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No More Smuggling: Many Cured Italian Meats Coming To America

No More Smuggling: Many Cured Italian Meats Coming To America | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

American gourmets and lovers of Italian food products, your days as food smugglers are over.
In the U.S., they’re called cured meats, the French say charcuterie and in Italy, the word for cured-pork products is salumi.
Starting May 28, a four-decades-old ban on the import of many Italian salumi will be lifted.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that the Italian regions of Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto and Piedmont, and the provinces of Trento and Bolzano, are free of swine vesicular disease. Imports of pork products from those areas, says the USDA, present a low risk of introducing the disease into the U.S. The disease was first detected in the 1960s and can survive cooking and even long curing.
Starting soon, as long as they receive USDA approval, hundreds of artisanal products will arrive on American tables.
For centuries, Italians have been making some of the highest-quality cured meats in Europe. What’s the secret behind the high quality of Italian salumi?
Many say it’s the quality of the pigs, the climate where they’re raised and what they’re fed.


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Early ‘70's Italian comedy starring a beautiful Sophia Loren as an Italian woman fighting US Customs over the importation of a Mortadella sausage;
Photo: Warner Bros/The Kobal Collection 1971 film Lady Liberty.

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Rome attractions: what to see and do in summer - Telegraph

Rome attractions: what to see and do in summer - Telegraph | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The Telegraph's Rome expert suggests what to see and do in the city this summer and offers a guide to the best hotels.

Why go? Rome really comes into its own between April and October, when the action spills outside and the centro storico becomes one big piazza. There’s no real off-season in the Eternal City. If you can take the heat, August (when most Romans head for the beach) is a good month to find offers on hotel rooms.

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Villa Borghese www.galleriaborghese.it 
Villa Celimontana www.villacelimontanajazz.com 
Via Appia Antica www.parcoappiaantica.it/en 
Roman Forum and Palatine
Ninfa - One of Italy’s most beautiful gardens www.fondazionecaetani.org 
Tivoli www.villadestetivoli.info 
Rock in Roma - May 29 - July 29 www.rockinroma.com 
Helmut Newton/Art of New York - until July 21 www.palazzoesposizioni.it 
The “Roman Summer” www.estateromana.comune.roma.it 

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Top 10 beaches on Elba Island in Tuscany

Top 10 beaches on Elba Island in Tuscany | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Everyone has her/his own favorite beach: some like sand, others prefer rocky coastlines; some seek wild, natural beaches, others want beaches with well-equipped resorts. The Island of Elba offers you all of these options – you just need to know where to go!

  1. Cavoli
  2. Sansone
  3. Fetovaia
  4. Chiessi
  5. Sant’Andrea
  6. Laconella
  7. Pareti
  8. Le ghiaie
  9. Biodola
  10. Barabarca
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Surf in Tuscany

Surf in Tuscany | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

I know, Tuscany is not California, but this doesn’t mean there are no possibilities to surf in Tuscany! Here you can find a lot of surfers along the coast looking for the perfect wave! Indeed, Versilia is the capital of surfing in Italy, since the high frequency of big waves and the winds of Libeccio and Maestrale practically guarantee constant surfing, perfect for surfers of all levels. Some places where you can surf:

Pontile – Forte dei Marmi

Lido Di Camaiore

Darsena – Viareggio

Il Sale – Livorno

Perelli – Piombino

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Tuscany for Cruise Visitors

Tuscany for Cruise Visitors | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

You can't cover all of Tuscany on one shore excursion from a cruise, but you have plenty of excellent day trip options.

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http://shoreexcursions.viator.com/florence-shore-excursions/c519 

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Whale & dolphin research in Ligurian Sea, Italy

Whale & dolphin research in Ligurian Sea, Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The Ligurian Sea has one of the highest concentrations of whales and dolphins in the entire Mediterranean. 

Research carried out since 1990 investigates the spatial distribution, ecology, habitat preferences and behaviour of cetaceans living in the Pelagos Sanctuary - a special marine protected area extending about 90,000 km2 between Italy, France and the island of Sardinia. Research focuses on the spectacularly large fin whale as well as on sperm whales, Risso’s dolphins, and on smaller species such as striped dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. Research methods include the use of remote sensing and telemetry data, the combined use of laser range-finding binoculars and GPS to passively track and record the horizontal movements of whales, bio-acoustic research, photo-identification, behavioural sampling, and remote biopsy sampling for genetic and toxicological analyses.

