Italia magazine Grand Tour 2018

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United Kingdom
Anthem Publishing
6 期号



Welcome to this special Grand Tour travel guide from the publishers of Italia! magazine – with 132 pages of expert travel know-how, it is inspired by The Grand Tour of days gone by. Rather like an 18th-century ‘Gap Year’, wealthy young aristocrats were dispatched to Italy on The Grand Tour to complete their education – and the cultural splendours on their itinerary are just as dramatic to this day. In the guide we follow in their footsteps: starting from the Italian Alps, via Turin, Milan and Venice to Florence and Rome, two key stops on The Grand Tour, then on to Naples, Campania, and Sicily. In three colour-coded regional sections, you’ll discover iconic places to visit, guided city tours, where to stay and eat and top attractions like historic gardens, local…

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…


Hanging in the air above the city wasn’t exactly how I’d envisaged starting my visit to Turin. Yet here I was, 150 metres off the ground in a helium balloon, my heart in my throat, feet heavy as lead. Somehow, I’d been persuaded that The ‘Turin Eye’ ( would be a novel way to see the city. In spite of my trepidation and inability to step onto the glass panel in the basket, the views from up here are captivating. The snow-capped peaks of the majestic Alps provide an enchanting backdrop as I gaze gingerly down at the city spread out before me in miniature. From up here I can clearly see the Royal Palaces and gardens in the historic centre, the famous dome of the Mole Antonelliana, home to the…

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…

walk on water

It all starts with the Naviglio Grande, the most important waterway that connects the city to Abbiategrasso The name says it all: Milano, from the Latin Mediolanum, coming in turn from the Celtic Midland, ‘land in the middle’. In the middle of what? Water. As simple as that. The territories around Lombardy’s capital are naturally water-bound: a rectangle marked out by the lakes (Maggiore, Lugano and Como) in the north and the rivers Ticino, Po and Adda on the other three sides. In addition, there is an intricate network of man-made waterways converging into the city – an ideal extension of all those lakes and rivers. The so-called Navigli are an ambitious project of navigable canals built over seven centuries. The dream of the Sforzas and the Viscontis, the two ruling…


When you arrive in Padua from Venice, the one thing that jumps out at you is the energetic buzz of the city. With nearly 60,000 students at the University, there is a sense of optimism that pours out of the wine bars and into the beautiful piazze. It is in places such as Piazza dei Signori, Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Frutta that you will find such an atmosphere dominating from the early evening, when the locals meet for the customary aperitivo. Here, you may also overhear the never-ending dispute of whether Spritz all’Aperol, the vibrant orange aperitif, originates from Venice or Padua… Padua, or Padova, to give the city its Italian name, lies just to the west of Venice, on the road to Vicenza and Verona. Topographically, it sits…