Italia magazine February 2020

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



It’s February, which can mean only one thing in Italy – Carnevale. Cities and towns all over the country are lit up with lively events and celebrations, usually involving costumes or brightly decorated processions. Italy is definitely the place to be this month, and you can get the flavour of what’s going on in our news section. Elsewhere in the magazine, we visit the magical island of Capri, a real summer hotspot, but did you know it has a flourishing artistic side as well? Take a guided tour with writer Laura Thayer to discover the delights for yourself. We take a look at Venice through the photographer’s lens, with a masterclass of easy techniques to get the perfect shots from your next visit. The expert chocolatiers of Modica are also in…

this month’s contributors

LAURA THAYER has lived in the town of Amalfifor many years and took a special trip over to the island of Capri for this feature. Away from the tourist traps, Laura discovers a host of creative islanders inspired by their wonderful surroundings. Read about her encounters with the makers and artists of Capri, and their creations, on page 22. FLEUR KINSON This month our property expert is in the sunny southern region of Puglia, the elegant high heel of Italy’s boot and home to those curious coned trulli. The arrival of budget airlines really opened up the area to visitors and homebuyers alike, and the local property market is still very buoyant. Turn to page 84 to find out more. JOE GARTMAN Our resident historian and storyteller travels to a hunting lodge…

this month news & views

Lights, camera, action! Exciting news from Rome for film fans… The city’s famous Cinecittà Studios has just opened a museum dedicated to all things audiovisual, with exhibits spanning the spectrum of moving images in applications ranging from Italian cinema to video games. The Museo Italiano dell’Audiovisivo e del Cinema (MIAC) opened in December and explores all aspects of Italy’s screen culture, covering the history of film, television, video games – and even the new world of virtual reality. The Italian Minister for Culture, Dario Franceschini, celebrated the opening of this new attraction, praising MIAC as a “powerful and evocative installation which covers more than a century of cinema and 60 years of television in Italy.” The museum is divided into different themed areas filled with films, photos, music and interactive exhibits to engage…

we take a look at italy’s top 5 castles

1 Emperor Frederick II built the immaculately planned Castel del Monte near Bari in the 13th century. A masterpiece of architectural achievement, the castle’s octagonal theme is intrinsic to its design. The Italian government bought the castle in the 19th century and began the process of its restoration in the 1920s. Much loved and admired by the public today, 750 years after its conception, the magnificent Castel del Monte was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. 2 With its stand-out iconic shape, the Castel Sant’Angelo on the bank of the Tiber River is one of Rome’s most famous landmarks. It was first commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian and is now home to the National Museum of Castel Sant’Angelo. 3 Construction on the Castello Sforzesco in Milan began in…

you tell us…

February means Valentine’s Day. With love in the air, we asked our Facebook gang to share their favourite romantic spots in Italy… On any mountain, summer or winter, having a glass of something nice with a few cantucci or Gorgonzola dolce with ciabatta. Chris Benjamin-Young Capri takes some beating. Jon Davis Malfa on Salina, sipping prosecco and watching Stromboli gently belching into the evening sky. Alison Hellawell Sitting on the shores of Lake Garda at sunset drinking a glass of wine. Miriam Isabel Wallace Hard to pick one. The view from a B&B we stayed at in Sulzano overlooking Monte Isola, or Ortisei, or Sorano in Tuscany. Karen Spencer Send us a letter using the address on page 6 Join us on Facebook, search for Italia! magazine Find us on Twitter at @ItaliaMag Find us on Instagram at @italia_magazine…

this month news & views

Vino Da Vinci A team of experts have restored the vineyard that was gifted to Leonardo Da Vinci (a great wine lover) by the Duke of Milan as payment for The Last Supper, and the results of their harvest are now ready to drink. The vineyard was destroyed during the second world war, but oenologists found the remains of the original Malvasia di Candia Aromatica vines and replanted them. The ‘new’ white wine has been produced according to traditional techniques likely to have been used during Leonardo’s time. But don’t get your hopes up about sampling a glass – the team only made around 300 bottles, which sold at a private auction, so you won’t be finding it at your local off-licence any time soon. For more about the vineyard at Casa…