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Discovered! A different Italy. Most visitors to Italy know Rome, Venice, Florence and Tuscany. There is SO much more.

Far from the everyday Italian tourist traps there is another Italy. A rather special Italy.

Join me and my wife Maria in exploring the places, people and products of Piedmont, le Marche, Liguria, Sardinia and the many undiscovered gems scattered across Italy.

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The Perfect Italian Itinerary

Planning a trip to Italy? Then you really need to read our Italian itinerary before booking a single thing.

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Montemarcello

I remember the first time I arrived in Montemarcello. I'd walked from Ameglia, through forests, views of blue seas far below, the Alps in the distance. I walked into town and fell instantly in love.

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Tellaro - One of Italy's Best Kept Secrets

Everyone knows the Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast but there is somewhere just as lovely with hardly any tourists? It's Tellaro!

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Secret Italy Index

The Secret Italy Index features many of the most beautiful and undiscovered small towns and villages in Italy.

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Subscribe to A Secret Italy

Become a part of the Secret Italy Club. Membership is open for a short while longer and we'd like you to be a part of the family.

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Fires Rage in Sardinia

Bus Tragedy - Capri

Tragedy in Capri: a bus plunges of the road with 30 people on board and lands on a popular beach. Sadly, the driver was killed and four people, including a young child, are in serious condition. Thankfully, the bus landed just behind the main beach area otherwise the death toll would have likely been far higher.

The driver, a young man by the name of Emanuele Melillo, was expecting his first child and it is believed he may have suffered a heart attack while driving but this is not yet confirmed.

Please pray for the victims.

Creamy Fettuccine with Basil, and Cheese

The World's Tastiest Fettuccine with Basil and Cheese - one of my favorite Fettuccine recipes and easy to make....you HAVE to taste this.

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Praia a Mare - The Seaside Italy of Long Ago

Praia a Mare reminds me of the Italian seaside towns of my youth - simple yet enchanting. On this coast the scent of jasmine, oranges and lemons perfumes the air while the startling blues of the sea sends spirits soaring - it's a coast you'll find hard to leave.

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A Family from the USA Move to Spello

A family's tale of courage and adventure in the enchanting town of Spello. Inspirational reading for those dreaming of living in Italy.

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UNESCO WARNS VENICE

UNESCO has put Venice on notice. At its plenary session at the end of July there is a proposal to put Venice on the endangered list. To give the Italian government until next February to ban cruise ships from the heart of Venice.

The Italian government was first warned by UNESCO in 2012, but failed to take action. Still today, as I write this, cruise ships of nearly 100,000 tons are sailing up the Giudecca canal, past irreplaceable treasures such as St Mark's square - damaging the very foundations of Venice.

It is not only the city of Venice though: the wetlands around Venice, one of the most important wetlands in all of Europe and home to nearly a million birds, are also threatened.

The future of Venice is put at risk for short term profit. I will let MSC know how I feel. If you would like to do the same you can on https://www.msccruisesusa.com/forms/contact-us

Support the campaign against the huge cruise ships on https://www.facebook.com/comitatonograndinavi/ and https://www.weareherevenice.org/category/against-giant-cruise-ships/

The Best Beaches in Liguria

Discovered, the best beaches in Liguria. Close to Milan and Turin this is a little bit of Italian coastline that really must not be missed.

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Walks and Hikes in Tuscany - Experience Tuscany like a Local

Walks and hikes in Tuscany can only be wonderful: with cypress-lined lanes, quaint villages and picturesque farmhouses. So… lace up those walking shoes, pack your back-pack, and don’t forget the sun cream, we’re off to where the walking is as enchanting as the wine.

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The Best Italian Cooking Courses

Discover the best Italian cooking courses in Italy and a great suggestions if you can't make it to Italy...

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Videos of Turin Italy

Let these videos of Turin take you on an incredible journey of discovery through one of Europe's greatest cities.

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Turin is my old home town. Join me in discovering this great city

One of the forgotten great cities of Europe, Turin or Torino was my home for eight years. It is an elegant and enchanting city that I love deeply. Let me share its many secrets...

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Homemade Lasagna - An Authentic Italian Recipe

A delicious authentic homemade lasagna recipe. This is the way my Italian nonna-in-law cooks it and I can tell you it is great...

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The Best Beach in Sardinia and in Italy

Summer is too short to be wasted. You need the best beach in Sardinia to make it worthwhile. We have all of them right here for you.

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Easy Chicken Cacciatore

Need a great recipe for authentic homemade chicken cacciatore? Look no further, we have THE authentic Chicken Cacciatore Recipe direct from Piemonte Italy.

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This is Italy...

