June 21 2016 / Local Interest

Jewelry for Feet

Salerno, Campania

Summertime is here again, and ItalianNotebook is offering Maestro Gaetano‘s stunning handmade sandals again through our online store, ItalianConnections! These

March 6 2015 / Events

Di mastri e di botteghe

Rome, Lazio

“Of (artisan) masters and of workshops..” is the name of Liliana Ranalletta’s recent photography work. The idea came about during

December 12 2014 / Events

Presepi in a Presepe

Artena, Lazio

Throughout history, this hilltop town just south of Rome was infamous for being a den for brigands. The reason for

November 6 2014 / Local Interest

Le Tre Sorelle


From L’Aquila, we drove east towards majestic Gran Sasso, mountain behemoth, passing medieval hill towns – clinging like lichen to

September 29 2014 / Places

The Potter of La Rocca

La Rocca, Tuscany

Near La Verna (where St. Francis’s of Assisi founded the Sanctuary of St. Francesco and where he received the stigmata) is

May 27 2014 / Local Interest

Glowing in Gubbio: Lusterware Ceramics

Gubbio, Umbria

Gubbio’s artistic ceramic production had its salad days in the 1500s under the direction of Mastro Giorgio Andreoli, who was

April 15 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Villa Decor?

Vulci, Lazio

What’s with the completely out of proportion distribution of beautifully paved floors, marbled lined walls, and mosaics in Ancient Roman

March 4 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Painting with Stone

Florence, Tuscany

Take time to visit this tiny jewel in Florence: the Opificio delle Pietre Dure. Literally meaning “Factory of Hard Stones”,

February 25 2014 / Art & Archaeology

VideoNote: Belpensiero (Beautiful Thoughts)

San Lorenzello, Campania

(CONTAINS A NEW VIDEONOTE! – SEE BELOW) The famous tiles of Naples, Amalfi, Vietri and Sorrento were fruit of the

September 16 2010 / Local Interest

Orsoni: A Venetian Artiturismo

Venezia, Veneto

Nestled behind high walls, hidden from its Cannaregio neighbors, resides the Orsoni mosaic foundry. A fully functioning bottega (workshop) since

June 17 2010 / Food & Wine

S.a.i.d. dal 1923

Roma, Lazio

The current abundance of sugar-laden chocolate bars (and bunnies) belies the fact that chocolate was once a luxury item, produced

June 10 2010 / Local Interest

Bespoke spokes – Talarico Umbrellas

Napoli, Campania

In one of Naples’ dusky alleyways is a little umbrella factory that puts others in the shade. It was 150

November 30 2009 / Local Interest

Bottega Bruno di Belmonte

Rome, Italy

The Bruno di Belmonte is a historic, noble Sicilian family whose roots run deep in the Ragusa area. Giovanni and

October 22 2008 / Local Interest

Home to Violins and Cellos


In Cremona, Stradavari is known to have made the finest violins in history. Italian violinmakers of the 17th and 18th

July 16 2008 / Local Interest

Mask Maker Bottega Mondonovo


Mondonovo is a small workshop near the Accademia. Mask shops are ubiquitous in Venice due to the wide-spread use of

June 12 2008 / Local Interest

The Squero of San Trovaso


That the gondola is Venice’s most important watercraft is a given . . . there cannot be one without the

March 10 2008 / Art & Archaeology

Etruscan Gold


For thousands of years people have admired the design, detail and workmanship of Etruscan jewelry. This ancient central Italian people

February 13 2008 / Local Interest

Painting with Wool


The first mention in Chieri of the stiff, textured Bandera fabric itself dates back to the beginning of the 15th

February 7 2008 / Local Interest

Dario’s Leather Workshop


Dario Alfonsi has worked with leather his whole life, moving into his incredible current bottega (a very contemporary and elegant,

December 7 2007 / Local Interest

Bottega Eggimann – Maestro Liutaio


Michel Eggiman, Maestro Liutiao (a title meaning “Master Lutist”), and his bottega fall into neither the traditional nor the contemporary

November 30 2007 / Local Interest

Mancini’s Handmade Shoes


Their bottega, tucked in a side alley off of Via Coronari near Piazza Navona, is as unpretentious as it gets.

November 22 2007 / Local Interest

Next Generation Botteghe


Usually just one room, occasionally with a back room for storage, the bottega is any Italian artisan’s workshop and store.