Life and property in Puglia

Great weather, endless seaside and fabulous food make property in Puglia a perennial favourite for buyers in Italy. Fleur Kinson guides you through this wonderful, affordable southern region Puglia at a glance The region Puglia is the ‘heel’ of Italy’s ‘boot’, and uncluttered region known for its whitewashed towns, its ‘trulli’, its food (especially its […]

An Italian Christmas with Mario Matassa

We go behind the scenes of an Italian Christmas with Mario Matassa as he explores the rich and austere festive food and traditions of Italy… To describe a celebration of food as both ‘rich and austere’ might seem something of a contradiction. Yet I can think of no more apt a description of this, the […]

The new issue of Italia! is out now (Apr/May 2022)

The new Italia! magazine Apr/May 2023 issue is out now! The latest issue of Italia! magazine (issue 202) is out now! This issue is full of inspiration for your next trip to Italy, as well as good reads you can enjoy from the comfort of your armchair. We celebrate a beautiful city in Lombardy notorious […]

A tour of the Porticoes of Bologna with Tom Benjamin


Bologna’s historic porticoes, a pervading symbol of the city’s hospitality, have been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. We join novelist and Bologna resident Tom Benjamin for a guided tour of his highlights. (1) The heart and soul of Bologna is Piazza Maggiore, Bologna’s main square, and the porticoes of Renaissance ‘PAVAGLIONE’ prettify what might otherwise […]

Falling hero

Born in Correggio in 1885, Dorando Pietri finished first in the marathon at the 1908 Olympic Games in London, but was subsequently disqualified…   To the sound of a cheering crowd and the sight of much tossing of hats, the diminutive figure of the Italian runner Dorando Pietri entered the newly completed White City Stadium […]

Tuscany Travel Guide

A travel guide to the Italian region of Tuscany… Tuscany remains the most popular of Italian regions and is loved by tourists and would-be property buyers for many reasons, not least because of its beautiful countryside and cities laden with Renaissance treasures and historic monuments. But while property prices remain high, the allure does not […]

Our life in Tuscany


Cambridge-based Judith and Michael Portman bought a one-bedroom flat in Florence in 2015. They spend three weeks there every summer and two weeks at Christmas. The rest of the year they rent the flat to international students – often visiting students who are just spending one academic year in the city.   What drew them […]

Living in Tuscany


Dreamily perfect countryside and gem-like cities stuffed with art make Tuscany a perennial favourite for visitors and homebuyers in Italy. Properties here make a rock-solid investment, says Fleur Kinson At a glance… The Region: When we think of Tuscany we think of verdant rolling hills dotted with centuries-old farmhouses radiating late afternoon sunshine – much […]

The new June/July 2023 issue of Italia! is out now

The new Italia! magazine June/July 2023 issue is out now! Welcome to the latest issue of Italia! magazine (issue 203)! With summer firmly in our minds, we’ve put together an issue we know will take you right through the season! We start in the Bay of Naples on the sunny island of Ischia, beset by disastrous landslides […]

Saturday Night In: Springtime Supper Recipes

Get the family together and bring the flavours of Italy right to your table with Mario Matassa In a country that loves and lives to eat well and, as a general rule, adheres to the principle of eating seasonally, it should come as no surprise that for many Italians spring is the most anticipated time […]