A Journey Through History and Honey Diversity

A Journey Through History and Honey Diversity

Is finally available on our e-commerce The international volume  Italian Apiculture, A Journey Through History and Honey Diversity, by Ignazio Floris, Professor of Entomology at the Department of Agriculture of the University of Sassari, Academic and National Coordinator of the “API Working Group” of the Italian Entomological Scientific Society.

Italian Apiculture, A Journey Through History and Honey Diversity, summarizes the knowledge of Italian beekeeping and its history, including the diversity of honeys. It involved well-known Italian academic experts in beekeeping and wanted to enrich the work of Eva Crane to honor her memory.




Italy is a country where the bee culture has permeated the history of our people, including traditions, economy, humanistic and artistic expressions, more than in any other country. This was favored by the geographical and cultural diversity that characterizes the beautiful country, from north to south, including the islands.

The great cultural and environmental diversity is also the basis of the great variety of honey resources which, especially with the advent of modern beekeeping, has resulted in a very wide range – the widest in the world – of botanical varieties of honeys with organoleptic characteristics, properties and composition very different.

Despite Eva Crane’s historical work on world beekeeping (The World History of Beekeeping and Honey Hunting), in which Italian beekeeping is partially described, there was no, in the beekeeping literature, an extensive treatise that illustrates and summarizes the richness expressed by the various regional cultures of the Italian peninsula and its major islands.

The work, consisting of 464 pages in English and in color, was financed by the Eva Crane Trust and, in part, by the Research Funds of the University of Sassari.


Leaf through the book  here.



The book was edited by Ignazio Floris and collects the contributions of many Italian researcher such as:

  • Alberto Satta, Michelina Pusceddu, Ana H. D. Francesconi, University of Sassari
  • Aulo Manino, Marco Porportato, Augusto Patetta, Paola Ferrazzi, University of Turin
  • Daniela Lupi, Mario Colombo, University of Milan
  • Renzo Barbattini, Mauro D’Agaro, University of Udine
  • Carlotta Fontana, University of Bologna
  • Antonio Felicioli, Mauro Pinzanuti, University of Pisa
  • Giancarlo Ricciardelli D’Albore, Tiziano Gardi, University of Perugia
  • Emilio Caprio, University of Naples
  • Raffaele Monaco, University of Bari
  • Vincenzo Palmeri, Francesca Laudani, Giulia Giunti, University of Reggio Calabria
  • Santi Longo, Gaetana Mazzeo, University of Catania
  • Paolo Fontana, Gino Angeli, Livia Zanottelli, Foundation Edmund Mach of San Michele All’Adige (TN)
  • Francesca Grillenzoni, Francesca Corvucci, Council for Agricultural Research and Analysis of Agricultural Economics – Agriculture and Environment Research Center (BO)
  • Federica Gazziola, ALS Italia S.r.l.
  • Paola Ferrazzi, University of Turin
  • Nicola Palmieri, Naturalistic Study Il Pianeta Naturale (PG)
  • Lucia Piana, Piana Research and Consulting r.l. (BO)
  • Fausto Ridolfi, Beekiping Ridolfi (BO)

On this volume, published by the Italian National Academy of Entomology, the favorable conditions reserved for members of WBA Onlus are not applicable.