Greetings and Welcome!

Ciao e Benvenuti!

This blog will advertise the “traveling” Ca’ d’Oro Italian Renaissance Salon in An Tir.

The Ca’ d’Oro Salon began as a department at Gulf Wars (a reenactment event held annually) where artisans and scholars gather to socialize, teach, and learn about post 13th-century arts & sciences. It is based on the historical salon concept, specifically the 15th-century Italian Salon where artists, poets, musicians, philosophers, nobility, and courtiers would have gathered to pass the time away from the scrutiny of church or state. We emulate those “unsupervised intellectuals” at our living history Salon. 

Welcome to the Renaissance, where humanism has brought light and spirit into places of rigor and isolation. Likewise, at Ca’ d’Oro Italian Renaissance Salon games are played, music is heard, ideas are discussed, perspectives debated, refreshments are served, and arts & sciences of the 14th – 16th centuries are shared.

Ca’ d’Oro offers a variety of activities focused on the A&S of post-13th century life. In addition to discussion and demonstrations, there are an historical apothecary, period games, and bardic opportunities. The research track consists of period cooking, fiber/fashion, heraldry, historical games (playing cards, bassetta, bocce, primiera, calculi, gluckhaus, backgammon, and more), historical toilette (perfume, hygiene, and beauty products for men and women), medicine, apothecary, and music.

Thank you to our patrons, Mistress Raffaella di Contino and Viscount Seamus O’Caellaigh, as well as the many others that support this endeavor to bring an immersive Renaissance Salon to An Tir. We couldn’t offer such a great Salon without help from wonderfully talented and dedicated volunteers.



Maestra Giata Magdalena Alberti

Ca’ d’Oro Renaissance Salon Founder


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