(VIP EDITION) Restore the hermit retreat of Sant’Anna in Aci Catena

Rosa is a well-known architect who will take you inside an ancient cloistered convent positioned on a hill where you can enjoy a breathtaking view. The entrance to the Hermitage is exclusive for “Rosa’s assistants” who will be able to master the architectural relief method starting with the hidden mediterranean garden inside.

(VIP EDITION) Pre-Wedding at Palazzo of Marchesi Pottino di Echifaldo

Antonella will involve you in discovering artistic beauties and ancient traditions of the Palace. Together with a professional photographer, she will help you to create the best photographs for the promotional material of the pre-wedding service. You will wear the clothes of that time used for the famous Baronial Wedding, and if your work will be appreciated by the local institutions you will be well rewarded with a certificate and a tasting of typical local food and wine products.

Who will guard Michelangelo’s legacy?

Giovanni, who plays the role of Leone Amidei, is a florentine tourist guide extremely specialized on Michelangelo Buonarroti. Before examining if you really are Michelangelo’s heir, he will help you enter Michelangelo’s world thanks to a deeper exploration of his works, the places where he lived and, above all, the thoughts and emotions that this great man left us in writing.

Your “ideal love” at Borghese Gallery in Rome

Our Museum Director Susanna will show you the fabulous treasures inside Borghese Gallery and the most important artworks will have no more secrets for you. The real challenge will be to put all your mind, your creativity and your heart, to live the emotion of art and translate it into your own personal successful advertising campaign.
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(VIP EDITION) Venetian “Carnet de Voyage”

Silvia will lead you through a Venice which is still untouched by tourism and will teach you what is and how you do a Travel Diary. You will discover the identity of places using the original Venetian toponymy, the Venetian urban space and its rich articulation, you will get to know how Gondola is made and its history, you will immerse in the traditions of Venice sharing, in an ancient “Bacaro”, the ultimate social rite “go for “ombra and cicchetti”, a venetian slang to say having a glass of wine and local appetizers still in use among the residents.

Casanova and the mystery of Kaballah in the Venetian ghetto

Angelo, playing the role of a descendant of Casanova, will bring you to discover Venice with new eyes, starting from the most famous places, then into the mysterious “calli” of the Jewish ghetto, involving you in an adventurous treasure hunt between the memories of Casanova and the tastes and culture of the Jewish community in Venice.

What are you waiting for? Join courageously with other Casanova’s descendants and put an end to the curse of your eminent Ancestor!

(VIP EDITION) Mascali 1928, “mpidimentu pi giuvamentu”

Yari will present himself for what he is in reality, an economist who loves his land and wants to enhance its value. In the role of a “potential investor”, you will examine the project funding document that will serve as a guideline to meet the most important economic realities of the territory. We will start with a path to relive the disastrous eruption of 1928 and understand how the citizens managed to develop their economy despite the misfortune. We will visit a craft atelier and a bio-agricultural farm to allow the “investors” to gather sufficient elements to understand the great potential of this land. At the end of the survey the “investors” will return their overall assessment to the representatives of local institutions. We have no doubt that the outcome will be positive and, in all cases, there will be a celebratory toast along with a rich tasting of the best local food products.

(VIP EDITION) The Kitchen of Monsù, Sicilian aristocracy of 800

Mariagrazia specializes in the management of agricultural production, and thus will lead us to meet agricultural farms where we will learn to evaluate the high quality of local food production, finding the necessary ingredients for a perfect Monsù recipe. Monica will teach us how to cook a seasonal dish and will transfer to us the art of how to set the table according to the Monsù style. At the end, we will taste the fruit of our work, enjoying the meal while hearing tales on the traditions of Sicilian cooking and lifestyle

Rediscover your roots with Uncle Tanu in Acireale

Elisa will involve you with the familiarity of a relative to immerse yourself in the Sicilian atmosphere, in an experience that mixes nature, sea, fishing, stories and traditions with the stories of Uncle Tanu and many other local people who will make you feel at home in a kaleidoscope of typically Sicilian smells and tastes. We will have a party based on a great fish meal in a typical restaurant on the port and there will be surprises.

