Italia magazine City Guide 2018

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 publishers of Italia! magazine – 132 pages of essential travel inspiration for your next trip to il bel paese. There’s absolutely no doubt Italy offers no end of exciting destinations for a weekend getaway – or a longer stay. With a wealth of art and cultural history, superb restaurants and bars, plus peerless landscapes, hilltop towns, coastlines, and – of course – the warmth of the Italian people, there’s so much to experience. From Milan and Venice to Rome and Florence, we invite you to step off the beaten track even in the heart of the city; and if you fancy something a little less hectic, we’ve travelled to quieter corners of the country like Asolo in the…


Vicenza is commonly known as the city of Palladio, the great architect who in the 16th century changed the look of the city with his iconic palaces and villas. The city centre and the Palladian villas in the surrounding countryside are so important there are now recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But Vicenza is not only beautiful, it is also rich – one of the richest cities in Italy thanks to its textile and steel industries, and to its world famous production and trade of gold, which is why it is also known as the City of Gold. Its elaborate goldsmith artistry has been charming the whole world for centuries and the city still attracts buyers and traders every year at its internationally famous jewellery fair, Vicenzaoro. Located in…

thoroughly modern milan

“Ah, Mr Mourby, you will drink a dry martini I think?” Not all hotels in Italy know how to serve a good martini, but at the Principe di Savoia in Milan they absolutely get it right. “Mr Mourby, you look younger every year, while the rest of us grow older!” Now that is how you serve a dry martini. I was in Milan to discover what is new and exciting a few years on from Expo. The Metro was successfully extended for that great international extravaganza and several new hotels and eating places had opened, but I’d chosen, perversely, to base myself, as ever, in the Principe di Savoia. It is the essence of a first-class, old-world hotel. When you arrive back at the end of a long day, the tail-coated concierge hails you…


The Barcolana Regatta is now the largest sailing race in the Mediterranean. And there’s a good reason for that: it’s pretty much a free-for-all. Unusually for a sailing race, and particularly one of this size, the Barcolana features boats of all classes starting from the same line. This makes for an infamously crowded and potentially chaotic race with not only boats but also sailors of different standards competing together for the first wind. The race – it always takes place on the second Sunday in October – is the culmination of a week of events that will include the ‘Young’, ‘Fun’, Challenge’, ‘Classic’, ‘Night Jotun Cup’ and ‘DHL Trophy’. On land there will be food, wine and music all week, with local and international businesses and organizations offering all manner of…

genoa: behind closed doors

My guide, Paola, is knocking, quite insistently, on the metal doors of Palazzo Patrone, now a military HQ. The HQ is one of Genoa’s Palazzi dei Rolli and, according to her itinerary, it’s meant to open today to the public. There are 42 palaces open today, so there are worthy alternatives available to us, but Paola is determined that I see inside this one. A few minutes later, a lock cranks. A man in uniform pokes his head out and there’s a rapid and polite exchange in Italian. Fortunately, he breaks into a smile – apparently the military hadn’t been entirely sure at what time to open their doors. We rush inside, along with another patient couple. As we do so, I understand Paola’s tenacity: the foyer is breath-taking. Creamy marble…


Deriving from the name of this village in the Veneto, asolare is an Italian word coined by the late-15th-century poet Pietro Bembo while he was spending time in Asolo at the court of Caterina Cornaro. The verb means ‘to pass time in a meaningless but delightful way’. Bembo associated it with the deposed Queen of Cyprus’s enforced idleness – and it has remained associated to this pleasurable state of mind ever since. The 19th-century poet Giosuè Carducci described Asolo as ‘a city of 100 horizons’ for its hilltop position which provides views over the surrounding mountains, hills and plains. If you are an art lover you might recognise some of the views captured by Titian, Giorgione or Canaletto. Asolo’s artistic and historical heritage has now earned it a place among the…