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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

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

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WORKSHOP

YOUR LITTLE TAPESTRY

Mariagrazia, weaver

48

You will be welcomed in my atelier, where I'll unveil you the magic and the secrets of hand-weaving. You will learn how a 4 and 8 healds loom works. You could try yourself to use a loom, specifically a "telaio/cassetta", to create a little tapestry to bring back home with you. There will be various spun available so that you can free your creative energy.

GUBBIO, Pg

VISIT

THE SECRETS OF GOLDSMITHING

Tommaso, goldsmith

20

The visit will take place inside my studio - atelier and it will start with a brief history of our family which has been in the business of precious metals in Florence since 1908 . In a second moment you will discover the secrets behind the realization of a precious object. In the "mysterious" rooms in which all of our creations are conceived and shaped, we will tell you about the cornerstone of our work, so the ancient goldsmith techniques handed down from father to son.

FIRENZE, Fi

WORKSHOP

STUCCO WILL BRING YOU LUCK!

PATRIZIA, artisan of gypsum

72

Are you ready for a journey among beauty? I'm going to take you in the fascinating world of stucco, a history as ancient as man. Imprints in mud can be considered as primordial molds. It all begins from the gypsum's dust that capable hands transform into artworks. With this you will prepare the mixture to be poured into molds that are made in the atelier. All the creative-productive process, in fact, is the result of research, experience and know-how accumulated over many years. Now have fun: wear Renaissance fashion aprons, use brushes, colors, soils, glues, shine with brass, silver, and gold leaves, paint with ancient lacquers, rub the beeswax, sign your work to make it unique! Believe it or not, it's suggestive and fascinating to create an object that brings good luck and wellness within our homes. During this workshop I will initially present to you my activity. After an introduction to the ancient art of stucco, we will go through the preparation of the dough base. Once we have done this, we will proceed with the pouring in the horn of plenty and pomegranates' molds. We'll then get ready for the leaf gilding. At this point we'll move to the leaf lightening of the relieves, before passing to the pictorial decoration and to the brush writing. Once we are done with these stages, we'll be ready for the painting, the coating and the final lacquering. At the end of the workshop I'll provide you with the object that you created, the booklet, the Diploma of Participation and the “weirdo license” of Gubbio. This envisages a really particular procedure to be carried out, exactly in front of my atelier!

GUBBIO, Pg

WORKSHOP

CARVE THE WHITE CHALKY STONE

Stefano, sculptor

120

I propose a full day hands-on workshop (eight hours; eg. 09:00 to 17:00 hours) in which you can visit the laboratory and the sculptures exhibition, watch me while I'm working with mallet and chisels, and try realize a small manufact under my guidnce. I will provide everything you need to work and the apprentices-visitorswill take away what they have achieved. A little eating time is scheduled, so that you can taste the flavors of Salento in my amazing garden.

SOGLIANO CAVOUR, Le

SPECIAL

LEATHER CLASS

Giuseppe, leather craftsman

120

During this experience you'll be able to create 4 small leather or fabric goods, such as frames for your photos or a hard cover for your personal planner. You can choose the type and color of material to work with and, under our guidance, you will learn all the steps for the realization of the products that you will bring home as a memory of the experience. The workshop will end up with a dinner based on pizza, cooked in a wood oven at the craftsman's house.

GUBBIO, Pg

VISIT

THE BESPOKE SHOES LAB

Olivia, shoe maker and designer

36

I would love to welcome you in my world, where vintage tools and modern machineries are connected by an endless passion for this work. I will tell you about the whole process through which an handcrafted shoe is made, starting from the one-to-one design method to the one-of-a-kind actual realization. The visit will last approximately one hour and an half.

PESARO, Pu

WORKSHOP

ARTISAN FOR AN HOUR

Gianpaolo, screen printer

60

A tour 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

VISIT

LUTHERIE IN DOVERA

Marco, luthier

25

Visit is split in two parts: first of all I will show you the watermill near my lab, where there is also a rural culture museum. Then we will move to the lutherie lab, where I use to make and repair Manouche and acoustic guitars, besides all the others plucked strings instruments. I will explain you the way I work, displaying all the steps of my guitar making.

