Italia magazine April 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



I’m writing this to you in the light of recent global events, and by the time you read this, the situation may well have changed again. So I have decided to focus on showcasing our offering to you this month, brought to you with the passion and commitment we have for il bel paese. Despite current uncertainties over travel, here is our new issue brimming with inspiring features and stunning photography celebrating the country we all know and love. To begin, we step off the tourist trail and head for the hills above the Amalfi Coast to explore the tiny town of Scala, which has all the charm of the coast but without the crowds. We pop over to Pisa, not for the Tower this time but for an intriguing tale…

this month’s contributors

VALENTINA NICASTRO travels to the heartland of Sicily this month, where the town of Enna celebrates Easter with a magnificent festival that runs for the whole of Holy Week. Whether you have a religious affiliation or not, this dramatic spectacle is a fascinating insight into the island’s history and the legacy of many years of Spanish occupation. Find out more on page 34. FLEUR KINSON The stunning rural landscapes, hilltop towns, Renaissance cities and wonderful heritage of Tuscany keep in right up there in the property stakes. But if the idea of Tuscan living appeals, you can find out more from page 84 – and even if you’re not planning to buy, our essential guide to the region is a great read! LAURA THAYER Erstwhile resident of Scala, our writer Laura is very well placed…

this month news & views

The height of romance: Valentine’s Day in Casa di Giulietta Airbnb answered the call of romantics everywhere this Valentine’s Day when it ran a competition offering one couple the chance to be the first to spend a night in one of literature’s most iconic homes. Casa di Giulietta, ’Juliet’s house’, in Verona – with its famous balcony – is reportedly the site Shakespeare imagined for Romeo and Juliet, his timeless tale of love and tragedy. On Valentine’s Day the winning couple were given unprecedented access to the 14th-century building, waited on by a personal butler and treated to a private meal from a Michelin-starred chef, before retiring to Juliet’s medieval-themed bedroom featuring the original bed used in Zeffirelli’s classic 1960s movie Romeo and Juliet. Airbnb has worked with the city of Verona…

five good reasons to visit chieti, abruzzo

1 Easter is a wonderful time to visit Abruzzo, and in particular Chieti, because as well as beautiful views and lovely weather, the city offers a very special cultural experience at this time of year. The Holy Friday Parade, which takes place in Chieti every year, is supposed to be one of the oldest Easter parades in Italy. A choir of 1,000 hooded men follows a large cross around the oldest part of the city, accompanied by 150 violins. It is a dramatic spectacle for participants and spectators alike. 2 After watching the parade, why not sample the regional Easter speciality, a salami called tomasella? Other local cucina povera traditions include meatballs made from cheese and eggs rather than meat, and the unique maccheroni alla chitarra pasta. 3 Look out for saffron…

you tell us…

We asked our Facebook fans for their pick of the best budget hotels in Italy. Read on for their advice. Where would you recommend? • Hotel Soleado in Taormina. It’s a great family-run hotel with good rooms, a big pool, great views and a decent breakfast in the morning. It is around five minutes’ walk to the centre of beautiful Taormina, and is much cheaper than many of the other hotels in the area. Carl Hunt • Hotel Donatello, Rome – 10 minutes’ walk to Termini, 15 minutes’ walk to the Colosseum, and a choice of restaurants nearby. Manzoni metro a short walk, and there’s a large supermarket close by. Jen Coulson • Hotel Meridiana in Bellano, Lake Como. I’m not sure if it counts as budget, but it’s certainly great value and…

this month news & views

HOSCAR season – how to find a great hostel at the right price For anyone seeking a budget-friendly break, hostels are a great option – and the swanky options available these days are a far cry from the sparse dorms of the past. To celebrate today’s wonderful diversity and quality of hostels across the world the annual ‘HOSCARs’ (Hostelworld Customer Annual Ratings) honours some of the best. This year, two impressive Italian hostels scooped HOSCARs in Hostelworld’s awards: The 5 Terre Backpackers hostel in Liguria was awarded the Best European Hostel title, while Wombat’s City Hostel in Venice took the top slot for Best New Hostel Category. See the full list of winners at…