I had come to the hilltop city of Altamura in southeastern Italy for a working vacation. It turned out to provide more historical and cultural enrichment than a month of guided tours. I would be working with a group dedicated to revitalizing historic sites in Puglia...we all departed with a deep sense of pride, knowing we had helped preserve a bit of history. And more than that, we were now part of it.
Art Restoration & Conservation
Fresco and Paintings.
The workshop includes the practices of conservation and restoration of frescoes and paintings on canvas. The session begins with an introduction, practical hands-on experience, excursions and lectures. After introductions which are common to all areas, participants may choose a specific area of focus.
Culinary & Shepherding
Explore the food culture shaped by millennia of migrations on the paths of transhumance.
The venerated cuisine of the Mediterranean has been created and re-created through the course of history by geography, social customs, migration and the mythical universe wrapped around ‘eating’. The food culture is inclusive of ‘life style’ which upholds traditional methods of farming and fishing and nurtures the practice of family meals, and social festivities.
Fornello Cave Project
Fornello is a site made up of a Byzantine fresco cave, twelve additional cave dwellings, and evidence of a settlement dating back to the third century B.C. The ancient settlement includes a shepherd’s house that dates to the 1700s and dry-stone courtyards that outline a pre-existing sheep farm.
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