Fornello Caves Restoration Workshop in Puglia, Italy

Fornello Caves Restoration Workshop in Puglia, Italy

Fornello Caves Restoration Workshop in Puglia, Italy

Trip Details:

Operator:   Messors
Price From: 1,680 EUR
Program duration: 12 days
Trip Dates: 23-07-2018

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About this program

Venture to Italy’s Puglia region and take part in an ancient cave restoration program. The Fornello Caves are home to a Byzantine fresco cave, twelve cave dwellings and a settlement that dates back to the 3rd century B.C.

Take part in hands-on activities, workshops, learn about the local production of cheese, bread and wine, while helping to restore the cave systems to be used by local shepherds for milk production & cheese ageing.

Learn dry-stone-wall techniques, fresco restoration and the history of Byzantine frescoes, along with instructions on archaeology methods, techniques and documentation while working in a historic site. Opportunities to visit historical towns, make cheese and learn about the local traditions are all included, along with delicious local cuisine and plenty of wine!



What to Expect:

Time at Fornello site will be scheduled in full and half days working. Expect physical work in hot weather conditions alternatively with work in the shaded caves, lectures, hands-on cheese making, one to two hours walking through fields, pastures and archeological sites, full days out, one to two hours drive to visit other site destinations, lunches on site, dinners at our workshop home, Masseria La Selva, and at local osterie, accommodation in double room occupancy. 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 through informal Italian language classes.

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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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