Andiamo! | Citalia Magazine Autumn 2021

This season, we celebrate everything that the streets have to offer, not least because it’s Italy’s cities that can provide you with a perfect winter holiday. In our article, Secrets of Italy’s Streets, we’ll take you to the coolest urban neighbourhoods, and share with you some underground networks that are steeped in history. Italy’s cities bring with them an epic industrial past, which you can explore through automobile innovation with our feature, In the Hot Seat: Italian Cars. Make your next Citalia holiday extra special with our pick of Iconic Luxury Hotels. You can also receive some additional tips from our Personal Travel Planner Raggy Singh in Tailormaking Italy, and from one of our favourite guests, renowned archaeologist Dr Holley Martlew in Digging Up Italy. We continue our Book with Confidence guarantee so that you can book your holiday with a refund guarantee while still able to make any changes to your future bookings with ease. Andiamo!

This season, we celebrate everything that the streets have to offer, not least because it’s Italy’s cities
that can provide you with a perfect winter holiday.

In our article, Secrets of Italy’s Streets, we’ll take you to the coolest urban neighbourhoods, and share
with you some underground networks that are steeped in history.

Italy’s cities bring with them an epic industrial past, which you can explore through automobile innovation with our feature, In the Hot Seat: Italian Cars.

Make your next Citalia holiday extra special with our pick of Iconic Luxury Hotels. You can also receive
some additional tips from our Personal Travel Planner Raggy Singh in Tailormaking Italy, and from one of our favourite guests, renowned archaeologist Dr Holley Martlew in Digging Up Italy.

We continue our Book with Confidence guarantee so that you can book your holiday with a refund guarantee while still able to make any changes to your future bookings with ease.



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Summer/<strong>Autumn</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

<strong>Andiamo</strong>!<br />

Secrets of Italy’s streets<br />

Uncover the coolest districts<br />

Discover La Dolce Vita<br />

Rome through the lens of a cult classic<br />

Step into Italy cities and roam her streets to<br />

discover amazing secrets above and below ground.<br />

<strong>Citalia</strong>.com<br />

On the scent of Italian perfume<br />

Join us on a fragrant adventure<br />

A nose for truffles<br />

Your flavourful field guide<br />

Summer/<strong>Autumn</strong> <strong>2021</strong>

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<strong>Andiamo</strong>!<br />


There are secrets to be found in Italy’s streets.<br />

Turn a corner and you’ll come across a scene that feels like<br />

something out of an old Italian film, whether that’s hanging laundry,<br />

quaint balconies with flowerpots and flowing curtains, or street<br />

vendors serving up heavenly cannoli or trapizzino.<br />

All the <strong>Citalia</strong> team are delighted with the announcement that the<br />

quarantine period for UK travellers to Italy has ended. More than<br />

ever, our Personal Travel Planners are here to advise and support<br />

you so you can have a hassle-free holiday.<br />

This season, we celebrate everything that the streets have to offer,<br />

not least because it’s Italy’s cities that can provide you with a<br />

perfect winter holiday.<br />

In our article, Secrets of Italy’s Streets, we’ll take you to the coolest<br />

urban neighbourhoods, and share with you some underground<br />

networks that are steeped in history.<br />

Learn a thing or two about vintage Rome as we take you behind the<br />

scenes of Italy’s cult classic in Discover La Dolce Vita.<br />

And, as the spooky season comes upon us, for something a little<br />

different, we couldn’t ignore the Cursed Island of Gaiola, off the<br />

coast of Naples. Our Regional Destination Manager Stefano Nirta has<br />

reassured me that the curse never targets visitors, only its owners!<br />

Make your next <strong>Citalia</strong> holiday extra special with our pick of Iconic<br />

Luxury Hotels. You can also receive some additional tips from our<br />

Senior Personal Travel Planner Raggy Singh in Tailormaking Italy,<br />

and from one of our favourite guests, renowned archaeologist<br />

Dr Holley Martlew, in Digging Up Italy.<br />

Feeling inspired? Ourselves and our local partners are ready to<br />

provide you with accommodation and services that are to the<br />

highest of health and safety standards.<br />

We continue our Book with Confidence guarantee so that you can<br />

book your holiday with a refund guarantee while still able to make<br />

any changes to your future bookings with ease.<br />

<strong>Citalia</strong> is always here for you.<br />

Italy’s cities bring with them an epic industrial past, which you can<br />

explore through automobile innovation with our feature, In the Hot<br />

Seat: Italian Cars.<br />

Plus Venice, Florence, and Milan wouldn’t be the same without their<br />

fragrant history, as we share in On the Scent of Italian Perfume.<br />

Speaking of aroma, it's almost that time of year when the world<br />

goes in search of the prized white winter truffle, and we venture<br />

into the undergrowth in A Nose for Truffles.<br />

Helen Adamson<br />

Managing Director<br />

<strong>Citalia</strong>.com<br />

Summer/<strong>Autumn</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


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Secrets of Italy’s Streets<br />

Step into Italy’s cities this winter as <strong>Citalia</strong><br />

highlights chic urban neighbourhoods and<br />

hidden secrets above and below ground.<br />

Discover La Dolce Vita<br />

The 1960s cult classic film is in the<br />

spotlight. We take you behind the scenes<br />

and find the true meaning of the sweet<br />

life in Rome.<br />

Iconic Italy:<br />

Our Pick of Luxury Hotels<br />

Discover our pick of Italy’s luxury hotels.<br />

From historical hotels to contemporary cool<br />

resorts, you’re spoilt for choice.<br />

INSIDE<br />


AUTUMN<br />

<strong>2021</strong> EDITION<br />

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8<br />

Into Italy with<br />

the <strong>Citalia</strong> team<br />

Secrets of<br />

Italy's Streets<br />

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21<br />

Discover La<br />

Dolce Vita<br />

Festive Florentine<br />

Favourite:<br />

Brunelleschi Hotel<br />

12<br />

Tailormaking Italy<br />

with Raggy Singh<br />

22<br />

Authentic Tuscany<br />

with Marie Kidd<br />

14<br />

Avis Road Trips:<br />

Luxury Piedmont,<br />

Liguria &<br />

Lake Como<br />

24<br />

Iconic Italy:<br />

Our Pick of<br />

Luxury Hotels<br />

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In the Hot Seat: Italian Cars<br />

Whizz into the world of Italian automobiles<br />

and know your Lamborghini from your<br />

Ferrari, and your Fiat from your Alfa Romeo.<br />

On the Scent of<br />

Italian Perfume<br />

Quintessentially Italian, <strong>Citalia</strong> takes you<br />

on a fragrant adventure into the world of<br />

alchemy and love potions.<br />

A Nose for Truffles<br />

With the most prestigious truffle hunting<br />

season about to begin, we’ve prepared<br />

a field guide to these earthy culinary<br />

treasures.<br />

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Digging into<br />

Italy with Dr<br />

Holley Martlew<br />

36<br />

On the Scent of<br />

Italian Perfume<br />

48<br />

Perfect Dinner<br />

Wine Pairings with<br />

Gennaro Contaldo<br />

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In the Hot Seat:<br />

Italian Cars<br />

Unearthing<br />

Ancient Italy:<br />

Liguria<br />

Italy's Obscure<br />

Art Scene<br />

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Followers<br />

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A Nose for Truffles<br />

The Cursed Island<br />

of Gaiola in Naples<br />

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Nonna Tonda<br />

Recipe:<br />

Delicious Bucatini<br />

alla Gamberi e<br />

Pomodoro<br />

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Afield<br />

with <strong>Citalia</strong>’s<br />

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Prices are estimations based on <strong>2021</strong>/22 travel and are correct at going to print but are subject to change. Please note that any flight or travel times included are approximations.<br />

Summer/<strong>Autumn</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


IntoItaly<br />

with the <strong>Citalia</strong> team<br />

Do you ever wonder where the Italy experts choose to<br />

holiday? We found our Personal Travel Planners huddling<br />

around a map of Italy as they shared their favourite<br />

destinations with one another. This is what we heard.<br />


“Lake Como is undoubtedly my favourite place. I was lucky<br />

enough to live there for 10 months and it's definitely the<br />

most stunning of the Italian lakes. It’s filled with quaint<br />

little towns where you can easily spend an afternoon<br />

relaxing and enjoying some gelato on the lakefront.”<br />

Lara Crowe<br />

Destination Executive<br />


“After a beautiful time soaking up the atmosphere<br />

and strolling through Venice, my husband and I<br />

returned home on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.<br />

What can I say but AMAZING! We were greeted and<br />

spoiled with Prosecco from the moment we departed<br />

Venice. Our porter was fantastic, always smiling and<br />

helpful. Our cabin and the exquisite timeless décor<br />

throughout was like stepping back into another era.<br />

We had great fun meeting other passengers in the bar<br />

carriage before dinner. Our cabin was turned into<br />

comfy beds while we enjoyed our dinner - the food was<br />

incredible. The train was so relaxing and we both felt it<br />

was the perfect end to a few nights away. I would jump<br />

at the chance to go again!”<br />

Miranda Jump<br />

Personal Travel Planner<br />


“The region of Liguria is one of my favourite spots.<br />

There is so much to see, learn, taste and enjoy here,<br />

and what’s great is that most of Liguria’s towns<br />

have good rail connections. I really love staying in<br />

Santa Margherita and taking the five minute train<br />

to the lesser-known Camogli for dinner.”<br />

Lisian Gianni<br />

Destination Executive<br />

SICILY<br />

“At the toe of Italy’s boot, I love Sicily as it stays sunny<br />

throughout the year. I love to visit all of Sicily’s triangle:<br />

Palermo, Sicily’s triangle: Palermo, Agrigento and Taormina.<br />

For me, a walking tour or street food tour of the capital of<br />

Sicily, Palermo, is a must, while Agrigento’s Valley of the<br />

Temples takes me back in time. Taormina, with Mount Etna<br />

perched in the background, offers a great mixture of culture<br />

and relaxation offering both the third century theatre,<br />

Teatro Antico di Taormina, and the beach.”<br />

Raggy Singh​​<br />

Senior Personal Travel Planner<br />

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FRUILI-<br />


GUILIA<br />

AOSTA<br />

VALLEY<br />

TURIN<br />

MILAN<br />



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MARCHE<br />

UMBRIA<br />


ROME<br />

LAZIO<br />

MOLISE<br />


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PUGLIA<br />






SICILY<br />


Summer/<strong>Autumn</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


Secrets<br />

of Italy's Streets<br />

This winter, why not step into Italy’s cities? Filled with delight both above<br />

