When we say ‘Italy,’ the first thing that strikes our mind is the beautiful art and architecture which can be found in every nook and corner of Italy. Italy is famous for its craftsmanship and the and is known for the countless masterpieces for centuries.
Italian traditions have remained unchanged for centuries, even if they have evolved and modernized themselves to a certain extent. Workshops, studios and art galleries, still attract visitors and art lovers from across the globe, who want to possess at least one piece which says that it has been ‘made in Italy.’ Usually, craftsmanship is handed down from one generation to another, and Italian tradition is so rich, that it is unfair to name a few and leave the rest behind.
Italian Craftsmanship- A mini guide
VENETO- When we speak of the small island of Murano, we have to mention Picasso, Chagall, and Fontana who were helped by the glassmakers to this island to create extraordinary masterpieces which amaze the world even today. The Museum of Glass is a must visit and the luxury stores of Barovier & Toso, Salviati, and Ferro Murano. Murano features some excellent hand-made Chandeliers and lightning
VALLE D’AOSTA- Known for its woodcrafts and fabrics. The fabrics, which are obtained from the local Rosset sheep are woven by hand on maple-wood frames. Every year on January 30th and 31st, The Sant’ Orso Festival, attracts local craftsmen who bring their wares to sell. It is an opportunity for tourists and locals to pick from a wide range of choices.
FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA- The famous school of Mosaic was established in Spilimbergo in the year 1922. The most beautiful Mosaics are crafted here, which are used in airports and hotels.
LIGURIA- In Liguria, the villages of Zoagli and Lorsica have managed to keep alive the traditional craftsmanship which dates back to the Middle Ages. Genova used to be a key port from which velvet from Zoagli and damask from Lorsica used to be traded. The velvets of Zoagli have graced the White House during President Kennedy’s tenure.
TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE- Amidst the many local artisans who include- Organ builders and Whip makers, the museum of Loden is a must visit. The Tyrolean origin Loden is a thick, woolen water-resistant material which is used to make trousers, capes, coats, skirts, etc.
LOMBARDIA- A visit to Stradivari’s hometown, which has the Violin Museum is highly recommended. A stroll through Luthiers Academy and workshop is also a must in Lombardia.
PIEMONTE- The Hat Museum, which was started by Alessandria by Borsalino, has boasted of 150 years of fashion history and has a collection of more than 2000 Hats. It has created a name for itself and spread ‘The Made in Italy’ reputation around the world.
ABRUZZO- The Renaissance Ceramics Museum also holds collections of Louvre and British Museum.
Italy is so rich in its traditions and craftsmanship that it is not possible to mention all of them. The craftsmen can be found amidst the bustling cities or in the remotest corners of Italy.