Carving Stone

One morning back in November, I had the unique opportunity to witness (and try a little first hand!) the ancient art of cameo-making with skilled master engravers! The Russo Family, at Palazzo del Corallo in Portici, operates in the field of gold & silver frames and shells and agate cameos for four generations. They are considered to have the ultimate expression of craftsmanship and quality. The cameos, or pieces of shell, are cut, polished, and engraved with a particular tool (“bulino”) with classic profiles or biblical and mythological scenes. After visiting the workshop we explored the exhibition hall where I went on a wee bit of a Christmas shopping spree. Okay… a major shopping spree, haha. It was a great morning with old friends and new! I mean, what’s not to love about a tour that begins with your guide shouting “Where’s my master?” and ends with a gifted bottle of local wine 🙂

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Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!

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