and even below ground, the streets reveal amazing secrets.<br />

There are several major cities in Italy,<br />

yet each one has a distinct character<br />

that’s worth exploring in its own right.<br />

“Italy’s cities are quieter in winter<br />

and give you the time to explore them<br />

at a much slower pace as you’ll be<br />

able to move around more freely.<br />

With this gentler tempo, you’ll also<br />

have the chance to interact more<br />

with the local people.”<br />

Heather Green<br />

Regional Destination Manager at <strong>Citalia</strong><br />

In winter, average temperatures in Italy’s cities<br />

are around 6ºC, so you’ll find them cooler than<br />

the summer but still very pleasant.<br />

It’s really easy to travel between the major cities<br />

as they’re all connected by Italy’s high speed<br />

train network, so why not include a few on the<br />

same <strong>Citalia</strong> holiday?<br />

Most Italian cities are made up of a patchwork<br />

of neighbourhoods.<br />

NAPLES<br />

Naples is a really vibrant and, at times, gritty<br />

city. Among the youthful creatives who<br />

were inspired to follow in the footsteps of<br />

contemporary greats like Ernest Hemingway<br />

and Andy Warhol, you’ll find a strong<br />

community and artistic spirit.<br />

“While it’s not everyone’s cup of tea”, says<br />

Heather, “if you like to appreciate avantgarde<br />

street art, religious architecture and<br />

archaeology, and absolutely delicious street<br />

food , then this is the place for you.”<br />

Home to over 700 domes, Naples has more<br />

churches based on the population size than<br />

any other Italian metropolis. The most famous<br />

is the 13th century Duomo di Napoli, located<br />

in the city’s centro storico (historic centre),<br />

which is dedicated to the city’s patron saint<br />

San Gennaro, whose alleged blood rests in a<br />

glass vial within the cathedral.<br />

Chiaia<br />

“One of my favourite neighbourhoods is the<br />

affluent Chiaia, located along the seafront,<br />

which is bursting with designer shops and cool<br />

boutiques,” says Heather.<br />

“Chiaia's really atmospheric in the<br />

evening with its many bars and seafood<br />

restaurants. If you keep walking along<br />

the seafront you’ll find the ancient<br />

castle Castel dell'Ovo located across<br />

the waters on the island of Megaride.”<br />

Rione Sanità<br />

For a completely different side of Naples,<br />

head to the bustling district of Rione Sanità.<br />

This is Naple’s foodie centre but it isn’t for the<br />

faint-hearted. Among tightly-packed streets,<br />

you’ll stumble upon street markets, trattoria,<br />

and gelateria, and there are flower-adorned<br />

shrines to native saints on every street corner.<br />

Go underground into the spooky catacombs of<br />

San Gaudioso and San Gennaro to trace history<br />

through its layers, and connect with the city’s<br />

ancestors, or venture into the volcanic caves of<br />

Fontanelle Cemetery.<br />

Dig further into history in Rione Sanità,<br />

home to Italy’s arguably most impressive<br />

archaeological museum, Museo Archeologico<br />

Nazionale di Napoli (MANN). As Naples is in<br />

close proximity to the ancient archaeological<br />

cities of Herculaneum, Pompeii and Oplontis,<br />

you’ll find primarily Greek and Roman<br />

antiquities, but also on permanent display<br />

are Egyptian artifacts, bronzes, mosaics, and<br />

classical Farnese Marble sculptures.<br />

Quartieri Spagnoli<br />

Another authentic neighbourhood is the<br />

16th century Spanish Quarters. It feels like<br />

you’ve stepped into an old Italian movie, with<br />

its laundry lines, shuttered windows, quaint<br />

balconies, and hardy vendors on the streets.<br />

Amble around its alleyways at leisure and you’ll<br />

stumble across art by renowned street artists.<br />

Suggested Stay<br />

Hotel Palazzo Alabardieri<br />

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TURIN<br />

For a city that’s predominantly linked to industry, with many automobile<br />

and manufacturing factories, you might be surprised by just how graceful<br />

Turin is.<br />

Set against a beautiful backdrop of the Alps, you’ll find dramatic<br />

grandeur in a city filled with Baroque architecture. There are boulevards<br />

reminiscent of Paris and elegant arcades housing galleries that make<br />

wonderful shelters for rainy days, such as the sensual Galleria Subalpina.<br />

“Residents in Turin remain dedicated to their sacred<br />

aperitivo 'hour', which runs from 6-9pm each day.”<br />

Aurora<br />

The aperitivo ritual became established in the 1920s when factory<br />

workers marked the end of their day with a bitter tipple and nibbles<br />

before dinner. Today this humble practice has developed into a delicious<br />

buffet that is included in the price, so be sure to bring an appetite.<br />

Quadrilatero Romano<br />

The hip neighbourhood of Aurora is home to plenty of local flair, where<br />

young and old Italians mingle to play a game of bocce (bowls). Explore<br />

Europe’s largest flea market, Balon, or head to Turin’s grandest and<br />

oldest marketplaces, Porta Palazzo, which once served as the city’s<br />

refrigerator and nods to its ancient past. The stalls here are heavily<br />

influenced by the city’s early Moroccan immigrants, with exotic spices<br />

among fresh Italian produce.<br />

Join the locals in historic bars where tables spill out into the street in<br />

the historical and mostly pedestrianised centre of Quadrilatero Romano,<br />

which holds an exciting labyrinth of narrow streets.<br />

In Turin’s main square, Palazzo Madama, lies a gorgeous Renaissance<br />

cathedral, Duomo di Torino. This houses the Holy Shroud, which some<br />

believe to be the burial linen that Jesus was wrapped in after crucifixion.<br />

For top-notch shopping, head to Via Roma, which is lined with high<br />

fashion designers.<br />

Centro<br />

The neighbouring Centro district is home<br />

to the Egypt Museum, which is second<br />

in the world after Cairo for displaying<br />

Egyptian treasure.<br />

Lingotto<br />

For a more authentic experience of Turin,<br />

head further south of the city beyond<br />

Via Lagrange, which is where all the<br />

locals go.<br />

Every two years, Turin brings<br />

the Slow Food movement to<br />

life, where you can hear and<br />

taste what it's all about at the<br />

mouthwatering international<br />

event, Terra Madre Salone<br />

del Gusto.<br />

Get a flavour for Slow Food at<br />

Eataly Torino Lingotto, a large<br />

emporium, market and restaurant<br />

in the commercial district of<br />

Lingotto. This is also where<br />

you’ll find the famous former<br />

FIAT factory and futuristic<br />

design by visionary architect<br />

Renzo Piano.<br />

Borgo Po<br />

Turin’s trendiest street right now is Via Monferrato in the Borgo Po<br />

district, with its Belle Époque buildings and lavish display of colourful<br />

umbrellas, which is well worth a visit.<br />

San Salvario<br />

Turin’s green lung is Valentino Park, where you’ll stumble across a fake<br />

medieval village, complete with cobbled lanes, a castle, and even a<br />

drawbridge. It’s situated in the gentrified neighbourhood of San Salvario,<br />

where former industrial sites have been revamped into happening<br />

boutiques and cafés, while retaining its older aperitivo bars.<br />

You’ll find some unique museums in this district, including the<br />

somewhat macabre Museum of Criminal Anthropology, and the<br />

Museum of Human Anatomy.<br />

Suggested Stay<br />

Grand Hotel Sitea<br />

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“The Duomo is at the centre of the city and is truly stunning<br />

with its gothic architecture. I highly recommend you<br />

explore the rooftop terrace for great views.”<br />

MILAN<br />

Milan lost much of its classical architecture to destructive bombs during<br />

World War Two, so you’ll find more contemporary buildings here than in<br />

other Italian cities.<br />

Navigli<br />

“Milan was never one of my favourite cities," admits Heather, " but it has<br />

changed so much in the last decade, and feels far more welcoming.”<br />

Centro Strorico<br />

The historic centre is where you’ll find Poldi Pezzoli Museum, home to<br />

the world’s largest private art collection, and the famed opera house,<br />

Teatro alla Scala.<br />

Brera<br />

Milan celebrates fashionistas with their own fashionable shopping area,<br />

Quadrilatero della Moda, known locally as Quad d’Oro.<br />

However Brera is the district that boasts the classier yet artistic side<br />

of Milan, packed with wonderful independent boutiques, delicious<br />

contemporary restaurants, and concert venues. The Austrian composer<br />

Mozart lived here in his youth, so you’ll find mentions of him around.<br />

Don’t miss the Pinacoteca di Brera Museum, where you’ll find art works<br />

by Raphael and Caravaggio.<br />

Fiera<br />

Naturally, you’ll want to head to Il Cenacolo to see The Last Supper by<br />

Leonardo da Vinci, as it is a must-do, but do book ahead.<br />

San Siro<br />

Get lunch in neighbouring San Siro, which has plenty of local trattorias<br />

and is also the neighbourhood of choice for AC Milan and Inter Milan<br />

players, so if you’re lucky you may rub shoulders with the odd famed<br />

football player.<br />

“Not to be missed is the up and coming historic<br />

area of Navigli, where you can find the old canal<br />

network and some great bars and restaurants.<br />

It’s particularly vibrant in the evening.”<br />

Ticinese and Città Studi<br />

Near to Navigli lies arguably Milan’s hippest district, Ticinese, where you<br />

can enjoy street art, galleries, and romantic gardens.<br />

While predominantly an area for students, Città Studi is an ideal spot if<br />

you like local ales, as it serves up many craft brewery tours and tastings.<br />

Suggested Stay<br />

Sina Hotel De La Ville<br />

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Underground Mysteries<br />

BARI<br />

Near to the Puglian city of Bari lies Italy’s longest natural subterranean<br />

network, the Grotte di Castellana, which delves 60 metres deep.<br />

Teeming with legends of magics and demons, you can go on an<br />

incredible tour of these limestone limestone caves. They are believed to<br />

have started forming over 90 million years ago and have been known<br />

about since ancient times.<br />

You’ll discover unusually-shaped stalactite and stalagmite formations<br />

that resemble familiar objects.<br />

The focal point of your tour will undoubtedly be<br />

Grotta Bianca (White Grotto), a spooky cavern,<br />

teeming with hundreds of jaw-dropping stalactites.<br />

If you’re feeling particularly brave, you can even join an<br />

evening tour with specialist 'speleonights'.<br />

Suggested Stay<br />

Palco Rooms & Suites<br />


Palermo has the misfortunate title of most conquered city in the world,<br />

but actually what this brings is many influences - and even more secrets.<br />

While the capital of Sicily is best known for its Baroque architecture,<br />

underneath its streets you’ll find something incredible: the ancient Qanat.<br />

Dating back to a time when the Arabs reigned over Sicily, the Qanat are<br />

ingenious tunnels that once transported water from the countryside into<br />

the city.<br />

As you stroll along Via Nave or Corso Calatafimi, you’d never know that<br />

under your feet once hosted royal palaces and tropical gardens with<br />

epic fountains.<br />

At 15 metres below ground, while not suitable for claustrophobics, this is<br />

a fun experience for everyone else.<br />

To enjoy this unique tour, you’ll need to don waterproof clothing, a<br />

helmet, harness and rubber boots, which is all provided for you. You’re<br />

guaranteed to get wet with water flowing down from the walls and up<br />

from the floors!<br />

Suggested Stay<br />

Borgobianco Resort & Spa<br />

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ITALY<br />

Tailormaking<br />

<strong>Citalia</strong>’s very own Senior Personal Travel Planner<br />

Raggy Singh shares with us his love for travelling in<br />

Italy and offers some sage advice and top travel tips.<br />

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Ifirst fell in love with Italy on a personal<br />

holiday. I woke up in Tuscany to an<br />

espresso and the mist rolling off the<br />

vineyards. From them on I was hooked.<br />

Whether I’m getting lost in the<br />

streets of Rome or in the vineyards of<br />

Tuscany, I’m happy. Throw in a food or<br />

wine tour, and I’m ecstatic!<br />

I also love to travel with my wife (she told me<br />

to say this). Honestly though, we’re a good<br />

travel duo, and my ultimate travel memory is<br />

proposing to her in the Dominican Republic -<br />

she told me to say this too!<br />

Our go-to travel destination is Florence, always<br />

with a stay at Brunelleschi Hotel. We usually<br />

travel by train or car, as it’s convenient and<br />

allows us to explore every nook and cranny at<br />

a slower pace and on our terms.<br />

It’s now been over seven years since I began<br />

working for <strong>Citalia</strong>. I love getting to discuss<br />

holidays all day long and help create trips of a<br />

lifetime for our guests. I especially love helping<br />

plan honeymoons.<br />

One of many <strong>Citalia</strong> highlights was when a<br />

guest asked me to help plan a proposal to his<br />

other half in Venice. We organised everything<br />

to the minute, running through every possible<br />

scenario. At one point, he asked me to come<br />

with him, but it wasn’t required as the plans<br />

went like a dream. The newlyweds were<br />

enjoying a honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast<br />

with us two years later!<br />

I can’t deny that the regular trips to Italy aren't<br />

a perk of the job, they really are! Through my<br />

role, I’ve been lucky enough to explore most of<br />

Italy in a really in-depth way - I know the hotels<br />

in our collection intimately. There are just two<br />

regions that I’m not an expert in - Liguria and<br />

Puglia - which I’m hoping to rectify soon.<br />

I also really enjoyed meeting our brand<br />

ambassador Gennaro Contaldo. He’s just<br />

brilliant!<br />

My top tip is to really make the most of<br />

each holiday. While a four day trip is good,<br />

it never gives you the time to really experience<br />

the culture, slow down, and replenish<br />

your batteries.<br />

I absolutely love Sicily too. One of<br />

my all-time favourite moments was<br />

standing at the top of the activeyet-sleeping<br />

volcano, Mount Etna,<br />

and seeing the views. I won’t go into<br />

more detail as I don’t want to spoil it<br />

for anyone, but it really did feel like<br />

standing on the top of the world.<br />

While there are loads of gorgeous traditional<br />

hotels in Italy, my favourite accommodation<br />

style are modern hotels, ideally with a<br />

smattering of Italian Art Deco.<br />

Over the past few years, I’ve adopted Italian<br />

customs that show no sign of disappearing<br />

anytime soon. For example, I could never order<br />

a cappuccino anymore, it has to be an espresso.<br />

And, if I had to eat one cuisine for the rest of my<br />

life it would be Italian.<br />

An authentic Napoli pizza - woodfired,<br />

thin and with plenty of prosciutto on<br />

top? There’s nothing like it!<br />

Nothing beats a fortnight or so away -<br />

you can spend a week exploring a few<br />

cities, and then finish with a few nights<br />

stay somewhere really relaxing. The<br />

great thing about Italy is its so diverse,<br />

it offers something for everyone.<br />

Travel definitely defines my life. Even when I’m<br />

not working, I’m watching travel videos, and<br />

my two favourite YouTubers are the American<br />

couple Kara and Nate who travel the world<br />

together - in fact they just got back from Italy,<br />

so you might want to check them out!<br />

My advice is don't let this pandemic stop you.<br />

As soon as you can, get travelling. There are<br />

experiences and memories to be made.<br />

Raggy and his fellow Personal Travel Planners are here to help you plan your next <strong>Citalia</strong> holiday. Call us today on 01293 765061.<br />

