Italia magazine December 2021/January 2022

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



Welcome to the new issue of Italia! magazine – the final one for 2021 and the first of 2022… It’s in our DNA to feel a sense of anticipation at this time of year – after all, Christmas is approaching and the promise of a new year is on the horizon. Whatever the holidays bring us, we are ready! We’re celebrating the best of Italy at this special time of year, bringing you inspiring travel features, a look at Italian festive traditions and delicious, hearty recipes to enjoy. We begin in Florence with our winter guide to this captivating city crammed with cultural treasures, and worth a visit at any time of year. On to Rimini, where we discover another side to this seaside town, through its abiding connection to…

this month’s contributors

Venetian SARA SCARPA has lived through many acque alte and her feature in this issue is a timely look at the current state of affairs in this fragile lagoon. She takes a look at external factors that affect the daily tides, from climate change and environmental pressures to mass tourism and political shenanigans. Read her assessment of the city’s situation on page 58. JOE GARTMAN travels to Rome for us this issue. He takes a look at the inspiration behind Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 19thcentury Gothic novel, The Marble Faun. The novel became quite a sensation, with avid readers following in the protagonists’ footsteps around Rome, reliving the drama of the book in its original settings. Read all about it on page 43. VAL NICASTRO slows the pace down and steps right off the…

a focus on fellini

Film fans may want to consider popping to the resort of Rimini in Emilia-Romagna on their next Italian itinerary as an exciting new museum has opened celebrating master of Italian cinema, Federico Fellini, who was born in Rimini in 1920. The Fellini Museum covers three sites across the city – Castel Sismondo, Palazzo del Fulgor and Piazza Malatesta – all commemorating the cultural heritage of one of history’s most important filmmakers. The cutting-edge attraction places an ambitious and creative spotlight on Fellini’s art and work, with more than five hours of film clips among the multimedia attractions that make up this lavish exhibition, which truly immerses the visitor. There is also a fascinating section dedicated to original set designs, costumes, objects and photos. The aim of the new Fellini Museum…

5 of the best new year parties

1 This party hot spot is famous for its nightlife throughout the year, so it’s no surprise that Rimini celebrates New Year with great gusto. The town offers revellers one of the most exhilarating nights of music, dancing and fireworks in the country. Celebrations spill out of the trendiest nightclubs and onto Piazzale Fellini, where the festival is televised and shown throughout the country. Find out more about what Rimini has to offer year-round on page 30. 2 Food lovers are in for a treat in Venice as many restaurants celebrate New Year’s Eve with feasts that carry on until midnight. And to clear the head, why not join the hundreds of people who turn up for a New Year’s Day dip in the icy Adriatic Sea? 3 The place to be…

was sting stung?

Musician Sting recently told Corriere della Sera’s Sette magazine how he and his wife Trudie Styler came to own Il Palagio wine estate in Tuscany, claiming he was tricked into buying the place by the former owner. In the interview, Sting alleged that while he was negotiating the purchase he was given a glass of delicious wine and told it was produced by the estate, which convinced him to buy the property. The wine turned out to be a glass of Barolo. Sting explained that after he realised what had happened he was determined to turn the fortunes of the vineyard around, and that it has since produced award-winning wines. However, the heir of the now-deceased duke who sold him the property hit back at the story, issuing a furious…

you tell us…

Italy is full of amazing cities – but which is your favourite? We asked our Facebook friends about their top Italian city breaks… • Siena or Urbino are both lovely for a weekend break. Johnny Lee • We love Florence the best but enjoy Venice, Rome and Verona too. We went to Lecce a few years ago too and we loved it there as well. Frances Lawlor • Naples, vibrant and energetic, or Trani on the east coast, or Pienza, or Orvieto… Allison Bennet • My favourite city is Roma. Away from the tourists it is a vibrant, bustling city, with friendly people who are passionate about their food and sport. Gilly Erica • Every single one! You cannot go wrong in Italia. Lynn Arnone Send us a letter using the address on page 6 Join us on Facebook, search for Italia!…