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Altos de Chavón
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This re-creation of a 16th-century Mediterranean village sits on a bluff overlooking the Río Chavón, on the grounds of Casa de Campo but about 3 miles (5 km) east of the main facilities. There are cobblestone streets lined with lanterns, wrought-iron balconies, wooden shutters, courtyards swathed with bougainvillea, and Iglesia St. Stanislaus, the romantic setting for many a Casa de Campo wedding. More than a museum piece, this village is a place where artists live, work, and play. Dominican and international painters, sculptors, and artisans come here to teach sculpture, pottery, silk-screen printing, weaving, dance, and music at the school, which is affiliated with New York's Parsons School of Design. The artists work in their studios and crafts shops selling their finished wares. The village also has an amber museum, an archaeological museum, a handful of restaurants, and a number of unique shops.
Amphitheater. A 5,000-seat amphitheater features Kandela, a spectacular musical extravaganza showcasing the island's sensuous Afro-Caribbean dance moves, music, and culture (November–April only). Concerts and celebrity performances by such singers as Julio Iglesias, his son Enrique, Sting, and the Pet Shop Boys share the amphitheater's schedule of events. Show dates vary to coincide with cruise-ship arrivals. Many people make dinner reservations at La Piazzetta (Altos de Chavón, 809/523–3333, the high-end Italian restaurant that is closest to the amphitheater. It is known for its antipasto selections, homemade pasta, and authentic regional dishes; strolling musicians enliven its rustic ambience of ceramic tiles and cobblestone terrace. Casa de Campo. 809/523–2424 for Kandela tickets. www.kandela.com.do. $35 for Kandela; other concert prices vary.
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