Do you like to visit Italy in the summer months? The country is certainly looking its best under those blues skies, and certainly around the coast you get cooling breezes to accompany the sunshine and blue sparkling waters – heavenly. But away from the coast its a time to take it easy, as temperatures rise, and the pace of life slows right down. Summer is the best time to linger over a meal outside in the shade in the midst of Italy’s cities, enjoying watching the world go by, and only really getting going properly in the evening once the heat of the day has softened a little. Summer evenings in Italian cities bring good light, delicious flavours and fine wine at affordable prices – if you know where to go. Here at Italia, we will point you in the right direction, and issue 117 is full of essential advice and insider knowledge to help you get the best from a visit to Italy in the summer months.
If you are on the coast, you can enjoy the sea breeze and be a little more active in the day time. The island of Sardinia is at its most beautiful in the summer months, and if you get a cooling Mistral wind, it’s a great time to go trekking. The white sand reflects the sun, the sea turns a vibrant blue and Sardinia shines like the jewel that it is. Native Sardinian Giullia Dessi shares her three favourite hikes in issue 117, with compete routes planned out by her so you can guide yourself while enjoying the spectacular scenery.
On the Amalfi Coast of Campania, award-winning journalist Adrian Mourby is taking a gourmet road trip from Naples and enjoying spectacular scenery and fine food along the way. Starting out from Naples on a road trip takes somme courage, but the beauty of the coastal roads more than make up for this. Campania is famed for its seafood, and it tastes even better with the sea in the background! Adrian shares his story and his recommendations for the best places to stay, eat, and stay AND eat in his article in Italia 117.
Staying in the Campania region, but taking to the water, Hannah Bellis ventures to the island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples. Famed for its healing thermal waters and lush green foliage, Ischia is a wonderful destination for a relaxing and restorative break. Hannah Bellis shares an itinerary that will see you enjoying the very best of Ischia’s waters and landscaped gardens, all within easy walking distance of each other so you can leave the car behind and really immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the island. Make your summer break a real break from it all!
Keep things light in the kitchen with great selection of Italian summer recipes ideas, too. From The American Acadamy in Rome, we present tips and recipes to make the most of Italian artichokes, beetroot, oranges and tomatoes, with typical Roman style. Laura Santtini shares her recipe for the very best caprese salad with tomato and mozzarella, so you don’t need to cook AT ALL to enjoy this great dish! Mario Matassa has been thinking al fresco this month, with four delicious recipes for the perfect Italian picnic hamper – just as tasty when enjoyed in the UK!
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