(VIP EDITION) The redemption of Linguaglossa

Nadia is an expert nature guide of the territory of Linguaglossa.
In the role of a young farmhand girl of the time, she will start a rebellion against the infamous prince Bonanno. The farmers can redeem their land thanks to the sale of wine and vegetables at the most important farmhouse in the country. Thanks to this narrative system you can immerse yourself, together with Nadia and her friends, in the history of Linguaglossa, in its cultural and social roots, learn how to cultivate the vineyard and the land as Sicilian farmers have been doing for generations.

(VIP EDITION) Who will guard Michelangelo’s legacy?

Leone Amidei is the current executor of the great Michelangelo Buonarroti and since the death of the last heir he’s on a search for any other legitimate descendant to deliver the precious legacy of the famous artist.

(VIP EDITION) Milano, red roses, kisses & pictures

Renzo and Lucia, protagonists of Alessandro Manzoni’s novel “I Promessi Sposi” (“The Betrothed”), after big sufferings and adventures, finally meet each other again at San Simpliciano Church square, where they enjoy their kiss of love, forever lasting.
Would you like to live that moment of eternity with your true love?
Let you two become the lovers of Hayez’s masterpiece “Il Bacio”. Yes, exactly you, lovely couples, Milan is looking for you to be passionate! Let your love shine bright, spreading your kisses around the most romantic and hidden places in town. Come on! Follow Elena and her red rose, she, strolling with you among wonderful and secret cloisters and courtyards in Milan, will take professional photos of you, transforming you in sweet protagonists as in the Hayez paint and making your love become even more precious in beautiful images.

(VIP EDITION) Sculptor magne, aedifica imperium sine fine!

Francesca, in the role of a Roman art master, will illustrate how the imperial art workshops have created a style which featured ancient architecture of Rome like a signature, so that they can be set apart from other creations of the rest of Italy and the Empire. You will be protagonist of this important cultural evolution.

(VIP EDITION) Pesto Calling!

Luisa, in the role of Grandma Dina’s grand-daughter, will take you on a journey into Genoese gastronomic traditions: an exploration of markets and typical shops rich in flavours and tales, culminating in a tasting lesson guided by a pesto professional and food historian – not to forget about the aperitivo “al pesto” final celebration.

(VIP EDITION) I love nocciola Italiana

In this gastronomic story, Irma plays herself, as she is the biggest expert of Nocciola in Italy. She is a charming and competent professional who will explain to you everything related to the nocciola in an authentic and professional way. You will find a delicious and tasty product, able to give you happiness”, it’s scientifically tested as nocciola releases endorphin, the enzyme of happiness!

The Great Photographic Contest in the WWF Oasis of Alviano (Wild Nature in Umbria)

Elena will introduce you to the astonishingly beautiful WWF Oasis of Alviano to participate in a photographic contest, created purposefully for you and that will last all day long, letting you do a hunt (a photographic one) of some of the rarest animals and plants living in the Oasis. The biology experts that the Park will provide for you, will introduce you to the peculiar natural chracteristics of the place, while Elena will have the pleasure to guide you into the basics of nature photography in ambush. You could participate in the competition alone or in a group. The classic final, in categories, will consider the points gathered during the execution of the assigned mission, apart from, obviously, the effective quality of the photos to be taken.

(VIP EDITION) The Great Photographic Contest in the WWF Oasis of Alviano

Elena will introduce you to the astonishingly beautiful WWF Oasis of Alviano to participate in a photographic contest, created purposefully for you and that will last all day long, letting you do a hunt (a photographic one) of some of the rarest animals and plants living in the Oasis. The biology experts that the Park will provide for you, will introduce you to the peculiar natural chracteristics of the place, while Elena will have the pleasure to guide you into the basics of nature photography in ambush. You could participate in the competition alone or in a group. The classic final, in categories, will consider the points gathered during the execution of the assigned mission, apart from, obviously, the effective quality of the photos to be taken.

(VIP EDITION) “Trotula De Ruggiero”, first Lady of Medicine in XIth century Salerno

Clelia meets you in the role of Trotula, the most famous Lady Doctor in the almost thousand-year history of the University of Salerno. She will help you comprehend the Medieval past of this splendid city, taking you to discover the most representative places of Trotula, describing in a popular way the salient aspects of the Medical School of Salerno at time of its greatest splendour during the XI and XIIth century. You will put on the shoes of a student in the Medical School of Salerno coming from abroad, will explore the Botanical garden, known as the Garden of Minerva, and will be charged to look for botanical species with anti-poisonous qualities. You will learn to recognise certain plants and while enjoying the breathtaking landscape, will taste tisane of beneficial effects in the suggestive tisane house of the Botanical garden, place of knowledge which links the Medical School of Salerno with the natural world of herbs.

