Discover the joys of Umbria through culinary tours, villa rentals and photography workshops.
Nestled just outside the tiny town of Cannara, the Villa Fattoria del Gelso is a fully restored 17th-century farm villa that is available for rental and that serves as headquarters for fabulous food and wine tours led by owners Bill and Suzy Menard, who also own Bella Italia, the popular Italian specialty shop in Bethesda, Md.
In addition, the villa hosts the annual spring and fall Umbria Photo Workshops, led by husband and wife photographers Frank Van Riper and Judith Goodman, co-authors of the internationally bestselling book Serenissima: Venice in Winter.
BENVENUTI A CERAMICA, the best place for finding Italian Maiolica for your tableware and decorative needs. Twenty years ago, my family was searching for a set of dishes for our new home in Spoleto, Italy. My husband and I went to Rome only to discover the pottery we admired most was made locally, almost in our backyard.
The craftsmen of Deruta were continuing the centuries old tradition of creating maiolica. Developed more than 600 years ago, it’s the technique of applying a glossy base glaze whitened with tin oxide onto fired clay pottery. Then vivid colors are added and the pieces fired again. The finished work is shiny and rich with colors as warm as an Italian landscape.
The artisans who produce maiolica carry on the proud traditions of their families and villages. The pottery studios were once in danger of closing, but today their skills and creativity are in demand worldwide. At Ceramica, we are honored to have played a part in the revival and renaissance of classic Italian pottery.
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