We leave the ancient cave dwellings of Matera and journey to Grottaglie; which is a famous center for ceramics. Grottaglie is a town and comune in the province of Taranto, Apulia, in southern Italy. Imagine a town that has survived for hundreds of years on making beautiful hand-made ceramics. Add a twist of Southern Italian charm, workshops dug into soft stone to form grottos (grottaglie – that’s where the name comes from) and hundreds of artisans turning clay into pots, jugs, plates, cups, saucers, statues and other works of art – then you would have Grottaglie. There are many workshops and beautiful aritists’ showrooms that we meander through.
My niece making her vase.
And while Grottaglie is called “citta della ceramica” it is also called “citta’ dell’uva” (of the grape), so we had to taste some of the table grapes and of course the wines that they make, from Primitivo, Negroamaro, Fiano and other varietals. We enjoy lunch, so many foods. Zucchini blossoms, carpaccio with figs, focaccia, tuna and then pasta as our secondi. So much food that they eat. Its no wonder why they nap ftom 1 -4 every day. We then head to our beautiful countryside retreat for the next three nights. Masseria Palombara.
Love and Light,
Jeanine on the Scene