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Italia magazine September 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
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12 Numéros


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In Michelangelo’s footsteps: filming at Studio Nicoli in Carrara on page 52 (This page: Image © David Bickerstaff Cover: Image © iStock)I’m in a reflective mood today, taking my cue from the capricious weather we’re having at the moment (perfect summer’s day yesterday, with blue skies and a light breeze; torrential rain today). But I’m sparing a thought for the citizens of Rome, who awoke this week to find the water supply to all their public drinking fountains, or nasoni (big noses), cut off. Not to spite their faces, you understand, but to relieve the drain on Lake Bracciano, one of the city’s main water supplies. Much of Italy is in the grips of a severe drought at the moment, with wild fires and searing temperatures in various corners of…

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letters to italia!

The deserted town of ApiceGRAND TOUR OF TUSCANYI love your magazine. The June issue is the second issue I have purchased and it is jampacked with ideas. I intend to subscribe to this on a regular basis as it’s good to read up on places that may influence my next trip. Last year we did a luxury week in Venice and Florence. In the summer we drove to Limone sul Garda and explored the lake, Verona and Cremona.In six weeks we will be driving down through Belgium (Zeebrugge), staying in Alsace overnight and then heading for Volterra. So I am wondering which ‘back issues’ would help. The idea is to explore down as far as Siena but concentrate around the immediate vicinity between Volterra, San Gimignano, Florence, Bologna and Modena;…

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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!*THIS MONTH’S WINNERSheila Roche, West Boldon “This is a reflection of the Louis Vuitton shop on Via degli Strozzi in Florence, one of my favourite places in Italy.”Ken Cheung, Toronto, Canada I recently returned from a trip to the AmalfiCoast, and here’s a photograph of a beach on the coast.”Joe Fellini “My wife and I spent an amazing week on Lake Como. It is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth.”Amyn Bhagat, London “Boys out on a Sunday afternoon spin. Photo taken on a Sunday afternoon in May 2016, in Venezia, of course!”Ewa Leja, Blackpool “My boyfriend and I visited this gorgeous restaurant…

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(Images © iStock unless otherwise stated)ICE IS NOT NICEThe sight of live lobsters being kept on ice in Italian restaurants will soon be a thing of the past, after Italy’s highest court ruled that it was cruel. Following a complaint by an animal-rights group, the owner of a Florence restaurant was fined €2,000 for such “mistreatment” – even though lobsters are traditionally cooked alive. “While the particular method of cooking can be considered legal by recognising that it is commonly used, the suffering caused by detaining the animals while they wait to be cooked cannot be justified in that way,” wrote the judges. It was pointed out that many restaurants keep their crustaceans in oxygenated water tanks at room temperature.THE WONDER-FUL AMALFICOASTIf you saw the recent Wonder Woman movie, you…

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this month september 2017

Genoa airportLocally made pesto is now exempt from security controlPassengers will be allowed to carry 500ml of the green sauce as hand luggagePASSPORTS FOR PESTOYou know the rules – you’re not allowed to take more than 100ml of liquids onto a plane with you. Unless, that is, you’re travelling from Genoa, in which case you can take… a large jar of pesto! The Ligurian city made the exception after it was estimated that around 500 jars of the delicious basil and pine-nut sauce – which originates in Genoa – were being confiscated from tourists at Cristoforo Colombo airport every three or four months. Under the new initiative, dubbed Il Pesto e Buono (Pesto is Good), passengers will now be allowed to carry 500ml of pesto as hand luggage – as…

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“DISNEYLAND” ITALYPermanent residences within some Italian cities are being taken over by tourists, as more and more people rent out their homes through Airbnb, according to a new report. A group of researchers at the University of Siena discovered that up to 20 per cent of the houses in Florence’s historic centre are being used by visitors to the city, with home-owners looking to cash in on the ‘DIY guesthouse’ trend that’s taken the internet by storm. “The centre of Florence is now ‘Disneyfied’,” one of the researchers, Stefano Picascia, told The Telegraph. “It’s basically a theme park for tourists.”FENDI SISTER PASSES AWAYOne of Italian fashion’s biggest names, Carla Fendi, has died aged 80. Along with her sisters, Paola, Anna, Franca and Alda – and German designer Karl Lagerfeld, who…