Florence is renown for its top quality craftrnanship, handed down through centuries of tradition, and for its elegance and good taste in creation.
Typical are Florentine straw products, original articles of clothing and furnishings as well as the finest leather, known for its exquisitely refined workmanship; ceramics and glassware; wood and metal crafts, furniture and bric-a brae, in other words, a host of Florentine artisan crafts are available at convenient prices to suit all tastes and all ages. Tailoring and fashion in Florence have a particular graceful look that is totally unique, especially intimate apparel and embroideries.
Much sought after – in the city that devotes Christmas to Benvenuto Cellini – are the siIver and goldsmiths, jewelers, filigree, mosaics and precious stones.
Florence has an exceptional patrimony of art, a splendid example of its secular civilization. Many artists have lived here: Cimabue and Giotto, the fathers of Italian painting; Arnolfo and Andrea Pisano, the renovators of archi tecture and sculpture; Brunelleschi, Donatello and Masaccio initiators of the Renaissance; Ghiberti and the Della Robbia; Filippo Lippi and Angelico; Botticelli and Paolo Uccello, and of course the universal ge niuses, Leonardo and Michelangelo. Their works – together with many other generations of artists including those of today – are gathered in the many museums of the city.
Article by Massimiliano Marzi