Summer/<strong>Autumn</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />



Ultimate Road Trips<br />

Luxury Piedmont,<br />

&<br />

When you dare to get lost, you’ll be amazed by what you find<br />

Liguria<br />

Lake Como<br />

With the help of our friends at Avis, our new Ultimate Road Trips itineraries<br />

have been carefully designed so that you can easily explore our favourite<br />

hidden destinations across Italy. There’s always plenty to do at each stop,<br />

so if you wish to swap any details or add more nights to our suggested<br />

itineraries then our Personal Travel Planners are here to help.<br />

This season, we take you on a luxury road trip across Piedmont, Liguria, and Lake Como.<br />

Stay in our handpicked selection of luxurious five star accommodation as you tour<br />

through these wonderful regions.<br />

Avis offers strategically located pick-up points across Italy, so whether you arrive by air, land or sea, you can enjoy a quick<br />

and easy check-in, giving you more time to spend exploring Italy’s incredible landscapes and historic sites.<br />

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Days 1-3 GAVI | PIEDMONT<br />

Start your trip in Turin, the capital of Piedmont. Not far from the Italian<br />

Alps, this city is known for its Renaissance and Baroque architecture<br />

and grand squares as much as it is for heady barolo wine and gianduja<br />

(hazelnut and chocolate paste).<br />

Pick up your Avis car at Torino Airport and head to Gavi, just an hour and<br />

a half away from Turin. Considered the gateway to Piedmont’s incredible<br />

fine wine culture, Gavi is surrounded by dramatic mountains and is an<br />

absolute hidden gem of a destination.<br />

If you’re keen to learn about Gavi’s ancient folklore and legends, then<br />

head to its fortress, which stands proudly atop a hill overlooking the valley.<br />

For most of the year, this town sleepily carries on with its time-honoured<br />

agrarian traditions, until the summer months when it comes to life. Wine<br />

cultivation is at the heart of everyday Gavi, so it’s the perfect place for a<br />

few days of relaxing vineyard experiences.<br />

Gavi’s renowned white wine, which is dubbed as white barolo on the<br />

international wine scene, proudly holds the quality DOCG label, and is<br />

made with the native cortese grape variety. Enjoy a bottle as you sip on<br />

local dishes that blend Piedmontese and Ligurian flavours, such as ravioli<br />

al tocco and fresh pesce povero.<br />

Suggested Stay<br />

Albergo L'Ostelliere - Villa Sparina Resort<br />

★★★★★<br />

Days 4-6 ALASSIO | LIGURIA<br />

A few hours south of Gavi lies the coastal town of Alassio. This used to<br />

be a popular holiday destination but in recent decades has eased back<br />

into a quiet hidden gem with a wonderful provincial atmosphere.<br />

Alassio’s natural beauty paints a romantic scene. You’ll find pastelcoloured<br />

houses and elegant gardens surrounded by lush verdant hills.<br />

Stroll along the stretching sandy beachfront, or step inside beautiful<br />

boutiques and historic churches that allude to the town’s story.<br />

Wander through the cobbled lanes that traverse behind the beach and<br />

you’ll discover authentic trattorie (informal restaurants) that serve up<br />

delicious dishes, and trendy Italian hotspots.<br />

You may want to take a day trip to a local olive factory and learn<br />

about how quality olive oil, pesto and sundried tomatoes are made.<br />

Or you could spend a few hours sailing around the Ligurian coast,<br />

before anchoring up in a beautiful bay where you can go swimming<br />

and snorkelling.<br />

Suggested Stay<br />

Grand Hotel Alassio<br />

★★★★★<br />

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Days 7-9 RAPALLO | LIGURIA<br />

Relax on the Italian Riviera, with your next few days spent in Rapallo,<br />

which is located less than two hours away. Spend time on the many<br />

inviting beaches found up and down the coastline, and perhaps consider<br />

lingering on a bench to watch the world go by.<br />

Rapallo has an eclectic mix of historic buildings, villas, and museums to<br />

explore. Built in the Art Nouveau period, they have distinctive splashes<br />

of mustard, sienna and pink.<br />

Discover Lungomare Vittorio Veneto, a most picturesque palm-lined<br />

promenade, where you’ll find the fairytale Rapallo Castle (see page 32).<br />

Many distinguished visitors spent time in Rapallo, including novelist<br />

Ernest Hemingway and his brilliant yet troubled American poet friend,<br />

Ezra Pound.<br />

Suggested Stay<br />

Excelsior Palace<br />

★★★★★<br />

Days 10-13 MENAGGIO | LAKE COMO<br />

The perfect place to end your luxurious trip has to be Menaggio in<br />

Lake Como. While only its crumbling fortified walls show its ancient<br />

Roman past, Menaggio’s heart-stirring beauty and serenity will leave an<br />

impression on you.<br />

Glittering Lake Como is known for its lakefront mansions that attract<br />

celebrities and jetsetters - in fact George Clooney owns a villa nearby.<br />

That’s why you’ll find a glamorous edge within this 19th century town<br />

with its rustic terracotta-shaded houses and bustling little harbour.<br />

Whether you find yourself sipping an espresso in the main square Piazza<br />

Garibaldi, taking a gelato to enjoy by the waterside, or going golfing at a<br />

nearby club, there’s always a hint of prestige involved.<br />

Why not ferry-hop across to Lake Como’s other pretty towns, or go<br />

sailing in a luxury yacht or kayaking? You can also head to nearby tranquil<br />

mountains for hiking, horse riding, and cycling.<br />

Head to the city of Como, where you’ll find an amazing Gothic cathedral,<br />

a funicular railway, and museums dedicated to the Italian silk industry and<br />

the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta. You’ll also find plenty of inspiring<br />

art galleries, museums, and gardens, from the lakefront mansion of Villa<br />

Melzi, to the 18th century Villa Carlotta.<br />

One of our favourite spots in Menaggio is its modern lido, which boasts<br />

incredible lake views. With several large swimming pools, a miniature golf<br />

course and comfortable loungers for idling away the day, it’s the perfect<br />

way to spend your last full day on this luxurious road trip.<br />

On your final morning, relax at the pool before taking the leisurely one and<br />

a half hour drive to Milan Malpensa Airport, returning your car in time for<br />

your flight home.<br />

Suggested Stay<br />

Grand Hotel Victoria<br />

★★★★★<br />

Our 14 day Avis Road Trip itinerary of Piedmont, Liguria and Lake Como, starts from £2,299 per person.<br />

Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765061<br />

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La Dolce Vita<br />

The 1960 film, La Dolce Vita, portrays the decadent lifestyles of Rome’s elite.<br />

Join <strong>Citalia</strong> in shining the spotlight on this cult classic as we uncover the true meaning of La Dolce Vita<br />

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When Italian director Federico Fellini released La Dolce Vita,<br />

the timing couldn’t be more perfect, as the film heralded<br />

the hedonistic embrace of life after the harsh suffering<br />

that Italy, and Rome in particular, had undergone in World War Two.<br />

During the late 1950s, Rome really did undergo a<br />

resurgence, with cabaret bars and nightclubs of<br />

striptease and gin-fizzes taking centre stage, all to the<br />

soundtrack of the perky Perez Prado song, Patricia.<br />

Hollywood actors and wannabe celebrities flocked to Rome, followed by<br />

a trail of reporters.<br />

Rather than being a defined story, La Dolce Vita is more a montage of<br />

events in the life of its protagonist, a handsome journalist called Marcello,<br />

who has abandoned his literary ambitions for work as a gossip columnist.<br />

Moving in upmarket circles of celebrity, aristocracy and even royalty,<br />

Marcello is always seeking out the cause célèbre of the moment, from<br />

glamorous affairs and the supposed miracle vision of the Madonna, to the<br />

sombre death of his friend, a renowned intellectual.<br />

What is La Dolce Vita?<br />

The literal meaning of La Dolce Vita is the sweet life. While the film<br />

captures the darker side of hedonism and debauchery, director Fellini<br />

stated that he was not using the phrase La Dolce Vita ironically but<br />

referring to the sweetness of life.<br />

However the English language today uses the phrase La Dolce Vita<br />

mockingly and somewhat scathingly against libertarian and heavily<br />

materialistic lifestyles.<br />

The film begins with a monument of Jesus Christ being flown over Rome<br />

by helicopters towards St Peter’s Basilica, as young women sunbathing<br />

on the rooftops ask: Where are you taking Jesus?<br />

La Dolce Vita was intended as satire, a neo-realist film that was the first<br />

of its kind from Italy, as Marcello battled between two worlds, one being<br />

the traditional values of Catholic morality and family, the other a glitzy<br />

yet godless society, which he falls deeper into as time goes on.<br />

“Personally, I like Rome very much.<br />

It’s sort of a moderate, quiet jungle<br />

where one can hide well.”<br />

In fact, when La Dolce Vita was released, it was both simultaneously<br />

celebrated and criticised for its open approach to sexuality and<br />

irreverence. It was a box office hit that brought in millions and won the<br />

Palme d’Or, but it was also censored by the Vatican and banned in Spain.<br />

It’s Marcello’s sidekick, a photo reporter called<br />

Paparazzo, one of a gaggle of photographers<br />

who always sticks their lens in the face of a scoop,<br />

who lent his name to the modern-day term, paparazzi.<br />

With the film’s release Rome became an epicentre of cool where wellheeled<br />

visitors flocked.<br />

The Eternal City became a place where it was deemed vogue to drink<br />

cappuccinos and drive a Vespa by day, and wear sunglasses and hit the<br />

clubs by night. An adjective for this lifestyle emerged: Italianate, and<br />

firmly placed Italy on the map for global style.<br />

Today, La Dolce Vita remains to stand the test of time and is well worth<br />

watching. It also lives on, being referenced in popular modern films,<br />

including Good Bye Lenin!, Pulp Fiction, and Lost in Translation, and was<br />

even reversioned in Woody Allen’s 1998 film, Celebrity.<br />

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On Location<br />

Since the 1960s, while the cabaret scene has died down, the<br />

foundations of Rome haven’t changed all that much and you will still<br />

find jaw-dropping, monumental buildings, and neighbourhoods that<br />

hang onto the seduction of La Dolce Vita.<br />

Cinecittà Studios<br />

The majority of La Dolce Vita was filmed on expensive sets in Rome’s<br />

Cinecittà Studios, the hub of Italian filmmaking and Europe’s largest<br />

film studio. But there were also a few areas of Rome that prominently<br />

featured in the film.<br />

The studio has an exciting museum where you can go on a guided tour<br />

and explore the backstage perspective of film and witness vast film sets,<br />

including one that represents Ancient Rome.<br />

Parco Degli Acquedotti, Via Lemonia<br />

In the opening scene when the helicopter carries the statue of Jesus,<br />

it flies over the Parco Degli Acquedotti, which are ruins of a Roman<br />

aqueduct. Why not enjoy a picnic here and witness the various Roman<br />

towers, villas, tombs and even parts of an ancient road?<br />

​Via Vittorio Veneto & Harry’s Bar<br />

Much of the film is based around ​Via Vittorio Veneto, colloquially known<br />

as Via Veneto, a lavish and fashionable street in Rome where Hollywood<br />

actors, gigolos and mobsters alike congregated in real life, only to be<br />

hounded by flâneurs like Marcello and the paparazzi.<br />

Today, while you may not see international superstars<br />

all too often, this wide avenue still offers much buzz<br />

with its immaculately turned out crowd.<br />

Pay homage to La Dolce Vita and visit the celebrated and often copycatted<br />

Harry’s Bar, which was the destination in the 1950s and 1960s.<br />

Frank Sinatra once played the piano at Harry’s Bar, while Orson Welles,<br />

Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Ava Gardener were<br />

all regulars. Always ready to capture the bar’s inebriated celebrities, the<br />

real king of paparazzi, Rino Barillari, was usually found lurking here.<br />

While Harry’s Bar has lost its original sparkle, you can still sip on a Bellini<br />

cocktail or enjoy fine dining in this luxury antique-laden venue.<br />

Trevi Fountain<br />

The most famous scene of this three hour long film is when Marcello<br />

follows the jaunty famous Hollywood actress Sylvia into the waters<br />

of the Trevi Fountain, a large Baroque fountain in central Rome.<br />

Sylvia was portrayed by the renowned Swedish actress Anita Ekberg<br />

and critics believe this role mirrored her own life at the time, drunk<br />

husband included.<br />

When the fountain scene was filmed, it was a cold spring night and actor<br />

Marcello Mastroianni allegedly wore a wetsuit under his clothing, and<br />

downed a bottle of vodka in order to continue filming.<br />

If the cold doesn’t deter you from being tempted to reenact the scene<br />

and dip into the fountain water, then perhaps the armed guards stationed<br />

on site will!<br />

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St Peter’s Basilica<br />

The famous 16th century church of Vatican City, St Peter’s Basilica,<br />

features prominently in the film, but most of it wasn’t filmed on location -<br />

