The new issue of Italia! is out now

Welcome to the new issue of Italia! packed with exciting features and stunning photography to get you in the mood for sunnier days ahead. Travel restrictions continue to lift around the world and I’m heartened to see more of your photos in my inbox as you make a return to favourite places in Italy after so long. Keep them coming – I love to see them! If you’ve been impressed by our cover image this issue, I know you’ll want to read our castles feature. We take you on a whistle-stop tour around the country to reveal an extraordinary diversity of noble architecture.

We’re on foot around Bologna next, exploring the city’s splendid porticoes with author Tom Benjamin. They have just been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status and really are a spectacular sight. On to Venice, where we catch a vaporetto along the Grand Canal; commuter transport it may be, but it is also the best way to see the serene grandeur of the palaces fronting the water’s edge. Then take a breath and relax in Trentino’s forests to discover the art of being at one with nature, and find out what it’s really like to live in sunny Puglia.

Bring the flavours of Italy home with a sharing supper from Mario Matassa, plus delicious dishes for the weekend and sparkling cocktails. We also taste olives – and sample the best Italian bubbly for summer. All this, plus your photos, what’s on – and much more!

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