Rome is the first destination that comes to mind when we think of Italy because it is one of the most famous cities in the world, along with Paris and London. Hidden gems are the lesser-known routes in Italy, including the secret small towns, beautiful villages, and islands that are yet to be discovered by tourists that explore the country every ye...

“Piedmont is the right choice when dealing with the agrifood industry,” says Dario Peirone, President of Piemonte Agency. “Piedmont is home to a unique food system and is continuously investing in R&D and talents in this field”. Piedmont’s agribusiness sector is worth 5.3 billion euros (4.5% of regional value-added, source: Ires Piedmont, 2021). Th...

Speed skating for the 2026 Milan-Cortina Olympics might be moved to the 2006 Turin Olympic oval or a temporary facility elsewhere after the IOC rejected plans to build an expensive roof over the outdoor track at Baselga di Piné. Costs for the roof were initially slated at $54 million, according to a project announced in November. But there were con...

Italy is Europe’s largest rice producer, and Piedmont is the continent’s largest growing region with 1.6 million tons per year, accounting for 52% of the Italian total production (source: Agrifood). In the plains of Vercelli, Novara, and Alessandria, fine and traditional varieties are grown, namely Carnaroli, Sant’Andrea, Arborio, Baldo, Balilla, V...

The availability of ingredients such as milk, rice, honey, fruit, and hazelnuts has enabled Piedmont to become a producer of such typical sweets as Amaretti, Krumiri, Baci di Dama (pictured), Savoiardi, Canestrelli di Biella, and Biscottini di Novara. Piedmont accounts for 11% of total Italian exports of confectionery products and is one of the bes...

Italy is the world’s second-largest producer of hazelnuts, after Turkey, and the first in Europe. To meet the demand for healthy products, from 2018 the area dedicated to hazelnut groves has increased by about 5 thousand hectares, thus allowing a steady increase in production. The Nocciola del Piemonte PGI (Pgi Piedmont Hazelnut) has been on the up...

A new autism gene has been found in an Italian-led study, Turin university said Friday. The international study was led by the northern Italian university and its Città della Salute along with the university of Cologne in Germany. Published in the journal Brain, the study showed that mutations in the Caprini gene are responsible for alterations in...

There’s enough ice climbing history in the Western Alps’ Susa Valley to keep generations of ax-wielding athletes busy. Whatever you do or don’t know about ice climbing, I bet you can still glean something cool from this video. From the nearly 40-year history of ice climbing in Italy’s Susa Valley, to introducing some of its main characters (male an...

When winter rolls around, there’s nothing quite like cozying up to a bold bottle of red. And Italian red wines are particularly delicious picks when it comes to pairing them with your warming winter bowls of polenta, pasta or roasted meats. So, grab your plates of braised short ribs, Risotto alla Milanese or orecchiette with greens and sausage, and...

My grandmother used to say that saffron was more precious than gold, and she did have a point, as it had been for centuries one of the most costly spices. The word saffron, or “zafferano” as we say in Italian, comes from the Arabic za’feran or, possibly, from the Persian sahafaran, which gave the Latin safranum. The Persian root “asfar” means “yell...