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Book your hands-on workshop and learn the secrets of the italian artisans

CRAFT YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Book your hands-on workshop and learn the secrets of the italian artisans

CRAFT YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Book your hands-on workshop and learn the secrets of the italian artisans

CRAFT YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Book your hands-on workshop and learn the secrets of the italian artisans

CRAFT YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Book your hands-on workshop and learn the secrets of the italian artisans

CRAFT YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Book your hands-on workshop and learn the secrets of the italian artisans

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WORKSHOP

HANDMADE PAPER AND SUMINAGASHI

Giuseppe, paper maker

96

After a brief historical introduction regarding the very ancient decorative Japanese art of Suminagashi, we will realize the precious support needed to apply this technique: handmade paper sheets of various formats totally made with cotton through ancient production techniques that have been almost disappeared. We will then try the Suminagashi technique, making our first attempts on basic paper. Once your technique is refined, we will start to decorate sheets, bookmarks, envelopes and cards, making priceless a paper that is already invaluable on its own.

GENOVA, Ge

WORKSHOP

WOOD FOR KIDS

Paolo, joiner

30

Creativity and dexterity are concepts that should be encouraged from an early age. This hands-on workshop is designed as a sensorial itinerary for children, even at they first experience with woodworking. The meeting will begin with an interactive explanation of the various tools, we will hear the noise they make and try them, we will touch and smell the different types of wood to learn the differences in accordance with a game to know and recognize. After this brief introduction, the kids will be ready to put the "hands-on". Depending on the available materials in the laboratory, the "young carpenter" will create an object, which will always be different from time to time so that they can also have a wow effect at the end of the activity.

BOLOGNA, Bo

SPECIAL

THE HIDDEN BEADS OF VENICE

Marisa, glass bead

42

Marisa will take you on an adventure to rediscover the history and beauty of venetian glass beads and the hidden places in which they have been threaded for centuries. You will visit her small but fascinating shop, full of venetian glass beads and seedbeads of every color, where you will discover the secrets behind the ancient work of "impiraressa". This will be the starting point of your dream that will bring you back in the days, walking in a quiet and enchanted Venice.

VENEZIA, Ve

VISIT

BREAKFAST AT THE TAILOR'S SHOP

Elisa, costume designer

20

Our tailor's shop is a very fascinating location in which are produced historical and theatrical costumes as well as bespoke suits. We manage the entire process, from design to creation, and through this experience you will explore our lab and discover how our creations are made. But there's something more than that. In fact, during the visit you will also have a ... "sartorial" breakfast! Because if you want to discover what's behind the creation of a costume and understand the authentic Italian dressmaking craft, it's far better doing it while having a good cappuccino and a croissant!

AGLIANA, Pt

WORKSHOP

YOUR SPECIAL MOSAIC

Matteo, mosaic maker

102

What better than your name can identify you? Decorate with a mosaic the initial of your name or of the person you want to give it to. Imagine the letter of your name with a mosaic part in it. You can use it to furnish an old dresser, a shelf, or any other place to bring your personality. In fact in this workshop you can decide the decoration and the color of the tiles. These will be used to fill up with a mosaic the etched space in the wooden letter. Later I'll show you how the marbles, stone-paste and gold leaf tiles are cut. We'll see how to lay the glue down and how to position the tiles to create the decoration of your personal letter. Of course, once the object will be finished, you can bring it back home with you. The only things I ask you is to tell me the chosen letter, so that you can find it ready to be decorated. Moreover you can choose between the blue or dove-grey color to paint the letter yourself. The workshop will last about 2/2.5 hours.

PARABITA, Le

VISIT

THE REMÈR WORKSHOP

Paolo, remèr

25

If you want to go back 50 years my workshop is the best place to do it. Here you can smell the past time, and you can discover how crutches and gondola oars are made following the traditional technique. I will tell you about the history of this amazing job, how crutches and oars work, unveiling some curiosities about this Venetian craft. I like to answer visitors question, and I like to welcome my hosts with a good glass of wine.

VENEZIA, Ve

WORKSHOP

THE WOOD: TECHNIQUES AND DESIGN

Giacomo, ebony joiner

96

The experience consists in taking direcly part in a workshop of cabinetmaking and design. Visitors can try out tools and traditional techniques. It will address the design, planning and execution. There will be practical experiences as the realization of an interlocking or the squaring of pieces with hand instruments. The workshop continues in the afternoon and a wonderful lunch will be cooked and eaten in the laboratory!

