Olive cultivation has deep roots in the area around Siena, and the olive tree can be found in Tuscan works of art and paintings from the late Middle Ages on. There are also texts from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that mention the presence of olives over a large part of the hills near Siena which enhanced the magnificent landscape.

The air in the hills of Parma is fragrant: once the sea breeze from the Versilia coast has acquired the aroma of the pine trees, it is scoured by the karst Cisa mountains, losing all its saltiness, and finally wafts over scented chestnut groves. It is therefore a dry air, ideal for the curing process. An essential condition for obtaining Prosciutto...

Spressa delle Giudicarie DOP (Protected Designation of Origin) is one of the oldest cheeses of the Alps and one of the most recent to receive DOP status within Italy. Definitive approval was only obtained on 26 January 2004, when it was entered the Register of Protected Designations of Origin, which protects its quality within Italy and Europe.

The presence of garlic in the Polesine area dates from the Romans who built reclamation works and created agricultural land by greatly modifying the hydrogeology of the area. Evidence of this comes from the writings of Perretto and Marangano in the publication “La Centuriazione dell’Agro di Adria” in which the cultivation of garlic is described as...

The origins of the three different breeds of Vitellone Bianco dell'Appennino Centrale IGP (White Veal from the Central Apennines) are ancient and distinct. The Romagnola breed comes from the Caucasus region of the Ukraine and arrived in Italy with Agilulf’s Lombards in the fourth century A.D. However, it was the engineer Leopoldo Tosi, who created...

Dairy production in Friuli began in 1200 A.D. thanks to the efforts of the Benedictine monks of the Moggio Udinese Abbey. Montasio cheese takes its appellation from the mountain range in the Julian Alps of the same name, on the southern slopes of which there lies a vast plateau, home to the Montasio dairies and a wealth of pastures.

  WTI Magazine #27    2014 Apr, 25Author : folclore.it      Translation by:   Since a few years Ascoli Piceno in the Marche region, homeland of the famous "olive ascolane" (fried olives from Ascoli), it has become the Italian capital of every variety of deep-fried food, in particular the fried food Italian styl...

  WTI Magazine #55    2015 March, 6Author : MIPAAF      Translation by:   Pecorino is an exquisite product with a long tradition. Ancient testimonies still exist that praise its qualities: in older times it was called "Marzolino" and in 1475 the humanist Bartolomeo Platina acclaimed it as the best cheese in Ita...

  WTI Magazine #68    2015 September, 18Author : MIPAAF      Translation by:   Tomatoes first arrived in the Po Valley in the 16th century, along with other tubers and spices, after a voyage in the holds of the galleons of Hernán Cortés, Conquistador of the Aztec empire. The tomato received a very cool receptio...

  WTI Magazine #78    2016 April 15Author : MIPAAF      Translation by:   The species known as Cichorium Intybus has been around since the dawn of time as wild chicory, but it took continuous selection and technical improvements to make the prized and famous Radicchio Rosso di Treviso IGP. Its presence in the V...