Signore Pig

The Italian pig is revered. One of Italy's most famous salumi comes in the form of seasoned, salt-cured, air-dried hams known as prosciutto crudo. The hams of San Daniele, Parma, Toscana and Norcia in Umbria are so valued for their flavor, aroma and method of preparation that they are given PDO/DPO (Protected Designation of Origin) status, …

Italy Beyond the Beltway – Trails of Transhumance

There are many ways to see and savor Italy. To experience the noble vineyards, pilgrim paths, iconic art and architecture and like the proverbial onion or tip of the iceberg you need to dig deeper and peel away the layers of “show and tell” travel to discover Italy beyond the beltway. Travelers can follow itineraries …

A Square that Turns into a Shell and A Pig as a Symbol of Good Government

In the central valley region of Italy known as Tuscany there is a medieval town called Siena set within a landscape of the burnt sienna of a Renaissance artist’s paint brush. The colors of Sienese landscape are as rich and deep as the traditions and history of its people. Mario Batali once said that "nothing can prepare you …

Signore Pig

The Italian pig is revered. One of Italy’s most famous salumi comes in the form of cured hams known as prosciutto crudo. The celebrated hams of San Daniele, Parma and Toscana are so valued for their flavor, aroma and methods of preparation that they are given DOP aka PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) certification, the …