the impressive dome of St Peter’s Basilica was reimagined on set.<br />

However, you can ascend up the hundreds of steps, just as the ‘human<br />

elevator’ Sylvia did in the film before arriving under the open-air dome.<br />

It’s worth it for the astounding bird’s eye views over Rome.<br />

Piazza del Popolo<br />

In an early part of the film, Marcello and his mistress Maddalena pick up a<br />

prostitute from the Piazza del Popolo or People’s Square.<br />

Visit this grand square, which features Rome’s second oldest obelisk, and<br />

the Renaissance church, Santa Maria del Popolo, which features artwork<br />

by Caravaggio. You can also get an impressive view of the piazza in all its<br />

entirety by climbing the stairs to Pincio Park.<br />

Baths of Caracalla<br />

Without wanting to dash your excitement, it’s unlikely you’ll find tuxedodonning<br />

supper clubs or the vivacious cabaret acts seen within La Dolce<br />

Vita. You could however head to Raspoutine, a 1930s-themed nightspot<br />

that is considered Rome’s most stylish club, and where you’ll find the<br />

occasional celebrity or footballer.<br />

One nightclub that might have caught your eye in the film was that<br />

of an atmospheric underground club, which was filmed at the Baths<br />

of Caracalla. Never knowingly used as a nightclub except during the<br />

shooting, these are ancient thermal baths located along the Appian Way.<br />

The baths don’t attract the same crowds as Rome’s other ancient<br />

attractions but are really interesting to explore and, occasionally, they<br />

are used as a unique backdrop for theatre and live music events.<br />

Rome’s quirky streets<br />

What La Dolce Vita delivers loads on are scenes of tipica Roma - cobbled,<br />

narrow lanes filled with character and merriment. The neighbourhood of<br />

Trastevere, located across the River Tiber, delights with this vibe, home<br />

to pavement cafés, jazz bars, and delicious Roman restaurants.<br />

Fregene<br />

Just outside of Rome on the Tyrrhenian Coast, you’ll find the<br />

small, seaside town of Fregene, which is where the final scene of<br />

La Dolce Vita was shot. While it no longer has the bohemian allure<br />

that the film once captured, it remains a wonderfully charming place to<br />

spend an afternoon.<br />

A 3 night holiday in Rome, staying at SINA Bernini Bristol, starts from £665 per person.<br />

Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765061<br />

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Festive<br />

Florentine<br />

Favourite<br />

Delightful Florence, Italy’s city of flowers and lovers, is teeming<br />

with history. Why not experience a luxurious and historic stay<br />

in one of its landmark locations this winter?<br />

Florence is truly magical in the winter, with its twinkling<br />

shops and festive street markets, making it a perfect city<br />

escape this Christmas.<br />

Situated in the heart of the city just a few steps away from the historic<br />

duomo, and the city’s main square, Piazza della Signoria, Brunelleschi<br />

Hotel is not just any luxury hotel in Florence, it’s the hotel to stay in.<br />

You’ll be swept away the minute you arrive, as you discover the<br />

impressive structure that’s composed of two ancient buildings, an<br />

iconic sixth century circular Byzantine Pagliazza tower, and an adjacent<br />

medieval church, known as San Michele.<br />

While entirely sympathetic to its original founding features, Brunelleschi<br />

Hotel received a complete refurbishment in 2019, so that classical and<br />

contemporary design perfectly intermingle.<br />

Stay in any one of the 96 rooms and suites, some of which boast<br />

breathtaking views of the Duomo. If you’re travelling with your family,<br />

then interconnecting family accommodation is also available.<br />

When you’re not exploring Florence’s streets, you can observe the<br />

hotel’s own private collection of Roman remains, or enjoy a cocktail or<br />

two in the stylish bar.<br />

Brunelleschi Hotel is home to two exceptional restaurants, and dinner<br />

is often a memorable highlight of your stay. Head to the two-starred<br />

Michelin Restaurant Santa Elisabetta, which boasts just seven tables<br />

in the exclusive and elegant setting of the Byzantine Pagliazza Tower.<br />

For a more informal setting and traditional Tuscan cuisine, dine at<br />

Osteria Pagliazza.<br />

Stay over Christmas and New Year and tuck into traditional festive menus<br />

that are served up in the hotel’s unique medieval celebration halls. You<br />

might like to join the special gourmet New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner too.<br />

There’s so much to do in Florence during the winter.<br />

Venture to Uffizi Gallery, or regale on the beauty of<br />

Michaelangelo’s David at the Accademia. Revamp your<br />

wardrobe with Italian designer labels in the New Year Sales,<br />

which run from January right through to February, or book a<br />

wine tasting experience in the nearby Chianti Hills.<br />

A 3 night holiday in Florence, staying at Brunelleschi Hotel, starts from £639 per person.<br />

Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765061<br />

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Authentic<br />


INTO<br />

To help showcase the beauty Italy has to offer, we partner with local experts<br />

who are devoted to where they live and provide insider tips on local gems.<br />

with Marie Kidd<br />

@authentictuscany<br />

Marie Kidd, our Tuscany expert, moved to Italy 22 years ago<br />

and settled in beautiful Tuscany 15 years ago. She lives in<br />

a little medieval village called Vicopisano, which is located<br />

near Pisa and Florence. Marie knows just about everything about this<br />

region and collates all of her discoveries and top tips on Instagram. She<br />

loves to show her audience hidden hilltop towns and local beaches and<br />

coves, sharing her knowledge to help others get the most unique and<br />

authentic experience out of this rustic region.<br />

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How long have you lived in Tuscany and why did you<br />

choose to live here?<br />

I’ve been in Tuscany since 2006, but I’ve been in Italy since 1999! My<br />

husband and I decided to move to Italy for a better quality of life - and to<br />

escape the English weather and food!<br />

In springtime you’ll find yourself hiking between poppies and wildflowers<br />

and foraging for wild asparagus and garlic. In May there’s a free trekking<br />

festival, and in October you’ll get to see the olive harvest and pressing!<br />

Why have you chosen to partner with <strong>Citalia</strong>?<br />

<strong>Citalia</strong> offers real authentic Italian holidays, and I want to be able to show<br />

the <strong>Citalia</strong> audience all of my hidden gems and secret spots to truly make<br />

your <strong>Citalia</strong> holidays a unique, local and original experience!<br />

Where's your favourite place in Italy?<br />

I’m not biased, but it would have to be where I currently live. Vicopisano<br />

is full of authenticity and character, and I love the charm of the area<br />

and exploring the hidden hilltop towns and countryside. It’s also located<br />

conveniently close to Pisa, Lucca and Florence, and we are also only 30<br />

minutes from the Tuscan coast, so it’s easy to delve into the city and<br />

escape to the sea.<br />

What’s the best thing about Tuscany?<br />

It would have to be the varied landscape, olive trees and the hiking trails,<br />

to the typical Italian hidden beaches and coves. It really does have it all!<br />

What's your favourite place to eat/drink in Tuscany?<br />

It’s hard to pin down because there are so many fantastic places in our<br />

region. One of the main reasons we left England was to escape the British<br />

food, and I can say that I’ve never been disappointed with a meal out<br />

here. I love having a drink during ‘golden hour’: as the sun dips below the<br />

rolling hills and everything turns orangey-amber.<br />

My favourite foodie market is Il Mercato Centrale in Livorno, Tuscany’s<br />

important port city and only 30 minutes from Pisa. It was redesigned<br />

under the reign of the Medici family during the Renaissance period and<br />

is one of the oldest covered markets in Europe sitting alongside the main<br />

canal. You’ll find 30 odd shops and over 200 stalls that line the corridors<br />

of this huge food hall, which has an amazing selection of the freshest fish<br />

and seafood.<br />

What’s your favourite thing to do in Tuscany?<br />

I love all the hikes and nature trails around me, and one of my favourite<br />

activities is to go foraging! I also love visiting all the local farms, and<br />

learning about how they create their produce.<br />

My region is all about slow and organic living, and I love this way of life.<br />

It’s so easy to grow your own vegetables here and create your own olive<br />

oil, due to the culture of the region, which focuses on nature.<br />

One of my favourite places to explore and go hiking are around the<br />

hills of Monte Pisano, a small range of hills that separates the plains<br />

and cities of Pisa and Lucca. It’s here where you’ll find a route called<br />

Strada dell’Olio Monte Pisani, which winds between the olive groves and<br />

wildflowers with distant views out to sea and the Tuscan island of Gorgona.<br />

It’s the perfect territory for nature lovers, hikers, and mountain bikers.<br />

What’s a few must-do activities in Tuscany?<br />

Visit Lucca, one of Tuscany's best loved cities and walk or cycle along the<br />

famous walls! These walls date back to Roman times, and the 'Princess<br />

of Lucca' restored them back in the 16th century, turning them into<br />

wide walkways for the locals to enjoy. These walkways are now part of<br />

everyday Lucca life. There really is no better way to explore Lucca than<br />

on foot or peddling away, as this city is mainly a car-free zone!<br />

If you’re seeking relaxation, then have a spa day at Bagni di Pisa Palace<br />

and Spa in the waters of San Giuliano Terme. This luxury hotel was a<br />

former summer palace built for a Grand Duke of Tuscany in the 18th<br />

century, and has so much history and amazing grand interiors.<br />

The spa really does take you back in time as you follow the Salus per<br />

Aquam Circuit, a small complex of pools filled with naturally warm spring<br />

waters rich in healing minerals. Imagine bathing in pools of thermal<br />

waters that were first enjoyed by the Etruscans, then the Romans, and<br />

then the Medici family!<br />

If you’re looking for a unique experience and something you wouldn’t<br />

expect to do when visiting Tuscany, explore the coast. Tuscany may be<br />

known for its rolling hills but it also has 142 miles of beautiful coastline!<br />

My top tip is to find and book a stabilimento balneare (beach club) in<br />

advance as they often get booked up by the locals, especially at the<br />

weekends. Beach clubs are the ultimate way to enjoy Tuscany’s most<br />

stunning sandy beaches.<br />

Read stories from Marie Kidd and <strong>Citalia</strong>’s other inspiring experts on Instagram @citalia_holidays.<br />

You’ll also find all the latest Italy travel information, giveaways, and exclusive <strong>Citalia</strong> offers.<br />

Summer/<strong>Autumn</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


OUR PICK<br />

ICONIC<br />

LUXURY<br />

HOTELS<br />

Whether you’re seeking a classical indulgence or a contemporary<br />

haven, Italy boasts some of Europe’s most luxurious<br />

accommodation. Whether you’ve got a special occasion<br />

to celebrate or just want to make your next holiday count,<br />

here’s <strong>Citalia</strong>’s selection of tried and tested luxury hotels.<br />

Splendido, A Belmond Hotel | Portofino<br />

A former 16th century Benedictine monastery is the grand setting for your luxurious stay at one of the world’s highest acclaimed hotels.<br />

From a heady hilltop that overlooks the romantic bay and harbour of Portofino, you’ll be resting your head in rooms furnished with antiques<br />

and hand-painted trompe l’oeil interiors, while the cliffside swimming pool, wellness centre, and first-class service are a dream.<br />

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Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria | Sorrento<br />

In the heart of Sorrento and affording views of the glistening Bay of Naples, this decadent family-run hotel is situated on the site of<br />

ancient Roman ruins and is ensconced in a centuries-old citrus garden. Experience old world charm and grandeur with period furniture<br />

and frescoed ceilings, just like many distinguished guests before you, including Oscar Wilde, Luciano Pavarotti and the hotel’s namesake,<br />

Queen Victoria of Sweden. Dinner at the Michelin-starred Terrazza Bosquet seafront restaurant is a must.<br />

Hotel Santa Caterina | Amalfi<br />

Facing out over the Neapolitan Riviera with fairytale terraced<br />

gardens cascading down the cliff face, you can expect sweeping<br />

vistas from this splendid converted 19th century liberty-style<br />

villa, which sings of its aristocratic heritage. Everything about<br />

your experience here is intimate and peaceful, from the citrusscented<br />

hideaway terraces that are filled with the vibrant pink of<br />

bougainvillea, to a panoramic bathing platform. Tuck into the fresh<br />

flavours of the Amalfi Coast in the Michelin-starred Ristorante<br />

Glicine, or seek out the sun deck at the hotel’s exclusive beach club.<br />

Hotel Palazzo Avino | Ravello<br />

A sumptuous stay awaits you in this clifftop hotel, which<br />

perfectly exudes contemporary style in a structure that dates<br />

back to the 12th century. The white and aquamarine interiors<br />

echo the freshness of the Amalfi Coast, and spectacularly<br />

showcases contemporary art. Your ultimate haven will likely<br />

be the rooftop with its magnificent sun terrace, swimming<br />

pool, and stunning scenic sights. Treat yourself to a natural<br />

spa day, head to the beachfront clubhouse, or feast at the<br />

Michelin-starred Rossellinis Restaurant.<br />

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Hotel Villa d’Este | Lake Como<br />

The peaceful shores of Cernobbio await you in this regal 16th century converted villa, which for a time was the home of Caroline of Brunswick,<br />

