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LACE IN ITALY TOUR 31 AUGUST - 13 SEPTEMBER, 2020

This 14-day Lace in Italy tour will visit important lace making centres to view exquisite collections while enjoying beautiful places and wonderful food.

In organising this lace in Italy tour I have opted for authenticity above traditional tourism. In Italy, while there was clearly some manufacture among noble women as implied by the texts found in early pattern books, lace making was largely a profession for nuns, those who were cared for by religious institutions such as orphans, unmarried mothers and “repentant” prostitutes, and for poor women who worked from home, unlike other professions such as passementerie makers and embroiderers, they did not have guilds and rather worked directly with merchants, or later on with patrons who organized the sale of their work.

 

Because of this I have endeavored to give our guests a taste of real places and local traditions which is as close as possible to that of the local lace makers themselves. As this trip does involve travel by ferry (while in Venice) participants are asked to pack as lightly as possible, if this tour will be part of a longer stay in Italy/Europe, please let me know as soon as possible so that we can look into possible solutions to store bulky luggage to be picked up at the end of the trip.

 

See the itinerary below.

 

This tour has a strictly limited number of places.

 

Cost Per Person: AU$5845 twin share

Single Supplement: AU$600

 

A place can be reserved by paying a $500 deposit

 

Tour Price Includes:

  • Transport and accommodation from the tour meeting point to the drop off point
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Museum entry and visits included in the itinerary

 

It Does Not Include:

  • Airfares
  • Extra activities which participants choose to do on their free days

 

See Terms & Conditions HERE

  • ITINERARY

    This 14-day Lace in Italy tour will visit important lace making centres to view exquisite collections while enjoying beautiful places and wonderful food.

    In organising this lace in Italy tour I have opted for authenticity above traditional tourism. In Italy, while there was clearly some manufacture among noble women as implied by the texts found in early pattern books, lace making was largely a profession for nuns, those who were cared for by religious institutions such as orphans, unmarried mothers and “repentant” prostitutes, and for poor women who worked from home, unlike other professions such as passementerie makers and embroiderers, they did not have guilds and rather worked directly with merchants, or later on with patrons who organized the sale of their work.

     

    Because of this I have endeavored to give our guests a taste of real places and local traditions which is as close as possible to that of the local lace makers themselves. As this trip does involve travel by ferry (while in Venice) participants are asked to pack as lightly as possible, if this tour will be part of a longer stay in Italy/Europe, please let me know as soon as possible so that we can look into possible solutions to store bulky luggage to be picked up at the end of the trip.

     

    This tour has a strictly limited number of places.

     

    AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2020

    Monday 31st August Meeting in Milan in the morning, taking our luggage to the accommodation and getting to know the group over lunch. The afternoon will be spent at the Poldi Pezzoli Museum looking at their lace and textile collections.

     

    Tuesday 1st September The second day we will head out of Milan in the morning towards Cantú where lace making was taught at the local industrial school and where we will visit the local lace cooperative which continues to produce lace commissions for special occasions. After lunch we will continue on to Varallo Sesia which is the home of Italian “Puncetto” lace, a kind of knotted needle lace, and also home of the Sacred Mountain of Varallo which is a world heritage listed site of extraordinary artistic value. In the afternoon we shall settle into our accommodation and visit the Sacred Mountain (Sacro Monte).

     

    Wednesday 2nd  In the morning we will visit the village of Varallo Sesia and the local lace making group, we will also visit the local craft cooperative and an old wares shop where it is still possible to buy new and vintage locally made Puncetto. We will then travel to Rapallo along the Ligurian coast, where we will enjoy a typical fisherman’s lunch and visit the lace museum. After lunch we will meet with some local lace makers including one of Italy’s most accomplished macramé makers. In the evening we will check into our accommodation in Genova and settle in before dinner.

     

    Thursday 3rd  In the morning we will explore the great port city of Genoa, We will visit the deposits of Palazzo Bianco which houses the city’s textile collection and visit the rest of the museums of the “Strada Nuova”, in the afternoon participants will have a little free time to enjoy this fascinating city and indulge in some of the most delicious food in Italy.

