Discovering Valtiberina’s artisans


Locandina Mostra Mercato 2016We recently had the opportunity to visit an area of Tuscany that has impressed us for its natural and artistic beauties.

Arezzo is the main city, at the center of a geographical area full of beautiful villages in the middle of an uncontaminated nature that make this part of Tuscany unique, a little more secluded from the usual tourist routes but rich of historical and artisan traditions.

East of Arezzo lies the old town of Anghiari that annually hosts an open show dedicated to the handicraft workshops of Arezzo and its valleys (Casentino, Valdarno, Valdichiana and Valtiberina). And we thought it was the right time to visit this region.

Those who follow us on our Instagram and Facebook profile will have seen photographic previews of the  41st Mostra Mercato dell’Artigianato della Valtiberina Toscana.

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Handmade lampshades in Rome

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I’ve been born and grew up in Rome but I’ve lived abroad for 10 years, when I moved back I had the pleasure to stroll around the historical centre with the nostalgia from my youth for those artisans who did not survive the time and changes and with the joy of a tourist discovering little boutiques and workshops where I never paid attention.

One of these is Lavori Artigiani Romani L.A.R., nested in a little corner close to the main shopping streets. When I noticed their beautiful and quirky windows proudly showing a sign operating since 1938, I decided to visit them during working hours.

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