(VIP EDITION) The wedding between Hazelnut and Chocolate

Mariagrazia will be her own self as she is, one of the best hazelnut experts of Giffoni. Thanks to her, you will immerse in a fantasy story that goes around the IGP Hazelnut of Giffoni, and you will be involved in a feast created exclusively around you. During a walk along hazelnut orchards, you will get to know the properties of product, get acquainted with the typical cuisine, you will be preparing a full hazelnut-based menu, in particular the “fusilli”, a unique pasta type, hand made by means of umbrella stretchers. To celebrate the wedding there will be dinner and dances among the most beautiful and traditional of Salerno. A unique event, unrepeatable and exclusive, where the protagonist is you.

The Will of Tarantella, The legacy of Baron Bellelli

Angelo and Daniela are experts in popular dance, music and traditions of Southern Italy. They would involve you in a real and proper peasant-farmers feast at the Bellelli Farmhouse, in the countryside of Paestum, a few hundred meters from the Archeological area. In the shoes of a local farmer of the very place, you will be a protagonist in a farmer’s feast, organized especially for you. You will learn how to dance the original version of the Tarantella Cilentana dance, paired with ballet dancers and musicians of the popular dance and music group Settebocche, and with the lively participation of locals. You will live a very memorable moment, unique and unrepeatable, an authentic and genuine dive in the popular traditions of this marvelous countryside, where you can appreciate flavours of local products in a rich banquet prepared for you by Maria herself – the owner of the historical “Azienda Rurale Bellelli” (Bellelli Farmhouse).

(VIP EDITION) “The Yellow” of “Vietri sul Mare”

Gaetana, will greet you at the gates of the Amalfi coast, and will help you immerse as a protagonist in the indescribable beauty of this place, able to enclose in just a glimpse the blue of the sea, the green of the cliffs, the yellow of the lemons. You will encounter the people who for ever hand down the traditions of the Yellow: the yellow of the lemons, delicious and juicy, which you will use to make the famous “Limoncello”, a yellow liqueur that Gaetana will teach you to make according to the ancient farmers’ recipe. The yellow of the ceramics you are to model and paint in the workshop of a master-craftsman where you will learn to give value to the brilliant landscape colors. In the end of this memorable Artès story, the title of Ambassador will really be a “sealed bond” of your transformation of “local among locals”.

(VIP EDITION) Rome, INVISIBLE CITY

Francesca will help you immerse yourself in the most hidden reality of the artistic and architectural culture of Rome, teaching and giving you tha unique chance to experiment the scientific method of data collection, used by the archaeologists, in particular the so called “conceptual restaurers”. Like a detective, you are to rediscover what has already become invisible, reconstructing the history, the very reason to have great time-defining stratification, accumulated for millenia. An experience indeed unique and unrepeatable that you can live only in Rome. At the end, you will have the possibility to give voice to your discoveries in a very special way, a flashmob “a sorpresa” into which you can be a protagonist only by participating in this marvelous Storia Artès.

(VIP EDITION) The other face of the Madonna dell’Idris

Rosanna will enter the shoes of countess Beatrice and will be accompanied by the daughter Caterina, interpreted by a licenced tour guide. They will help you live an unforgettable and exclusive experience across the extraordinary Sassi di Matera, Stones of Matera, exploring the peculiar churches of San Giovanni in Monterrone and Madonna dell’ Idris, where their stories are intimately intertwined with those of the town itself. You will discover the secrets of tuff working under the guidance of an authentic tuff expert who will teach you how to make a unique object in tuff. You will visit an authentic house in local tuff, and finally, you are to celebrate the success of the challenge by enjoying a typical lunch of local products.

(VIP EDITION) Lord Byron arrives at Ca’ Zen

Luigi will welcome you as the head butler of Ca’ Zen. He will help you find out about the court activities of the nobility that lived in this splendid Venetian Villa. The Villa has been preserved as it was at the time of the famous “love flings” of Lord Byron with the young Guiccioli countess. You will relive the traditions of this house, putting the shoes of a servant of Ca’ Zen. You will take part in a hunt (a photographic one) of the typical fauna of this wild territory which is situated at the Delta of the River Po and has still remained pristine. You will learn the secrets of grooming horses, and will make a traditional ceramic “ocarina” (a type of whistle in clay) to be given to Lord Byron as a welcoming present. At the end of the day, celebrate the success of the venture with a typical Venetian aperitif and, if your contribution is as impeccable as we expect, you will be rewarded with a Certificate of recognition by the very Countess.