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Play Your Tuscany - Pisa

Art for foodies: Ideas to visit Pisa and his surroundings, discovering sightseeings and excellences in taste!
This video is part of the Play Your Tuscany project, a way to help bloggers, video and photomakers to play, love and enjoy our amazingly rich land! Find out more and apply for next tours at http://playyourtuscany.com 

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The sound of the summer: classical music festivals to enjoy this year

The sound of the summer: classical music festivals to enjoy this year | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Five +1 other intimate Italian classical music festivals to enjoy this year

INCONTRI IN TERRA DI SIENA ITS LA FOCE

A chamber music festival with an eclectic programme featuring internationally-known musicians in the incomparable settings of La Foce and Val d'Orcia. (http://www.itslafoce.org)

1. Trasimeno Music Festival: Umbria, 29 June-5 July

International pianist Angela Hewitt plays and curates a festival of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Messiaen – with talks by Michael Berkeley and Julian Barnes – in Magione, Gubbio and Perugia. Includes a five-star event (http://www.trasimenomusicfestival.com)

2. Sferisterio Opera Festival: Macerata, Le Marche, 19 July-11 August

Verdi's Il Trovatore and Nabucco will be performed in the magnificent Sferisterio (http://www.sferisterio.it)

3. Rossini Opera Festival: Pesaro, Le Marche, 10-23 August
Sun, sea and sand with your music. Rossini was born on the Adriatic at Pesaro, which celebrates its favourite son this year with new productions of William Tell and L'Italiana in Algeri, L'Occasione fa il Ladro, Il Viaggio a Reims and La Donna del Lago (http://www.rossinioperafestival.it)

4. International Chamber Music Festival: Montalcino, Tuscany, 7-12 July
Musicians from the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra play chamber music in the medieval splendour of Montalcino and at Villa di Geggiano, Siena. (http://www.musica-reale.com)

5. Baveno Festival Umberto Giordano: Lake Maggiore, 11-21 July
Dedicated to the Italian composer Umberto Giordano (1867-1948). The programme promises international artists performing on the lake (http://www.festivalgiordano.it)

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Phillip J Noel's curator insight, November 5, 2013 9:33 PM

Actually kind of cool, that they are other festivals around the world besides just the EDM phase. Would've have never known there was one that place mostly classical Artist like Beethovan and Bach

 

Pro: There can me more festivals for other genre's, Just the recently annouced Music Fest in Africa.

 

Con: I would have never known about it, because of undergournd it has become.

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Foreigners snatching up property from cash-strapped Italians

Foreigners snatching up property from cash-strapped Italians | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

German, British and Russian buyers are finding holiday home bargains in the depressed Italian housing market. Recession hit Italians can't afford the investment properties.

According to Bloomberg, the demand from German customers has jumped significantly over the last year.

Italy with its mild climate, lots of cultural attractions and developed infrastructure has long been a popular destination for foreigners looking to buy a holiday home. It's not just the Germans, but British and Russian buyers who are looking for a place in the sun, Bloomberg reports.

This is a good time for foreigners to buy, successful haggling can slash 30% off the price during negotiations.

Foreign investment has grown with the contraction of the domestic Italian residential property market. Sales shrank by almost 26% last year on the back of tighter mortgage lending, two years of recession, and uncertainty over a new tax on primary residences.

A study shows second-home sales to foreign buyers increased 14% in 2012 accounting for 2.1 billion euros ($2.8 billion) of non-Italian investment. Most buyers since 2009 turned out to be Germans who accounted for about 40 percent of the deals by foreigners. Deals with Britons amounted to 18% and Russians came out the third most popular buyers accounting for 13% of the transactions.

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Bloomberg original article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-06/germans-splurge-on-italian-homes-locals-can-t-afford.html 

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The Retreat's comment, May 10, 2013 12:26 PM
It ought to mention though that the foreigners also buy the abandoned rural properties Italians wouldn't touch. That way, they are putting not nly money in the econom but also help reitalize an ever increasingly diminished rural population. I know of virtually no foreigner here who ought a house an Italian would have wanted, as the difficulties and costs of restoration would put any local off.
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BBC Italy Unpacked

