Summertime is here again, and ItalianNotebook is offering Maestro Gaetano‘s stunning handmade sandals again through our online store, ItalianConnections! These
Papier-mâché or cartapesta is a craft that is unique to Lecce in the Salento region of Puglia. The origins of
“Of (artisan) masters and of workshops..” is the name of Liliana Ranalletta’s recent photography work. The idea came about during
Throughout history, this hilltop town just south of Rome was infamous for being a den for brigands. The reason for
From L’Aquila, we drove east towards majestic Gran Sasso, mountain behemoth, passing medieval hill towns – clinging like lichen to
Near La Verna (where St. Francis’s of Assisi founded the Sanctuary of St. Francesco and where he received the stigmata) is
In 1292, a famous proclamation went out in Venice that all glass masters would move to the Island of Murano.
Gubbio’s artistic ceramic production had its salad days in the 1500s under the direction of Mastro Giorgio Andreoli, who was
What’s with the completely out of proportion distribution of beautifully paved floors, marbled lined walls, and mosaics in Ancient Roman
Take time to visit this tiny jewel in Florence: the Opificio delle Pietre Dure. Literally meaning “Factory of Hard Stones”,
(CONTAINS A NEW VIDEONOTE! – SEE BELOW) The famous tiles of Naples, Amalfi, Vietri and Sorrento were fruit of the
Nestled behind high walls, hidden from its Cannaregio neighbors, resides the Orsoni mosaic foundry. A fully functioning bottega (workshop) since
The current abundance of sugar-laden chocolate bars (and bunnies) belies the fact that chocolate was once a luxury item, produced
In one of Naples’ dusky alleyways is a little umbrella factory that puts others in the shade. It was 150
The Bruno di Belmonte is a historic, noble Sicilian family whose roots run deep in the Ragusa area. Giovanni and
In Cremona, Stradavari is known to have made the finest violins in history. Italian violinmakers of the 17th and 18th
Mondonovo is a small workshop near the Accademia. Mask shops are ubiquitous in Venice due to the wide-spread use of
That the gondola is Venice’s most important watercraft is a given . . . there cannot be one without the
For thousands of years people have admired the design, detail and workmanship of Etruscan jewelry. This ancient central Italian people
The first mention in Chieri of the stiff, textured Bandera fabric itself dates back to the beginning of the 15th
Dario Alfonsi has worked with leather his whole life, moving into his incredible current bottega (a very contemporary and elegant,
Michel Eggiman, Maestro Liutiao (a title meaning “Master Lutist”), and his bottega fall into neither the traditional nor the contemporary
Their bottega, tucked in a side alley off of Via Coronari near Piazza Navona, is as unpretentious as it gets.
Usually just one room, occasionally with a back room for storage, the bottega is any Italian artisan’s workshop and store.