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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 and Sardinia.

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The Limone Ski Resort in Piedmont Italy

The Limone ski resort offers great food, great skiing and magnificent scenery. The town and the Valli del Cunese are certainly well worth a visit. Discover its secrets!

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Our Italian Newsletter

Our Italian Newsletter is packed full of great insider tips about Italy, from Venice to Piedmont and much more in between - and it is all for FREE.

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Piedmont - an Insider Guide to Discovering this Magical Italian Region

Is Piedmont the nearest place in Italy to paradise? It is! Simply click and discover why...

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Nervesa della Battiglia

About 20km north of Treviso (as the crow flies) in the vicinity of the small town of Nervesa della Battaglia there is is found the interesting Osteria

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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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10 Enchanting Days in Italy

All it takes is 10 days and you'll have the most wonderful memories to last a lifetime. Ready to begin? Let's go...

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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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Undiscovered Neive - An Authentic Italian Village

You'll find a lot of gorgeous villages and little towns in Italy; many though are full of tourists. Well here's one that is simply gorgeous and still undiscovered...click to discover Neive.

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Picture Book Italy - Portofino

Picture postcard perfect, that's what you get when you visit Portofino. You sometimes you feel it can't be real. Have five minutes? Let me share this idyllic town with you.......

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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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San Ginesio - A gem of a village. One of the loveliest in Italy

San Ginesio is one of those little villages where you get that immediate sense of belonging. Once you arrive you'll feel as if you should never leave.

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Le Marche Bed and Breakfast and Farmstay Guide

Escape to the Italian countryside! Exceptional country retreats, tucked away in some of the loveliest corners of Italy...The Le Marche Bed and Breakfast guide is a must read.

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Discover the Secrets of the Cinque Terre Italy

Cinque Terre Italy is one of the most famous and most beautiful coasts in the world. For many years Maria and I lived near here and we discovered many of its secrets. Now let us share them....

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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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What is it about Sardinian People?

Being Sardinian I'm often asked about the Sardinian people. Let me share a few tales that will tell you everything you need to know about Sardinians. Tales of how they will try to kill you with...

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The Perfect Italian Itinerary

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

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Turin Italy is my old home town. Join me in discovering this elegant 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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The Complete Guide to Shopping in Turin

My wife and I have spent nearly ten years in Turin. On our site we share some great advice and insider tips on shopping in Turin, included are many of the best places to shop known only to the locals

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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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Best Beach Hotels Sardinia

Over the last ten years we have visited some beautiful beach hotels in Sardinia but one stands out for us. Discover which one it is here..

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Mondavio – A Renaissance Villages in the Heart of le Marche

Mondavio is gorgeous. Not far from Urbino and San Leo the setting, amidst green and gently rolling hills, is gorgeous. Step back in time...

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The Ivrea Carnival, A Fabulous and Very Scary Battle of Oranges

Enjoyed food fights when you were a child? Then get to the Ivrea carnival in Piedmont Italy - you will love this – the mother of all food fights.

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The Riviera of Monte Conero Italy. My Son's Favourite in Le Marche

Great beaches lapped by the waters of the Adriatic and stunning scenery make the Italian Riviera of Monte Conero a great place to visit.

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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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Evocative Italian Images

Photos of the most splendid countries on earth, Italy! Photos can never do it justice but these Italian images come close.

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Naples - Italy at its Most Passionate

Naples is difficult to really appreciate, to fall in love with, on your own. You really need a local to take you around... that's why I asked Andrea to take us around his Naples...

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Italian Lake Holidays

Discovered! Italy's most romantic lake and Italian lake holidays perfect for kids. If it has to do with the Italian lakes we have it covered...

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Trebbia Valley

On my first trip to Italy, I focused on the usual; Rome, Florence, Siena - all wonderful. As part of that first trip, I had the opportunity to make a

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Beaches and Castles in Calabria

Calabria is one of Italy's most beautiful places and yet it remains mostly undiscovered by international tourists. Check out these gorgeous photos for a taste of what it can offer...

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La Villa Hotel - the Finest Boutique Hotel in Piedmont, Italy

The La Villa Hotel is very special. It is without doubt the finest boutique hotel in the Piedmont Region of Italy and one of the three best hotels in all Italy.

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My Italy- Restaurants & Nightlife Guide

Maria's Italian Restaurants Guide - The Tre Galline restaurant dates back to 1575 and continues to offer excellent Piedmont fare - the menu is the same as it was back in the day too.

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A Superb Sardinia Boat Vacation

A Sardinia boat vacation is a great idea. Charter your own and head off into the sunset - you'll be amazed at how affordable and easy to arrange it is.

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