The Osservatorio Geologico di Coldigioco (OGC) is an independent center for research and education in geology, art, and cuisine. Located in the beautiful, tiny hilltop village of Coldigioco in the Apennine mountains of central Italy, OGC consists of sleeping, eating, and living facilities, geological labs, art studios, kitchens, and a small fleet of vehicles. Sandro Montanari and Paula Metallo run OGC with assistance from friends and colleagues from the U.S.A. and Europe.
Geoscience research and teaching programs at OGC are directed by Alessandro Montanari, a native of the Marche region of Italy. Sandro and his family moved to Coldigioco from Berkeley, California, where he completed his Ph.D. in geology at the University of California. Basic research on a variety of topics is ongoing and involves collaborating scientists from all over the world. OGC is intensively involved in geoscience education activities ranging from hosting independent student researchers to short courses and the Carleton Geology Program.