The other face of the Madonna dell’Idris (Art, Craft, Food and Wine Tasting in Matera)
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Rosanna will enter the shoes of countess Beatrice and will be accompanied by the daughter Caterina, interpreted by a licenced
tour guide. They will help you live an unforgettable and exclusive experience across the extraordinary Sassi di Matera, Stones of
Matera, exploring the peculiar churches of San Giovanni in Monterrone and Madonna dell’ Idris, where their stories are intimately intertwined with those of the town itself. You will discover the secrets of tuff working from an authentic tuff expert. You will visit an authentic house in local tuff, and finally, you are to celebrate the success of the challenge with a happy hour of local products.

(VIP EDITION) The other face of the Madonna dell’Idris
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Rosanna will enter the shoes of countess Beatrice and will be accompanied by the daughter Caterina, interpreted by a licenced tour guide. They will help you live an unforgettable and exclusive experience across the extraordinary Sassi di Matera, Stones of Matera, exploring the peculiar churches of San Giovanni in Monterrone and Madonna dell’ Idris, where their stories are intimately intertwined with those of the town itself. You will discover the secrets of tuff working under the guidance of an authentic tuff expert who will teach you how to make a unique object in tuff. You will visit an authentic house in local tuff, and finally, you are to celebrate the success of the challenge by enjoying a typical lunch of local products.

1818, Lord Byron arrives at Ca’ Zen (All servants at work near Venice)
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Luigi will welcome you with his typical enthusiasm, in the shoes of the head butler of Ca’ Zen. He will help you find out about the typical court activities of the nobility that lived in this splendid Venetian Villa. The Villa has been preserved as it was in the beginning of the ‘800, the time of the famous “love flings” of Lord Byron with the young Guiccioli countess. You will relive the traditions of this house, putting the shoes of a servant of Ca’ Zen. You will take part in a hunt (a photographic one) of the typical fauna of this wild territory which is situated at the Delta of the River Po and has still remained pristine. You will learn the secrets of grooming horses and prepare them for the walks of nobles. At the end of the day, you are to celebrate the success of the venture with a typical Venetian aperitif and, if your contribution is as impeccable as we expect, you will be rewarded with a Certificate of recognition by the very Countess.

(VIP EDITION) Lord Byron arrives at Ca’ Zen
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Luigi will welcome you as the head butler of Ca’ Zen. He will help you find out about the court activities of the nobility that lived in this splendid Venetian Villa. The Villa has been preserved as it was at the time of the famous “love flings” of Lord Byron with the young Guiccioli countess. You will relive the traditions of this house, putting the shoes of a servant of Ca’ Zen. You will take part in a hunt (a photographic one) of the typical fauna of this wild territory which is situated at the Delta of the River Po and has still remained pristine. You will learn the secrets of grooming horses, and will make a traditional ceramic “ocarina” (a type of whistle in clay) to be given to Lord Byron as a welcoming present. At the end of the day, celebrate the success of the venture with a typical Venetian aperitif and, if your contribution is as impeccable as we expect, you will be rewarded with a Certificate of recognition by the very Countess.

The tunic of Faroaldo II (Medieval history and local traditions in Umbria)
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Veronica, in the shoes of a PhD Doctoral student in Medieval Art, will introduce you to the origins of the Abbey of Saint Peter, a very famous Lombard abbey in Umbria, which conserves the breathtakingly beautiful Bear Plate, Lastra di Orso, and the most important pre-Giotto frescoes cycle in Umbria. You will enhance your knowledge on Valnerina’s traditions and, in particular, of Sant’ Anatolia di Narco, picturesque Umbrian village, famous for the “Canapine” (hemp fields). In this very village exists the particular and curious Museo della Canapa (Hemp Museum), which testifies how hemp processing, in use from early Middle ages onwards, was a full ‘right’ of this territory. You could listen to the story of Faroaldo II, narrated by local people, understanding and vividly experimenting how hemp was processed, learning how to weave on an ancient loom of those times and, in the end , will round up the venture with tasting typical local products.

(VIP EDITION) The tunic of Faroaldo II
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Veronica, in the shoes of a PhD Doctoral student in Medieval Art, will introduce you to the origins of the Abbey of Saint Peter, Abbey of San Pietro in Valle, a very famous Longobardic abbey in Umbria, which conserves the breathtakingly beautiful Bear Plate “Lastra di Orso” and the most important pre-Giotto frescoes cycle in Umbria. You will enhance your knowledge on Valnerina’s traditions and, in particular, of Sant’ Anatolia di Narco, picturesque Umbrian village, famous for the Canapine (hemp fields). In this very village exists the particular and curious Hemp Museum, Museo della Canapa, which testifies how hemp processing, in use from early Middle ages onwards, was a full ‘right’ of this territory. You could listen to the story of Faroaldo II, narrated by local people, understanding and vividly experimenting how hemp was processed, learning how to weave on an ancient loom of those times and, incredibly but true, even dinner will be characterised by the use of typical meals on the base of…..hemp.

(VIP EDITION) From the skycrapers of the “Rising City” to the fusion in a milanese historical foundry
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Marilena, in the role of Giovanna, will make you discover Porta Nuova district and then will take you to another era, between foundries and workshops of goldsmiths in the Isola district, where you will learn to make your own jewel with the assistance of a Lombard master jeweller.