3/3) Land of Many Treasures
The final leg of their journey moves north to Piedmont. They visit an abbey along the Via Francigena, an ancient road running from Rome to Canterbury, to reflect with the monks who live there. There are many gastronomic treasures to discover in this region, from the famous rice fields of Vercelli, to the Gianduiotti in Turin, the region's capital. Giorgio chats to the founder of slow food, Carlo Petrini. Andrew explores the baroque architecture all over Turin. Finally, another incredible pilgrimage site: Sacro Monte, Holy Mountains, in Varallo. A series of gruesome chapels on top of a mountain full of waxworks enacting scenes like the Massacre of the Innocents.
2/3) Looking to the Future
The second leg of their journey takes Giorgio home, to Lombardy, a region brimming with engineering innovations and the influences brought by the proximity to Northern Europe, always with an eye to the future. The first stop is of course Corgeno, Giorgio's hometown, where Andrew is the guest at a typical Sunday Lunch at the Locatelli's home. Andrew repays him with a visit to some very unusual frescos by Lorenzo Lotto, hidden in a private chapel. The Christ with long fingernails is one of Andrew favourite frescos. And it's time to reach Milan, the capital, with its temples dedicated to the Gods of religion (The Duomo), art (La Scala) and capitalism (the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele the II and surroundings streets, full of luxury shops).
1/3) The Art of the Feast
Their journey begins in Bologna, the capital of Emilia-Romagna, one of the richest regions in Italy. They find out why the city is know as la Dotta (the Learned), la Grassa (the Fat) and la Rossa (the Red), while visiting its shops, art institutions and the oldest university in the world. Andrew and Giorgio experience the social and friendly atmosphere of the region and meet fishermen casting huge nets at the mouth of the river Po. From there, it is a short journey to Ferrara where they discover the legacy left by the famous dynasty d'Este, and to Modena, home of balsamic vinegar and Ferrari. Finally, Giorgio reveals the source of modern Italian cuisine - at the Palatina Library in Parma he views an original copy of the first cook book of the newly united Italy - while Andrew admires Correggio's magnificent fresco in the dome of Parma Cathedral.


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A San Gimignano Hotel Where You Can Live the Rural Tuscan Tradition in a Luxury Comfort

A San Gimignano Hotel Where You Can Live the Rural Tuscan Tradition in a Luxury Comfort | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
An elegant farmhouse tucked away in nature, turned into a gem of Tuscan hospitality
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Sailing in Tuscany

Sailing in Tuscany | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Let’s see where you can go sailing in Tuscany:

  • Elba is the largest island and faces the gulf of Follonica just 6 miles off Piombino on the Tuscan Coast;
  • Giglio is a diving paradise lying in front of the Argentario peninsula;
  • Giannutri has enchanting coves and suggestive remains of old Roman villas;
  • Capraia is an island of volcanic origin which is the closest island to Corsica;
  • Pianosa is a small, flat island not far from the isle of Elba;

The Islands of Gorgona and Montecristo have no public access: there is a special prison on Gorgona while Montecristo is a natural reserve that can only be visited with a special permit.

Sailing schools in Tuscany:

Località Porticciolo, 57023 Cecina Mare (LI)
Tel: 0586 620 602

Porticciolo di Torre.del Lago, Viareggio (LU)
Tel: 0584 351 211

UISP V. Leonida Repaci 1, 55049 Viareggio (LU)
Tel: 0584 407 270

via Lago di Varano 47, 58100 Grosseto (GR)
Tel: 338 501 0513

Viale Regina Margherita 52, 57033 Marciana Marina (LI)
Tel: 0565 990 27

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1000 Miglia 2013 - From May 16th to 19th

1000 Miglia 2013 - From May 16th to 19th | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Aymo Maggi, Franco Mazzotti, Giovanni Canestrini and Renzo Castagneto, are the four musketeers that originated The Most Beautiful Race in the World that shines with its 31st  edition in 85 years. 

In a long weekend of May, over 375 vehicles selected exclusively from the models which ran the historical race are part of this spectacular event. They depart from Brescia on Thursday evening, May 16th, arriving to Rome the following day. On Saturday morning all depart from Rome, arriving to Brescia in the evening. On Sunday the day will be filled by parties and awards.

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Venice: wartime haven on the Grand Canal - Telegraph

Venice: wartime haven on the Grand Canal - Telegraph | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Annabel Freyberg traces the footsteps of her grandfather, who liberated Venice from the Germans in 1945.

The Kiwis were heading for the Danieli Hotel. Freyberg, whose soldiers had endured a long, tough fight at Monte Cassino followed by a gruelling march up the length of Italy, was determined to secure the very best haven for them

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Lucca, Italy: Beautifully Preserved

Lucca is still contained within its massive Renaissance ramparts, which locals treat like a circular community park. A 2.5 mile path atop the walls is ideal for a loop on foot or by bike. Lacking "must-see sights," Lucca's appeal is its relaxed old world ambiance, elegant streets and pristine piazzas. The church of San Giovanni hosts nightly concerts featuring the music of home town opera composer Giacomo Puccini.

