Italy

The Legendary Ceramics of Sicily's Caltagirone

The mountaintop town of Caltagirone in Sicily is the ceramics capital of a region renowned for this ancient art form. Out of a history of warfare, disease and natural disasters, Caltagirone’s multi-hued heritage of majolica pottery took shape. Get a glimpse of the history of this artisanal tradition from curator of the town’s Museo della Ceramica, marvel at the artistry of Stairway of St. Mary on the Mount’s 142 steps, browse through the laboratory of Silva Ceramica, and learn the story behind the star-crossed lovers memorialized in ceramic form.

The Legendary Ceramics of Sicily's Caltagirone

Lessons from Tuscan Spa Town Montecatini on Harmony & The Flow of Life

The Tuscan spa town of Montecatini offers life lessons in how the flow of life ensures eventual harmony. Experience its cultural landscape from the perspective of local people, and learn about the history of its healing spring waters; the philosophy of its Art Nouveau architecture; the challenges and bounty of Fucecchio Marsh; and the story behind Bargilli Cialdi di Montecatini, one of Italy's best-loved sweets. Find out the true secret behind La Dolce Vita!

Lessons from Tuscan Spa Town Montecatini on Harmony & The Flow of Life

Discover Goro! Charming Fishing Community in Italy's Emilia-Romagna Region

Go off-the-beaten path with Francesca Lamantea for a taste of local, small town coastal life with a visit to Goro in the Province of Ferrara in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna, located about 80 kilometres northeast of Bologna and about 50 kilometres east of Ferrara, near the mouth of the Po River. Meet fisherman Roberto and learn about life harvesting clams & mussels, and feast your eyes on some of the tasty traditional dishes served at popular fish festivals!

Discover Goro! Charming Fishing Community in Italy's Emilia-Romagna Region

Power of Place: San Gimignano

Explore Tuscany’s San Gimignano and meet Cledy Tancredi, a resident whose destiny brought her to San Gimignano more than 25 years ago. Learn why and how Cledy developed a powerful connection to the town and its history and connection to saffron. Feel the palpable power that arises from San Gimignano’s spectacular cultural landscape. Get a glimpse from BCD of the connection you to experience with Tuscany's power of place!


Power of Place: San Gimignano

Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese & Family: Beloved Italian Institutions

Learn first-hand about Italy's tradition of cheese making from Serena Peveri who is a third-generation member of her family’s artisanal cheese-making enterprise, Ciao Latte. BCD offers exclusive insight of the skill, heart and soul that go into producing this tasty morsel of history. If you're planning to travel abroad, we have information on cultural heritage attractions that will enhance your experience!


Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese & Family: Beloved Italian Institutions

Michela Conti on Italian Proscuitto di Parma of Emilia Romagna

Meet Michela Conti and let her give you a tutorial on the traditions behind making tasty Italian Prosciutto di Parma of Emilia Romagna. Immerse yourself in Italy’s heritage and learn what goes into the artisanal production of one of the best-known foods of a country renown for its gastronomic delights. Let BCD's access to and relationships with local people inform your travels & ensure authentic encounters.


Michela Conti on Italian Proscuitto di Parma of Emilia Romagna

Davide Lonardi on traditional balsamic vinegar in Modena, Italy

Discover the art of producing traditional balsamic vinegar with David Lonardi from Modena, Italy, a third-generation producer of this zesty condiment, who has perfected the art. Immerse yourself in Italy’s heritage and let David give you a "taste" of what's involved in making Modena's claim to fame. BCD's insightful reporting gives you the lay of the cultural landscape in a way no other site does.


Davide Lonardi on traditional balsamic vinegar in Modena, Italy