Princess of Wales. Grandeur can be found in the distinctive architecture, exquisite interior furnishings, and sprawling gardens. Whether you’re<br />

sipping a glass of champagne on the terrace or taking a dip in the floating swimming pool, every moment feels magical here. A member of the<br />

Leading Hotels of the World, this is the epitome of lakeside luxury with its stunning views over the lake.<br />

Castel Monastero Resort | Tuscany<br />

Idyllic luxury awaits you in this traditional<br />

Tuscan resort. Located close to historic Siena<br />

lies this gorgeous 11th century hotel that’s<br />

surrounded by 16 acres of manicured grounds.<br />

Experience tranquility within the frescoed<br />

walls or as you wander into the surrounding<br />

countryside. Venture into the ancient vaulted<br />

cellar to discover local specialities and a<br />

bottle of the finest Chianti, or retreat into<br />

the peaceful modern spa that embodies the<br />

region’s Renaissance spirit.<br />

Baglioni Hotel Regina | Rome<br />

Reside in the heart of Rome at this refined hotel situated on Via Veneto, near to the famous Spanish Steps. As the former home<br />

of Queen Margherita of Savoy, you’ll be mesmerised by the timeless elegance of classic and sleek art deco style. Artists, writers<br />

and actors onced gathered here during La Dolce Vita. Excellent hospitality awaits you, whether you’re treating yourself to<br />

Mediterranean-inspired dishes or enjoying a sundowner in the bar lounge.<br />

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Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel | Florence<br />

Surrounded by woodland and with amazing views over Florence,<br />

you really have the best of both worlds at this converted 15th<br />

century monastery, which was originally designed by Michelangelo.<br />

There’s a complimentary shuttle service to take you into the<br />

centre of Florence, but you might find it hard to tear yourself away<br />

from the mouthwatering cuisine found in the elegant al fresco<br />

restaurant, or the heated outdoor swimming pool that boast<br />

panoramic views of the Arno Valley.<br />

Hotel Danieli | Venice<br />

Perfectly positioned in the heart of Venice, minutes from St Mark's<br />

Square and the Bridge of Sighs, this iconic and luxurious 14th century<br />

former palazzo has somewhat of a reputation. You’ll understand why<br />

when you witness the stunning golden staircase and magnificent<br />

atrium, or sleep in your lavish guest room that’s teeming with regal<br />

furnishings. Dinner at the hotel’s rooftop restaurant Terrazza Danieli is<br />

an essential part of your stay as it boasts some of the best views over<br />

Venice and its lagoon. This is pure indulgence with Venetian flair.<br />

Hotel Il San Pietro | Positano<br />

Perched high with views towards the bay of Positano, this opulent cliffside property is part of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group and had<br />

a former life as a private villa and attached chapel. This family-run hotel boasts amazing service, epic interiors and a pool with wonderful views,<br />

as well as an exclusive beach club. Each guest room is uniquely decorated and features a private terrace where you can gaze over the<br />

Mediterranean Sea that on a clear day stretches as far as Capri’s iconic faraglioni (rock formations). Head to the property’s Ristorante Zass<br />

for a Michelin-starred culinary experience, or indulge at the sumptuous spa.<br />

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Digging Into<br />

ITALY<br />

Lorenzo Quinn's Building Bridges sculpture,<br />

a highlight of the 2017 Venice Biennale,<br />

outside Ca’ Sagredo Hotel.<br />

Archaeologist Dr. Holley Martlew has been a <strong>Citalia</strong> guest<br />

for many years, and has travelled numerous times with us,<br />

often combining her professional work trips with pleasure.<br />

Holley shares with us her experiences of Italy.<br />

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Ihave loved Italy for as long as I can<br />

remember. Once upon a time I spent<br />

nearly a year in Florence.<br />

I travelled the world with my parents as a child<br />

and have continued the tradition ever since.<br />

I have great experience of travelling on my<br />

own and usually make my own reservations,<br />

but when it comes to Italy I always use <strong>Citalia</strong>,<br />

and that’s for one simple reason, the type<br />

of personal service I receive from my <strong>Citalia</strong><br />

Personal Travel Planner, Linda Kulka.<br />

Linda is efficient, really knowledgeable and<br />

professional, and tailors everything to my<br />

taste and needs, which she understands well.<br />

What’s not to love about Italy?<br />

I love the architecture, food,<br />

history, ambience, people,<br />

and of course the opera -<br />

Teatro La Fenice in Venice<br />

is at the top of my list.<br />

My favourite destination for both work and<br />

pleasure has to be Venice, but I also love<br />

Rome. Taking place in February each year,<br />

the Carnevale in Venice outshines all others<br />

in elegance.<br />

Because my trips include professional<br />

endeavours I tend to travel to Italy alone,<br />

but my husband has travelled with me for<br />

holidays, including Carnevale, Christmas and<br />

New Year.<br />

I am an archaeologist whose field is Greek<br />

prehistory, Minoan and Mycenaean. I included<br />

the island of Vivara in the Bay of Naples<br />

in a pioneering archaeological project I codirected,<br />

on the scientific analysis of pottery<br />

and skeletal material from the Bronze Age,<br />

as the Mycenaeans had visited Vivara. The<br />

project culminated in an exhibition which was<br />

mounted in seven international museums,<br />

one of which was Naples. We had our biggest<br />

audience in Naples, 34,000 in one month,<br />

which was a coup as only Egyptian exhibitions<br />

usually command such custom!<br />

I have spent a considerable amount of time<br />

in Venice, usually visiting two or three times<br />

a year. The most interesting thing I have<br />

ever done in Venice was to train in mosaics<br />

and micro mosaics at Orsoni Venezia 1888<br />

on Cannaregio.<br />

Orsoni is the premier producer<br />

of glass tesserae in the world.<br />

If you haven’t heard of them then<br />

you should, as they make all the<br />

mosaics used for restoration and<br />

upkeep of the Basilica of San Marco.<br />

The company offers mosaic courses and tours<br />

which are absolutely fascinating, both of which<br />

I highly recommend.<br />

I then found myself involved professionally<br />

with a project on the extraordinary wellheads<br />

of Venice, so now my trips to Italy continue<br />

with a work/play balance.<br />

I have stayed at the Hotel Danieli in Venice<br />

since my first visit with my parents when I was<br />

10 years old and even today it reigns supreme.<br />

With the terrace boasting gourmet delicacies<br />

- lunches and dinners - and the best view in<br />

Venice, the Hotel Danieli was my father’s<br />

favourite, and now it is mine.<br />

I have had first-hand experience of the<br />

Venetian phenomenon of Acqua Alta, the high<br />

tide that affects low-lying areas like the Piazza<br />

San Marco. The most unusual one occurred<br />

in May a few years ago when I was dining<br />

with friends on the island of Giudecca. It had<br />

started out as the perfect evening, with pink<br />

geraniums cascading over a balustrade, which<br />

separated me from the lagoon.<br />

As a dedicated shopper, over the years I have<br />

friends in many shops in Venice and Rome,<br />

and top of the list are Missoni, Prada, and the<br />

outstanding Venetian designer Gualti whose<br />

exquisite atelier is between the Rio Terà Canal<br />

and Campo Santa Margherita. I am wearing<br />

one of his creations in the photo.<br />

When it comes to food, my favourite restaurant<br />

in the entire world is Harry’s Bar in Venice. I<br />

usually order fegeto Veneziana (Venetian-style<br />

liver) or osso buco (a braised veal dish from<br />

Lombardy), which is only available on Sunday’s,<br />

and then for dessert, the delectable meringata<br />

(meringue cake).<br />

Gatto Nero has the most memorable seafood<br />

served on the most gorgeous<br />

china, so it just has to be<br />

given a special mention. This<br />

restaurant is on the island of<br />

Burano, which is known for<br />

its painted houses of many,<br />

almost every, colour, and has<br />

great shopping.<br />

I also love ice cream and Giolitti in Rome is my<br />

favourite gelateria, although Florian's in Venice<br />

and Pedrocchi in Padua are close runners-up.<br />

I always order an Aperol spritz,<br />

a cocktail composed of gorgeous<br />

translucent orange Aperol, Prosecco,<br />

and soda, served in the Venetian way<br />

with a slice of orange and<br />

a very large green olive.<br />

There are still many places I wish to visit. On<br />

my next work trip to Venice, I want to extend<br />

my visit to combine Italy’s best gardens with<br />

her lakes, such as Isola Bella in Lake Maggiore.<br />

I also plan to explore Sicily further, visiting<br />

the extraordinary mosaics at Villa Romana del<br />

Casale near the town of Piazza Armerina, the<br />

gourmet restaurants in Ragusa, the Baroque<br />

gem of Noto, and a return visit to Palermo,<br />

to the mosaics in Cappella Palatina and the<br />

church known as La Martorana.<br />

A 3 night holiday in Venice, staying at Hotel Danieli, starts from £1,459 per person. Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765061<br />

Summer/<strong>Autumn</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


In the<br />

Hot<br />

Seat:<br />

Italian Cars<br />

Since the end of the 19th century, Italy has been in the hot seat for automobile design and<br />

manufacture. <strong>Citalia</strong> takes you on a tour of the birthplace of Italy’s most esteemed car brands.<br />


Usually identified for its fabulous food culture, the region of<br />

Emilia-Romagna is the beating heart of Italian automotive design and<br />

manufacture, as several major brands were born here. You’ll find plenty of<br />

museums showcasing its automobile and motorcycle heritage.<br />


The luxury sports car Ferrari, known as a thoroughbred pedigree in Formula<br />

One racing, was born out of Modena, the same town that gave the world<br />

genuine balsamic vinegar.<br />

Founded in 1947, this Prancing Horse brand has become synonymous<br />

with speed and wealth. The brand’s first 125 S iconic two-seater road car -<br />

painted red, naturally - won the Rome Grand Prix that same year, before it<br />

was further developed into a refined GT roadster.<br />

There’s no better place to celebrate Ferrari than at Museo Enzo Ferrari, a<br />

museum that’s set in the original Ferrari factory in Modena. You’ll discover<br />

the story of Ferrari’s founder, Enzo Ferrari, who was not only the brainchild<br />

of Italian car manufacturing but also a dynamic and legendary Italian racing<br />

driver in his own right.<br />

Ogle the prized Ferrari collection in its futuristic museum next door, before<br />

tucking into delicious local cuisine, because nothing good is ever done in<br />

Italy without food.<br />

A short drive or shuttle bus away in the small town of Maranello lies Museo<br />

Ferrari, a shrine to the world of Formula One, where you can enjoy racing<br />

simulations and other interactive experiences.<br />


Modena is also home to Maserati, the brand that has a trusty trident for<br />

its emblem.<br />

Founded in 1914, Maserati has long been associated with Ferrari as,<br />

until this year, Maserati was using Ferrari’s engines. Unfairly, Maserati is<br />

often called the poor man's Ferrari. Why not judge whether this is true for<br />

yourself? Take a guided tour of the renowned Maserati car factory, where<br />

you can browse both historic and new models of this iconic car.<br />

As if two distinguished brands born in Modena isn’t enough, the<br />

contemporary sports car brand Pagani was also established here.<br />


Notice a quick flash of vivid yellow and you’ll know you’ve been<br />

Lamborghini-ed. For Italy, Lamborghini is a relatively modern brand, as<br />

its luxury sports and SUV vehicles were only born in Emilia-Romagna’s<br />

Bologna in 1963.<br />

The brand grew rapidly in its first decade, aided by the Miura model with<br />

its iconic ‘eyelashes’ - its uniquely designed grills around the headlights.<br />

Lamborghini’s renowned Raging Bull logo was inspired by its founder,<br />

Ferruccio Lamborghini, who was born under the Taurus zodiac sign and,<br />

randomly, was also a big fan of Spanish bullfighting.<br />

Today, Lamborghini is owned by the Volkswagen Group, but you can still<br />

visit where it all began at the Lamborghini Museum in Bologna and witness<br />

prototypes, and classic, exclusive models, from the Espada to the Sesto<br />

Elemento.<br />

While you’re in Bologna, also visit the Industrial Heritage Museum, which<br />

applauds Bologna’s industrial heritage and contribution to the world with<br />

various vintage automobiles on display. You can also enjoy the Italian<br />

Factory Motor Tour, where you’ll get the chance to test drive Ferrari and<br />

Lamborghini models.<br />

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FIAT<br />

There’s one punky car that absolutely dominates Italy’s automotive<br />

industry today - and that’s Fiat.<br />

Fiat first came onto the scene in 1899 in Turin, the capital of Piedmont,<br />

when an Italian entrepreneur founded Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino<br />

