In Europe, the tradition of eating pork meat stretches far back into antiquity, as pigs were an animal that was easy to rear in a domestic environment, they were rich in fat and delicious meats and reproduced quickly. In the second half of the nineteenth century, some pig bones excavated from archaeological sites in the Po Valley corroborated the h...

They were originally called feriae Augusti, or "the rest of Augustus" (as the Roman emperor), and are a millenary history custom. They were to indicate those holidays established in the year 8 BC by the first Roman emperor in history to celebrate the end of the main works of the agricultural season and thus constitute a period of rest able to resto...

Grazzano Visconti is a medieval style village in the municipality of Vigolzone, in Val Nure, in the Piacenza area, Emilia Romagna. The heart of the village, private but open to the public, is the ancient castle, which dates back to 1395. It is surrounded by a large park of 15 hectares, built in the same period by Giuseppe Visconti, rich in ancient...

Over 3,000 square meters for 50,000 pieces (accessories excluded): the Modateca Deanna, Centro Italiano di Documentazione Moda is a huge fashion archive and attracts designers and professionals from the whole world, who come here to draw inspiration and find new ideas for their collections. The structure is located in San Martino in Rio, Reggio Emi...

If you’ve ever experienced the excitement and the medieval drama and magnificence of the palios of Italy, and for those who haven’t yet experienced the exquisite display of pageantry, the excitement and merriment of medieval and renaissance Italy is coming to you. Direct from Italy, the internationally renowned and award winning GRUPPO SBANDIERATOR...

If you love cars, any trip to Italy isn’t complete without a visit to Modena, Italy’s ‘Motor City’ and home to Ferrari. Go to Modena any day of the year and the town is practically painted red from all the Ferrari flags and banners and related businesses. There are Ferrari-themed restaurants, cafés, hotels, and of course rental-car shops. You can l...

The first modern city and one of the culturally most important Italian Renaissance city states, Ferrara was one of the European capitals of culture, arts, politics, gastronomy, in addition to being a reference point for artists, poets and minstrels. The Estense dynasty was a great family of eccentric and well-educated patrons which transformed a ru...

And here we are again on our journey together around the Italian dialects and languages. This time we are going to the region called Emilia-Romagna, a region that almost crosses Italy entirely from East to West. It is the last northern region and it is known for its medieval villages and its amazing food that I am sure you have heard of, such as ra...

There’s Italian hospitality and then there’s Casa Maria Luigia. Just outside Modena—the historic town already famous for being home to Maserati, parmigiano reggiano, balsamic vinegar and lambrusco wine—also houses the former number one restaurant in the world, Massimo Bottura’s three-Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana. And now, there’s Casa Maria...

Today, when chefs can be as famous as movie stars and their creations in the kitchen as admired as original works of art, there are few who rival the success and celebrity of Massimo Bottura.  His restaurant, Osteria Francescana has three Michelin stars and, as we first reported last year, it ranked number one on the list of "The World's 50 Best Re...