Italia!’s top picks: August

This month’s selection includes ideas for al fresco feasts, home décor, organic wines, a creative holiday in Umbria and much more…


Get figgy with it   

Scent your home with this hand-poured candle, £32,

Hot seat

Limited edition Vespa Scooter Chair, £820,


Cutting edge   

Make easy work of chopping herbs with this mezzaluna blade and board, £10.99,

Crunch time  

Five flavours of tasty crostini snacks new from Filippo Berio £1.99 each,

Wine o’clock   

Cin cin! New organic and biodynamic Italian wines,

Sheet chic 

 Frette’s luxury linens, bedspreads and more. See their new summer ranges at

Write on   

Murano glass pen and ink set from Papiro, £20,

Chill out  

Alessi ‘Circus’ wine cooler, £180, and thermal bottle stand, £130,

 Basket case 

Heart-shaped wicker hamper, kitted out for two, £45,

Painting holidays in italy 

For painters of all ages and stages, join Alan Reed Art’s painting holiday to Chiesa del Carmine in Umbria, from 7-14 October. 7-night, full board, 5-star stay with specialist art tuition.

Pack a posh picnic 

Veggie or meat feasts Italian-style, order from your local Carluccios, £45,