Cooking With Brandi

Giulia Brandi had always cooked, but it was mostly in her own home. Then a friend decided Brandi wasn’t using all of her potential. “It’s been a little strange because I had never seen MasterChef on television, says Brandi, recounting her journey to television.

Porchetta – The Italian Dish Known Only to Italians

The early morning sun shined down on old Roman city in the central Italian province of Le Marche as patrons descended on the weekly market in the Piazza Papa Niccoló IV to buy the fresh produce, meats and cheese. As usual a line of customers waited patiently at the La Rovere truck.

Cash Crop: Agriturismo

In the rural areas of Italy, agriturismo, or agritourism, is helping to bring some relief from the economic downturn that has left farmers struggling financially.


Agriturismo, or agriturismi, in Italy is a budding industry in which farmers rent rooms to guests, much like traditional bed and breakfasts. Agriturismo is becoming an increasingly important part of Italy's tourism.

Off the Beaten Path

Visitors to Le Marche region who want an authentic experience may decide to spend their stay here, in an unconventional tourist location: a farm.

They Eat Horses, Don’t They?

To an American tourist driving through the winding mountain roads in this small Italian town, the horses grazing and galloping along the valley slopes are icons of beauty - or future champions on a track. To local rancher Davide Travagliati, they are images of meals. And that’s what these horses soon will be.

Beyond Organic

For 40 years the Girolomoni Cooperativa has been producing all-organic products consisting of rice, cereals, flour, couscous, fruit purees, extra-virgin olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Oltre il biologico, “beyond organic,” is the foundation for the company: organic farming isn’t just a process, but a way of life.