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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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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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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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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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The Hill Towns in Tuscany the Tourists Haven't Discovered

There are hill towns in Tuscany where life goes on as it always has, where few tourists venture. Yet this Tuscany enchants as much as the other and maybe more?

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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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Cancelling home insurance in Italy

Can you also tell us how to cancel home insurance in Italy? I have a home insurance policy with an Italian insurance company but now that I'm in the

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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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Turin Museums - the Best Museums in Italy

Searching for museums in Italy? Turin is THE city to visit with well over fifty. Turin's museums include the best Egyptology museum in Europe through to the Fruit Museum. The choice is endless...

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Learn Italian Easily

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

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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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The Best Guide to Shopping in Milan

Planning on shopping in Milan? Then you have to read our guide! It is packed full of advice on where to shop, what to buy and where the bargains are to be found.

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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. Stuck far from home. Sometimes sick. So, when people ask: "Is travel insurance for Italy necessary?" we reply...

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How About A Drive... to Italy?

NEVER do this in Italy

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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Best of 2020

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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Between Sarnano and San Ginesio

Italy has thousands of Christ on Cross statues. This is the story of a single statue on the side of the road between Sarnano & San Ginesio and its effect on...

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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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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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There's a Vaccine! 90% Effective. Europe Set To Order Over 100 MILLION doses!

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Caorle

A very recent piece on a sister site by Andrew and Maria about the lovely little beach resort of Caorle, a little east of Venice, brought to mind my visit

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The Island of San Pietro di Castello & the Best Festa in Venice

Have you ever wondered what Venice must have been like before it was overrun by tourists? Well there is some wonderful news... on the island of San Pietro di Castello it still exists.

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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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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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Favorite Lakes

Today I thought I would have a look back at some of my Italian lake visits. Now I have to admit that the number I have visited can be counted on the

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Ca'Roman

As I recently began to reminisce about past trips, this lovely wild beach immediately sprang to mind. This is Ca'Roman near Pellestrina. Coming from

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My Italian Story - Building a Business I Love

A few years ago I changed my life completely. Let me share my secret with you and a little about my Italy too.

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House Insurance Italy - the Best Advice online

House Insurance Italy - All you should know about insuring your home in Italy.

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Can You Recommend a US Company to Insure our House in Italy

The previous owners were Irish and they insured thru a UK Company. That company will not insure non WU residents. Can you recommend a US company that

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𝐕𝙞𝙨𝙞𝙩 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙤𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙚𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙖 𝙙𝙞𝙨𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙩:

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Trieste - City of Cafes, Castles and Great Coffee

The Italian city of Trieste, once known as Vienna-on-sea, is a city most tourists never discover. That is a real shame as this is a city with so much to offer...

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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. The store is at and in the old wall. The meat is worked the way it was for decades, centuries.

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I Love This!

Beautiful Rome

Rome is the most beautiful city in the world. This gallery of photos, taken by a Roman, proves it.

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The Best of Le Marche Italy

The Best of Le Marche Italy. A beautiful journey through this magical region of Italy.

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Home Baked Amaretti Biscuits in the tradition of zia Angelina

My aunt, zia Angelina, baked for weddings. Back in the 1970’s, as a child, I'd help out. My role: I'd put the almond on the amaretti biscuits before they went into the wood oven. I still remember the taste of those biscuits & this recipe brings the memories flooding back.

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Italian Recipe and Cooking Guide

Which is the best Italian recipe? Well actually we've around ten perfect Italian bucket list recipes for you. Get that taste of heaven while still here on earth...

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Best of Sicily and Southern Italy

I dare you to look at these photos and for you not to fall in love with the best of Sicily and Southern Italy. Stunning beaches, ancient towns; it is all here. Begin exploring now!

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Hope!

We WILL Rise Again

Our Message Regarding Covid-19

One HUGE mistake I have been making with this virus story is looking at number, graphs, statistics. This is not about numbers, it is about lives, about stories gone for ever, people losing the person they relied upon, their rock, their everything.

I remember, when I lived in Turin, there was a lady in her 80s who'd sing sad, heart-rending songs from her balcony. She would sing for hours.

Nobody bothered to ask her why. Most just said she was mad.

One day though I decided to find out more.

It turned out that Rosalinda was from Sicily, she had lost her children and her husband in an earthquake decades before.

She never got over it.

With over a million now dead from Covid - 19 can you imagine how many heartbroken people there are today across the globe. People whose lives have been turned upside town.

Bereaved, bereft... many will never recover.

It is now that we need to be there for each other. Support each other. It is now that we need to put aside political rivalries, nationalistic rivalries and religious difference.

We are all in this together.

God bless you and your family

Andrew, Maria and William

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    Mar 04, 21 07:05 AM

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  6. The Hill Towns in Tuscany the Tourists Haven't Discovered

    Mar 01, 21 03:45 AM

    There are hill towns in Tuscany where life goes on as it always has, where few tourists venture. Yet this Tuscany enchants as much as the other and maybe more?

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