(FIAT) - the Italian Automobile Factory of Turin.<br />

Fiat proceeded to become the bestselling car across Europe for the next<br />

100 years. The brand became the forefather of economy cars in 1936<br />

when the first Fiat 500 was born - the A Topolino, which translates as<br />

little mouse and is the Italian name for Disney’s Mickey Mouse.<br />

From the 1920s until the late 1970s, the original Fiat Lingotto Factory in<br />

Turin employed thousands of workers and still stands in Turin today as<br />

an entertainment complex. It also boasts a three-quarter mile test track<br />

on its rooftop, which was made famous by the 1969 film, The Italian Job,<br />

featuring Michael Caine. Plans are underway to convert the track into a<br />

hanging garden.<br />



While most young Italian car aficionados had their hearts set on the Ferrari,<br />

the more affordable motor was naturally, the trustworthy Alfa Romeo.<br />

Founded in Milan in 1910, the brand successfully took part in endurance<br />

races, Grand Prixs and Formula One. The brand’s logo is the Visconti<br />

serpent, a heraldic symbol of Milan’s medieval noble family.<br />

What made Alfa Romeo stand out and continues to do so to this day is its<br />

iconic trilobe front and clear aerodynamically designed lines. Unlike many<br />

brands, Alfa Romeo’s models over the last century have never added in<br />

design details just for the sake of it.<br />

You can witness a historic collection of models and learn about the brand’s<br />

history on a private tour of the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo, located in the<br />

town of Arese, near Milan, which also houses a café.<br />


All across Italy, you’ll find automobile museums honouring Italy’s rich<br />

contribution. In Verona, the Museo Nicolis has an epic collection of<br />

Formula One race cars and motorbikes, including Fiat’s regal 1929 model,<br />

the Isotta Fraschini.<br />

To uncover more of Fiat’s history, head to the Centro Storico Fiat Museum,<br />

which is located in a gorgeous Art Nouveau building and boasts a selection<br />

of not only Fiat’s legendary automobiles, but also other items the company<br />

produced, from war technology and ship engines to aeroplanes, tractors<br />

and even washing machines!<br />

Turin is also home to two other esteemed and historic Italian car brands,<br />

Lancia and Abarth.<br />

Why not let <strong>Citalia</strong> help you create a unique Italian automobile lovers holiday?<br />

Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765061<br />

Summer/<strong>Autumn</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


Unearthing<br />

Ancient Italy<br />


Italy is a treasure chest of ancient worlds. This issue, <strong>Citalia</strong> unearths the<br />

region of Liguria, where the sea plays a dominant role in its history.<br />

Liguria is considered to be the Italian Riviera. You’ll find a<br />

slower pace of life in its charming villages, and can tap into<br />

luxury with the chic bars, boutiques and super yachts that line<br />

the harbours. It’s also filled with unique historic riches that are well<br />

worth witnessing - even below the waters.<br />

Rapallo Castle<br />

Witness the castle on the sea. The picture-perfect town of Rapallo has<br />

a guardian, standing in memory of bygone days. This old castello (castle)<br />

stands on rocks surrounded by the waters of the Gulf of Rapallo.<br />

Constructed from solid stone with two-metre-thick walls, its compact<br />

rectangular shape with rounded corners is dominated by its wide square<br />

tower that rises out from the coast.<br />

Its aura is straight out of a medieval fairytale, even though the castle was<br />

built outwith the Middle Ages.<br />

In the 16th century, a Turkish pirate called Dragut invaded the city,<br />

kidnapped a hundred of Rapallo’s inhabitants, and threatened death on<br />

anyone who challenged his crew’s mass looting. Without any defense<br />

fortifications, many residents were forced to flee to the hills.<br />

The need for a fortress was promptly established, and Rapallo Castle was<br />

built within a year of this historic event. For a long time, the castle was<br />

also used as a prison.<br />

Today, Rapallo Castle is best viewed with a gentle amble along the<br />

promenade and, if you’re lucky, you might find the odd exhibition here. In<br />

early July each year, a marvellous fireworks display is held at the castle to<br />

honour the city’s patroness, Our Lady of Montallegro, as part of the local<br />

Apparition Day celebrations.<br />

Rapallo Castle’s story is of<br />

buccaneering Treasure Island style,<br />

as it was built to defend the city<br />

from pirate invasions.<br />

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Christ Of The Abyss<br />

San Fruttuoso is a strange little place. Tucked between the towns<br />

of Camogli and Portofino, it’s neither a port or a town. It’s also very<br />

secluded, as it’s only accessible by foot or from the sea. Yet it’s wellworth<br />

visiting because, etched out of the mountains, San Fruttuoso is<br />

home to an ancient Benedictine monastery.<br />

What’s more, just off the shore you’ll find a highly unusual sight: a statue<br />

of Jesus Christ rising two and a half metres tall and praising the heavens<br />

while under the blue of the Mediterrean Sea.<br />

While you may think the statue appeared as a result of a tragic shipwreck<br />

many centuries ago, in fact it was intentionally submerged here in 1954.<br />

Sitting 17 metres under the waves, the statue, known as Cristo degli Abissi<br />

(Christ of the Abyss) was cemented to the sea floor.<br />

Castello Brown Museum | Portofino<br />

Perched high over the harbour of Portofino lies Castello Brown, a historic<br />

castle that dates back centuries and has had several reconstructions and<br />

enlargements over time.<br />

Surrounded by prestigious villas of the international jetset, the castle is<br />

ideally placed to observe all the activities below, both on land and water.<br />

Archaeological digs concluded that this eagle-eye site has<br />

been used as a military bulwark since the Roman times.<br />

This spiritual statue was the brainchild of legendary Italian diver Duilio<br />

Marcante, before being created by the sculptor Guido Galetti. It pays<br />

homage to Dario Gonzatti, the first Italian to use scuba diving gear, who<br />

died during a dive near this spot in 1950.<br />

The statue was crafted from the recycled bronze of medals, naval<br />

artefacts, and old bells. In 2003, it was lovingly restored and returned to<br />

the waters two years later.<br />

Castello Brown was abandoned in the early 19th century when Portofino<br />

fell into a more peaceful state. It gets its rather un-Italian name from<br />

the British diplomat who sympathetically remodelled the castle into a<br />

comfortable private villa. It was subsequently held by his descendants<br />

until 1949.<br />

Castello Brown was further restored to its original design and historically<br />

mapped by an English couple, before being sold to the city of Portofino<br />

in 1969.<br />

The castle claimed fame as the setting for the 1922 novel by Elizabeth<br />

von Arnim and subsequent award-winning 1991 film, The Enchanted April.<br />

Today, Castello Brown is a public museum and decadent events<br />

space that brings its rich history to life, from its neo-Gothic tiled<br />

staircase to its wooden coffered roof depicting martyrs and rulers.<br />

It's also surrounded by a marvellous Mediterraean garden filled with<br />

fragrant flowers and pergolas.<br />

Since its installation, the Christ of the Abyss is a symbol for<br />

scuba diving and has become Italy’s leading dive destination,<br />

not least because it also happens to be a Protected<br />

Marine Area with a vast array of marine life.<br />

Other copycats have cropped up in other Italian waters, and you’ll find<br />

replicas that were created from the original clay cast in the Carribean and<br />

in Florida.<br />

On the last Sunday of every July, a torchlight mass is held on the beach to<br />

commemorate all those who have lost their lives at sea, and divers place<br />

crowns of flowers at the feet of the underwater Christ.<br />

Even if you don’t dive, when the waters are calm and clear, it’s possible to<br />

peek at the statue through the water from a boat.<br />

A 7 night holiday in Liguria, staying at Grand Hotel Bristol Resort and Spa, starts from £1,059 per person.<br />

Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765061<br />

Summer/<strong>Autumn</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


ITALY'S<br />

Obscure<br />


While classical art is what Italy is renowned for, there’s also an underground<br />

contemporary art scene that sometimes edges on obscurity. From underground<br />

stations to former slaughterhouses, it’s well worth hunting out.<br />

Woodpecker Disco | Cervia<br />

A domed disco club in a seaside resort popular in the 1950s has been reimagined<br />

by artists, including work by Italy’s own Banksy, the street artist ‘Blu’.<br />

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Metropoliz Museum of the Other and the Elsewhere (MAAM) | Rome<br />

An abandoned salami factory on the outskirts of Rome is now a collective art space<br />

for over 300 contemporary and street artists, and a shelter for refugees.<br />

Explore more unusual art:<br />

Toledo Art Station | Naples<br />

With its inspiring psychedelic mosaics found 130 feet underground, this<br />

is the crowning jewel of the Naples Metro Stazioni dell’Arte project,<br />

which brings contemporary art into everyday life.<br />

Tuttomondo | Pisa<br />

Acclaimed American pop artist Keith Haring developed a theme of world<br />

peace and harmony on the wall of Sant'Antonio Abate church. In doing<br />

so, he created the largest mural in Europe.<br />

Fondazione Pastificio Cerere | Rome<br />

An abandoned pasta factory in the San Lorenzo district was repopulated<br />

by artist studios and now holds fascinating exhibitions and events.<br />

MACRO (Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome) | Rome<br />

Former brewery and slaughterhouse spaces combined to establish<br />

this imaginative museum. It’s currently running a three year exhibition<br />

looking at art that’s capable of revolutionising society.<br />

Mosaics of Vincent City | Lecce<br />

Eye-popping recycled tile art and kitsch sculptures showcase the work<br />

of eccentric artist Vincent Brunetti at his estate in the quaint town<br />

of Guagnano.<br />

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On the Scent of<br />

Italian Perfume<br />

Move over France. Perfume is quintessentially Italian. Are you ready for <strong>Citalia</strong><br />

to take you on a fragrant adventure into the world of alchemy and love potions?<br />

Then let us begin...<br />

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Scent has the power to make you smell sassy, savvy, or sweet,<br />

and some perfumers believe the right aroma is a mirror of the<br />

wearer’s psyche.<br />

The history of perfume all started with a few ships, and some positively<br />

pungent people: during the medieval times, essential oils were used by<br />

the wealthy to mask body odour caused by both infrequent bathing and<br />

clothes washing. Traditional perfume was always ungendered, worn by<br />

both noble men and women.<br />

Italy’s Fragrant History<br />

Venice has always been perfectly positioned to receive amazing exotic<br />

spices, herbs, flowers, resins and oils thanks to all the trading ships that<br />

sailed in from Africa, Arabia, Persia, and the Orient. This is the reason<br />

why the Italian city was at the forefront of crafting fragrance.<br />

A groundbreaking discovery in the 14th century changed the course<br />

of perfume when an Italian apothecary, Giovanni Paolo Feminis,<br />

developed aqua mirabilis or miracle water, an alcohol solution that could<br />

be used as a base for natural and synthetic aromas to linger.<br />

This discovery, coupled with its felicitous access to exceptional<br />

ingredients and beautiful Murano glass bottles for storing scents,<br />

established Venice as the global hub of fine perfume-making for several<br />

hundreds of years.<br />

The regions of Sicily and Calabria also contributed to the perfume<br />

industry by growing many of its raw materials.<br />

The young noble lady Catherine de Medici of Florence, took her<br />

personal profumiere, Renato Bianco, to the royal courts in France when<br />

she married the future King of France, Henry II.<br />

In France, Bianco pioneered love potions and a fashion for perfumed<br />

gloves, and this is when aqua mirabilis received a new French name by<br />

Feminis’ progressive nephew - eau de cologne.<br />

As perfume’s popularity grew, the French town of Grasse became the<br />

new perfume-making scene on the global map.<br />

If the artistic Murano glass blowers were tempted to move to where the<br />

perfume bottling opportunity was or divulge their secrets to the French,<br />

they were soon put off by threat of death by the Republic of Venice.<br />

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Medieval Masks, Modern Miracles<br />

When you’re in Venice you’re likely to see the somewhat comedic long-beaked masks on display in the<br />

city’s many boutiques. These are known as medico della peste, a practical fashion worn during the<br />

bubonic plague of the Middle Ages. The beaks were filled with herbs and scented sachets to help perfume<br />

foul odours and were considered an important sanitary precaution by respected doctors of the time.<br />

