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Italia magazine October 2019

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.

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Benvenuti to this new issue of Italia! magazine – we have been working hard to bring you an enticing and interesting mix of features and travel inspiration to take you through the month. We start our exploration of il bel paese in the beautiful northern region of Piedmont. From elegant, cultured cities to the rural heartland of premium wine production, this is a wonderfully diverse place to visit. Our first stop is at the fragrant lavender fields of Sale San Giovanni near Barolo, known as ‘little Provence’. From there to Venice and a guided tour around the highlights of this year’s Biennale – it’s certainly a thought-provoking experience. Next, we hop on Il Trenino Verde to ride the rails from Cagliari through the rugged wilds of southern Sardinia all the way…

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this month’s contributors

RACHAEL MARTIN is your guide to the 58th Venice Biennale, this year entitled ‘May you live in interesting times’. The exhibition is being held at two main venues, the Arsenale and the Giardini, until late November. Come with Rachael as she picks out the highlights and key pieces of this iconic contemporary art show. Turn to page 36 to start the tour. FLEUR KINSON turns her expert eye to Piedmont, which gets its name from its location at the ‘foot of the mountains’. A prosperous and productive part of the country, Piedmont enjoys a particularly safe and stable property market, making it a good place to put your money. Turn to page 84 for Fleur’s full assessment of the market today. VALENTINA NICASTRO has stepped off the tourist trail to the lavender…

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five reasons to visit italy’s small islands

1 With the Tyrrhenian Sea lapping its shores and a mountainous inland terrain, Elba offers both the pleasures of lazy beach life and the challenges of scuba-diving, windsurfing and hill walking. And with local gastronomic specialities like cacciucco, a luxurious fish stew, you will enjoy excellent dining accompanied by some increasingly renowned local wines. As Italy’s third largest island, and a popular summer retreat for many people from the north of the country, Elba receives more than one million tourists a year. 2 Just 21km off the coast of Naples the tranquil island of Procida, with its jolly, pastel-shaded buildings, is a world away from the city. As the smallest of the islands off Naples’ coast, and also one of the most attractive, its is best explored by bicycle, as it…

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this month news & views

Live in style on Stromboli Good news for anyone with a love of fashion (and a few million euros to spare). The Stromboli villa belonging to fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana is up for sale. The luxurious property was bought by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana back in the 1990s and has served as a summer retreat ever since, regularly welcoming A-list guests and playing host to lavish parties. The unique seven-bedroom villa has a spectacular seafront location on this famous Aeolian island, and can be reached by boat or helicopter. The property’s listing by Lionard Luxury Real Estate claims that it “has been renovated according to the style and taste of the two designers, who have furnished it with the same love and passion that they put into designing their clothes”.…

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you tell us…

Our Facebook friends have recommended their favourite restaurants in Italy… • Agriturismo Villa Maria, Minori. Maria’s courgette flowers are incomparable and there is a view to make you weep. Alison Hellawell• Yellow Bar, Florence. Best pizzas ever. I should know – I’ve made it my life’s work to research them. David Washington • Ristorante Al Gazebo, Venice. Fabulous food! My favourite place in Venice and my favourite restaurant anywhere. The staff and food are second to none. Sarah Simpson• That’s Amore in Rome. The food is amazing. Chef Fabio holds wonderful cooking classes both here in Rome and at his villa in Mazzano Romano. Carolyn Wells Send us a letter using the address on page 6 Join us on Facebook, search for Italia! magazine Find us on Twitter at @ItaliaMag Find us on Instagram at…

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going up, going down…

GOING UP • A drowning holidaymaker was saved by an Italian Olympic swimming champion this summer. When newlywed Andrea Benedetto got into difficulty while swimming in the sea in Sardinia, former world champion swimmer Filippo Magnini was alerted to his plight and dived in to help him. He managed to keep Mr Benedetto’s head safely above water until lifeguards arrived. “I just did what I had to do,” he later explained.• If you fancy a green Italian getaway, a list of Italy’s most ecological towns has been published. The ‘Green Spikes’ (Spighe Verdi) are akin to the ‘Blue Flag’ awards for beaches, but honour the places that have made great strides in sustainable tourism and promotion of their territory. This year 42 destinations made the list, with Tuscany, Piedmont and Le…