictly prohibited from doing was taking selfies. The event, held every seven years, sees penitents known as battenti, ‘beaters’, flagellate themselves on the chest until blood starts pouring out. And officials were adamant that people should enjoy the occasion without phone-based distractions. “It’s better for people to concentrate on the religious aspect and to experience a wonderful day of spirituality, which is a rare thing these days,” said the mayor, Floriano Panza.HAVE A PIZZA-FUL CHRISTMASIf you can’t make your mind up between British and Italian cuisine this coming festive…

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this month november 2017

(Image © Palazzo Seneca)THE REBUILDING OF NORCIAA hotel in an Italian town that was destroyed by an earthquake in October 2016 has been named the world’s best. The Palazzo Seneca scooped the prestigious gong at the Virtuoso Tourism Awards in Las Vegas in August – just ten months after parts of Norcia, Umbria, were reduced to rubble by the 6.6-magnitude quake. (Find out more on page 22.) Though the hotel itself didn’t suffer any major damage, it was forced to close for repair work and only reopened in April – the first hotel in Norcia’s old town to do so. Frequented by “footballers and other sporting and entertainment figures”, the Palazzo Seneca boasts a gorgeous 16th-century façade, 24 elegantly furnished rooms, a wellness centre with Turkish baths and hydromassage, and…