Thursday, 17 April 2014
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Venture to Basilicata, one of Italy’s most unspoiled regions, and stay for a week in a real Italian palazzo where you can enjoy the finest things that Italy has to offer. Nestled amongst rolling hills and in the charming town of Bernalda Francis Ford Coppola’s Palazzo Margherita offers not only a stunning retreat but access to authentic regional cuisine and will curate memorable itineraries featuring extraordinary local artisans.
Feast like a native on authentic Southern Italian cuisine made from the freshest locally grown, organic ingredients. The Palazzo Margherita Culinary Package (580€ pp, not including room nights) offers a special welcome drink with cheese tasting, four hands-on Italian cooking classes with accompanying dinners (starter through dessert), a book of recipes, an embroidered linen apron, one traditional pasta-making tool and a chef-guided tour of the local fish and traditional food markets in nearby Matera.
And to experience everything else the area has to offer, journey into nearby delightful villages on our popular Artisan Shopping Tour where you can purchase goods expertly handcrafted by local artists while truly relishing a life untouched by modern tourism.
Ceramics in Grottaglie
The city of ceramics, Grottaglie is positioned in an area extremely rich in clay and has been active in the production of ceramics for many centuries The production is divided into two major branches, that of the arte ‘ruagnara’ used to manufacture common house hold crockery inspired by traditional peasant ceramics, and that of the arte faenzara, highly decorated and precious ornamental pieces for a more elite market.
Custom-Tailored Clothing in Ginosa
Ginosa is home to Angelo Inglese, one of the area’s top tailors. Famous for having made the royal marriage shirt of Prince William, Angelo can meet guests at the Palazzo and then create a custom shirt in a matter of days. There is also a large selection of scarves made with an ancient loom, handmade cashmere neckties, and exquisite suits
Jewelry, Woodworking & Sculpture in Matera
Matera is home to many talented artisans. Two young women here create unique pieces called “sculpture jewelry.” using recycled copper tubes, textiles, electrical wires and other discarded materials. The use of glass and natural stones gives the items an elegant and original look for the modern and eco-conscious woman.
A dynamic woodworker carries on the practice of his ancestors creating everything from everyday objects to carved and inlaid furniture. And two brothers practice the Materan tradition of tufa stone pot sculpting.
The region also offers several choices in artisans who have conserved the tradition of linen embroidery and can personalize any item upon request from elegant hand stitched tablecloths, napkins, and placemats.
Rocking-rococo is the result of a desire to create something masculine and strong but also sexy and feminine. Inspired by the style and attitude of men in the1950's such as icons like Elvis and James Dean. Rocking rococo is all about feeling effortlessly chic with a nonchalant attitude. The undertones of decadence and promiscuity, femininity and style in rococo art are complimented by the rebellious cool of rock and roll. The colour palette stretches from deep plum and maroon to warm flesh tones, dove grey and the palest greens.
Key fabrics for the season include silks and silk wool blends, cashmere and then leathers in pale grey and metallic coal, as well butter soft suede’s and pony skin for accessories.
Sheer shirt dresses are mixed with leather bikers and men’s style tuxedos. There are romantic pieces, flowing evening wear and pale bubble jackets in bespoke prints. Finally ‘Tushi-bags’ and waist belts team up jumpsuits and rolled-sleeve shirts for a more playful feel.
Dolce&Gabbana Make Up for the first time since the launch of the Alta Moda Collection have created exclusive digital content based on the collection: a video tutorial to recreate the downy, fresh, rose bud like makeup from the Dolce&Gabbana Alta Moda Spring Summer 2014 collection.