Drink Italia! Pecorino wine

pecorino wine with white wine bottle and grapes

We take a look at Pecorino, an ancient grape from central Italy which makes excellent white wines and which deserves to be better known beyond the confines of its terroir… Chances are that if you’ve visited Le Marche or Abruzzo in central Italy, you’ll have drunk a glass or two of a local white wine […]

Italy on a T-shirt

Shabby Sheep Design gelato T-shirt

The innovative clothes and accessories from Shabby Sheep Design are just perfect for anyone who loves Italy… Originally from the UK, Shabby Sheep Design owners Eva and Chris Lock arrived in Lunigiana, northern Tuscany, with three cats and a dog in 2005. A fine artist by profession, Eva now pours her creativity into the online […]

Italia! Christmas gift guide 2017

Bring some Italian style to the festive season with our fantastic Italia! Christmas gift guide. Featuring gift ideas for the whole family! Marche Leather Goods Beautiful leather goods including handbags, manbags and purses. All lovingly designed and totally handmade from the very finest Italian leather by local artisan producers, specially sourced for you by From […]

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, www.notonthehighstreet.com Hot seat Limited edition Vespa Scooter Chair, £820, www.smithersofstamford.com   Cutting edge    Make easy work of chopping herbs with […]

Drink Italia: Tuscan reds

From ‘Super Tuscan’ to Brunello, there are plenty of fine Tuscan non-Chianti reds, and they’re not all super-expensive either. Here’s a selection of Tuscan reds your wallet will love… Traditionally in Tuscany, if you were making red wine, you used indigenous Italian grape varieties like Sangiovese and that was that. During the late 1960s and […]

Italia! top picks: July

Here are our favourite products for you this month! Plenty of summertime inspiration, from al fresco essentials and personalised gifts to travel accessories and ideas for the home… Fishy on a dishy  This Italian ceramic platter is the perfect picnic accessory, £52, www.creativando.nu Discover calabria    Michelle Fabio’s snappy e-guide is crammed with essential info and tips, […]

Italia! top picks: June

Here are our top picks for June, from summer travel essentials to furniture, accessories and gift ideas. On the go The Zalia backpack is perfect for your travels this summer. £109, www.samsonite.co.uk Ball skills Perfect polpette every time with the Italian-designed Universal Food Baller. £4.95, www.souschef.co.uk Happy hour Spritz celebrates the story of this much-loved […]

Top Picks of the month

In this month’s round-up, take your pick from wall art, scented candles and stylish chairs, chocolate treats, luxury perfume, and even some clever ideas for the kitchen… Angel spice A sprinkle of this wild fennel pollen from Calabria releases heavenly flavour – think aniseed and honey. £15 for 15g, from www.souschef.co.uk Light a candle Her […]

Top Picks for January 2017

From how to own your slice of Italy, Sicilian chocolate bars and an Italian cookery holiday and more inspiration in this new year round-up… On your bike Price £17.99 from Not on the High Street  / Wink Design  This print celebrating the iconic Piaggio Vespa in all its retro glory would make a great birthday present. Available framed […]