Salvatore Ferragamo

My mother in law remembers shopping for shoes at Ferragamo in Florence many moons ago and Salvatore Ferragamo would be there with his leather apron around his waist. The shop is still the same, located in the magnificent Palazzo Spini Feroni, built in the 13th century by Geri Spini, in the most elegant area of […]

Echoes of Love

  Hannah Fielding talks about the inspiration for her new romantic novel, The Echoes of Love, which is set in the splendour of Venice… What made you fall in love with Venice? Its history, grandeur and beauty. I love the red sunsets on the canal that turn the water to fire, and then Venice at […]

Fluent in 3 Months

Pronunciation or Intonation? Benny Lewis, author of Fluent in 3 Months (published by Collins) gives us his tips on understanding the ‘network’ of intonation in a language, with the help of a friendly Italian polyglot.   At first glance, it can seem that the differences between a native accent and a foreign accent are all […]

Fluent in 3 Months

Using Music to Learn Phrases Benny Lewis, author of Fluent in 3 Months (published by Collins) gives us a brief singing lesson to help remember key phrases in a new language. While learning words is certainly very important, I recommend you start with phrases or full sentences, which allow you to communicate real ideas from […]

Italian word for the week: farfalla

Farfalla (n.f) Butterfly. Farfalla is a strange word because, although it does derive directly from Latin, the way that it has morphed into modern Italian is unusual. The Latin, ‘papilio’, has become ‘papillon’ in French, and the word retains its ‘p’ form in Old Florentine (the basis of modern Italian), in the Bolognese, Milanese and […]

Fluent in 3 Months

The Missing Ingredient: Passion Benny Lewis, author of Fluent in 3 Months (published by Collins) tells us about what made him passionate about learning a language, and how this can help you to find what really motivates you. In my new book, Fluent in 3 Months, I focus on independent learners, rather than those sitting […]

Liguria’s Camogli – paradise on the Italian Riviera

Hannah Bellis visits Camogli in Liguria and explores a colourful beach front paradise that is perhaps not so undiscovered as she thinks   In May I visited Liguria for the very first time. I was expecting water – this skinny northern Italian strip is practically all coastline, so I figured I would find somewhere special […]

Award wins for Italia magazine

Italia magazine is delighted to have had won two different awards at the Italian National Tourist Board awards evening. The event was celebrating journalism and guide books covering Italy that were published throughout 2013 and the awards evening took place on Tuesday 11th February at Getti restaurant in London. Adrian Mourby’s 48 hours in Busetto, […]

Italian Life: Drinking Culture

Sebastian Cresswell-Turner looks British drinking habits compared to the Italians, and why the Brit pub culture can never quite translate across the water…   Alcohol As a general rule, the Italians disapprove of British drinking habits. “I just couldn’t believe how much they all drank,” said an Italian friend of mine who was at Cambridge […]

The 2013 Masi Prize

Each autumn for the past 32 years, Masi, one of the largest and most prestigious vineyards of the Valpolicella area and pioneer of Amarone, has awarded prizes to high profile figures from the Veneto region and around the world. This year there were seven winners altogether in the three traditional categories, including a group of […]