National Geographic : 1984 Feb
A nation of epicures, Italy grows most of its own feast and produces an astonishing variety of wines. In the famed Chiantiregion nearFlorence, Maurizio Castelli (left) employs a master's senses in inspecting a dessert wine at the Badia a Coltibuono estate. Pasta'sbest friend, Parmesan cheese (right)-sometwo million wheels of it a year comes from the Parmaregion. Cherry blossoms (above) grace thefertile foothills of the Alps near Verona.