UPDATE FROM ITALY
July 10, 2020
Whether you are planning your next trip to Italy or enjoying a glass of Chianti from home, we have some good news for Italian wine lovers (and Italy’s economy!) After the 2015 harvest, Italy is set to reclaim its spot as the world’s biggest wine producer. This year’s production bounced back from last year when strong rains spoiled yields of popular Italian grapes.
The Tuscan mines that provided the marble for Michaelangelo’s David is at risk of being over mined, fueling dangerous levels of erosion. The mines located near the town of Carrara were the source of marble for Michaelangelo’s masterpiece, the David, his depiction of the Madonna and Child (Pietà), as well as other sculpted masterpieces in Italy’s rich artistic history.