Artigianato e Palazzo

Artigianato e Palazzo, Edition XXII - Day 2

After a much needed rest in the lap of luxury at Starhotels Tuscany, day 2 of Artigianato e Palazzo #BlogsandCrafts was amazing! 

We had the opportunity to sit down with Neri Torrigiani and Princess Giorgiana Corsini for a chat about Artigianato e Palazzo and how it has developed over the past 22 years.  More about that later, but suffice it to say - given how much effort and consideration they put into this event, it's no wonder that it has gained an iconic reputation as one of the best showcases of artisanship in Italy. 


"More than an exhibit about artisanship, we wanted this to be an exhibit about artisans." - Neri Torrigiani


Later, we met with Fondazione Ferragamo (sponsors of the #BlogsanCrafts project) for a private tour of a portion of the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum.  I learned about Salvatore's determination, his ingenuity and resourcefulness in times of scarcity - all factors that made this brand what it is today.  As if the absolutely stunning headquarters in 13th century Palazzo Spini Feroni wasn't enough, I saw original shoes made for Maralyn Monroe (see it in the video below 😉), Anna Magnani, and other VIP stars.

Did you know that Salvatore Ferragamo invented the wedge heal?  This is an example made in fish skin - another Ferragamo innovation. 

All this was punctuated by lengthy conversations with my favorite people: the artisans!

Stay tuned for more about Artigianato e Palazzo!  

In the meantime, this would be about when you should follow me on Snapchat: salvo1990 😉


Artigianato e Palazzo, Edition XXII - Day 1

Finally, Artigianto e Palazzo is upon us! 

I had a great first day yesterday meeting the 10 young artisans that were selected (out of 300 candidates!!!.... woah!!!) to participate in #BlogsandCrafts.  They are all specialized in different crafts, but each one of them shares a common enthusiasm for innovating tradition.

Some of them have degrees in philosophy, others in astronomy.  Despite the years they spent studying in university, they chose to dedicate their professional careers to their passion for creating something from nothing

Despite the uncertainty that invariably accompanies virgin territory, they trust in their artistic instinct, and they are confident that the "road less traveled" will bring satisfaction and fulfillment. 

I am excited to have had the opportunity to meet so many people that have chosen alternative career paths.  They certainly have inspired me to be courageous in my pursuits; I hope they inspire the same in you! 

Thank you, Artigianato e Palazzo for this opportunity! 

Below is a small selection of pictures from Day 1 - stay tuned for individual stories about each of the artisans that I wrote about HERE


At the opening ceremony of the XXII Edition of Artigianato e Palazzo. 

L-R: Deputy Mayor of Florence Cristina Giachi; Princess Giorgiana Corsini and Neri Torrigiani (Co-Creators of Artigianato e Palazzo)


Dino Capuano of Insettoamaro

Arianna Leoni of Leoni Arte

Luca Turelli of Turelli Studio

Ferro Battuto Bernabei (not #BlogsandCrafts)

Laguna B (not #BlogsandCrafts)