Italia magazine October/November 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


in memoriam

IT WAS WITH GREAT SADNESS that we heard that Paul Pettengale had passed away this month. A familiar name to our long-standing readers, Paul’s association with Italia! goes right back to when the magazine was launched in 2004. As editor for the next 30 issues, his vision consolidated the magazine’s unique style and place on the newsstand, before I had the privilege to take over the reins as editor and he became Italia!’s publisher. We worked closely for the following six years or so, until we both went on to different projects. I know that he had great affection for Italia!, one of his favourite Anthem magazines. He will be missed by all of us. © F1online/AGF, courtesy of Roma Capitale Tourist Office,…


It gives me immense pleasure to welcome you to this new issue of Italia! magazine. It’s astonishing to think the last time I sat down to write this column was nearly six months ago. The world might be a completely different place now, but if there’s one skill we’ve picked up during this time, it is how to connect in different way, from Zoom and FaceTime to good old-fashioned letters and print. And putting this issue of Italia! together has been a delight. You might not be able to get to Italy right now, but we will bring Italy right to you instead through these pages. From the terracotta rooftops of Siena to the wilds of Molise and sunny corners in Calabria, let our writers be your virtual guides. Practise your…

this month’s contributors

FRANCES MAYES is well known for her books Under the Tuscan Sun and other bestsellers, and with her co-writer Ondine Cohane she reveals the aspects of Calabria that only the locals know, with insider knowledge and a look at the rich history and culture of this southern region and several of its key locations. Turn to page 34 to take the tour. KAREN JENSEN-JONES is a freelance journalist and writer specialising in interiors, lifestyle and travel. In her debut feature for Italia!, her creative break in Umbria included hunting for treasures in Arezzo’s renowned antique market – a dream destination combining her love of Italy with interiors and all things old. See more on page 56. JOE GARTMAN Our curious traveller heads off to Bolzano this issue, in search of a medieval…

five italian classical writers for you to read

1 Dante Alighieri was born in Florence and is pretty much the undisputed king of Italian literature, known by Italians as the ‘Supreme Poet’. He is also often referred to as the ‘father of the Italian language’ for writing his masterwork, The Divine Comedy, in Italian, based on the regional dialect of Tuscany, rather than in the usual Latin or Greek. 2 Early Renaissance writer Giovanni Boccaccio is best known for his evocative work the Decameron, in which ten people fleeing the plague in Italy take it in turn to tell one another stories. It probably influenced Geoffrey Chaucer in his writing of The Canterbury Tales. 3 Arezzo-born Francesco Petrarca was a contemporary of Boccaccio, and these two, with Dante, are often referred to as ‘the three fountains’. Although he wrote much…

news & views

Escape to the country One consequence of the recent lockdown restrictions has been an increase in the number of people seeking a home in the countryside. This is a trend that’s been seen in nations across the world – including Italy – according to a study published in Italy’s Ville & Casali magazine. After weeks of being restricted by quarantine regulations, it seems that Italians have become as keen as the rest of us to up sticks and escape to the country. Estate agents in Italy say online searches and requests for homes in the countryside increased by 20 per cent between February and April. Monferrato and the Langhe area in Piedmont were among the regions most popular with young couples, while other areas in demand included the Piacenza hills, the…

you tell us…

We asked our Facebook friends how they’ve been incorporating the Italian spirit into their lives during lockdown… • Apart from already booking next year’s trip and having a great time going through my back copies of Italia!, the Aperol spritz has been well and truly sampled and lots of fresh pasta making trials have been carried out! Yonna Richards • Doing a GCSE in Italian. Unfortunately I never got to sit the exam – we’re getting estimated grades instead. David Parkins• My sister hosted an Italian lunch at her flat in Sydney, Australia. We dined on a multicourse Italian meal, accompanied by Aperol and prosecco, with Tuscan hills in the distance (advertising posters she’d brought home from a work promotion!). Allison Bennett Send us a letter using the address on page 6 Join us…