     

    Friday 4th  In the morning we will leave Genova and head towards Prato where we will have a special visit to the stores of the Textile Museum to view some of the incredibly rare pieces in their collection, then after lunch we will continue on to Florence where we will check into our accommodation and visit the Ferragamo Museum which is home to some stunning shoes made with crochet and needle lace techniques, you will then have some time to explore or rest before dinner.

     

    Saturday 5th  Our next visit will be to Palazzo Davanzati which has recently been reopened after having been closed for many years, this museum houses an excellent collection of lace and is also an extraordinary building. After lunch we will visit the Costume Gallery in Palazzo Pitti, followed by some shopping for materials and dinner.

     

    Sunday 6th  The Sunday shall be a day to relax and explore the area individually or as a group, there are endless sights to see in the city of Florence or a trip out into the beautiful Tuscan countryside could be a good way to spend a peaceful day.

     

    Monday 7th We shall depart from Florence in the morning and head South into the Chianti region to visit the local museum of Tavarnelle Val de Pesa where there is a display of Tavarenelle needle lace, this is where Ferragamo had his lace shoes made and there is a wonderful pastry shop across from the museum where the owner’s grandmother was one of the lace makers who worked for Ferragamo. We will then continue to head south to Orvieto where we will meet with the local association for Crochet lace and after that to Panicale to visit the museum of tulle embroidery and meet with the lovely women who continue this tradition. In the late afternoon we will travel to Assisi where we will check into our accommodation and enjoy a peaceful meal in this special town.

     

    Tuesday 8th In the morning we will travel to Foligno where we will have a private viewing of some of the lace in the incredible collection of Arnaldo Caprai, we will also have the opportunity to see how Mr Caprai’s company takes inspiration from the collection to create contemporary machine made lace for both fashion and furnishing. We will then visit Mr Caprai’s nearby vineyard where we will have a lunch of local produce. In the afternoon we will visit the weaving workshop of Giuditta Brozetti in Perugia, which, while not lace is a national treasure where traditional designs continue to be woven on antique looms. The workshop is housed in one of the earliest churches built by St Francis which is known as “the Women’s Church” and has been a place of refuge and work for women since the 13th Century. We will then return to Assisi for dinner.

     

    Wednesday 9th  We shall leave Assisi in the morning and travel to Offida where we will visit the local lace association and lace museum. After lunch we will head to Sansepolcro to visit the lace museum. We will then check into our accommodation before enjoying a delicious traditional dinner in this beautiful Medieval town.

     

    Thursday 10th On Friday morning we travel to Venice (stopping at Chioggia for lunch along the way) we will then check into our accommodation and go to a private viewing of some exquisite lace and other textiles representing lace in the store rooms of the costume museum in Palazzo Mocenigo. In the evening we will enjoy a typical Venetian meal in Campo Santa Margherita.

     

    Friday 11th On Saturday we will visit the two lace Islands; Burano and Pellestrina. On Burano we will go to the wonderful lace museum and visit some of the women who still continue the lace making tradition today and you will have a chance to explore this charming, colourful island. After lunch we will travel right across to the other side of the lagoon to visit Pellestrina which is the bobbin lace island. Here we will meet with the local lace making group. In the evening we will return to the main island for a traditional dinner.

     

    Saturday 12th We will depart from Venice and head towards Gandino, a small town in the mountains which is home to one of the best collections of early metal lace in the world. Being a small museum, which is run by volunteers it is possible to view the laces up close and study them in detail. In the evening we shall enjoy the wonderful hospitality and cooking of the Gandinesi.

     

    Sunday 13th Return to Milan and Malpensa Airport in time for flights and trains, an extra night’s accommodation can be organised on request.

     

    Cost Per Person: AU$5845 twin share

    Single Supplement: AU$600

     

    Tour Price Includes:

    • Transport and accommodation from the tour meeting point to the drop off point
    • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
    • Museum entry and visits included in the itinerary

     

    It Does Not Include:

    • Airfares
    • Extra activities which participants choose to do on their free days

     

    See Terms & Conditions HERE

     

AU$500.00Price