VITERBO, Vt

VISIT

FAMILY TOUR AT THE GOLDBEATER

Marino, goldbeater

60

This 40 minutes guided tour is perfect for a family since it is available for maximum 5 people. In the workshop of the venetian Battiloro, the only one in Italy and in Europe that turns gold bars into thin leaves following a method of the 18C, you will understand and observe how they actually transform this precious material. We will show this noble craft in all its stages inside the palace of the famous painter Titian. We will explain the different applications of those thin gold leaves. In the historic workshop, that is still intact since 1926, gold, silver and other precious metals are transformed into thin leaves, suitable for applications in many fields. The added value of our family-run business is the artisanal production and the passion that drives us: in fact, the whole working process is carried out with the old wisdom and the wealth of human labor. A unique experience that will make you touch gold with your hands!

VENEZIA, Ve

VISIT

HOW A SHOE IS MADE

Alberto, shoemaker

25

I propose a 1.30 hour guided tour inside our artisanal shoe factory. During the visit I will explain and show all the essential steps of the shoe making process. We will start with the sketch made on the mould, the realization of the paper pattern, the leather cutting on the upper shoe and finally the assembly of the shoe on the mould. I will also show you the different kind of leather that I use for my shoes and of course the different working techniques that confer comfort and quality to a high end handicraft shoe.

ISOLA DELLA SCALA, Vr

JOSE'

PERFECT! It was perfect in every sense of the word. Marisa is a wonderful trove of history on the impiraresse tradition in Venice and how it affected and continues to in her community! Beautiful stories and photographs transported me to another time…

TOUR WITH MARISA, THE BEADS STRINGER

SERENA

ENCHANTING. Enchanting is definitely the first word that comes to mind, green fields, sun, farmhouse in the countryside. Nicola was very friendly and did not fail to explain every little detail of this his art that he mastered expertly.

WORKSHOP WITH NICOLA, THE JOINER

EXPLORE THE MOST ATTRACTIVE DESTINATIONS

VENICE FLORENCE GARDA LAKE

HIGHLIGHTS

AGATA
ceramist
STEFANIA & CARLO
restorers
MARA
engraver

SELECT YOUR FAVOURITE MATERIAL

FABRIC PAPER GLASS

DEDICATED TO CHILDREN

WORKSHOP

BEADS IN FAMILY

Marisa, glass bead

48

Do you want to play with the glass beads in my colorful lab with your family? It seems like being in a treehouse! You will learn how to string beads as the Venetian "Impiraresse" do, and the kids will challenge their parents in some games of skill and fantasy. Then, once you get familiar with this art, we will create a little wonderful present that you will carry with you to remember our meeting. And if you want to discover more about the venetian glass beads, their preciousness and their travels to far horizons, I will be happy to tell you some good stories about them. Trust me, we will have fun!

VENEZIA, Ve

WORKSHOP

THE WHOLE FAMILY STARTS TO PRINT!

Gianpaolo, screen printer

90

This is a tour for families inside the discovery of screen-silk printing, a technique that allows you to experiment with colors and make a reproducible work of art while maintaining its uniqueness. The hands-on workshop takes place in the historic silkscreen laboratory of Cannaregio, in a unique and authentic Venice where art and tradition come together and come to life in the ancient crafts of the artisan workshops. Immersed in an archive consisting of more than a thousand works of art printed from 1968 to present, you will learn the secrets of the silkscreen and you will experience the printing of a one-color graphic on a support you choose among cardboard, t-shirt or canvas bag, which you'll take home as a souvenir of a creative and unusual adventure.

VENEZIA, Ve

WORKSHOP

WOOD FOR KIDS

Paolo, joiner

30

Creativity and dexterity are concepts that should be encouraged from an early age. This hands-on workshop is designed as a sensorial itinerary for children, even at they first experience with woodworking. The meeting will begin with an interactive explanation of the various tools, we will hear the noise they make and try them, we will touch and smell the different types of wood to learn the differences in accordance with a game to know and recognize. After this brief introduction, the kids will be ready to put the "hands-on". Depending on the available materials in the laboratory, the "young carpenter" will create an object, which will always be different from time to time so that they can also have a wow effect at the end of the activity.

BOLOGNA, Bo

DISCOVER THE BEST ARTS AND CRAFTS MUSEUMS

MUSEO DEL CAPPELLO DI MONTAPPONE

MONTAPPONE, Fm

SHOES MUSEUM OF VILLA FOSCARINI ROSSI

STRA, Ve

MUSEO DELLA CARTA DI MELE

MELE, Ge

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