The expansive Italian agri-food supply chain, encompassing agriculture, food processing, distribution, intermediation, and retail sectors, maintains its upward trajectory, now cresting at €586.9 billion—a notable 8.4% surge from 2021 and a formidable 29% leap since 2015. This robust growth contributes nearly €335 billion in value-added output, cons...

The labyrinth has always been the symbol of man’s intricate journey through life, having a more or less religious value. In the Renaissance it became a must have ornament and an amusing pastime in the gardens and palaces of the noble and wealthy families. And now, it will become a work of “land art” in the vineyards of Lazio. The “Limito” project,...

The Italian Parliament has passed a new law to increase the number of young farmers in the country. This legislation provides funding and initiatives to address the generational gap in agriculture by supporting companies with new ideas and technologies and prioritizing innovative entrepreneurial skills. The law seeks to facilitate the expansion of...

Rural Salento, the southernmost part of Italy’s “heel” that is Puglia, is not where one expects to eat vegan food.  Agriturismo Piccapane sits on the long, typically flat Pugliese road between Galatina and Cutrofiano, about 45 minutes southwest of Lecce. As far as the eye can see, this is deep olive oil country: rows upon rows of olive trees just b...

In what could only be termed a stark contrast to the light, so-pale-they-are-almost-water wines that summer holidays spent basking on the Puglian coastline call for, the wines from Puglia have gained a reputation as heavy hitters, if you will–red, punchy, and fruit forward. How many of us have wandered into a supermarket looking for a good quality...

A wine born from a maze. It's the latest bet of the Marco Carpineti Organic Farm, which between the municipalities of Bassiano, Sezze, and Sermoneta, has built the world's largest Vineyard Maze. The project has transformed a portion of vineyard of about three hectares into a complex design that houses two spirals and a maze, wrapped in a wave motif...

In Puglia, there exists a face little known to the Pugliesi themselves. It’s a different essence, distinct from trulli, castles, and whitewashed walls, far from sunny and crowded beaches. I’m writing of the territories where the human imprint has not yet completely marked its territory, leaving room for forests, woods, and biodiversity. Villages wi...

At first I was excited. Then I was terrified. Now I cannot believe my luck. Like one of those befuddled characters caught up in a Hollywood find-yourself comedy, I was that person who, on a dark winter’s day, received the unexpected phone call: a voice at the other end saying I had just inherited a 15th Century farmhouse and 50 acres of rolling Tus...

Is there such a thing as Italian food? The answer, Samantha Dell’Imperio said, is a little complicated. Italian food, like many traditional cuisines is a fusion of cultures, she said, partly due influences from the number of Italy’s conquerors, from Muslims in the 800s to the Normans from western Europe through the 1100s. This is one slice of a who...

Picture every color of the rainbow, with herbs cavorting gayly with veggies, and edible flowers brightening the space, and you have an Italian garden. When starting a vegetable garden, an Italian theme is a great place to start. Italy is known to have some of the most sumptuous cuisine in the world, and Italian cooks know the key to good food is go...