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Travel Essentials | Spoleto, Italy | NyTimes.com

Travel Essentials | Spoleto, Italy | NyTimes.com | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

In our Summer Travel issue, which hit newsstands on Sunday, Elaine Sciolino talks to Carla Fendi, who aims to revive the faded glories of the once majestic Spoleto Festival in Italy. Here’s where to stay, eat and sleep in this Umbrian hill town.

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Travel To Escape Reality

Travel To Escape Reality | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Have you ever booked a last minute trip to a place that was several time zones away, where people don’t speak English, don’t use the same currency – and if you’re truly honest with yourself about the whole thing, you can’t afford it?

Have you ever spent a ridiculous amount of money just to get away from your life and all the things that go with it?

A place where sometimes all it takes is a complete stranger who smiles and says, “Ciao Bella,” –  or a cappuccino?

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The Exclusive Properties of Italy: Farmhouse for sale in Umbria

The Exclusive Properties of Italy: Farmhouse for sale in Umbria | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Nestled in breathtaking countryside with open views on all sides, is located this prestigious farmhouse for sale in Umbria, situated in an extremely panoramic position which dominates the surrounding area, a splendid house which mesures approximately 204 sq mts. The property has two floors and has been perfectly restored. It includes a very attractive good sized covered porch area which extends all around the property and which measures approximately 70 sq mts, which has been constructed in a very stylish way using top quality materials and reclaimed materials wherever possible. The property is located only a few kilometers from the A1 motorway exit at Fabro. It is nestled in wonderful countryside and has fascinating panoramic views of the surrounding area but at the same time is close to all the main services and amenities, shops and communication links.

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This prestigious farmouse for sale in Umbria is perfectly restored and great care and attention has been given to every aspect of the restoration. The colours which have been used throughout the property are lovely pastel colours which complement the wonderful features, characteristics and original features which have been preserved when every possible.

More infos: http://www.greatestate.it/home/GB_csge001681_realestate-UMBRIA-Terni-Ficulle.aspx 

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Top 10 tips to moving or retiring abroad

Top 10 tips to moving or retiring abroad | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Top 10 tips to moving or retiring abroad

  1. If you’re moving or retiring abroad make sure you tell the relevant government offices that deal with your benefits, pension & tax.Visas can sometimes take a long time to procure
    • Contact your Local Council
    • Find out how to if you retire abroad
    • Inform HM Revenues & Customs (HMRC)
  2. Get your foreign currency transferred by experts
  3. It can be extremely costly & difficult to import/export your car to most countries 
  4. Avoid taking food or beverages when you move, as whilst allowed by some countries, most don’t allow them or will want to inspect them which can cause unnecessary delays.
  5. If you don’t need your items delivered on exact date & time, sharing a shipping container (known as “groupage” or a “part load”) could be your cheapest option.
  6. If you need storage on arrival in the country you are moving to then think about choosing a longer shipping route.
  7. Make sure the removals company moving you is affiliated to FIDI! 
  8. Make sure that you have separate transportation or shipping insurance.
  9. Get involved with the community you have moved to. There are lots of expat groups on Facebook & Twitter to help you feel at home. 
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Termoli - Adriatic Coast Italy

Termoli - Adriatic Coast Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

On our road trip one of the places we stopped in was Termoli where we stayed over night. It is a short drive from Vieste.
Termoli is a seaside resort and is a popular destination. Its resorts are renowned for the quality of its beaches and the purity of its waters.
Once again we were probably the only English speaking visitors as very few non-Italians stay in this area. It is a popular place for the locals to visit and stay.
Termoli is a town and commune on the Adriatic Coast of Italy in the province of Campobasso.

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Global Property Guide: Italy Statistics

Global Property Guide: Italy Statistics | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
  • Price Change 1 Year

The annual (year-on-year) percentage change in house prices or house price index

  • Price Change 5 Years

The percentage change in house prices or house price index

  • Price Change 10 Years

The percentage change in house prices or house price index 

  • Rental Yields

Gross annual rental income, expressed as a percentage of property purchase price. This is what a landlord can expect as return on his investment

Property is a 120-sq. m. apartment located in the premier city centre.

  • Square Metre Price, Premier City Centre

Average per square metre (sq. m.) price in US$ of a 120-sq. m. apartment located in the centre of the most important city

  • Round-trip Transaction Cost

The total cost incurred in buying and selling a property, expressed as percentage of the property value. Assumptions:

The property is paid in cash

The property is old (i.e. not newly built)

The property is worth US$250,000 (or €250,000, depending on local currency)

  • Rental Income Tax

The tax levied on the average annual income on a rental apartment/property in the country. Assumptions:

Income is equivalent to US$1,500 per month; (or €21,500, depending on local currency)

The tax is payable jointly by a foreign-domiciled couple;

The most tax-efficient form of rental is chosen;

The maximum reasonable and safe allowances, deductions, depreciations, and expenses, are deducted.

