Campania

Campania boasts a mild climate, beautiful coastline, a center for art & history, and most importantly, a love of some of the most delicious foods in Italy. Campania is cheerful and radiant, well-known for tasty tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, and spaghetti. But who can think of Italian Espresso without considering the provinces of Salerno and Naples? And as far as desserts are concerned, Avellino is famous for its Torrone and delicious chocolates. Mt. Vesuvius, sun & sea, history & culture, and great food… This is Campania.




                                                     

Emilia Romagna

Emilia Romagna lies between the Apennine mountains and the Adriatic Sea and is one of the most fertile and produtive regions of Italy.  Emilia Romagna is a hotbed for music, cinema, and art, appreciated nationally and internationally.  Among the typical products that have received the DOP (Protected Designation of Origin) quality recognition are Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and of course, the legendary balsamic vinegar of Modena.




                                                         

Marche

Marche is a region steeped in history and rich traditions.  Marche is mostly comprised of mountains and hills, with narrow valleys, deep gorges, and numerous rushing streams.  The entire eastern boundary of Marche is formed by the Adriatic Sea, with a coastline of gently rolling hills and flat plains.  Food in Marche blends the flavors of the entire region, with typical rustic tastes of roast suckling pig, marinated lamb, truffles, and mushrooms.  Although the forefront of most meals is the Tagliatelle pasta, which likely graces the dishes as a first course for dinners in this beautiful region. 




                                                                

Molise

Molise is a hilly continuation of Abruzzo’s landscape, crossed by many rivers that flow into the Tyrrhenian Sea.  Nature, history, art, age-old traditions and great food are just some of the wonderful gifts of Molise.  Along with polenta, lamb, and truffle, the region’s durum wheat semolina pasta stands out as a delicious treasure in this still largely undiscovered region.   




                              

Piedmont

Piemonte, or “foot of the mountain”, is surrounded by three sides by the Alps, with the highest peaks and the largest glaciers in Italy.  Filled with culture and charm, the beautiful landscapes of Piemonte include both green valleys and peaks with unforgettable views.  In addition to the white and black truffle, braised beef in Barolo wine, and a wide array of cheeses, Piemonte also boasts the finest chocolates, wonderful pastas, and internationally-renowned products like grissini, the traditional handmade breadsticks.




                                                     

Puglia

Puglia, also called Apulia, is a land of sea, hills and endless plains located in southeastern Italy. It extends from the Fortore River in the northwest to Cape Santa Maria di Leuca at the tip of the Salentine Peninsula (the “heel” of Italy). The Puglia region attracts visitors for its amazing coastline (more than 800 kilometers across Adriatic and Ionian Sea), but also for its art cities and picturesque historical villages, where old religious traditions still live untouched, its countryside farms immersed in olive groves, and its plenty of farm products that tell of unique ancient flavors. The region is predominantly agricultural. Wheat, barley, and oats are grown on the plain and in the more fertile parts of the plateaus, while olives, grapes, almonds, figs, and vegetables predominate farther south. There are an estimated 50 to 60 million olive trees in Puglia, and the region accounts for 40% of Italy's olive oil production. Puglia, a true triumph of Mediterranean flavors.




                                 

Sicily

Sicilia, the largest Mediterranean island, is just off the “toe” of Italy’s “boot”, and is an amazing land rich in history and traditions. Cross the sea to Sicily and you do more than leave the Italian mainland. You cross to an island that stands on the edge of Europe, a place whose history and culture conspire to make it a world apart. Almost every Mediterranean power over the last 2,000 years has ruled its shores, not only leaving a mark on its art and architecture, but also molding its cuisine and shaping its attitude. Eating is one of Sicily’s great pleasures. The quality and variety of fruit and vegetables in the markets is superb, and in restaurants the array of specialties is overwhelming. Home of the famous Cannoli, Sicily tempts you to enjoy its delicious foods, beautiful beaches, and hospitable people. It’s time to discover Sicily.







Tuscany

Toscana’s beauty and appeal is as varied as it is enchanting because of its beautiful bays and rock precipices overlooking the sea, in addition to the lovely thick pine forests and the sweet hills with their tall cypress trees.  Well known for Chianti’s olive groves and vineyards, the region boasts menus that are in harmony with the olive tree varieties consisting of Frantoio, Leccino, Pendolino and Moraiolo.  An optimal climate, fertile land, and skilled hands make Tuscan extra virgin olive oil one of the most popular food products in and outside of Italy.




                                                             

Umbria 

In literature, Umbria is referred to as il cuore verde d’Italia (the green heart of Italy) due to the many olive trees that grow on its hills and slopes.  Umbria comprises untouched landscapes dominated by woods, valleys, and water which makes Umbria a region that never fails to amaze.  It is the heart of Italy as it is the only region with no coastline.  Although locally grown lentils, porcini mushrooms, and chestnuts are important staple foods, the region’s olive trees are responsible for making some of the best olive oil in Italy.