While these masks only come out to play during masquerade balls today, during the recent<br />

coronavirus pandemic, some Italians have been reclaiming their legacy aqua mirabilis and revived this ancient<br />

miracle water as a refreshing hand sanitizer.<br />

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Perfume Mastery Today<br />

While the majority of perfumes today are created synthetically from a<br />

handful of large laboratories, Italy still boasts a traditional handcrafted<br />

perfume culture and is the place to go to find your one-of-a-kind scent.<br />

You can expect long-lasting notes evocative of distant lands and of more<br />

local terroir, such as Amalfi lemons blended with rosemary and thyme.<br />

Italian perfume may seem more expensive but that’s because it never<br />

sacrifices quality in its luxurious natural ingredients. For example, one<br />

ounce of rose oil uses a whopping 5,000 rose petals.<br />

In Venice and Florence you can still find some of the original formulas<br />

of fine perfumes, where tradition and a good nose have been passed<br />

down the generations.<br />

Venice<br />

Head to Venice’s own perfume museum at Palazzo Mocenigo, located<br />

along Venice’s Grand Canal. Discover the world of Venetian nobility as<br />

you explore an entire floor dedicated to the history and craft of perfume,<br />

including a room that resembles a 16th century perfumer’s laboratory,<br />

and a collection of rare perfumes that date back to 2,000 BC.<br />

To explore a family-run perfume house, visit Mavive Parfums Venezia<br />

on Via Altinia, which was founded in the 1980s by the grandson of the<br />

esteemed master perfume-maker, Angelo Vidal.<br />

In 2011 the Vidal family established The Merchant of Venice, a project<br />

that celebrates family perfume tradition and Venetian cultural heritage.<br />

This project naturally evolved into its own luxury contemporary perfume<br />

brand, which you can find at its flagship store at Campo San Fantin on the<br />

site of a former ancient apothecary.<br />

On the Venetian island of Sant’Elena you’ll find a perfume museum on the<br />

aptly-named Via del Profumo, which was founded by a local organisation,<br />

the Fondazione Cammino Del Profumo, in order to tell its part in Venice's<br />

fragrant history.<br />

The museum holds a collection of over 1,500 modern perfumes from<br />

the 20th century, including unique and first editions. There’s also an<br />

adjoining botanical garden, which grows species especially cultivated for<br />

perfume-making, while at the museum shop you can buy the foundation’s<br />

exclusive Sant'Elena Sannita fragrances.<br />

An hour’s drive north of Venice, in the Friuli-Venezia countryside,<br />

you can visit the creative perfume studio and lab of the last remaining<br />

independent Venetian master perfumer, Lorenzo Dante Ferro.<br />

Florence<br />

There’s an entire historic perfume district in Florence, known as La<br />

Corte dei Profumi, or the Court of Perfumes, and it’s here where you’ll<br />

find a handful of master artisanal perfume houses that date back<br />

centuries, including Antica Erboristeria San Simone on Via Ghibellina,<br />

and Erboristeria Gremonihas on via Fanza, both of which date back to<br />

the 1700s.<br />

Head to Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella on<br />

Via della Scala and get a whiff of Acqua di Santa Maria<br />

Novella, the brand’s oldest and most iconic fragrance,<br />

which was commissioned by Catherine de Medici<br />

and is full of fresh citrus notes, including a base of<br />

homegrown Calabrian bergamot.<br />

You can go on a multisensory journey<br />

at Florence’s perfume museum, Museo<br />

Villoresi on Via de’ Bardi 12, which boasts<br />

the Osmorama scent library, a 1000+<br />

strong collection of ancient and modern<br />

aromatic ingredients from around the world, as<br />

well as an aromatic garden and terrace.<br />

Milan<br />

Milan's perfume museum on Via Messina celebrates<br />

fragrances from the 1900s, telling the stories of both Italian<br />

and international masters, while showcasing the all-important<br />

glassware that bottles these delicate fragrances.<br />

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Worth a Whiff: Italian Perfume Brands<br />

While you’ll find many Italian designers with unique Italian fragrances,<br />

including Gucci, Bulgari, Prada, and Bottega Veneta, you’ll also want to<br />

take a whiff of our favourite Italian perfume brands.<br />


First established in 1869 in Treviso, this family brand started out as a<br />

brushmaking factory, before it developed fragrances that take their<br />

inspiration from the rich flora of Italian gardens. Their bestseller is the<br />

unisex eau de parfum, White Moss.<br />


Legend has it that monks developed Capri’s first perfume for a visiting<br />

queen way back in 1380, although it wasn’t until 1948 when the sunkissed<br />

island developed its own renowned fragrance brand, Carthusia. Its<br />

most popular fragrance, Gelsomini di Capri, has a scent of gardenia, orange<br />

blossom, Turkish rose and tuberose, and was a favourite of the former US<br />

First Lady, Jackie Kennedy.<br />


While not strictly Italian due to the fact it’s made by the Swiss brand<br />

Valmont, the five scent collection of Storie Veneziane is inspired by<br />

Venice's rich fragrance history, and each scent features a colourful<br />

Murano glass face set into its golden bottle.<br />


Founded in 1916 by Italian baron Carlo Magnani, Acqua di Parma’s<br />

first perfume Colonia continues to be an iconic fragrance today with its<br />

sunny Sicilian citrus fruit notes that are married together with rosemary,<br />

lavender, and lemon verbena.<br />

Experience the best scents of Italy on your next <strong>Citalia</strong> holiday! Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765061<br />

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Followers Favourites<br />

We’ve all been missing those trips to Italy, which is why in August, we asked our followers<br />

to share their favourite holiday photos with us on our Instagram page (@citalia_holidays).<br />

Here are just a few that have us yearning for our next <strong>Citalia</strong>n adventure!<br />

Connect with us:<br />

@citaliaholidays<br />

@citalia_holidays<br />

@citaliaholidays<br />

Get involved in future activities and find out about all things <strong>Citalia</strong>. Just follow our social channels!<br />

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A Nose For<br />

Truffles<br />

Venture into the undergrowth with <strong>Citalia</strong>’s<br />

field guide to truffle hunting in Italy.<br />

What are truffles?<br />

Truffles are rare edible mushrooms and a gourmet delicacy considered the<br />

diamond of the culinary world thanks to their distinctive smell and flavour.<br />

Truffles have been a part of the Italian cuisine since the Roman era.<br />

Wealthy noble families would feature truffles in unique regional recipes at<br />

their grand banquets.<br />

Even today, local dishes hero in on truffles. You’ll find tajarin al<br />

tartufo, white truffle shaved over long, thin ribbon pasta featuring on<br />

restaurant menus in Piedmont. In Tuscany, you’ll find the traditional<br />

recipe of carpaccio al tartufo, an uncooked marinated beef steak<br />

served with a salad of green leaves, shaved white truffle, pine nuts,<br />

and Parmigiano Reggiano.<br />

If you're visiting Rome, we recommend stopping by Tre Scalini Restaurant<br />

in Piazza Navona to try their signature gelato al tartufo - black truffle<br />

ice cream.<br />

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Where can you find Italian truffles?<br />

Notoriously hard to find, you’ll find truffles growing exclusively<br />

underground close to the roots of trees, particularly oak, willow, hazelnut,<br />

poplar and linden trees.<br />

Truffles can grow between five and 30 centimetres underground, and<br />

they love humid, cold climates.<br />

Wild truffles are found within quite a limited area of Italy - you’ll need<br />

to head to the forests of northern Piedmont, central Tuscany, Umbria<br />

(in Orvieto, Perugia and Norcia), and Le Marche (within Acqualagna<br />

and Pergola).<br />

The area where truffles are grown are known as tartufaia, and these are<br />

a closely-guarded secret, known only to the local people and established<br />

trifalau (truffle hunters).<br />

How are truffles harvested?<br />

Italian truffles are harvested using a wonderful traditional method.<br />

Unlike in France, who use pigs for their truffle hunting, the Italian trifalau<br />

use a team of dogs to help them to sniff out their distinctive smell.<br />

Truffles are almost impossible to find otherwise!<br />

It’s not just any old dog that’s used. A particular dog breed, Lagotto<br />

Romagnolo, are trained to point at the truffle, so that they can be carefully<br />

extracted without any damage to this precious ingredient or the habitats<br />

they grow in.<br />

Truffles are at their best when they are at their freshest, so it’s best to<br />

consume them immediately after being removed from the earth. White<br />

truffles only tend to last three days, whereas some black truffles can keep<br />

for up to two weeks if stored carefully.<br />

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When is truffle season?<br />

If you want to plan your <strong>Citalia</strong> holiday around foraging for and<br />

eating truffles, then you need to know your truffle season. Due<br />

to the different varieties available, there’s actually more than<br />

one season, which means truffle growing spans seven months<br />

of the year.<br />

White winter truffles: October to early January<br />

Black winter truffles: November to March<br />

White summer truffles: Mid-January to late April<br />

Black summer truffles: May to September<br />

The finest Italian truffles are harvested in the autumn<br />

months, from September to November.<br />

Join a truffle hunt<br />

There are plenty of truffle-based activities in Italy, so there's<br />

no need to start digging up tree roots. The grand Castel<br />

Monastero Resort, surrounded by the beautiful Tuscan and<br />

Chianti countryside, offers a fantastic hunting excursion<br />

during truffle season.<br />

Join a professional truffle hunter and a team of trained<br />

dogs as you explore the stunning fields and wooded<br />

areas in search for the area's greatest treasure.<br />

The experience includes a delicious<br />

truffle-based local lunch, and the<br />

opportunity to purchase the<br />

truffles you’ve found.<br />

< Lagotto Romagnolo<br />

November is considered the ultimate month for a truffle-themed holiday,<br />

as this is when you’ll find the best truffles and most of the truffle fairs<br />

and sagre (food festivals).<br />

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What truffle varieties are there?<br />

Italy is home to a whopping 28 different species of truffle, of which eight<br />

are suitable for cultivation and human consumption.<br />

Tartufo bianco<br />

Tartufo bianco (white truffle) is world-renowned. Although the aroma of<br />

white truffle is intense, it’s also delicate as it fades quickly when cut or<br />

shaved. This is why white truffles are served fresh and raw, which helps<br />

the aroma linger. You’ll often find white truffle shaved on top of risotto,<br />

with pasta, or - our personal favourite - on a traditional stone-baked<br />

Italian pizza.<br />

The crowning glory of the white winter truffle is the Alba white truffle<br />

(tuber magnatum pico), also known as the Trifola d’Alba Madonna (Truffle<br />

of the White Madonna), which is found in northern Italy in the Piedmont<br />

region, or in San Miniato, Tuscany.<br />

Alba white truffles are extremely rare, more so than any other variety,<br />

as they’re the most aromatic and flavourful. Irregularly shaped, you’ll<br />

find they have an earthy, almost musky, aroma with notes of garlic, nuts,<br />

or honey.<br />

Said to be practically worth their weight in gold,<br />

authentic white truffles can cost between £600 and<br />

£1,300 per pound (lb). If you prefer the metric system,<br />

that’s between £1,700 and £4,290 per kilogram.<br />

White summer truffles, known as tartufo bianchetto or marzuolo, are the<br />

same species as the white winter truffle but are more affordable. They’re<br />

harvested earlier in the year from the same Italian regions as the winter<br />

variety: Piedmont, Tuscany, and Le Marche. While not as pungent, you’ll<br />

find they have a sweet and musky, garlicky flavour.<br />

Tartufo nero<br />

Alba White Truffle Fair<br />

Head to Alba in Piedmont for the annual International Alba White Truffle<br />

Fair. At the heart of this fair is a world market, where you can appreciate<br />

and buy truffles from the Langhe, Monferrato and Roero regions.<br />

Running from mid-October to mid-December this year, the Alba fair is<br />

considered one of the best in Italy, with a whole host of world-famous<br />

market stalls for you to browse, touch, and smell the many truffles from<br />

local vendors and truffle hunters.<br />

International and local chefs come together to put on top-class cooking<br />

shows. It's your chance to discover mouthwatering wines, local cheeses,<br />

egg pastas, and cured meats from the area.<br />

The event is as much a cultural festival as a<br />

celebration of the area's fantastic truffles.<br />

A medieval fair offers a glimpse into the area's history,<br />

which is brought alive through historical enactments,<br />

and the much-anticipated Palio (Donkey) race,<br />

which has been running for decades and makes up<br />

an essential part of the festivities with its parades,<br />

trumpets, and drum rolls.<br />

Compared to white truffles, black truffles have a more subtle aroma that<br />

lasts longer, and this variety actually benefits from gentle cooking to help<br />

release the flavour.<br />

Tartufo nero (black truffle) are the most common truffle variety, as they<br />

can be farmed commercially, and are therefore much more affordable.<br />

Because they travel well, these are often the fresh Italian truffles found<br />

on the British restaurant scene.<br />

However, you will still find wild black truffles in Italy. The best black<br />

winter truffles are the nero pregiato, a sweet black truffle that boasts<br />

earthy notes of chocolate and dried fruit. Found in Norcia and Spoleto,<br />

two historical towns in Umbria, and around the Nera River, this warty<br />

treat can also be found in Piedmont. Nero pregiato is harvested between<br />

mid-November and mid-March.<br />

Once harvested, tartufo nero are often made into a spread or, as is<br />

popular in Assisi, cooked in omelettes.<br />

Black summer truffles - known as scorzoni, are a different species from<br />

black winter truffles, and have a bumpier skin and a mushroom-y smell.<br />

While you can enjoy them from May to September, they are best enjoyed<br />

in July.<br />

If you want to bring your family, then children are also entertained at this<br />

epic event with their own kids' space, where they can enjoy educational<br />

games made of wood and other natural materials.<br />

A 5 night holiday in Piedmont starts from £579 per person. Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765061<br />

