The bee has been known for its productivity in myths, legends and religions since prehistoric times.
In Greek mythology, for example, bees were considered the messengers of the Muses because of their sensitivity to sounds. Cicero and Pliny the Elder were enthusiastic about their productivity, Virgil about the purity and in Freemasonry, the bees symbolize the laborious industriousness of all the Brothers. According to legend, even young Zeus was fed goat’s milk and honey from bees when his mother Rea hid him in a cave to protect him from his father who wanted to devour him.
Since honey in ancient times was the only source of sugar, the bee as its producer was an insect of fundamental importance and held in high regard.
During this workshop dedicated to the sense of touch, we want you to get to know all the curiosities, particularities and nuances related to their world.
The experience will take place in the countryside of Carmignano, between Florence and Prato. This village is a paradise surrounded by greenery, with a small but extremely rich and interesting historical center.
This experience, however, does not focus on honey, but on another product of the hive: wax. It used to be the most important product of a hive. It was used for wood care, to waterproof fabrics and ropes, and to make luxurious candles.
In times when animal fats and vegetable oils were used to light houses smelling badly and sooting everything, beeswax candles, so fragrant and clean, were a luxurious product for only a few.
A candle made from this material still creates a special atmosphere today.
During this experience, a honey and wax producer will accompany you into this particular world. Together with her, you will steal some wax from the hard-working bees and create your own candle.
The workshop will be accompanied by a small tasting of local products.