Italia Living Newsletter - May 2012
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Why The Italian Lifestyle Has Got It Right

After working with Italians in Italy now for a few years, I cannot help but be jealous of their lifestyle.  The Western habits of a rushed daily life, kids activities and all the other stresses take over and become cumbersome.  I consider the values of the Italian people in regard to food, culture and socializing as some of the best in the world and we could benefit greatly from them in the US in terms of mental health, obesity, stress reduction and just overall quality of life and enjoyment of it.  

Italian people are constantly surrounded by family. neighbors and friends; rarely eat alone and if it is time for a coffee then one simply stops to enjoy it.  Lunch is one of the most important meals of the day and a sandwich simply will not do.  It has to be pasta and salad and never ever hurried.  Food is almost the sacred religion in Italy, and the Italians speak with a reverence about it no matter what age.

So with Springtime upon us, now is a perfect time to try to adapt even a small bit of the Italian lifestyle into your life.  Enjoy dining al fresco with friends or family with some fresh healthy seasonal foods and a glass of wine.  Finding a passion for life and more simplicity goes a long way in a benefiting a healthy lifestyle.   Saluti!

Further reading suggestion:
Adopt Med Diet, Not Fads, Experts Tell Dieters

Richard J. Michelli - Founder / Executive Director 

Adea Spring Fashion Trends 2012
Sophisticated, Sexy and Comfortable...Made in Italy

Add fun and feminine colors to your spring attire this season.

The Adea colors are fresh and vibrant and the fabric cool and comfortable.

The new Seafoam and Sherbet colors are perfect to brighten up your wardrobe and daily life.

Unsure which one of Adea's many colors will work for you? Would you like to feel their luxurious fabric before making a purchase? You can order a swatch sample online!

For fashion tips and mix & match suggestions, visit:
Adea Spring Fashion Trends 2012
Pellini USA - Sharing their love of Italian flavor 

Many people don't realize that our Featured Sponsor, Pellini USA, offers so much more than simply some of the finest coffee you will ever enjoy. They also offer specialty pasta's, olive oils and other foods. 

Pellini USA owner Sergio Sgro also hosts an online webcast, Pasta & Vino, with co-host Valdes Capezzuto - treating viewers to cooking demonstrations of delicious simple Italian meals perfectly paired with the right compliment of wine. 

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Montegrappa Puts Art in Your Hand
Creating collections that celebrate life's accomplishments
Montegrappa The Alchemist Collection

Montegrappa has been manufacturing writing instruments since 1912, in Italy. Their long history has lead to excellence as a manufacturer of finest classic Italian style luxury fountain and ball pens. 

Most recently Montegrappa has added a luxury line of watches, cufflinks and fragrance - but will always stay focused on their founding vision of creating the very best and most unique wrting instruments in the world. 

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Read about their most recent creation in celebration of world famous author Paulo Coelho’s most celebrated work. 
Montegrappa Introduces The Alchemist Collection
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Yachting in paradise on an ocean of memories...
Amalfi Sails

While Valeria Carrano is away from NYC and enjoying the Amalfi Coast, she handles marketing for Amalfi Sails.  Amalfi Sails offers crewed yacht/boat charters through the Mediterranean Sea- Amalfi, Positano, Ravello, Sorrento, Naples, Capri, Ischia and the entire Amalfi Coast. Providing charter, small group excursions, sunset rides and motor boat rentals.

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Photo of the Month
"Springtime in Tuscany" by Fabio Muzzi

Fabio Muzzi is a photographer and professional journalist born in Siena in 1964. He's living in Tuscany and working between Pisa, Rome, Milan, Paris, London and other european cities. His work is composed from over 25 years of activity: images of landscapes, cities, art, culture, and life stories... from one of the most beautiful places in the world, Tuscany.

Be sure to visit his website to enjoy more of his work at:  

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