Just when it feels as if the cold and gloomy British weather is never going to come to an end, along comes La Dolce Vita to brighten up our lives with a pre-summer hit of Italian sunshine, gelato and ravishing Italian landscapes. This March 11-14, La Dolce Vita, ‘The Italian Festival in London’ will be taking over the Business Design Centre in Islington for four days of the best of Italy’s food, drink, property, travel and design.

Along with its partner, Country Life International, the La Dolce Vita event will take you on a tour of Italy from top to toe and will unlock some of the country’s best-kept secrets. Perfect for newcomers to Italy as well as for those who have already fallen for its charms. Looking for an undiscovered idyll for an Italian summer holiday? House-hunting for a sprawling Tuscan villa to call your own? Or simply looking for inspiration from la cucina italiana  to rejuvenate your home cooking? Then this event has got what you are looking for.

With 20,000 discerning visitors expected, La Dolce Vita 2010 will be bigger and better than ever before at its brand new venue in Islington, making it a must-see show for anyone passionate about discovering Italy. Dazzling new holiday destinations, stunning second homes, cutting edge design and mouth-watering food and drink will all be on show.

And, of course, La Dolce Vita wouldn’t be ‘dolce’ without a generous helping of Italian food and drink. Whether you’re interested in Italy’s cutting edge restaurants or the authentic taste of mamma’s cooking, there will be something there to whet your appetite.

Discover the best Italian producers, a showcase of artisan-produced cheese, meat, bread, pasta, olive oil and chocolate from every region of Italy; learn how to make your own pasta, pizza and more at the live cookery sessions at the Teatro del Gusto; and sip and swirl your way through Italian’s up-and-coming vineyards at the Wine Academy or on the Strada del Vino. Other foodie highlights include masterclasses by celebrity chefs and demonstrations by Italy’s top food producers.

Everything you know and love about Italy? That’s just the beginning. Explore this fascinating country with fresh eyes at La Dolce Vita 2010.

For more information, log onto www.ladolcevitaevent.co.uk