Artemest is proud to present the ultimate insider's guide to Italy. First stop: Tuscany. Take a tour of this treasure trove of natural landscapes, Renaissance towns and centuries-old craft traditions. From ceramic to silver to marble, the ingenuity of Tuscan craftsmen can turn any material into a work of art.
Local artisanal production, from small botteghe to world-famous design studios, is underscored by an innate sense of beauty, drawing from the surrounding landscapes.
Travelling through Tuscany is a trip down Italian history and heritage, journeying back to 17th-century Siena for the origins of its annual horse race, to Renaissance masters in Florence, to the Medieval tower of Pisa, to the ancient Roman walls in Lucca.
The history of ceramics production in Tuscany dates back to ancient Etruscan times. Pottery has flourished in many towns such as Siena, Sesto Fiorentino and Arezzo. Here you can find many artistic workshop, from Stella Fatucchi’s ceramics to metal furniture by Formae.
The historic town of Empoli is highly regarded for its production of damigiane, large glass containers traditionally used to store wine. Over the years, local artisans began experimenting with adding different shades of blue and yellow to the classic green flask, putting a new spin on tradition. Today, Creart’s colorful champagne flutes and Vetrerie di Empoli’s gilded glassware add a touch of playfulness to conventional glassmaking rules.
The Apuan Riviera in northern Tuscany has a unique coastal landscape of fine sandy beaches set against the backdrop of the Apuan Alps - the area’s majestic marble quarries. The city of Carrara has built its fortune on its namesake Carrara marble, called “white gold” as it’s the rarest and the most valuable marble in the world.
The aesthetic quality, character and finishes of Carrara and Calacatta marble have it a noble medium for artists, sculptors and designers. Located in the heart of the Carrara quarry,