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About Italia!

Welcome to this special issue of Italia! a magazine for everyone who loves Italy. Packed with inspiring features for your next trip to this beautiful country – from ten top reasons to visit Lake Maggiore, a weekend getaway to the natural wilderness of the Po Delta, e-biking in the Dolomites and the Temples of Agrigento in Sicily. All this plus risotto mixes and Fiano white wines on test, a spotlight on classic Italian cars, news, best buys and a dual-language current affairs feature!

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Bosa Marina is the area that is interesting international property buyers right now, but the coloured houses of the old town of Bosa have their charm too…
This historic but dilapidated residence sits on the Posillipo coast in Naples, west of the Mergellina harbour, some way beyond the Castel dell’Ovo…
Our experts are here to help with all your questions about Italy. This month, buying on a budget, Gennaro Contaldo’s secrets of cucina povera, and making an Italian Will…
Our indispensable guide to Italy’s main international airports: where they are and, most importantly, how to get from them to where you are really going…
HOLIDAYS
Rosalind Ormiston travels to one of the largest Italian lakes and shares ten good reasons why you should pay this northern beauty a visit
If you love Italy as much as we do at Italia! then
PART 2 – ALTA BADIA
CULTURE
Penny Wainwright explores the villages on the very
Santa Maria di Leuca sits at the most southern point
How the spirit of the famous Venice opera house has returned to reclaim its name
Cathy Heald finds out about the most exclusive cricket club you’ll ever see: St Peter’s at the Vatican…
If you’re visiting southern Tuscany this spring, why not take a brisk circular hike around the Maremma Park? And if you go later in the season, you can even take a detour to the beach! Gillian Price is your guide…
FOOD & DRINK
Celebrate Easter with these traditional recipes just like grandma used to make from Cooking with Nonna by Rossella Rago
Chocolate and Easter go hand in hand, so here are four sweet Italian treats to celebrate with!
Emiko Davies shares cherished and deliciously authentic family dishes from her new recipe book Tortellini at Midnight
Olive oil is essential to Mediterranean food culture – how would Italians live without it? We sample a selection of the best extra-virgin olive oils here.
In November 2017, chef Norbert Niederkofler was awarded a third Michelin star for his restaurant St Hubertus at the five-star Rosa Alpina Hotel & Spa in Alta Badia. Jon Palmer asked him about how his strong ethos of sustainability and respect for nature informs his cuisine…
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We know that many of you may prefer to use imperial or US weights and measures to cook our recipes – use our handy conversion tables to translate from metric
PROPERTY
Garden-like countryside and a gleaming coast make this central Italian region a perennial favourite. Rural homes for half the price of equivalents in Tuscany only add to the all-round appeal, says Fleur Kinson.
Birmingham-based Marcia Higgs and Steve Crowall own
Le Marche lies on the eastern side of Italy, east of
A big (240 sqm) comfortable, beautifully located and