Once upon a time there was a young graphic designer named Alessandra Botto who needed a new and more useful case for her laptop. She couldn’t find anything suitable in stores and online, so being a graphic designer she decided to give it her best effort and create a new way of transporting her computer. […]
I come to Florence every year in search of magic. There is so much of it in every direction I look— the centuries of art, the creations of the Medici, the architecture, the sounds of the bell towers, the smell of coffee, truffles and the taste of finocchiona, the excited buongiorno echoing from all sides in the […]
Many people come to Arezzo to witness the beauty of Piero della Francesca’s frescoes or to see the birthplace of poet Petrarch or Vasari, the Medici architect. Some people revisit the places in Benigni’s Life is Beautiful, which was filmed here, while others come for the medieval joust, which pits rival neighborhoods of the […]
From the lovingly crafted leatherwork in Florence’s Oltrarno to the intricate mosaics made in Pietrasanta, Tuscany’s artisan traditions are an irreplaceable element of the region’s character. A current Kickstarter campaign created by international businesswoman Belinda Hall offers a unique chance to contribute to the
From May 15 to 18, Florence’s foremost arts and crafts festival, Artigianato e Palazzo, will celebrate its 20th anniversary in the Corsini gardens. Embracing the future, the festival has launched a contest entitled Blogs & Crafts: Young Craftspeople and the Web, encouraging young artisans under the age of
The art, genius, passion and creativity of Florentine artisans are depicted in a new video directed by award-winning Cinzia TH Torrini.
Florence-born director Torrini provides an insider’s view of some of the city’s traditional crafts. Her video features a group of artisans and
Looking for an artisan in Tuscany? Using GPS technology, anyone can now find over 300 artisan workshops throughout the region. In conjunction with Google, the workshops of engravers, woodworkers, silverware makers, frame makers, goldsmiths and more have been plotted on Google maps along with a host of special itineraries that
Artisan craftsmen in Florence still face severe financial troubles, and regional organisations have raised over 800,000 euros for those artists most in need. Although the situation for artisans has improved since its blackest period in 2003, overall earnings continue to fall.
GUIDED TOURS/ Waiting for Spring: A merry go-round at the Uffizi Galleries Delve deep into the Uffizi’s masterpieces in the ‘Waiting for Spring: A merry go-round at the Uffizi Galleries’ virtual series. The first themes include Love (for Valentine’s Day) and Carnival. The online guided tours bring families and children from […]