An Italian veal recipe - Traditional and Simple

This Italian veal recipe is typical of Piedmont and Lombardy. Very simple to make yet extremely delicious. Just one of Maria's many fabulous recipes.

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Recipes with Truffles

Looking for Italian Recipes with Truffles. Here is a really yummy one - Taglierini Con Tartufo - my favorite authentically Italian

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Lake Orta - Most Beautiful and Romantic of all Italian Lakes

Lake Orta has been an inspiration to poets and writers for centuries and is without doubt the most romantic lake in Italy and one of the most romantic places on earth. Need romance? Visit now!

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The Castello di Pavone - Italy's Most Romantic Hotel

Who isn't looking for romance in Italy? The most romantic place I have ever stayed. Something from a fairytale is the only way to describe the Castello di Pavone.

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Test Your Knowledge of Italy: Simply Name the 5 Italian Cities

The Ultimate Luxury Hotels in Venice Italy

Which two luxury hotels in Venice Italy are the very finest? If you are looking for a hotel to match the splendour of Venice then look no further than the absolutely breathtaking...

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A Beautiful Le Marche Itinerary

The first thing that will strike you in Le Marche is the wonderful bucolic landscape. Then, over the next few days this Marche itinerary will enchant you with the warmth of local people...

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Pasta with Wild Mushrooms Recipe

I cannot rate this dish highly enough and I cannot eat enough of it. Pasta with Wild Mushrooms is one of my Italian favorites and a Piedmont Recipe of note.

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Exploring Bonassola and Framura

Bonassola and Framura are two delightful towns on Italian Riviera and there is an incredible way to explore them too...

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How To Prepare Italian Style Stuffed Roasted Peppers Recipe

Want to learn how to cook Italian style stuffed roasted peppers? This is a really simple recipe and it is 100% authentic Italian. A tastier stuffed roast pepper recipe doesn't exist.

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The Cafe in Turin Guide

Which is THE best Cafe in Turin Italy? We have selected a couple of the top ones. Not only the best cafes in Turin but the best cafes in Italy!

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The Candelo Flower Show in one of Italy's Loveliest Villages

Candelo, an authentic medieval village. Towering castle walls dominate while stone cottages and cobblestone lanes charm. The Candelo Flower show in May transforms Candelo

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The Best Italian School in Sardinia? The Italiano in Riviera

The Best Italian school in Sardinia - The Italiano in Riviera school is one of the best and one of only a handful of language schools that I feature in Sardinia.

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9 Things You Will Love in Piedmont, Italy

It was a challenge to narrow down the thousands of fabulous places in the Piedmont region of Italy to these nine but we have done it... discover them now!

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Beach Hotels Sardinia - Turning Dreams into Reality

Over the last ten years we have visited some beautiful beach hotels in Sardinia but a couple stand out for us. Discover which ones they are here..

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It Broke My Heart: Travel Insurance for Italy

The stories we heard broke our hearts. Many asked us to help out, to assist where we could. They were stuck far from home. Sometimes sick. So, when people ask: "Is travel insurance for Italy necessary?" we reply...

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The Most Beautiful of all Italian Beaches

Most beautiful all the Italian beaches was Chia – on the south west coast of Sardinia. Chia is a wonderful sandy beach, it’s long and wide, so it never felt too busy.

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Amalfi Coast - Walk of the Gods

We take you to the Amalfi Coast, on a walk along the Path of Gods, said by many to be the most spectacular walk in the world. Unforgettable views of the Mediterranean and so very much more await...

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A Great Anchovies Recipe - Anchovies with Salsa Verde

Discovered, the best anchovies recipe! Authentically Italian this recipe for salsa verde piemontese is so very good. You will never find better.

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Barolo - A Beautiful Village & Home to the Barolo Wine

Barolo is a delightful little village that is home to a big wine. Discover more in our insider guide to Barolo and the Langhe wine region.

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Ascoli Piceno A Beautiful Medieval le Marche City

Join the festa in Ascoli Piceno. Looking to discover the real Italy? Look no further than this medieval town.

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This is Italy - Part 1 - Stunning Footage

Would you love a wine country stay in Italy's premier wine region?

Visiting the Piedmont wine region? My handpicked selection of the finest country apartments, many located in villas and farmhouses, is the answer.

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Third Wave Hits Italy

Sacra di San Michele – A Monastery of Legend and Mystery

The Sacra di San Michele looms menacingly over the entrance to the Val di Susa in Piedmont. Legend has it that it was built by angels.

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Is Tax in Italy High? All YOU Need To Know About Expat Tax in Italy

What are the tax rates in Italy? Are there tax incentives for moving to Italy? What about inheritance tax? All your questions about tax in Italy answered.

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