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Slow Italy Magazine

our favourite slow holiday hacks, better for us and our environment

Welcome to Dolcevia.com. We started this website in 2008 in Dutch for people who love Italy, however since then our interests have developed and our tastes have diversified. I guess we also needed a change and a chance to explore more of the world. This part of Dolcevia.com is therefore dedicated to slow travelling the world, the same travel principles just a larger scope and involving so many more people in our quest to take the mass tourism out of  vacations. 

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  • Anyone who has seen the excellent movie starring George Clooney, Monuments Men (based on the eponymous book), knows that the Allies spent time and money searching for stolen works of art during and after WWII.

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  • Ready to go on vacation? What will the future of holidays and travel look like? Some measures may be temporary, but other improvements will be permanent, such as Health passports or insurance providing adequate coverage. New policies for aviation, shipping and vacation home...

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  • I always recommend that visitors save sights for a return trip. After all, if it all becomes a blur, how can your trip of a lifetime be a memorable one? And that’s what it’s all about, right? If kids are left to romp in a park or stay back in the villa for a day, you’d be...

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  • My mother comes from Carloforte, a small town on the island of San Pietro. And so, as is customary in Italy, every summer we go on vacation to this small island with the whole family, in recent years also with entourage. Every year my...

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  • Traveling through Italy with a camper or motorhome is an ideal way to discover this beautiful country from a very personal perspective. The perfect DIY vacation in Italy starts with a motorhome.

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  • According to the Italian Prime Ministerial Decree of January 14, travel for any reason TO the following states ("list C") is freely permitted under Italian law, subject to the limitations provided in Italy by the regional governments.

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  • Turns out, while Americans wait and see if a groundhog will see its shadow, the Italians have their own mother nature equivalent: I giorni della merla - The blackbird's days which fall on the last three days of January and indicating the coldest days of...

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  • When people think of Umbria, they usually think of Assisi or tiny Todi as a destination, but there is actually much much more to see and do than meets the eye. To first get your bearings, it's good to know about Umbria's famed (and some lesser known) hill towns. All...

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  • A true spectacle of nature in the beautiful Valbelluna along the San Boldo Pass, "the road of 100 days" .

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  • The beautiful wine estate Tenuta Madonnina in Sicily has been transformed by Carla and Tom Boelen into a small-scale vacation resort with luxury vacation homes. On the northern slope of Mount Etna and overlooking the beautiful village of...

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  • When I asked our Italian trainee, Arriana,  to tell me about Christmas dinner at her house, how her mother prepares it and what dishes she puts on the table, she wrote me this little essay, which I thought was too nice not to share with everyone. Enjoy, and a merry...

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  • Ever wanted to participate in the Mille Miglia without owning a vintage car? The Outlierman, makers of the world’s finest driving accessories, today announces the launch of its all-new classic car rental platform –

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  • The W.H.O. ranked Italy as the 2nd best country in the world for overall healthcare in 2020. On paper, it looks pretty good. Here’s some reflections after living here.

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  • It's been a long time since we associated popping corks and sparkling wines only with weddings, New Year's Eveparties or the launching of a new ship. And When even the French are turning to Prosecco instead of Champagne, it's maybe time to pay some attention to it.

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  • It is almost impossible to ignore the big blue and red boxes in the supermarket during the holidays. The Italian Panettone has nestled itself forever on the shelves. If you've ever been tempted to take a Panettone home, you'll most likely, like me, have been a little...

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  • On Saturday, more or less at the same time as the government announced new Covid-19 measures, I was on the boat from Camogli to San Fruttuoso. The sea was pretty rough and the few passengers who used the FAI's Open Monument Day had to shield themselves from unexpected wet...

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  • November is a good time to visit Dolceacqua. The water of the river Nervia babbles with a little more zest than in the high heat of summer. The woods around create a colourful contrast with the dark walls of the village called Dolceacqua Terre, the part on the other side of...

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  • (update 4 November 2020) The new measures are intended to prevent a complete national lockdown, including a 50% reduction in public transport capacity, the closure of shopping centres at weekends, the complete closure of museums and the move to distance learning in all...

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  • Photography Drones are going to be on top of many a Christmas wish list this year and of course we’re going to have our heart set on trying it out on our next holiday. We know Italy is every drone pilots dream, a mixed soup of landscapes, every angle offering you stunning...

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  • This will help answer some questions you may have about Covid-19 guidelines in Italy; precautions you may want to take or know more about. Please understand that by following the strictest health guidelines, has made it possible for Italy to safely open up to tourists...

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