Experience enticing Naples with a trip off the beaten path and visiting the studios of unique craftsmanship preserved for generations. Anna and her siblings give life to the Nativity scenes' characters using embroidery techniques from the 1700's. In the National Railway Museum visitors are taken back to the mid-19th century. Pasquale's cameos, carved from seashells in a painstakingly miniature form, bear witness to tradition. Alessandra tastes some local pastries and uncovers the secret to making... [see more] babÃ by following Giovanni into his kitchen. An exploration of Campania's culinary gems also includes tasting wine made at the foot of Vesuvius by a young and innovative wine maker accompanied with the famous Pizza Napolitana. Alessandra watches an artisan making a hand-made umbrella, his family's tradition since 1860. A snorkeling tour is part of the visit to the Archeological and Marine Park in La Gaiola.
From artisans and chefs to luthiers and puppeteers, many Italians are preserving the artistic traditions that give Italy its old-world character. PASSION ITALY is a half-hour travelogue series that presents Italy through the passions of its people. Host Alessandra Poli lays out authentic, inexpensive Italian adventures for travelers who want to experience the spirit of the true Italian artist - those who live to create, and put quality and pride before profit and fame.