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Italia magazine October 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.

United Kingdom
Anthem Publishing
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12 Numéros


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View across the Bay of Naples from Villa Astor, Sorrento, on page 28(*UK DD orders only)There’s a moment in every year that takes me by surprise: when the heady days of summer tip over into autumn. For weeks, months even, the fading light of dusk blurs gently into night, we head off to bed while the last wisps of light still cling to the horizon, and then – it’s dark before 9pm, lights are on and curtains pulled. Autumn’s here.With mellower temperatures and fewer tourists, this calm season is a wonderful time to travel, and in this issue, we head to arguably the best-known of Italy’s twenty regions, Tuscany. Captivating vistas, historic cities and beguiling islands – it’s a wonderful place to visit, as you’ll discover in our Elba travel…

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this month’s contributors

JULIE CARBONARABaccalà is to Vicenza what pizza is to Naples, says local writer Julie. She tells the tale of baccalà alla vicentina, which has its origins in Norway, and has so much significance that it even has its own association to protect its traditions, the Baccalà Brotherhood. Find out more about this intriguing story on page 48.FLEUR KINSONWhile homes in Tuscan property hotspots are beyond the reach of most of us, there are still buying opportunities to be had if you know where to look, especially in today’s market, says our resident property expert. Turn to page 80 to find out more about the options for owning your own slice of Tuscan heaven.RACHAEL MARTINFalling in love with Italy isn’t difficult – beautiful lakes and mountains, historic cities and a matchless…

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letters to italia!

NEW!▸ Every issue our Letter of the Month wins a 12-month subscription to Italia!Peter’s photos from his recent trip to UmbriaLETTER OF THE MONTH OCT 2017A MONTH IN UMBRIAReaders of Italia! magazine will be aware of the devastating earthquakes that struck central Italy last year. We have just returned from a month in Umbria and it quickly became obvious that tourist numbers are substantially down on previous years due to fears over the possibility of further earthquakes.One of our favourite towns, Norcia, was badly damaged but we were encouraged to visit by Italian friends. Whilst it was very sad to see the extensive damage it was encouraging to see that daily life continues, albeit with great difficulty and hardship.We were able to visit our favourite shop, Brancaleone da Norcia for…

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readers’ photo competition!

Send us your favourite Italian travel photos, and each month the best will win a bottle of Villa Sandi Il Fresco Prosecco and exclusive bottle stopper!*Decca Sin, Hong Kong“This photo was taken in Castel Sant’Angelo at midnight.”Bernard James, New Providence, New Jersey“On an early morning walk through the harbour area of Genoa, I watched the merchants setting up their stands.”Dana and Pam Ogdon, Huntington Beach, California“This is a picture we took while staying on Ischia in the Bay of Naples this past July. The lights reflecting off the water from Castello Aragonese are very beautiful.”Shane Weisfeld, Toronto“On a quiet canal bridge, away from the crowds, I turned to my wife and said, ‘This is the quintessential Venice right here’.”Joe Fellini, Boston, Massachusetts“From under the Ponte Vecchio.”SEE MORE OF YOUR PHOTOS…

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this month october 2017

(Image © PA)BLOOMIN’ MARVELLOUSIf you want to improve your outdoor space and are looking for some tips and inspiration, you could learn a lot from the Italians. The country is home to some of the world’s most beautiful floral vistas, and a number of these have recently been detailed in a new feature on The Guardian website: ‘10 of the best public gardens in Italy’.The list includes the Barberini Garden at the Pope’s summer palace, Castel Gandolfo, which has only recently been opened to the public; the Royal Garden of Marlia in Lucca, which was once owned by Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister, Princess Elisa Baciocchi, and has been beautifully restored; the majestic, cypress-lined gardens of Castello Visconti, Emilia Romagna, where the film director Luchino Visconti spent his childhood; and the Island…

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an italian summer

With nights drawing in and leaves starting to turn, we think it’s the perfect time to start dreaming of beach-front trattorias, al fresco espressos and daily gelato breaks… Head to the Neapolitan Riviera for a classically Italian seaside holiday. From private tours of Pompeii’s ruins and the AmalfiCoast’s cliff-side villages, to cooking classes and Italian language lessons in Sorrento, this part of Italy offers la dolce vita in spades. The region’s postcard-worthy good looks mean it tends to book up quickly, so we’d always recommend securing your stay early. Our local concierges offer on-the-spot advice so you get the most from your holiday experience. “Sorrento is the perfect base for exploring the Neapolitan Riviera. Take a quick ferry crossing to Capri or Ischia; Pompeii and Herculaneum are an easy train…