Beyond the landscapes, charming architectures, top wines, local dishes and the famous Palio race, there is a valuable artisan heritage to be discovered in Siena and surroundings. From lead crystal objects to artistic candles, from hand-woven clothing to ceramics, find out here 10 artisan workshops we selected in collaboration with ARTOUR. Get ready to head to Siena, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano and Colle Val D’Elsa!
Called the Bohemia of Italy, Colle Val d'Elsa produces 95% of Italian crystal and accounts for 15% of global production. The crystal manufacture represents one of the best examples of knowledge transfer and innovation based on an antique tradition which originally arrived in this area in the 15th century.
Cucini Franco Moleria - Crystal
Since 1982 Franco Cucini and son, transform skilfully crystal and glass in very special objects using the best grinding and engraving techniques.
Where: Zona Industriale Belvedere Ingr.5 N.36 Int.8, 53034 Colle di Val d'Elsa SI
La Grotta del Cristallo - Crystal
Grotta del Cristallo is synonymous with hand-engraved crystals. Giuliano Bandinelli, is able to highlight all the lustre and shine of crystal and glass. This workshop is also specialized in the restoration of modern and antique crystal objects.
Where: Via del Murolungo, 20, 53034 Colle di Val d'Elsa SI
Colle Vilca is a company that was set up through the merging of two historic Italian glassworks, and boasts over forty years’ experience in the field of art, craft tradition and the working of (over 24%) lead crystal.
Where: Loc. San Marziale, 24, 53034 Colle di Val d'Elsa SI
Monteriggioni is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Italy and boasts magnificent exterior walls with fourteen towers on square bases and buildings inside. But there's more to see outside the walls:
Ferrara Design - Crystal
Ferrara family produces original and high quality mirrors. A characteristic feature of Ferrara's products is the silver, which gives a nice shiny appearance and a three-dimensional effect. Visits by appointment.
Where: Strada Provinciale le Colligiana 31, 53035 Monteriggioni SI
Atelier Ladè Maria Laura De Tanti - Goldsmiths
Maria Laura De Tanti creates precious accessories using gold and silver combined with copper, wood and minerals. All her articles are crafted by hand and all the production stages occur in her workshop. Visits by appointment.
Where: via di Riciano, 11 - 53035 Monteriggioni SI
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San Gimignano has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its 13th and 14th-century architecture that has remained intact. Beyond the fascinating medieval towers a visit to San Gimignano is also a great opportunity to discover great ceramics design, exquisite jewellery, decorated fabrics, handmade yarns and original leather items.
Lucia Boni - Hand-woven clothing
Lucia Boni designs and makes jackets, coats and accessories on a vertical-loom using the tapestry technique. Each jacket, coat and cape is woven directly on the loom with no need for cutting.
Where: Via San Giovanni, 84, 53037 San Gimignano SI
Silvia Beghè - Artistic ceramics
Silvia Beghè is a famous local artist. Her artworks are kept in some important ceramic museums in Italy and abroad, while some others have been installed in the centre of San Gimignano.
Where: Show Room Via San Matteo, 86, 53037 San Gimignano SI
Franco Balducci Ceramiche - Artistic ceramics
As you walk up from Piazza del Duomo to the Rocca fortress you will find Franco's workshop where art, earth and passion blend together in magical harmony.
Where: Piazza delle Erbe, 5, 53037 San Gimignano SI
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UNESCO has declared the historic centre of Siena a World Heritage Site. It's famous for its art, food, museums, and the Palio race but only a few people knows its artistic handicraft.
La Fabbrica delle candele - Artistic candles
At La Fabbrica delle Candele you can watch a simple piece of wax get into a unique personal candle. The shop offers a wide range of candles with different colours and shapes produced with natural materials.
Where: Via dei Pellegrini, 11, 53100 Siena SI
Laboratorio Artistico Luca - Decorative Wood Painting, fabric decoration and more
Since 1996 Luca Pollai is dedicated to create and decorate many kind of objects. His technical knowledge and creativity led him to work in many fields such as wood, fabric and glass decoration, silkscreen printing, and reproduction of artworks.
Where: Via S.Caterina, 22, 53100 Siena SI
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ARTOUR is a project promoted by ARTEX (Centro per l’Artigianato Artistico e Tradizionale della Toscana) containing over 100 itineraries focused on the best artisan workshopsacross Tuscany.