Le radiche di Renato and a Torre di Pisa made in Volterra

Le Radiche di Renato – Renato’s Briar Roots: I met Renato Casini while exploring Volterra during one of my Artisan Tours. His tiny shop ( Le Radiche di Renato)  and showroom is in the centre of Volterra, surrounded by alabaster makers and souvenir shops. For many years, he worked as teacher and you immediately realize…

Michele: Maestro Gelataio Creativo

Michele: Maestro Gelataio Creativo (Creative Ice Cream Maker Maestro) – The first time I heard about him was about a very “azzardato” (risky) ice cream flavour ….Un gelato al Cacciucco…an ice cream flavour born as a “game” between Michele Gasparri, Maestro Pasticciere & Gelataio , and the Chef  Michelangelo Rongo who, as a joke , asked…

Organic Beauty Products & Etruscan Wisdom

Organic Beauty Products & Etruscan Wisdom: In Italian the word Benessere (lit. Being Well: Essere Bene) is the translation for Wellness Inspired to our Etruscan ancestors’deep knowledge of herbs, oils and plants properties for health and beauty, a Tuscan-made new organic beauty line for Ben-ESSERE has just been released. The line’s label is written using the…

Meet Luciano: Crystal Master

Meet Luciano, Crystal Master : His workshop and shop is called La Grotta del Cristallo, that in English translates as the Crystal Cave and it’s located in the small town of Colle Val d’Elsa , near Siena, renowned for crystal production and decoration. Città del Cristallo – City of Crystal Mistakenly ignored by tourist itineraries,…

Meet Francesco: Artisan Jeweler in Florence

Meet Francesco: Artisan Jeweler in Florence – While walking the street of Florence in search of new itineraries for my Tuscany lovers, I found this tiny shop in the heart of Florence . My passion for artisan jewelers made me stop in front of the window but my friend immediately spotted a pair of earrings…

Meet Anna: Glass Artist from the sea (dual language article)

Meet Anna: glass artist . She was born by the sea, and I believe her inspiration may come from there: The colors that from blue fade into the most disparate shades of green … and the transparency of the sea. To tell the truth  this is only my imagination, but I think it’s possible that…

Riccioli & Cappelli-Outside the tourist shopping itinerary with Chiara

Outside the tourist shopping itinerary , and away from the busy streets in Siena, we found a lovely shop around the corner. You can’t get in in big groups, this is a shop for connoisseurs, out-of-the-crowd-shoppers , lovers of special things. Here is all about hats ( actually accessories too: gloves and scarves…) Lots of…

Tuscany land of craftsmen. Meet Jacopo: leather artisan

In our search for talents and remarkable “gente di Toscana” , in the small village of Buonconvento, we came across  the Pianigiani family,   leather artisan since 1980.  It was  Luciano, who started the business. Talented and with years of experience in shoes production,  Luciano manages to combine passion for his work and respect  for tradition….

A Russian Girl in Tuscany – Organic Beauty & Workshop

In the small Tuscan towns of Colle Val d’Elsa and Casole d’Elsa , half-way between Siena and Florence,  you may not expect to find a very creative production of natural beauty cosmetics entirely made using 100% organic and local ingredients inspired to Etruscans.  A small and romantic laboratory among the hills , as its creator…