Carnival masks, violins, terra-cotta urns, leather goods, Murano blown glass, copperware, decorative metalwork ornaments, and more: so rich and varied is Italy's history of artisanal craftsmanship.
Beautifully illustrated as well as informative, 101 Beautiful Small Towns in Italy: Arts & Crafts is a one-of-a-kind tour through the pleasures of shopping in Italy. Author Paolo Lazzarin travels from one hilltop hamlet to another to relate the ancient traditions that turn an ordinary day of shopping in Italy into a splendid journey through the ages.
The classic, handcrafted products of Italy are as remarkably varied as the many different regions of the country, shaped and influenced as they are, by geography, climate, and history.
Made in Italy has become synonymous with style, quality, and craftsmanship. And every region of the country has its specialties: Venice is known for magical glassware designs, delicate lace, and luxurious velvet; Milan and Como for the finest of woven silks; the Dolomites and the mountainous regions of Calabria and Sicily for hand-carved wooden objects; Florence for straw goods, gold jewellery, leather, and paper products; Naples for coral and cameos; Assisi for embroidery; and Deruta, Gubbio, Vietri and many towns in Puglia and Sicily for their rich history of ceramic making. Whatever your heart desires, travel to the source to explore the history and passions behind some of the world's most coveted wares.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 03 / 2008
- 261 x 262 x 27mm