Many of the events will be dedicated to what UNESCO has recognized as a World Heritage Products: the Mediterranean diet, the Pantelleria alberello vine, the landscapes of the Langhe Roero and Monferrato, Parma––Italy’s creative city of gastronomy––and finally, the last elected, but certainly not least, proclaimed in December, the art of Neapolitan pizza making. Other activities will help promote new UNESCO nominations, namely Prosecco and Amatriciana.
Connection to landscape and a tribute to Marchesi
Knowledge and promotion of historic rural landscapes, and the fight against food waste will be the overall of the year of Italian food. Attention will be directed at the deep connection between food, landscape, identity and culture. The Italian government will do this by launching the food districts prohect, involving farmers, breeders, fishermen and cooks. In this respect it was equally correct to dedicate the year of food to the late chef Gualtiero Marchesi, who truly embodied these values by making them world known.
Food and Art
We’re excited mostly for the social sharing campaign promoted by Italy’s state museums, which will focus on the relationship between art and food and wine. The Instagram account @museitaliani shares posters of food in art such as the Dinner with nuptials by Gherardo delle Notti, Still life with peppers and grapes by Giorgio De Chirico, The Last Supper by Leonardo, the frescoes of Pompeii, the still life and portratits of the Villa Medicea in Poggio a Caiano, to mention a few.
If you plan to travel to Italy in 2018, you can visit over 420 museums, archaeological parks and places of Italian culture, and search, photograph and share the current theme of the month with the hashtag #annodelciboitaliano.
Eleonora Baldwin is a TV host, journalist, and culinary connoisseur based in Rome, Italy. Her writing appears in several food and travel publications. Her show “ABCheese” is broadcast on Italian food network Gambero Rosso. She loves guiding culturally curious, food-passionate travellers seeking experiences in Italy beyond the guidebook.