Italian Regional Cooking
Italy is a long peninsula separated from the rest of the continent by the highest chain of mountains in Europe. In addition, a long spine of mountains runs from north to south through this narrow country. These geographic features create a myriad of environments with noticeable variations, including fertile valleys, mountains covered with forests, cool foothills, naked rocks, Mediterranean coastlines, and arid plains. A great variety of different climates have also created innumerable unique geographical areas.