Art Restoration Workshop in Puglia, Italy

Art Restoration Workshop in Puglia, Italy

Art Restoration Workshop in Puglia, Italy

Trip Details:

Operator:   Messors
Price From: 2,960 EUR
Program duration: 15 days
Trip Dates: 28-06-2019

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About this program

Journey to Puglia, Italy and participate in an exciting hands-on workshop to learn techniques of restoring ancient frescoes, canvas, and more.

You will enjoy learning traditional techniques to create your own fresco, including making the plaster, sinopia underdrawings and painting with natural pigments. Explore the region and visit Sassi of Matera, Altamira, Gravina, museums, Pompeii and more.

During meal times you will indulge in the delicious, traditional cuisine and local wines!


What to Expect:

Onsite work and study is scheduled in full and half days.

Fresco restoration work in caves alternatively with canvas restoration lab set at the masseria, lectures, one to two hours field walks, archeological sites, and historic towns, full days out, one to two hours drive to visit other site destinations.

Meals: home made regional dishes prepared in the masseria kitchen, picnics, local osterie’s and pizzeria’s, accommodation in double room occupancy.

Typical schedule: breakfast, Lectures/practical work in the mornings. lunch, Excursions and visits in the afternoon.

Day trips to historical sites with lunch on site.

Dinner in the masseria courtyard or vaulted dining room. Rural countryside setting.

The workshop is led by Messors director Tonio Creanza art restorer and conservator of cultural heritage, and instructor restorer/iconographer Filip A. Petcu. Participants are picked up at the Bari airport (BRI) or train station and transferred to Masseria La Selva. Set an hour inland from the coast of Bari, Masseria La Selva was built in the mid 18th century as a hunting lodge for the Roman Orsini family. 

The Orsini family had a long history in the region dating back to 1420 when the Normans gave them neighbouring town of Gravina, where Pope Benedict XIII  of the Orsini family later presided.     

At the turn of the 20th century the head of the Lorusso family  bought the Masseria and it became a working farm with crops of cotton, wheat, and tobacco. The main floor houses a vast open kitchen, a sitting room with arched ceilings and stone fireplace, and a dining hall. On the second floor two wings expand east and west from the central music room, to the bedrooms, bathrooms, and a maze of sitting rooms decorated in antiques and farm tool collections.

There are 9 bedrooms all overlooking the back courtyard each furnished with two single beds. Masseria La Selva is set on 200 hectares of private land of gentle hills.

There are sheep, pigs, geese, and cows on the property, and cheese is made in the adjacent building every morning. 3 home cooked meals are served daily. The meals created in the kitchen are typical of the Puglia region by Rosanna and her crew and everybody is welcome to join the preparation having so the opportunity to learn also about local cuisine.

The nearby town of Altamura is famous for its round loaves of crusty bread which will be a staple at your table along with family harvested olive oil. Breakfast will be laid out in the kitchen in the morning and sit down lunch and dinner will be served in the dining room or outside courtyard. The Masseria has story-telling family collections of old pitchforks and farm tools, fencing masks, trophies, paintings, and antique furniture. We like to have long dinners outside in the courtyard, where sometimes films will be projected on the walls of the building and locals drop by to practice their English or share their Italian.

Country Fast Facts


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Official Language(s)Italian
Population60,673,003 (2015 estimate)
Climate(s)Oceanic, Humid Subtropical, Warm/Hot Summer Mediterranean, Ice-cap
Major Airport(s):Rome Leonardo Da Vinci International (FCO), Milan Malpensa International (MXP), Venice Marco Polo International (VCE)
Economic Driver(s):Exports, Tourism, Agriculture

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