A Message From The Queen
Anyone who reaches the ripe old age of 100 years in the UK is rewarded with a birthday card from Her Royal Highness in person, and for every birthday after that. It’s a shame that President Napolitano can’tdo the same for Italian centenarians, but I suppose he has an excuse since there are many more of them inItaly than in the UK, and in the US too.Italy has one of the highest life-expectancy rates in the world, according to statistics published earlier thismonth by ISTAT, the Italian National Institute for Statistics. Big question: Why, we ask ourselves? Ithink I’d put it down to diet, climate and temperament.(
) Yes, Italy has morethan its fair share of sunshine, and combine that with the variation of seaside, mountain and countryside,then you have a great place to live.Italians may be fiery and energetic, but the welcome you get as a visitor must mean that the tendency is toshare and enjoy, to exteriorise and be happy(
).But it’s mostly the diet. The “Mediterranean diet” has been much spoken of over the last few years, andit’s been spread all over the world by expatriates. Low animal fats, high fruit and vegetable content, theuse of local, quality ingredients and just the odd glass of red wine(
). It presses allthe right buttons, and you can access some delicious healthy recipes from the “Our favourite recipes”section of this blog – try our new cheese cake recipe for example.So what are you waiting for? Grab your slice of the Dolce Vita and book a holiday villa – it’ll make youlive longer! The 2012 calendar is on the web site, and bookings are already happening for the best placesfor next year. As ever, Sardinia, Tuscany and Umbria are expected to be the favourites, so don’t waitaround VILLAS In Tuscany.