While Americans are piously drinking skim milk or worrying about being lactose intolerant, Italians are happily consuming full fat raw milk- add this to the plus side of the reasons that I live in Italy.
Here in Ragusa, Sicily, cows are out at pasture for a good part of the year, and those fields of wildflowers make for exceptionally good milk. This is milk that last saw its mother 24 hours go, and is classified as alta qualità, for its higher protein content and extraordinary freshness. Since this is raw milk, it is recommended that you bring the milk to a boil before consuming, which is what I do before having a great caffè latte in the morning.
A liter of fresh milk from a Munto Punto dispenser in Ragusa costs 80 cents, or 1 euro if you buy a reusable bottle, which is cheaper than the packaged supermarket milk that is not classified as alta qualità (high quality). The milk is replenished daily in refrigerated containers, so you are always assured of freshness. In some areas of Italy the milk dispensers are to found right on the farm, while others are in a supermarket or on a street corner.
At last count there were 1353 fresh milk dispensers in Italy. Find the fresh milk dispenser nearest you in Italy at www.milkmaps.com