When I left Georgina, she was restoring the 200-year-old frescoes in her 200-year-old villa in Matera, slightly south of Naples.
"Go explore the old town," she said.
Her euphemism for "get lost for a while."
(Actually, her villa was young by Matera's standard, where I discovered many of the houses are carved from old caverns that are some 9,000 years old.)
After an exhausting day of "exploring," she later restored my spirit at Le Botteghe by arriving not in her plaster-spattered overhauls, but rather in a dress whose stunning color was more than able to compete with the Matera sunset.
The approving looks from diners at surrounding tables seemed to concur.
Georgina's Sunset Polka-Dot Dress (No. 3692). Long, graceful, sleeveless, vintage cut in 100% cotton. Invisible side seam zipper. Mid-calf length. Band collar leads into a slightly curved V. Shirring along waistband. Side seam pockets. Separate wide self-belt adds a graceful touch.
Timeless femininity punctuated with tiny, almost innocent, raised white dots.
Women's sizes: 2 through 20.
Length: Ranges from 45 ½” to 48 ½”. Varies by size.
Colors: Pomegranate with White Dots and Black with White Dots.
Care Instructions: Dry Clean Only.
Price: $229 Now: $160