"Made in Italy" by Laura Morelli

We all may be armchair travelers this year, but we can still travel throughout Italy in the pages of “Made in Italy.” Part Italian history lesson, part insider travel guide, this compact volume takes you inside the towns and villages of Italy where traditional handmade traditions flourish.

An award-winning author of art-historical fiction and a guidebook series, “Authentic Arts,” Morelli has updated her popular series for the third time and gives the reader up-to-date suggestions on how to experience Italy via the people who make Italian items recognized all over the world.

Covering five regions in Italy, from the North to the tip of the boot and including the islands of Sicily and Sardinia, this is a wonderful exploration of towns and cities travelers will be enticed to add to their next itinerary. Each chapter includes the history of an area highlighting the particular handcrafted and artistic items that region is known for, often detailing how a product is made. In addition, Morelli includes detailed information on specialty food items, vinegars and wines you can discover on your travels. 

Shoppers will enjoy this easy read while travelers may find new ways to experience Italy by interacting with locals, visiting a studio and learning about skills perfected over decades to create items that are truly Italian. 

In a world full of mass-produced items, it is refreshing to learn of craftspeople creating stunning jewelry, fine leather goods, pottery, carved wood, nativity pieces for the Presepe, perfumes from ancient recipes, and so much more. 

“Made in Italy” includes “Artisans of Italy,” a list of recommended artisans and shops. Before your next trip to Italy, read “Made in Italy” and when you arrive, support a local artist.