A few months back I went to Artigianato E Palazzo at the beautiful Corsini Gardens. This is an exhibition of one hundred artisans most from the Tuscany area. In addition to its importance as a cultural event to popularize crafts, the exhibition offers an opportunity to take a closer look at “applied arts” in order to bring them into our daily lives and set this event apart from more traditional craft shows and fairs.

The Corsini Gardens is a spectacular venue.  

Exhibitors are encouraged to give live demonstrations of the techniques in which they excel.



Throughout the exhibition, visitors discover how artisans create their objects by hand by watching them work in the small workshops erected in the garden and orangeries.

On one of our trips to Italy we visited Fabriano which is known for their superior paper making.  We took a tour and saw how the paper was made  I enjoyed seeing them represented here.  They have a beautiful retail store in Firenze that I visit often.

This was my favorite display. This beautiful paper dress can be seen in their store  






They made great use of the gardens for many of the artisan exhibits.


This  girl took a break from her hat making booth for lunch. I neglected to take a picture of the really nice lunch .

One of the nice things about going to any event in Firenze there is always good and wine. That seems so obvious but if you have ever attended a trade show in the United States you will realize the huge difference.




There was so many gorgeous jewelry exhibitors

This bracelet stole my heart but my mind took over. 


The gardens are one of Florence’s finest. The property was bought in 1591 and the gardens were designed by Bernardo Buontalent. 

Buontalenti designed the complex hydraulic system to bring water to the fountains, with the pathways lined with sumptuous rows of cedars. It was sold a couple times throughout out the years and each owner added to the gardens to fit their taste.

In 1834 the palace became the residence of Don Neri Corsini and his wife, who commissioned both architectural and ornamental work. During the same period, the garden also underwent a Romantic-style make-over. Wooded groves were created, as well as a knoll and little lake. . More recently, the garden with its spring flowering of pink and red cistus, lavender, roses, peonies and ornamental cherry trees, was reworked by Oliva di Collobiano.



I can’t think of a better way for Zoe and I to spend a beautiful spring day.  I look forward to making this an annual event