Italia! Travel Writing Competition

To celebrate our 150th issue we have launched a competition for 2017 in association with Villa Sandi.

Italy has long been a source of inspiration for writers which is why we want your travel tales for our competition.

Send us a 1,000 word article about any aspect of travel in Italy, whether it’s your latest trip or a specific event. The subject is completely up to you, just make sure you follow the rules listed below.

The first prize gets your article publishing in the magazine plus an exclusive visit to Villa Sandi, iconic premium Prosecco producers in the Veneto.

The trip includes a two night stay for the winner and a guest at Villa Sandi’s very own hotel, Locanda Sandi in Valdobbiadene, tucked away in the vineyards of Proseco Voldobbiadene DOCG.

Locanda Sandi offers guests a warm welcome in an elegant and comfortable setting with traditional local dishes and Villa Sandi wines on the menu. Set within a typical Veneto-style country house, the Locanda Sandi has been restored using materials reclaimed from ancient buildings, adding a refined allure to the Locanda’s rustic character. Each of the six rooms tells its own story with a unique colour palette and restful interiors furnished with locally-sourced vintage furniture.

Villa Sandi enjoys a worldwide reputation as a producer of fine wines and especially for its award-winning proseccos.

The beautiful 17th-century Palladian villa is now company headquarters and offers tours of its fascinating underground cellars.

For more about Villa Sandi and Locanda Sandi visit


  • Closing date is 31 October 2017
  • Entrants must be aged 18 or over
  • Entries must be submitted by post or email
  • Only one piece of writing to be submitted per entrant
  • Entrants must be amateurs
  • Articles must be no longer than 1,000 words and must be original
  • It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure no element of their entry infringes the copyright of any third party or any other laws
  • Copyright in all submissions to the competition remains with the respective entrants. However, in submitting their work to the competition each entrant grants a license to Italia! magazine to feature any or all of the submissions in its publication, its website, digital media and/or any promotional material connected to this competition

Terms and conditions:

  • Competition available only for readers of Italia! magazine (over 18 years old). Judging will take place after the closing date of 31 October 2017 and the winner will be notified in November 2017.
  • The prize includes two nights in a double room (accommodation based on two people sharing) at the Locanda Sandi, including a welcome gift box, breakfast each day, one night’s set menu dinner with a bottle of Villa Sandi Prosecco, (please note the restaurant is closed Weds and Thurs and no alternative venue is offered) and a guided visit of Villa Sandi. All other meals and sightseeing are at the winners’ expense. Check-in time at Locanda Sandi is 12 noon. Nearest airports are Venice, Treviso and Verona.
  • The dates are subject to room availability and exclude UK and Italian holiday periods and other blackout dates. The holiday must be taken by May 30, 2018. Flights, transfers and other travel costs (including insurance) are not included. Hire car is not included but recommended. No other costs will be covered by Villa Sandi or Italia!magazine.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The prize must be accepted as offered. Entry implies acceptance of these rules. Only one article will be accepted per entrant. Employees of Anthem Publishing, Villa Sandi and Bellavita are not eligible for entry. No cash alternative will be offered.
  • Data captured from this writing competition will be shared with Villa Sandi, Italia! magazine and Bellavita. Entry to this competition grants permission unless specifi ed by the entrant. Please state ‘NO OFFERS’ on entry if you do not wish to receive further information from Villa Sandi, Italia! magazine and Bellavita

To enter:

Send entries to: Writing Competition, Italia! magazine, Anthem Publishing, Suite 6, Piccadilly House, London Road, Bath BA1 6PL or email (subject: ‘Writing Competition’)

Please include your full name and contact details