Italy — the country of great cuisine, amazingly delicious and little-known wine varietals, olive oil, art and opera and cheese. It is estimated that there are over 450 different types of cheese made in Italy. Of these, 34 have been granted a protected status by the European Commission. Some of Italy’s most famous cheeses, such as Pecorino, are believed to have roots dating back over 2,000 years. While tracing any cheese’s exact history can be difficult, of one thing there is no doubt: Italy has a passion for cheese and an ability to create world-class cheeses that are loved and eaten around the world.