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

Far from the everyday Italian tourist traps there is an undiscovered Italy. A rather special Italy and one you will fall helplessly in love with.

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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Remember that art exhibition that China demanded Italy close? Well, it has gone ahead. China had said it must be closed. "The Chinese government cannot accept because it distort the facts and spread false information"

The mayor of Brescia and local organizers refused to bow down to intense Chinese pressure. The fact that they have gone ahead is a sign of their determination to not show weakness and give in to pressure.

The organizers say that because of Chinese pressure more people have been made aware of the situation.

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Vulcano Island

250 people on the tiny island of Vulcano are being told to leave their homes and move to the other side of the island.

This tiny island, only 15 miles north of Sicily, is the island that volcanoes are named after and, although experts believe there is no danger of a major eruption, they are extremely concerned about CO2 gas levels which are five times above normal.

Oxygen levels are so low that breathing problems are likely for some people with chronic lung issues, the elderly and young children. Reports have already been received of people and pets passing out from lack of oxygen.

Please keep the people of Vulcano Island in your thoughts and prayers.

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Cisternino: peace, piazzas and pasta

Film-maker Federico Fellini once said ‘life is a combination of magic and pasta.’ I love that quote. It reminds me of eating orecchiette in Cisternino.

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It Broke My Heart: Travel Insurance for Italy

The stories we heard broke our hearts. So, when people ask: "Is travel insurance for Italy necessary?" we reply...

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An Italian Butcher's Tale from Sarnano

There is a macelleria inside the gates of Sarnano, an Italian butcher shop, the subject of our interest. The couple who run it are old, the store is old.

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Cison di Valmarino - Another World Awaits

Nestled between mountains, where crystal clear streams tumble down through glades of flowers and verdant forest, you'll find Cison di Valmarino.

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Hurricane Effects in Sicily!

Why the Vatican?

“Why did you come to Rome, why The Vatican?” I asked. “I grew up as a Muslim hearing how this place was very holy to the Christians and I wanted to see for myself.” he answered. “And?” I questioned. “And, there is no doubt for me now…I can feel God in this place.”

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When Will You Follow In Their Footsteps? 7 Ladies in Italy... A Video

Travel through Italy in Photos

Planning on visiting Italy or still only dreaming? Either way you can travel through Italy for free with these gorgeous photo galleries...

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Italy, a Timelapse Video

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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Learn Italian Easily: The Essential Info You Need

Learning Italian couldn't be simpler. The world's most beautiful language and one of the easiest to learn. Everything you need to learn Italian is here...

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Montemerano - Oh I love you!

Balconies, flower boxes, the inevitable washing on lines, wall plants, pots; and intricate stone. Another garden village I wish I lived in. One does get wistful in Montemerano.

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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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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. Let me share this idyllic town with you.......

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Cable Car Tragedy Continues...

Such Moments Make a Vacation in Italy

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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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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Tornado Hits Italy!

2 killed, 9 others injured and extensive damage as a tornado devastates the small Italian island of Pantelleria. Pantelleria is a small island (population 7759) off the south coast of Sicily and is part of the Sicilian province of Trapani.

Italy to Make Vaccines Compulsory?

At a press conference Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said he believed 80% of Italians over 12 would be vaccinated by end September and they will soon start rolling out booster shots to the vulnerable.

He strongly implied that once all the "willing" are vaccinated they will likely make vaccination mandatory. The age groups, for whom it will be compulsory, have not yet been clarified, but that is likely to be explained in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, he emphasized that more and more activities, events and businesses would require proof of vaccine: the Green Pass as it is known in Italy. Already, all healthcare workers need to be vaccinated, indoor dinning requires proof of vaccine, so do museums and many forms of public transport.

A Guide to the Best Italian Food Books

Which are the best Italian food books? I have lived in Italy for 10 years, my wife is Italian and a great chef - she put together a list of essential reading...

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This is Italy....

Fancy Driving in Italy?

Planning on driving in Italy? Then you need to click "continue reading" below...

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Italy on Fire

This is Italy - Part 1 - Stunning Footage

The Venaria Palace - One of the Top Five Tourist Attractions in Italy

The Venaria Palace is one of the top 10 tourist attractions in Italy. The palace, just outside of Turin, is a UNESCO world heritage site and...

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Turin Attractions – A Walking Tour of Turin

Put on your walking shoes! Turin is best explored on foot and I have the perfect walking tour of Turin. All the best Turin attractions are...

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

One of the great cities of Europe, I've lived in and loved Turin (Torino) for 8 years. Elegant and enchanting, let me share its many secrets...

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The Best Tours of Piedmont Italy

Exceptional tours of Piedmont - including Barolo wine, slow food , walking tours and golf and cycling tours plus much more...

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Slow Food Italy - The Finest Foods are Slow Foods

Discovering Slow Food Italy was for me the discovery of a new life entirely. Slow food is not only about the best food in the world but a way of life...

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The Complete Guide to Shopping in Turin

We have lived nearly ten years in Turin and share some great advice and insider tips on shopping in Turin - the best places to shop, known only to the locals

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Sardinia Photos taken on and around this Beautiful Island

Sardinia photos. Our site specializes in Sardinia, from accommodation through to yacht charters and great beaches.

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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...

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Restaurants in Italy - Our Pick of the Best

Our guide to restaurants in Italy offers personally selected restaurants, nearly all of which are unknown to tourists and in few, if any, guide books.

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The Most Delightful of Piedmont and Langhe Hotels

I lived in Piedmont for a decade and I discovered many of its secrets over the years. Let me share with you the Piedmont I love most...

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Photos of Rome

Rome is a city that can change your life...for the better! Most photos don't give you any idea of what life is actually like in Rome - these do!

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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 undiscovered...

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It all began when I said: "I need to buy a house in Italy!”

An idea to buy a house in Italy tuned into unforgettable evenings with friends, dinners that have to be experienced, views that take your breath away,..

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Lake Orta - Most Beautiful and Romantic of all Italian Lakes

Lake Orta, an inspiration to poets and writers for centuries and without doubt the most romantic lake in Italy and most romantic places on earth.

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The Loveliest Walking Tour of Turin

This Walking Tour of Turin covers markets, museums and wonderful cafes and takes in the best of Turin. No better way exists to discover one of Europe's great cities.

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Italy Food - Recipes from Le Marche

Italy Food - In this section we look at recipes from Le Marche - a cuisine combining the traditions of North Italy and South Italy. Truly delicious!

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