The tunic of Faroaldo II (Medieval history and local traditions in Umbria)

Veronica, in the shoes of a PhD Doctoral student in Medieval Art, will introduce you to the origins of the Abbey of Saint Peter, a very famous Lombard abbey in Umbria, which conserves the breathtakingly beautiful Bear Plate, Lastra di Orso, and the most important pre-Giotto frescoes cycle in Umbria. You will enhance your knowledge on Valnerina’s traditions and, in particular, of Sant’ Anatolia di Narco, picturesque Umbrian village, famous for the “Canapine” (hemp fields). In this very village exists the particular and curious Museo della Canapa (Hemp Museum), which testifies how hemp processing, in use from early Middle ages onwards, was a full ‘right’ of this territory. You could listen to the story of Faroaldo II, narrated by local people, understanding and vividly experimenting how hemp was processed, learning how to weave on an ancient loom of those times and, in the end , will round up the venture with tasting typical local products.

(VIP EDITION) The treasure of the Ammicc Palace

Imma and Giusy, in the shoes of the daughters of Lord Lambicco, will guide you in a hunt to discover the lost recipe. Immersed in the heart of Metapontino, you will enjoy a visit to the historic city centre and the historic palaces of ancient Camarda, passing in front of Palazzo Margherita (property of Francis Ford Coppola). You will make a tour of this South Italy “California” and, thanks to the hints, reconstruct the recipe and will find the ingredients 0to immerse you in the laboratory of a typical pastry shop. You will have the occasion to see at work Masterchef Spinelli who will teach you to prepare the real “scorzetta” of Bernalda. The story will end up with a great lunch of typical specialities of Basilicata, bread of Matera, pepper of Senise (dry pepper).

(VIP EDITION) Da Romano’s Curse: save Cunizza from her Fate!

Angelo, in the shoes of Alberico’s masnadiere, accompanies you to San Zenone Hill to relive the story of the medieval family Da Romano, which is to be told by Cunizza, younger sister of the tyrrant Ezzelino. You will take part in a Medieval laboratory of Fencing, participate in a medieval battle between rivalry fractions of Da Romano’s family, followed by a trial, where, together with the other knights, you will make part of the defense in front of the Judge. You will write a precious scroll and put your signature and seal on it in wax and to accomplish it will participate in an exclusive laboratory of medieval writing. At last, you are to be nominated a knight or dame followed by a refreshment and photo distribution.

(VIP EDITION) The tunic of Faroaldo II

Veronica, in the shoes of a PhD Doctoral student in Medieval Art, will introduce you to the origins of the Abbey of Saint Peter, Abbey of San Pietro in Valle, a very famous Longobardic abbey in Umbria, which conserves the breathtakingly beautiful Bear Plate “Lastra di Orso” and the most important pre-Giotto frescoes cycle in Umbria. You will enhance your knowledge on Valnerina’s traditions and, in particular, of Sant’ Anatolia di Narco, picturesque Umbrian village, famous for the Canapine (hemp fields). In this very village exists the particular and curious Hemp Museum, Museo della Canapa, which testifies how hemp processing, in use from early Middle ages onwards, was a full ‘right’ of this territory. You could listen to the story of Faroaldo II, narrated by local people, understanding and vividly experimenting how hemp was processed, learning how to weave on an ancient loom of those times and, incredibly but true, even dinner will be characterised by the use of typical meals on the base of…..hemp.

(VIP EDITION) 29 December 1514: riot against Count Tramontano in Matera

Rosanna, in the shoes of the legendary Brunetta, will help you relive this dramatic moment, which really happened in the Medieval lands of Matera. You will find out the reasons for which the Castle of Tramontano had remained incomplete, will relive the feelings which moved the population to hunt the tyrant who had tired the people of Matera and feelings which bothered the people with the Count’s manias of power and conquest; you will enjoy a guided visit along the streets of the Duomo of Matera and assist a craftsmen demonstration of the characteristic local working of papier-mache.