  • Capital Gains Tax

The tax levied on the increase in value between the date of property purchase and the date of sale. Assumptions:

The property is directly and jointly owned by husband and wife;

The husband and wife are both non-residents;

The couple have owned the property for 10 years;

The property has appreciated in value by 100% over the 10 years to sale;

The property was worth US$250,000 or €250,000 at purchase; and

The sale is the only source of capital gains in the country.

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Viaggio in Italia (Journey to Italy) restored and rereleased

Viaggio in Italia (Journey to Italy) restored and rereleased | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Roberto Rossellini's mysterious, gripping and moving Viaggio in Italia (1954) – now restored and rereleased. George Sanders and Ingrid Bergman are Alexander and Katherine Joyce, a well-to-do English couple who have come to southern Italy to sell some property and do a little sightseeing, but something in their enforced leisure, the disturbing beauty of the landscape and vertiginous sense of history accelerates a crisis in their troubled marriage. 

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BBC Two - Italy Unpacked, The Art of the Feast

BBC Two - Italy Unpacked, The Art of the Feast | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Episode 1 of 3

DURATION: 1 HOUR

Andrew Graham-Dixon and chef Giorgio Locatelli travel through Italy exploring the country's history, culture, food, art and landscape. Their journey begins in Bologna, the capital of Emilia-Romagna, one of the richest regions in Italy. They find out why the city is know as la Dotta (the Learned), la Grassa (the Fat) and la Rossa (the Red), while visiting its shops, art institutions and the oldest university in the world.

Andrew and Giorgio experience the social and friendly atmosphere of the region and meet fishermen casting huge nets at the mouth of the river Po. From there, it is a short journey to Ferrara where they discover the legacy left by the famous dynasty d'Este, and to Modena, home of balsamic vinegar and Ferrari.

Finally, Giorgio reveals the source of modern Italian cuisine - at the Palatina Library in Parma he views an original copy of the first cook book of the newly united Italy - while Andrew admires Correggio's magnificent fresco in the dome of Parma Cathedral

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The Regions of Italy, From A to Z

The Regions of Italy, From A to Z | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Do you know Italy… by region? It might seem like a lot to ask, but if you’re planning a trip to Italy, knowing Italy’s regions is a great place to start!

The country is broken up into 20 official regions, which you can think of as districts—similar to states or provinces. What are the different regions, what are they known for, and which ones should you travel to? Here’s help!

(How many of the 20 regions have you heard of, or been to? Tell us in the comments!).

Abruzzo
Aosta Valley
Basilicata
Calabria
Campania
Emilia-Romagna
Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Lazio
Le Marche
Liguria
Lombardy
Molise
Piedmont
Puglia
Sardinia
Sicily
Trentino-Alto Aldige
Tuscany
Umbria
Veneto

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Michael Housewright's comment, May 8, 2013 11:01 AM
I have been to all 20 and return to my favorites every year. I would love more time in Campania, Piemonte, and Liguria this year
Rosa Díaz García's curator insight, June 3, 9:17 AM

Para situar mejor  sus obras y artistas más conocidos y conocer un poco más las regiones de ...

Blue Box's curator insight, July 6, 12:38 AM

We are in Sardinia!!! Check us also on fb and instagram! al Conte Cavour Bed and breakfast

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Leonardo Ferragamo dips toes into seaside property | The Sunday Times

Leonardo Ferragamo dips toes into seaside property | The Sunday Times | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

[...] Ferragamo discovered the Marina di Scarlino a few years ago, when he bought the Finnish yacht maker Nautor’s Swan and was looking fora Mediterranean base for its charter and repair business. [...]

He [Leonardo Ferragamo] developed his ideas for its 39 flats with a team from the Lungamo hotels; 28 are still available, and are ready to be moved into now. 

Despite the brand’s reputation for full-on, high-end luxury, Leonardo Ferragamo says:

“Here, I never wanted to create glamour. Nothing is done to excess: we're offering quality in a modern, contemporary and balanced way.”[...] “I would like to sell to you, then manage it for you.”

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The prestigious resort complex of Marina di Scarlino is an exclusive new concept marina located in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma, in the town of Scarlino, province of Grosseto.
Luxurious exclusive completed residences that open directly onto the Marina, a fully equipped resort complex, accompanied by sailing club, high tech shipyard, yacht service, a pool area and lounge bar, a charming beach club and a covered shopping mall where you can find some of the most prestigious and renowned designer brands as well as many other services that we invite you to discover.

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