Italia magazine December/January 2021

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



A very warm welcome to this new issue of Italia!, and we hope it finds you very well. Global events, quarantine restrictions and travel corridors may chop and change: but despite these uncertainties, we are delighted to bring you this beautiful magazine, celebrating Italy, and everything you love about the country, its way of life and its people. This month, we’re starting our journey in Venice, taking a look at what has been happening over recent months, and the city’s bright hopes and plans for the future, and if you’re already making plans for your return to Italy in 2021, the colourful Bagolino festival in a remote corner of alpine Italy is definitely one for your wishlist. On to Lake Maggiore next where we meet Aussie sculptor Rod Dudley, who has…

this month’s contributors

SARA SCARPA is our Venetian correspondent and spent a number of the lockdown months earlier this year in the city. She was uniquely placed to witness the changes that the pandemic imposed on local residents, the tourist situation and the cultural life of the city. Turn to page 28 to find how Venice is adapting to her new normality. AMY MCPHERSON travels to very edge of Italy in this issue, to the city of Gorizia right on the border with Slovenia. A place of great charm, and undoubtedly Italian, Gorizia is also a melting pot of European influences, as Amy discovers. She also gets the opportunity to sample the winning wines produced in this fertile area. See more on page 42. JOE GARTMAN Our resident storyteller is in a festive frame of…

5 reasons to visit trentino

1 Traditionally a speciality of German towns, Italy hosts some wonderful Christmas markets too, and few are as beautiful as the ones you’ll find in Trentino. As well as the traditional Christmas crafts, you can expect a journey through the flavours and colours of Trentino’s food and wine specialities. Winter delights in beautiful settings. 2 Polenta is a staple of the Trentino diet, often as dumplings, with butter, grated cheese and sage, or as the softer mix cooked in a copper cauldron called a paiolo. Try the local black polenta, made with buckwheat and served with butter and anchovies. 3 One local speciality for meat lovers in Trentino is speck. A lightly smoked, cured ham, it is produced to a very specific recipe from high-quality pork rubbed in an aromatic spice mix,…

this month news & views

Windows of opportunity There’s no doubt it’s been a difficult year – in Italy and across the world – but we’ve seen some interesting stories rise from the Covid-19 outbreak, and one of these is the revival of Tuscany’s historic buchette del vino or ‘wine windows’. These ancient openings have allowed gelaterie and bars across Florence to employ an effective method of serving drinks and snacks while maintaining a safe social distance. The windows date back to the 1600s – they were created by merchants to avoid contagion during the Italian plague of 1629-31 – and now, during the current pandemic, they have come into their own again. Businesses with a wine window on their premises have been cheering up locals by using them to serve contactless aperitivi, sweet snacks and…

going up, going down…

↑GOING UP↑ • For anyone who’s planning an adventure by rail, a new development has made the process a whole lot easier and more convenient. A new mobile pass in digital form has been launched in Italy, with plans to roll it out across further European destinations in the future. Trenitalia will be the first participating train company to use the new Eurail/Interrail scheme using an all-in-one mobile pass that can be accessed via a dedicated app. Visit or for further details.• Rome Fiumicino has been named the world’s first five-star anti-Covid airport, by airport industry ratings organisation Skytrax. The top rating was awarded for Fiumicino’s “excellent job in delivering Covid-19 protocols”, with effective signage throughout the airport, presence of cleaning staff in customer-facing areas and social distancing and…

italia! recommends

CASA MARTINI Outside Turin, in the small village of Pessione, sits Casa Martini, the hub of the brand since 1864. The visitor centre has now reopened with the opportunity to take a tour of the distillery and the Martini museum, ending up in the tasting room with a guided sampling. Tickets €15. PARAGON 700 Newly opened, this boutique hotel in Ostuni has 11 artfully decorated rooms and suites. Set in the heart of Puglia’s White City, it has a relaxing spa, restaurant and outdoor pool. Rates start from €300 per night, for two people sharing a room on a B&B basis. NEW SUPPER CLUB, DA HENRIETTA Henrietta Hotel, the elegant 18-room townhouse in Covent Garden opens its doors to Da Henrietta, their new restaurant celebrating the food of the Italian west coast, with a menu…