(VIP EDITION) From the Middle Ages the true Story of the legendary “Pastissada”

Maya in reality is a joyful and lively tour guide who deeply loves the story of Verona. That is why we are to have a lot of fun, putting together sacred and profane, going to search the traces of a really glorious historical past, almost a treasure hunt, which will help us discover the marvels of “gothic” Verona along her main streets until we reconstruct the ancient events that led to the defining of the recipe of this extraordinary dish, “Pastissada”, which you can taste with joy at the end of our hunt, with a glass of the finest wines of the area of Verona, in one of the most traditional restaurants in the city.

(VIP EDITION)The Gorgonzola and the Marquise: cheese of the poor at a nobles’banquet

Cristina, playing as Ginevra, jumps with you into the past. You visit Gorgonzola as it was about 200 years ago, sharing Serbelloni family tales and gossip. Here you discover the secret origins of the Gorgonzola cheese and how luckily it has reached its actual yummy smelly fame and…. guess what? Finally, an expert Chef teaches you to cook special food with gorgonzola cheese. A complete menu, from starters to dessert.

(VIP EDITION) Take away the misfortune from Napoli with your amulet!

With Luisa, acting as the directress of Le Belle Arti Academy, you can go deep into the side of Napoli connected to the most ancient traditions and learn the oldest short prayers of Naples against misfortune. Going through the most hidden alleys, you are introduced to the sculptural art of the city. In the laboratory of a famous Neapolitan artist you create the “Pulcicorno”, your original personal amulet with which you can relive the ancestral spells against misfortune . Ending such a great day you will eat a legendary Neapolitan pizza, listening local music, in a traditional restaurant.
When back home, you will have so much to tell about!

The Mystery of Castel dell’Ovo (Discover the truth about mythos and legends in Naples)

Anna, in the role of Maria Sofia, accompanies you through this adventure and mystery. Your tresure hunt will start from a research on ancient books, to recall the legends and mysteries of princesses and holy women who lived in the old castle through the centuries. And right there, inside the castle, you will go at nightfall, to bring light to its hidden secrets, gathering all the messages left by the “mysterious presence” who haunts that place.

A day as an artist – Wearable art fashion in Rome

Daniela will introduce you to the art of drawing with a brief lesson within everyone’s reach. Together with other participants you will realize an original sketch which will, at a later time, be produced on pure silk in a limited number of copies. You will create in a few hours your personal representation of “Rome to wear” which will be placed on the market via the e-commerce system www.onartediem.it

(VIP EDITION) The knights who freed Val d’Orcia from Ghino di Tacco robberies

Lord of the village, Michele, comes with you to discover Valdorcia, riding on your “wheeled horses “ and also, thanks to a local culinary expert, helps you learn how to cook a typical ancient recipe of his enchanting lands . And as a great final, all the group makes a feast together, raising merry wine glasses, as special guests in Michele‘s home to celebrate the victory of the valorous knights.

In search of the Old Testament of Count Rudolf to save the Terre di Brianza

Ester, in the shoes of a Gaetano Besana’s friend, will take you to live an intriguing treasure hunt in a pristine corner and fascinating landscape at the Oasis Galbusera Bianca, the first WWF private oasis in Italy, a village and a farm, a modern model of multi functionality farm. You will get to know about the forms of vegetation and principles of cultivation of a vegetable garden by participating in biodynamic farming practices; Ester will share with you her passion for sweets which you can prepare with her, making a very special cake as a snack with the products of the earth.

(VIP EDITION) Milano “slow”

Join with Silvia a really an unusual morning in Milan, made of special rhytms, breaths, slow moments, discoveries, wandering moments; in addition to Yoga experiences from the Himalayan Tradition, you will have the opportunity to listen to precious historical news about the “fluvial” history of Milan and about a Bioarchitectural center operating in the city

(VIP EDITION) Save the yeast of Queen Margherita!

Sondra, playing Giuditta, will guide you on a bicycle tour through Monza’s delightful Royal Park. You will travel peacefully and slowly through organic hay meadows, farms and the former hunting lodges of the King to the river and an ancient mill. You will experience all the sensual pleasures of the traditional baker’s art, feeling your hands knead the dough, smelling the aromas of baking bread, and, of course, tasting your own freshly baked bread as we enjoy a royal experience with a lunchtime picnic in the mill courtyard.