The Ceramics District, Grottaglie, Puglia
Located in the province of Taranto, Grottaglie is the only Italian town with a district entirely devoted to producing ceramics; some of Grottaglie’s approximately fifty craftsmen's workshops are built inside actual caves. Visitors can watch each step in the crafting of a ceramic object and then purchase the finished product. Grottaglie is also home to the Ceramics Museum, situated in the south-eastern wing of the Episcopal Castle, originally the residence of the Archbishops of Taranto.
Pretziada Studio, Santadi, Sardinia
In the Sardinian language, pretziada means 'precious', the name given to a multidimensional project created through the encounter of Ivano Atzori, an artist Sardinian by origin but born and raised in Milan, and Kyre Chenven, a set designer from San Diego, California. In 2014, the couple settled in the southern Sardinian town of Sulcis and set up a creative practice that, among other things, reproposes new designs of classic pieces in limited editions. Their idea is as simple as it is ambitious: to connect local artisans with international designers, showcasing and innovating local crafts. Pretziada's physical showroom is located in Santadi, a village of 3,000 inhabitants, 45 kilometres from Cagliari.
Radicepura Garden Festival, Giarre, Sicilia
Uniting design with the environment, the Radicepura Garden Festival is a true expression of the Mediterranean culture. Giarre, nestled on the slopes of Mount Etna, is home to a horticultural park encompassing 15 gardens and 4 temporary installations filled with plants supplied by Piante Faro, a company that grows 800 plant species and produces over 5,000 varieties. The projects created for Radicepura combine landscaping, art and architecture to inspire ideas and action for protecting the landscape and the environment. The current setting is temporary and open to the public until 19 December 2021, when it will be further transformed by new projects and then completely refurbished for the next edition of the festival, which takes place every two years.