Italia magazine City Breaks 2016 - 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
6 期号



Welcome to the latest edition of the Italia! City Breaks Guide from the creators of Italia! magazine – 132 pages of travel inspiration for your next trip to il bel paese. There’s absolutely no doubt the cities and towns of Italy are ideal destinations for a weekend break – or a longer stay. With a wealth of art and cultural history, superb restaurants and bars, plus so much to see and do, and – of course – the warmth of the Italian people, there’s so much to experience. From Milan and Venice to Rome and Florence, we’ll show you how to get off the beaten track even in the heart of the city; and if you fancy something a little less hectic, we’ve stopped off at more laid-back destinations like…

hidden venice

Most of my friends have already been to Venice at least once so when they come to visit me I show them the side of town that I got to know by growing up and living here throughout my childhood and right into my early adult life. I walk with them amongst those hidden alleys and courtyards that, in a frenzy to cover the postcard-stereotype-touristhotspots, most visitors miss out on... Venice is a secret itself, right from its foundations. The surface hides millions of tree trunks under the water, which allow its existence. The city is rich with fascinating stories and legends. Venice, in its small, fish-shaped body swimming in water, has thousands of tiny calli and many other canals and bridges to discover. Set your map aside and get lost…

valle d’aosta

There’s something of the hidden kingdom about the Valle D’Aosta, like an Italian Bhutan (but with a lot more ski lifts). Entering from France via the seemingly endless Mont Blanc Tunnel, you’re transported from alpine foothills and farmland, in winter with horses stark black against frozen white pastures, and into an encirclement of soaring peaks. Arriving at sunset is particularly enchanting: as you switch back along the mountain roads your view alternates between the golden warmth of the sun-bathed west-facing ridges and the shadows deepening in the static pattern of the vertical snow-laden forests. The Valle D’Aosta is exactly that: a valley; a beautiful glacial valley that sweeps east-west through the region (making it delightfully simple to navigate). The SS26 is the main highway, running the same valley floor route favoured…


I don’t want it to end. My last morning in Verona is spent enjoying the view from a café in Piazza Bra’ overlooking the Arena and savouring the traditional spritz aperol I’ve come to know and love on this trip. The aperitif is as bright and as orange as the sunshine and, despite its innocent appearance, it’s conspiring with the sun to make me woozy. The spacious Piazza Bra’ is humming with people enjoying the colourful flower stalls on this perfect spring morning, and food stalls proffering delicacies from around Italy produce inviting aromas. There’s a gentle drone of cars in the distance as I sink into a reverie and revisit my mini-break in this pretty medieval town in the southwest of the Veneto region. Verona is probably best known for…


Genoese-born singer Ivano Fossati believes that “those who look at Genoa should know that Genoa can be seen only from the sea.” The song is stuck in my head as I get off the train at Porta Principe, one of those grand railway stations that could be used as the location for a ball. In the square outside, I am greeted by a statue of Columbus, the city’s most famous son, predictably looking towards the sea. From there, it is a short walk to the Porto Antico, the windswept basin that saw the rise and fall of the ancient maritime republic. The industrial docks – still Genoa’s major source of income – have moved out to a less central area and the once run-down old port was spruced up in…

lake orta

Described by Honoré de Balzac as “a pearl, enclosed by the green treasure chest of the Piemontese hills”, Orta is one of the smallest of the Italian lakes, and the only one to lie entirely in Piedmont. The main attractions, apart from the beautiful scenery, are the medieval village of Orta San Giulio and the island of San Giulio, which sits just opposite it. I had been inspired to visit Orta after reading a novel set there and, as I made my way down towards the village, it was certainly living up to my expectations. As soon as I had unpacked I headed off towards the main square, Piazza Motta, where, after a long day’s travelling, I sat and relaxed over a large glass of red wine and a delicious risotto…