DOVERA, Cr

SPECIAL

BUCCHERO, THE BLACK TERRACOTTA

Gaetano, artisan of bucchero

216

The day will begin with a brief presentation of our atelier and an introduction to the main working techniques of pottery. In particular we'll focus on the Bucchero. At this point we'll be ready to put into practice that described, but first we'll have to familiarize with the tools. We'll then wear an apron and we'll clean the object with sandpaper and steel wool until we removed all the scratches of turning. Once we completed these operations, we'll polish the surface rubbing it with boxwood sticks. After that we'll engrave it by choosing a decorative technique between freehand drawing and pouncing. To complete the product we just have to fill the etchings with gold and platinum by using small brushes. We'll eat local products without cutlery, just with our hands. You'll then try the "crescia" which is a particular non-rised bread with the round shape that is cooked on carbon. It can be combined with cheeses, cured meats, cooked vegetables or sausages. After having signed the piece, we'll have to wait it to be dried out, and only then we can fire it. This will be done at a later stage in the open countryside. It is so since the process requires the use of coal with the resulting formation of black powder, moreover it has to be done when you have many pieces to be put within the furnace. Finished the firing, that consists in reaching about 900° C. in ten hours, and the consecutive cooling in 48 hours, we'll send the object to you at no extra costs everywhere in Italy. The day will end in the most beautiful square of Gubbio, in front of the “Palazzo dei Consoli”. We will get there by means of a neighboring elevator to the meeting place and we'll talk, sipping an aperitif, of medieval architecture, of the size and shape of the Palace resulting from the application of symbolic relationships related to esoteric numerology.

GUBBIO, Pg

VITO

Luigi is not a simple craftsman, he is a combination of genuine hospitality and sincere passion for wood. I recommend Luigi's workshop to anyone who wants to have fun, get a little dusty and learn something about an ancient craft and art!

WOOD RESTORATION AND ASSEMBLY

FEDERICO

The workshop with Elisa was a gift for my birthday and it was one of the best gifts I ever got. Making something beautiful with your own hands is an unforgettable experience. Elisa explained everything very well and was very patient and supportive. I would definitely do it again and would recommend all my friends!

YOUR SILVER PENDANT

EXPLORE THE MOST ATTRACTIVE DESTINATIONS

VENICE GARDA LAKE MILAN

HIGHLIGHTS

AGNES
ceramist
ALESSANDRA E ANDREA
chalcography
LEONARDO
mosaic maker

SELECT YOUR FAVOURITE MATERIAL

PAPER COLOR WOOL

DEDICATED TO CHILDREN

VISIT

LUTHERIE IN DOVERA

Marco, luthier

25

Visit is split in two parts: first of all I will show you the watermill near my lab, where there is also a rural culture museum. Then we will move to the lutherie lab, where I use to make and repair Manouche and acoustic guitars, besides all the others plucked strings instruments. I will explain you the way I work, displaying all the steps of my guitar making.

DOVERA, Cr

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

WORKSHOP

THE MANY SCENTS OF MAGICAL HERBS

ANTONELLA, farm

54

The workshop experience entails a visit to the company’s farm and various agricultural venues, followed by Antonella’s expert guidance. After a short walk among the century-old chestnut trees, immersed in the scents coming from the herb garden, you may choose to participate in the “Erbe Magiche” workshop. From collecting the herbs to packaging them, you will discover all their medicinal qualities or, alternatively, follow cooking classes that present exclusive recipes for sweet and savory cookies and biscuits. To top the day off, lunch and dinner will present products from the company and nearby territory.

CAPRAROLA, Vt

CRAFTS SCHOOLS AND MUSEUMS

MUSEUM OF CERAMICS IN FAENZA

FAENZA, Ra

MUSEO DEL CAPPELLO DI MONTAPPONE

MONTAPPONE, Fm

MUSEO DELLA CARTA DI MELE

MELE, Ge

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