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February 15-22, 2020

Maximum attendees: 12

Airfare not included

Breakfast: every day at Villa Velia

Lunches: On your own in Monterosso or daily location

​Dinners: 6 at Villa Velia / 2 on your own at local restaurants

Transportation (mini bus) provided for dinner or walk to lunches in town

Artists visits, gratuities and 2 museums included.

Weather is mild but not too cold, not too warm, so pack some layers and comfortable walking shoes. Be sure to bring a camera!

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Saturday, February 15: Arrive in La Mezia

AM: We will pick you up in a mini bus at LaMezia airport and bring you to Villa Velia

PM: Settle in at Villa Velia

and enjoy a relaxing dinner with a view from the mountain overlooking Monterosso


Sunday, February 16: Walking Tour Monterosso

AM: Breakfast at Villa Velia​

Sightsee leisurely in Monterosso. Stroll the streets and bring your camera.

Visit the churches (attend a service if you wish)

​PM: Visit the Farming and Handicraft Museum.

Learn about olive pressing, wine, chairmaking, pottery, traditional Calabrian costumes, woodworking, blacksmithing and more​

Return to Villa Velia for Dinner


Monday, February 17: Woodcarving with Pasquale / Tour Pizzo

AM Breakfast at Villa: Velia​

Woodcarving with Pasquale. Learn how to carve with local indigenous woods and create a small carving.

Lunch on your own in Monterosso

PM: Discover Pizzo and enjoy Tartufo (a local ice cream delicacy)

Visit local museums and shops.

Dinner on your own in Pizzo


Tuesday, February 18: Clay Sculpting / Visit Tropea

AM: Breakfast at Villa Velia​

Clay sculpting classes with Pasquale. View a demo or try your hand at it yourself.

PM: Afternoon Excursion to Tropea, the most famous medieval town in Calabria. ​

Dinner at Villa Velia


Wednesday, February 19: Dyeing with Natural Graphite / Cooking Lesson at Villa Velia

AM: Breakfast at Villa Velia​

Learn to dye with graphite and natural materials with Nella Morano, following the ancient tradition dating back to Roman times.

PM: Cooking lesson with Velia; learn ancient recipes of her family. Then enjoy the dinner you made, complete with local homemade wines and aperitifs. 

Thursday, February 20: Blacksmithing / Tour of Filadelfia


AM: Breakfast at Villa Velia​

Visit Maestro Ciccio, 5th generation blacksmith for a demo on the ancient craft of forging with iron. He will also demonstrate turning on a wood lathe.

PM: An excursion to Filadelfia 8 (a new city of the 17th century, a replica of our own Philadelphia)

Visit an ancient water wheel that is still working. ​

Dinner at Villa Velia

Friday, February 21: Sightseeing in Tirolio / Free time in Monterosso

AM: Breakfast at Villa Velia​

PM: Sightseeing in Trilio, an ancient town famous for the handicraft and the most beautiful costumes of Calabria.

Saturday, February 22: Excursion to Serra San Bruno

AM: Breakfast at Villa Velia​​

Excursion to Serra San Bruno. See the ancient monastery and visit the museum

PM: Return to Villa Velia for a farewell dinner.


Sunday, February 28: Bus to La Mezia…farewell!

AM: Breakfast at Villa Velia

Transfer to airport, Fly Home