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Italia magazine

Italia magazine August 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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This is the month of Ferragosto, the festival on the 15th of August celebrated throughout Italy, (also in San Marino and the canton of Ticino in Switzerland, fact fans…). If you’ve been in Italy in August, you’ll know the kind of festive mood the country is in, and you’ll find it in this issue of Italia! too! Our celebrations begin on picture-perfect Lake Como, with ten excellent reasons to visit. From historic villas and elegant gardens to mountain walks and watersports, this is a destination for all seasons. Stepping off the beaten track, we explore the little-known area of Oltrepò Pavese and its main town, Pavia. This is an undiscovered gem of a spot not far from Milan, and also the largest wine-producing zone in Lombardy. But summer means seaside for…

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this month’s contributors

CHRIS ALLSOP Making the ultimate sacrifice for the magazine this month, Chris travels to Emilia-Romagna to find out about the provenance and production of Parmigiano Reggiano PDO and its fascinating history. Naturally his investigation involves copious consumption of the king of cheeses. Well, someone has to do it… Read more on page 50. FLEUR KINSON Notable for the country’s capital at its heart, Lazio can be split into rural and urban property markets, says our expert, and the opportunities are quite different. Rome gets much of buyers’ attention, but quieter country areas like Ciociaria and the Sabine Hills can offer superb value for money. Turn to page 84. VALENTINA NICASTRO is a writer in love with her country. Having travelled widely around the globe, she realised there was more to explore closer…

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five reasons to visit italy’s famous piazzas

1 Dubbed by Napoleon “Europe’s finest drawing room”, Venice’s Piazza San Marco is simply breathtaking. Even during the height of the season, when it’s swamped with tourists, the glory of this 900-year-old piazza cannot be dimmed. It’s bordered on all sides by iconic architecture, including the likes of the magnificent Basilica di San Marco and the mighty tower of the Campanile. To fully appreciate the beauty of this square, pay a visit late in the evening, or in winter, when you will feel more like you have the place to yourself. 2 Siena’s Piazza del Campo occupies the site of the old Roman forum and is still the focus of the city’s public life. The architecture is out of this world and the palio that takes place here twice a year…

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you tell us…

This month the Italy fans in our Facebook group share their favourite pasta dishes… What’s yours? • Linguine (or spaghetti) con vongole. First tried in Campo Santo Margherita, Venice, and have been hooked ever since! David Washington• Cacio e pepe or good gnocchi. Ann D. Thompson• Amatriciana and lasagne are my two favourites! Justine Waters • Ravioli stuffed with spinach and ricotta, served with sage butter. Full of flavour, yet light to eat. I first enjoyed it in Rome 25 years ago. Gilly Erica 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 @italia_magazine…

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going up, going down…

GOING UP • In good news this month, Italy has topped yet another poll. This time the country has been crowned the ‘most searched for destination’ by travel comparison website TravelSupermarket. Italy topped a list of 97 desirable countries to visit after the website analysed a host of data, with help from Google. They’ve even used the info to create an interactive map tool called ‘Where the world wants to go on holiday’. Have a look at it here:• Cheese lovers rejoice! A new restaurant has opened in Milan dedicated to fantastic formaggio. And not just any cheese… Muu Muuzzarella (Via Raffaello Sanzio, 23) is all about (you guessed it!) buffalo mozzarella. This new restaurant joins branches of Muu Muuzzarella in Naples. In each one you can eat the creamy…

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ask our legal expert…

Q My wife and I would like to celebrate my retirement next year by hiring a classic Italian car and taking a road trip through Italy. We’ve mapped out all the landmarks, cities, villages and towns we’d like to visit, but one thing we’re not sure about is the legalities. We’d like to spread the trip over a six-month period, and I was wondering what the law was on using our American driver’s permits in Europe for such long stretches of time. Would we be able to hire a car for this long? What paperwork do we need to take with us? Are there certain Italian road laws which we may not be aware of? A American tourists wishing to drive in Italy should obtain an International Driving Permit before leaving…