Italia magazine

Italia magazine January 2020

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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United Kingdom
Anthem Publishing
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to this first issue of 2020! We send you our best wishes for a productive and peaceful time in the year ahead. Here we are looking forward to travelling deeper into Italy, discovering new places and seeing the familiar in a new light. As we embark on this fresh new year of opportunities I’d like to look back for a moment to November’s floods in Venice, which brought so much devastation to this fragile and precious city. If you’ve been moved, like we have, make sure you read our special feature on page 52 to see how you can lend your support. We start our adventures in the northern region of Trentino, a mecca for skiers, but with a delightful capital city that’s also worthy of your attention. Experience carnival time…

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this month’s contributors

JOE GARTMAN Our teller of tales reveals a mystery this month as he looks at the life of the Renaissance artist Raphael. Was he married? And to whom? There are clues in his paintings, if you know where to look. Find out more about this curious story, which takes us from the Palazzo Barberini in Rome to the Pitti Palace in Florence, on page 29. FLEUR KINSON This month our property expert is in Emilia-Romagna, a well-ordered and affluent region with some of the very best food in Italy. It also has a lot to offer the prospective home buyer, from the mountains to the coastline, while rural properties on the border with neighbouring Tuscany are well worth a look. Turn to page 84 for more. CAMILLA PURDON Camilla lives in Venice, working as Festival…

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we take a look at italy’s top 5 cheeses

1 Parmigiano-Reggiano, the undisputed king of Italian cheeses, comes from a designated area around Modena, Parma and Reggio Emilia, and is a grana, or hard cheese, with a nutty, sweet/salty umami taste. Spring-powered steel buckles tighten the cheeses into the familiar ‘wheels’, which are then immersed in brine for 20 days and left to age for a further year, at which point the Consorzio Parmigiano-Reggiano inspects each one. If the cheese passes the test, it is branded with the all-important logo for authenticity. 2 Pecorino, a cheese made in Lazio and Sardinia from sheep’s milk, is fast gaining ground on its big brother Parmigiano- Reggiano. Eaten fresh, pecorino is softer and lighter than Parmesan, while aged varieties are harder in texture, with a salty bite. 3 Gorgonzola is a blue cheese from…

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this month news & views

Highest acqua alta in Venice for 50 years Living with the rise and fall of the tides has always been part of the Venetian way of life, but on the night of the 12th of November the entire lagoon was beset by the highest waters since the acqua granda of 1966. The waters peaked at 187cm, affecting 85 per cent of the city, submerging local businesses, churches and palazzi, and leaving two people dead. What was more damaging on this terrible night was the speed and force of the flood waters, and the violence of the winds whipping up the waves and causing more destruction. The islands of the lagoon also suffered, with huge losses for the communities of Pellestrina, Burano and Murano, while on the island of Mazzorbo the recently…

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you tell us…

With arancini making it into the OED, we asked our Facebook friends to tell us their favourite Italian words or phrases • Prosecco: do I really need to explain why?! Allison Bennett • Dolce far niente… self-explanatory. Paolo Muschialli • Bicicletta – I love the sound of it! Lou Connell • Piano piano – when in Italy I like to take things nice and slow. Christine Lloyd • I love in bocca al lupo, with the response crepi il lupo. It’s a way of wishing someone good luck and literally means ‘into the mouth of the wolf’, with the reply ‘may the wolf die’. I find this nonsensical yet somehow poetic! Carl Hunt 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 • Good news for culture vultures! Free Museum Sundays are back in Italy. The Domenica al Museo scheme has been reinstated, starting from November 2019. The project, which began in 2014, allows visitors free admission to state-run museums and sites on the first Sunday of the month. It was suspended last year, but the new Minister for Culture, Dario Franceschini, was keen to reintroduce the scheme. Find the full list (in Italian) via • Herculaneum has reopened an ancient Roman house, which has been undergoing restoration work for the past 35 years. The House of the Bicentenary is considered to be one of the most important villas in the archaeological park. It was discovered in 1938 but closed in the 1980s, with work needed to restore its frescoed walls…