Many Italian magazines deal with popular topics, such as food, sports, history and fashion, although a good chunk of them pursue purely intellectual goals.
Of course, balance in life is extremely important in any culture, so if you're in the mood for something lighter, Italy also has its fair share of gossip magazines and tabloids. No matter what your pleasure at a given moment, you can find a magazine to suit your taste:
Italian General Interest
One of the more serious Italian magazines, dealing with current events, economics and science. This magazine was based off "Time Magazine" and is a very good all-around resource for the Italian intellectual, along with...
Another serious Italian magazine known for, among other things, having a regular column by Umberto Eco, the author of The Name of the Rose. L'Espresso also deals with politics, international events, science and technology.
This is another serious magazine on current events, but with more of a religious bent. It has a section dedicated to religion and the whole magazine is geared toward the family and family life.
Donna Moderna means Modern Woman and this magazine reflects the title, although different from what other countries might view as "modern". Sections are on beauty, food, sex and weddings, as well as a lot of shopping.
Il Mondo focuses on Economics and Finance. Also a very serious magazine with well researched articles. If you want high-end commentary on finance in Italy this is the place to turn to.
Novella 2000 is the main "Gossip magazine" of Italy. If you want to know the latest on Italian celebrities, the wildest rumors and who's been photographed nude, this is where you should turn.
The only Italian magazine dedicated to the Italian media, mostly the printed press. For those who read Italian it's full of information on the people who run the country's newspapers and magazines.
Focus is the main Science magazine of Italy. Italy has a big scientific community, especially in bio-tech, and this magazine reflects this.
Nuovo Orione is a scientific magazine focusing on astronomy. If you like to gaze at the stars this is the magazine for you.
This is the main archeological magazine of Italy. It has an emphasis on Italian archeology but offers quite a bit from other countries as well.
Storia in Rete is one of the main history magazines there is, with sections dedicated to the Middle Ages, military history, the 20th century, the Renaissance, Napoleon, and many more.
An online only magazine for archeology, Archeomedia features sections on various forms of archeology, including underwater archeology and experimental archeology.
Quattro Ruote means 4 wheels, so you can guess what it talks about. From sports cars, to luxury vehicles and the latest releases, this is a one-stop-shop for cars in Italy.
For the off-road motorbike enthusiast. Motocross has the latest news and a very active community.
Vela e Motore is a magazine dedicated to boats. Sports boats, sailboats, yachts, and everything else in between is featured here.
Italian For Kids
The Italian version of Mickey Mouse. All Italians remember reading these as children since they've been around since the 1950's.
An Italian anti-hero. Diabolik is known by all Italians, although he is almost unknown outside the country's borders. Inspired by pulp fiction and around since the 1960's, Diabolik is the Italian anti-hero of choice.
A magazine, and also a portal, for younger children. Aside from a magazine for kids this website also features forums to meet other children and contests and cartoons.
The "Teen beat" of Italy. For the pre-teens who want to catch up with celebrity gossip this is the perfect magazine.
Interestingly this is originally an American magazine, but it has become very big in Italy, with its own published version within the country. The focus is, of course, on the Italian cuisine.
Food and wine are the focus of this magazine. The wine section in particular is impressive. It also has a thorough section on olive oil.
Muse is a high fashion magazine with a section on art as well. And yes, this is an Italian magazine but it is in English.
Mug might not have the most fashion conscious name in English, but it is a free yearly magazine focused on fashion, clothing and all that has the power to influence people's lifestyles.
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