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Gaiola<br />

Spooky season is fast approaching, so we thought it was time to share with you<br />

the legend of Isola Gaiola, an ill-fated island off the coast of Naples.<br />

Locals won’t go anywhere near Isola Gaiola. It’s cursed, they<br />

say. Wth a history of disappearances, drownings, murder<br />

and suicide for those who have lived there, you can probably<br />

understand why the locals believe the legend.<br />

Abandoned with only a crumbling villa and occasional silent narrow<br />

streets, this eerie place strangely draws you in.<br />

Perhaps it’s the emerald waters that lap its rocky shores,<br />

or the opportunity to glimpse submerged ancient ruins<br />

that attracts brave visitors.<br />

Isola Gaiola sits in the Tyrrhenian Sea, and makes up part of the volcanic<br />

Campanian Archipelago. The island is actually two small rocky islets that<br />

have been connected by a short and narrow arch-shaped stone bridge.<br />

The name Gaiola, originates from Latin for caveola or ‘little cave’, which<br />

accurately describes the cavernous coastline of Posillipo, an affluent<br />

residential area of Naples.<br />

It’s so close to the coast that you can reach it by swimming in just a few<br />

strokes, or you can take a boat out.<br />

The panoramic views from Gaiola are spectacular, which is perhaps why<br />

the island piqued the interest from such prominent figures who suffered<br />

what the locals call the Gaiola Malediction.<br />

The history of the island and its surrounding coastline dates back to the<br />

17th century when noble Romans built their factories and scenic holiday<br />

homes here.<br />

Legend has it that the esteemed Roman poet Virgil taught his<br />

students here, and perhaps even got his divine inspiration<br />

from wandering the island.<br />

In the 19th century, Gaiola was inhabited by a hermit, who went by the<br />

name of Il Mago (The Wizard). Living a solitary existence, relying only on<br />

the almsgiving of local fisherman, one day he vanished without a trace<br />

or explanation.<br />

Not long after this mysterious disappearance, the island was purchased<br />

by a wealthy businessman called Luigi de Negri who owned a large<br />

fishery. He constructed the solitary private villa that still stands today<br />

and then promptly suffered financial ruin.<br />

The island then passed into the hands of the maritime engineer Nelson<br />

Foley, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s brother-in-law, who sold it onto Norman<br />

Douglas, author of Siren Land, who sold it back to Foley just seven years<br />

later in 1903.<br />

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In 1911, a ship skipper, Captain Gaspare Albenga, showed interest in<br />

acquiring the island. As he was navigating around it, he crashed his ship<br />

into the rocks and subsequently drowned, although locals say neither<br />

body or ship were ever found.<br />

There’s some irony in this part of the legend as Gaiola was once called<br />

Euplea and considered the protector of safe navigation. In fact it even<br />

had a small temple for those who sailed by.<br />

In the 1920s, a Swiss businessman took possession of the island, and was<br />

subsequently found murdered and wrapped in a rug. Not long after, his<br />

wife drowned in the sea.<br />

The island was then purchased by Otto Grunback, a German perfume<br />

dealer. While spending time at his newly-acquired villa, he suffered a<br />

heart attack and instantly died.<br />

The legend of the curse continued to swell, and yet interest<br />

never dwindled from wealthy Europeans looking for a<br />

peaceful place to spend their retirement.<br />

Gianni Agnelli, the Turinese owner of automobile company Fiat, acquired<br />

the island and was probably its most notable owner. Yet, even Italy’s<br />

richest man suffered its alleged curse. First, his son’s body was found<br />

under the island’s bridge in an apparent suicide, then his young nephew,<br />

Umberto, who Agnelli had begun grooming to take over the business,<br />

died of a rare cancer.<br />

Not deterred by its history, Jean Paul Getty, an American billionaire<br />

tycoon, purchased Gaiola. He lost his oldest son to suicide and his<br />

youngest son died under suspicious circumstances.<br />

Then, in 1973, his grandson was involved in a high-profile kidnapping<br />

by the Calabrian mafia. They sent the boy’s severed ear to Getty in<br />

the post, which forced the industrialist to pay US$3 million ransom<br />

for his safe return.<br />

Gianpasquale Grappone, the owner of a successful insurance company,<br />

became the final private holder of Isola Gaiola. He ended up imprisoned<br />

due to unpaid debts, while his wife perished in a car accident.<br />

In 1978, the island became the property of the government of the<br />

Campania region, who declared the island part of the Parco Sommerso di<br />

Gaiola (Gaiola Underwater Park), a protected marine area.<br />

Just after buying Gaiola, Maurice Yves Sanzoz, a Swiss pharmaceutical<br />

industrialist, went mad. Ending up in an asylum in Switzerland, he<br />

eventually committed suicide.<br />

A steel industrialist from Germany, Baron Karl Paul Langheim, was next<br />

to take on Gaiola, but, much like de Negri before him, was dragged into<br />

financial ruin, apparently caused by ‘wild living’.<br />

As the villa deteriorates and slowly approaches<br />

the fate of the island’s ancient structures,<br />

no one’s entirely sure that the curse has been lifted.<br />

In 2009, a couple were murdered in the villa that sits across from the<br />

island, which brought the Gaiola Malediction back into the local news.<br />

So what do you think? Is Isola Gaiola cursed? Will you be brave enough<br />

to visit it on your next holiday to Naples?<br />

A 2 night holiday in Naples starts from £399 per person. Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765061<br />

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Perfect<br />

Dinner Wine<br />

Pairings<br />

with Gennaro Contaldo<br />

Italy is one of the world’s foremost wine producers, with a number of renowned<br />

varieties grown in the country. From Pinot Grigio and Prosecco, to Chianti and<br />

Barolo, there’s a wine to suit every palate and to pair with every dish.<br />

We asked our expert hotel sommeliers and staff to recommend wines to pair<br />

with some delicious regional dishes shared by our favourite Italian chef,<br />

Gennaro Contaldo. Plan an authentic Italian evening with our regional menu.<br />


Pollo alla Toscana is a rustic but flavoursome<br />

dish popular in rural Tuscany that makes the<br />

most of locally produced olive oil.<br />

“Use good quality extra virgin olive oil<br />

as the better the flavour of the oil,<br />

the better the dish.”<br />

Pollo alla Toscana really heroes in on the few<br />

ingredients needed to put the dish together. In<br />

Tuscany, you’ll often find it made with rabbit<br />

instead of chicken. Serve the chicken on or<br />

with bruschetta and enjoy!<br />

The maître d'hôtel at Brunelleschi Hotel,<br />

a luxury hotel in the heart of Florence,<br />

recommends pairing Vermentino from Tenuta<br />

Guado al Tasso. This wine is made from<br />

Vermentino grapes sourced near the medieval<br />

village of Bolgheri in the Maremma area<br />

of Tuscany.<br />

This light wine is bright straw yellow in colour<br />

and boasts notes of citrus fruits and flowers.<br />

Fresh on the palate, this wine has good balance,<br />

defined by a lingering finish.<br />

Gennaro's Pollo alla Toscana recipe:<br />

citalia.com/gennaro/chickenwithgarlicandrosemary<br />

A 3 night holiday in Florence, staying at Hotel Brunelleschi, starts from £639 per person.<br />

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Porchetta Natalizia is a dish generally eaten<br />

during the festive Christmas period, most<br />

popularly in the Lazio region of Italy. Pork is<br />

stuffed with pork mince, chicken livers and<br />

mortadella, a large Italian pork sausage, before<br />

being rolled and cooked in the oven.<br />

This dish and most pork dishes call for<br />

a wine that can cut through the richness of<br />

the ingredients.<br />

Stefano Nirta, <strong>Citalia</strong>'s Regional Destination<br />

Manager, recommends the 2009 Monteriolo<br />

Coppo chardonnay from the Piedmont region.<br />

This oak barrel fermented chardonnay wine is<br />

fresh and complex, making it an ideal wine to<br />

pair with Gennaro's Porchetta.<br />

Gennaro's Porchetta Natalizia recipe:<br />

citalia.com/gennaro/porchetta<br />

A 3 night holiday in Rome, staying at Starhotels Metropole, starts from £449 per person.<br />


Lakes Garda, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore<br />

are the jewels in Italy’s crown. Located<br />

in northern Italy, the lakes are home to a<br />

large variety of fish including pike, trench,<br />

eel, carp, and trout. A local tradition sees<br />

fish preserved in carpione, which means<br />

being cooked then marinated.<br />

“Pesce del lago in carpione is usually<br />

served cold and can be enjoyed<br />

as either an antipasto (starter)<br />

or as a main course.”<br />

Luciano Esposito, the sommelier at the Grand<br />

Hotel Excelsior Vittoria’s Michelin-starred<br />

restaurant, Terrazza Bosquet, recommends<br />

pairing this and other fish-based dishes with<br />

Sireo Bianco Abbazia di Crapolla.<br />

This wine is pale yellow in colour with notes of<br />

lemongrass, citrus peel, and white apple. Fresh<br />

on the palate with mineral tones and good<br />

drinkability, it is a lovely wine to pair with fish<br />

that has been fried.<br />

Gennaro's Pesce del Lago recipe:<br />

citalia.com/gennaro/marinatedfreshwaterfish<br />

A 7 night holiday in Sorrento, staying at Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, starts from £2,599 per person.<br />


Cime di rapa (turnip tops) are very popular<br />

during the winter months in southern Italy.<br />

Similar in taste and appearance to broccoli,<br />

this vegetable is often served sauteed in olive<br />

oil, garlic and chilli.<br />

Produced by the Riviera Winery, the Pungirosa<br />

D.O.C.G. is delicate, fresh and juicy, with hints<br />

of wild strawberries and cherry, which are all<br />

balanced with a delicate acidity.<br />

Orecchiette con cime di rapa is a delicious<br />

dish associated with the region of Puglia. This<br />

pleasantly bitter green vegetable is combined<br />

with handmade, ear-shaped pasta known as<br />

orecchiette.<br />

Masseria Montenapoleone’s owner, Giuliano<br />

Monteneve, recommends pairing a Puglian<br />

rosé wine with this traditional dish.<br />

“If you can't find cime di rapa you can<br />

use either purple sprouting or long<br />

stem broccoli instead.”<br />

Gennaro's Orecchiette con Cime di Rapa recipe:<br />

citalia.com/gennaro/orecchiette-pasta<br />

A 7 night holiday in Puglia, staying at Masseria Montenapoleone, starts from £839 per person.<br />

Tickle your tastebuds with one of our guided street food tours on your next <strong>Citalia</strong> holiday.<br />

Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765061<br />

Summer/<strong>Autumn</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />



Sapori<br />

D’italia<br />

Flavours Of Italy<br />

Delicious Bucatini alla<br />

Gamberi e Pomodoro<br />

with<br />

Puglia<br />

Middle-weight white wine<br />

(Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon, or Frascati) or<br />

medium-bodied red wine<br />

(Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel,<br />

or Rosso di Montalcino)<br />

Serves 4<br />

Preparation time<br />

30 minutes to 1 hour<br />

We love the fresh seafood pasta<br />

dishes that you’ll find on the<br />

Puglian coast, whether you’re<br />

visiting the small traditional fishing village of<br />

Torre Canne di Fasano or the pretty seaside<br />

town of Savelletri di Fasano.<br />

Our friends at Nonna Tonda share with us<br />

a delicious recipe which uses the famous<br />

datterino, a juicy and sweet gourmet tomato<br />

variety that benefits from Puglia’s hot sun. It also<br />

features a crispy pangrattato (garlic crumb) for<br />

extra decadence. Just follow the steps to making<br />

this tasty summer dish.<br />

Nonna Tonda delivers delicious authentic<br />

freshly made pasta and sauces right to your<br />

home with new recipes every week.<br />

Ingredients<br />

• 500g bucatini pasta<br />

• 600g datterino or good quality<br />

cherry tomato, quartered<br />

• 700g prawns with their raw shell on<br />

• 3 tbsp olive oil<br />

• 120ml white wine<br />

• 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced<br />

• Small handful fresh parsley, finely chopped<br />

For the Pangrattato:<br />

• 200g ciabatta/rustic loaf<br />

• 1 tsp fennel seed<br />

• 1 tsp chilli flakes<br />

• 5 tbsp olive oil<br />

Method<br />

Break up the bread and blend in a food<br />

processor to make breadcrumbs. Heat the oil<br />

in a small frying pan. Add the breadcrumbs,<br />

chilli, and fennel seed, and fry until the<br />

breadcrumbs are crispy and golden. Season to<br />

taste and keep to the side.<br />

Peel and devein the prawns, reserving one<br />

quarter of the heads.<br />

Heat olive oil in a separate large frying pan.<br />

Add the reserved heads and garlic then fry<br />

until lightly coloured.<br />

Deglaze the same pan with white wine and<br />

add the tomatoes. Cook for around 5 minutes<br />

until the tomatoes have softened and created<br />

a sauce.<br />

Remove the cooked prawn heads from the<br />

sauce and discard.<br />

Add the chopped parsley and raw prawns<br />

and cook for 1 minute or until the prawns are<br />

cooked through. Season to taste and set aside.<br />

Cook the pasta in a large pan of salted water<br />

according to cooking instructions. Drain the<br />

pasta and reserve half a cup of pasta water.<br />

Return the pasta to the pan with the prawn<br />

sauce and toss well. Add the reserved pasta<br />

water as required to loosen the sauce.<br />

Divide between plates and sprinkle over the<br />

pangrattato. Buon appetito!<br />

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