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Hey everybody! Can we talk about summer vacations for a moment? I mean, we just wrapped up "Ferragosto" the Italian equivalent of "Mid-August Holidays", so it's basically a countdown to the end of summer now. Vacationers are packing up their bags as we speak – I imagine them going, “Ciao!” and fading into the horizon. As much as I loved having everyone around, can't deny, I'm looking forward to having the house to myself again.

Did anyone else spot the snazzy makeover our newsletter just got? Looking sharp, right? And guess what? We're turning up the volume – you’ll be getting the latest on Italy more regularly now. If you've got pals who are head over heels for Italy (and who isn't?), give them a nudge to sign up. Trust me, they'll thank you!

Now, August always gives me this early-fall vibe, which by the way, I totally dig. It's about time we prep for the harvest and zoom in on the culinary delights on Dolcevia. 

Now, the rumor mill was buzzing this week. Word on the street? Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk were considering an Italian amphitheater for a showdown. Sounds like a gladiator match for the tech age, doesn't it? But alas, that’s not happening. Regardless, we still whipped up a piece about Italy's most picturesque amphitheaters because... why not?

Also, spotlight on some quaint villages in the Gran Sasso National Park in Abruzzo, and a feature on Camogli. And, I can't believe we hadn't covered Camogli till now! Shame on us, right?

That's it for now, ciao and have a great week!

Elisabetta van Dolcevia.com

Elisabetta @ Dolcevia.com

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Friday, 18 August 2023 | Articles

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Sunday, 13 August 2023 | Articles

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Monday, 7 August 2023 | Articles

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Friday, 4 August 2023 | Articles

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Thursday, 10 August 2023 | Articles

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Wednesday, 9 August 2023 | Articles

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Monday, 7 August 2023 | Articles

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