Every year the city of Aosta is home to the Saint Orso Fair dedicated to the Aosta Valley craft work.
This year the fair is held on the 30th and 31st of January, with artisans coming from all over the region.
The fair has a long tradition that dates back to 1000. Legend tells that all began in the area of Saint Orso Church. Just opposite the church, the Saint, who lived before the ninth century, used to distribute clothing and “sabot”, the traditional wooden clogs still sold at the Fair, to the poor.
The favorite material is wood in all its forms, but there are also artisans of metals, ceramics and fabrics.
Aosta is transformed and visitors are transported into a world of gestures handed down from generation to generation.
From 25 to November 27 2016, in Pistoia takes place the event Arts & Crafts, in the evocative and former industrial spaces of the so-called Cattedrale (Breda’s factories) just outside the ancient walls of town.
Pistoia is at the centre of an area rich in tradition. In 2017 it will be the Capital of Italian Culture and with this event aims to showcase high-quality handicrafts.
There will be plenty to see: from textile art to furnishings and design, to fashion clothing and accessories, from tableware to food design. Furthermore the event will be accompanied by an exhibition (Galleria dell’Artigianato Artistico della Toscana) of objects from over 60 atelier-workshops, symbols of Tuscan creativity and handicraft.
There will be also many themed walks in the historic centre of Pistoia. Visitors will be invited to stroll right into “vie dei mestieri”, the tortuous streets around Piazza Duomo, one of the most fascinating squares of Italy.