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About Italia!

Whether you’re planning an imminent adventure or settling down for some armchair travel, we’ve plenty of travel inspiration this month. Come with us on a weekend in Milan, exploring the familiar and the unexpected, and on a visit to Franciacorta near Lake Iseo, where vineyards are producing champagne method wines to rival the very best. We also take an in-depth look at life in Le Marche, a captivating region of central Italy that really is rather a hidden secret.

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In this month’s selection you’ll find travel ideas plus new accessories for home and away
Lisa Valmorbida, Hardie Grant, £20 (hardback) When
1 It’s the month of Halloween and events are going
The Piazza del Popolo in Todi is one of the best-preserved medieval squares in Italy and very much the focal point of this scenic Umbrian town
If you love Italy as much as we do at Italia! then
The development of a national rail network in Italy coincided with the unification of the country
We asked Dawn Cavanagh-Hobbs from property company Appassionata why the tranquil central region of Le Marche has captured her heart
Our experts are here to help with all your questions about Italy. This month, how to rent or buy a house in Italy, and to what extent you will be covered for medical care when Britain leaves the EU…
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
This is a city full of iconic must-sees, but there are also some hidden gems and lesser-known spots just waiting to be discovered, says Amanda Robinson
Sarah Rodrigues has a sparkling time on the southern shores of Lake Iseo, where they produce champagnemethod wines to rival the best…
Are you looking to raise your culinary skills to the next level? Michela Di Carlo gets a flavour of what’s on offer at some of Italy’s top-rated professional cookery schools
CULTURE
When it comes to interior design trends, Milan Design Week sets the international pace every single year, says Anna Howell
In Rome, Joe Gartman uncovers a dark chapter of 20th-century wartime history
Twenty years ago Rachael Martin arrived in Italy, exploring the country by rail and dreaming of rooms with a view. Twenty years, one Italian husband and two kids later, she still has the memories of those first voyages of discovery…
FOOD & DRINK
Rustle up these speedy midweek family favourites by Gennaro Contaldo
Make the most of fresh tomatoes with these delicious dishes
If you’re searching for some taste sensations to pep up your favourite recipes, why not try some of these quintessentially Italian store cupboard spices, flavourings and condiments?
this instalment of his series uncovering the secrets of Italian food, Mario Matassa turns his attention to the nation’s obsession with pasta. Read on for a lesson in how you can make the perfect fresh egg pasta too.
Though famous for its fine red wines, from Chianti to the Super Tuscans, this region also produces excellent but lesser-known white wines. We take a look…
Before the Passeggiata Diana Henry’s Italian travels
We know that many of you may prefer to use imperial
PROPERTY
This central Italian gem still offers much lower-priced
Just what is it that attracts overseas property buyers to the region of Le Marche? Kevin Gibney of PropertyForSaleMarche.com lets his clients do the talking…
On the prestigious west shore of Lake Maggiore, this
I love Le Marche. In 2007, I moved my family here,