1820 Magazine is about the REAL Italy. It doesn’t hold back on bringing you the stories of a nation that is universally loved and yet still undiscovered. Italy is vibrant, unique and filled with a history that deserves a real understanding and not one that is limited to small soundbites or pop culture references. 1820 wants to show that there is more to Italy and Italian culture.
Together with our team of writers, investigators, cultural gastronomes and food lovers our mission is simple; give you stories about Italy that you may have never heard of, or provide greater depth into what makes the nation we call home, different. What started as an ode to the Italian palette, gastronomy of the highest quarters we evolved into something bigger, something different. To know Italy is to know food, people and the stories that bring together a nation that is still finding its unified identity to this very day.
It is no coincidence that our magazine is called 1820. It is, in honour of the grandfather of Italian cooking, Pellegrino Artusi. (Artusi was born in 1820) His vision to create what was Italy’s first recipe book became more of a thesis into the Italian psyche. An understanding of culture, of people and the unique appreciation of how things can change quickly from one space to another. This was the first real documenting of Italy and it is something we are carrying on with our publication.
In 2017 we launched our first edition. A lot has changed since that first launch. We have created something that wants to tell you the whole story, that means we look at the things you don’t see on your average travel shows, and we do it without the mandolin playing in the background as your everlasting soundtrack.