Full of wild beauty, captivating traditions, fascinating history, Molise is an undiscovered gem for many tourists. The Marinelli Pontifical Bell Foundry is the oldest family-owned and run manufacturing company in the world, where bells are still handmade as 1,000 years ago. The Italic sanctuary of Pietrabbondante and the archeological site of Atilia Sepino are a plunge into pre-Roman history. Alessandra meets a cheesemaker who follows the family tradition started in 1662 making stretched curd cheeses.... [see more] Some of the area's most skilled artisans work creating intricate chiseled steel scissors and bagpipes used by a local musician in an innovative way. In the Museum of Costumes, Alessandra gives us insight into the complex regional traditions. Plus, unique frescos preserved in a medieval abbey.
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.