Inscribed in 2012 on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Horezu ceramics are a unique traditional craft. Handmade in the northern part of Vâlcea County, Romania, they reflect generations of knowledge and craftsmanship.
Early morning we depart from Bucharest and head to the central – south part of Romania, part of old Walachia.
After 3.5 hours of seeing the scenery with plain, hills and then the mountains we get to Horezu. We start with our pottery workshop, lead by a young family that is very passionate about keeping the tradition. We hear the story of the craft that comes from Neolithic: men prepare the clay and the women decorate the objects using specific techniques and tools to draw traditional motifs. Their skill in combining decoration and colour defines the personality and uniqueness of the Horezu ceramics. The colours are vivid shades of dark brown, red, green, blue and ‘Horezu ivory’. We will try our luck at moulding the clay and using the potter’s wheel and we will also decorate small plates and bowls.
After working so hard we will have lunch in a local traditional restaurant called “Doi cocosi - The two roosters”. The rooster is one of the symbols of Horezu and the region.
We will then visit Maldaresti and 400 years old boyar houses named “kulas”, made to protect them from the Ottoman invaders in the 17th century. "Kula" is the Turkish word for "tower". In the Romanian architecture, Kula is a fortified two/three-storey-building of a compact and simple shape and sizing, which was used for defence, observation, distress signalling and residential purposes.
We will see 3 of these houses, listen to the legend of Captain Maldar – the young man who was captured by the enemy, but returned safely home with the daughter of the ruler of the enemy and enjoy the view from the restaurant of one of these kulas that was transformed into a 4 stars manor – Conacul lui Maldar.
We will have plenty of time to take pictures of the Romanian country side, village architecture, scenery and traditional crafts.
Later in the evening we will return to Bucharest.
End of program.
Services included in the package:
- Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
- Entrance fees, workshop
Services not included in the package:
- Customary gratuities to guide and driver
- Any meals and/or drinks (unless mentioned)
- Any personal purchases
- Any optional services