Italian alpaca breeding
MARIDIANA is the first farm in Italy to have bred a
large number of alpaca and angora goats for fiber
production. The MARIDIANA herds roam the green hills of
our 100-acre Umbrian farm, located in the Niccone Valley
in High Tiber Valley, near the border of Tuscany.
MARIDIANA has more than 15 years of experience
managing alpaca. In collaboration with ENEA, a national
Italian research center, and the Universities of Perugia
and Camerino, MARIDIANA has conducted a series of
studies on alpaca, including their acclimatization,
health and prevention of illness, nutrition, behaviour,
The MARIDIANA ALPACA pilot program on fiber
production, has been co-financed by the European
Economic Community, which in 1997 designated MARIDIANA
as a demonstration breeding farm with the goal of
extending the concept to rural areas that can benefit
from raising alpaca.
Gianni Berna, Partner and Administrator, MARIDIANA
s.r.l. - is an economist, and has successfully organized
and managed innovative agricultural projects in Umbria
and in numerous third-world countries.