Italia magazine August/September 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 warm welcome to the new issue of Italia! magazine – I hope you’ve all been keeping well since we last met. There’s a distinctly summery theme to this issue, celebrating the season in true Italian style with evocative features and photography to transport you right to Italy’s shores. From hours of indulgent armchair travelling in the comfort of your own home to ideas and inspiration to help you plan future trips, you’ll find it all here in these pages. We begin in Calabria, a land of heat and fire, with a celebration of the region’s passion for chilli peppers, and with a detour to nearby volcano island Stromboli on the way. If you’re a bit of a thrill seeker or just longing for a getaway in the Italian great outdoors,…

this month’s contributors

JOE GARTMAN is in The Eternal City for us – or rather just on the outskirts near the Appian Way – to bring us another fascinating traveller’s tale. Parco degli Acquedotti, the Aqueduct Park, is where you can see fragments of mammoth stone-built arches, evidence of Ancient Rome’s sophisticated water system. Find out more on page 43. MARY NOVAKOVICH takes us to the warm and volcanic region of Calabria, where there’s also another kind of heat – in the form of the fiery peperoncino. Mary indulges her passion for this piquant delicacy as she goes on a food odyssey around some local ‘hotspots’ and takes in a trip over to Stromboli on the way. Find out more from page 22. ADRIAN MOURBY completes his series on Venice in this issue in the…

5 italian mosaics to admire in 2021

1 Ravenna was once the capital of the Western Roman Empire and is also the town where Dante wrote much of the Divine Comedy. At the very top of the long list of its must-see sites (Ravenna has eight structures inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List) is the Basilica di San Vitale. The church, which was begun in 527 and consecrated in 547, houses the largest and best-preserved collection of Byzantine mosaics outside Istanbul. 2 Aquileia is home to Europe’s largest Paleo-Christian mosaic floor. The basilica has a transparent walkway that allows visitors to see the 4th-century floor, which depicts Christianity’s early days, several Roman notables and animal scenes. 3 St Mark’s Basilica in Venice is a patchwork of various styles, with nods towards Byzantine, Romanesque and Renaissance architecture. Embellishments have…

news & views

Live the dream on Capri If you’ve ever dreamed of a life of luxury on Capri (and let’s face it, haven’t we all?), this one’s for you. An exclusive villa belonging to the actor Christian De Sica has gone up for sale with Lionard Luxury Real Estate, offering all the trappings of luxury living, from magnificent panoramic terraces to sleek, highquality fittings at every turn. The villa was designed and built by American symbolist painter and poet Elihu Vedder between 1900 and 1903, and has seen its share of illustrious residents over the years, including the English writer DH Lawrence and German artist Joseph Beuys. It’s easy to see what attracted them to this fabulous property: its views are aweinspiring, with views over the Bay of Naples and Gulf of Salerno,…

going up, going down…

GOING UP • Tropea has been named ‘Borgo dei Borghi’ in the eighth edition of the annual awards by state broadcaster Rai 3. The competition celebrates some of Italy’s most beautiful places and the Calabrian resort won the title for its “combination of its sea, sun, art, culture, architecture, gastronomy and hospitality”, beating competition from 19 other Italian borghi (villages). Baunei in Sardinia came in second and Geraci Siculo in Sicily took third place. Find out more about this beautiful spot on page 22. • Italy’s Culture Minister, Dario Franceschini, announced that the government has approved a ban on cruise ships landing in the centre of Venice. The decision is a long time coming for many, amid concerns about the vessels’ impact on the city’s historic buildings and the lagoon’s wider ecosystem.…

power of attorney

Q Given the travel restrictions at the moment, would you be able to clarify the current situation in Italian law regarding allowing someone in the country to act on your behalf? A With the current covid-related requirements on passengers entering Italy, most people decide to postpone property transactions and, generally, activities that require their presence in Italy. However, in cases where it is advisable not to postpone, you can appoint someone you trust or a professional in Italy to carry out urgent activities on your behalf. In some cases, a simple Letter of Authority (Delega) may be sufficient to enable someone you trust in Italy to liaise with local authorities. In some cases, however, a formal Power of Attorney signed “as a deed” before a Public Notary may be required. A Power…