Richly painted maiolica ceramics from Tuscany. Supple Florentine leather. The cameos of Naples and the Amalfi Coast. Parmigiano-Reggiano, the king of cheeses. Jaw-dropping glass from the island of Murano.
MADE IN ITALY takes you on a complete tour of the dazzling artisanal legacy of Italy, uncovering off-the-beaten-path destinations and one-of-a-kind, hidden workshops where everything from leather bags to gilded frames are turned out completely by hand, piece by piece.
This book includes instructions for getting a free copy of the companion guide, ARTISANS OF ITALY, with complete, continually updated listings of Laura's personally recommended shops and artisans across Italy.
Laura Morelli, art historian and trusted guide in the world of cultural travel and authentic shopping, leads you behind the tourist traps to discover some of Italy's most traditional arts.
Laura holds a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University and shares how, what, and where to buy; hints on recognizing quality and authenticity; and tips for bringing home the artisanal treasures of Italy in your suitcase.
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Delicious to read and artfully photographed, as appealing as the beautiful Italian products that it so enticingly describes. --Traditional Home
Full of historical information, advice on avoiding scams, and ways to pack it all up to take home... --House & Garden Magazine
Offers travelers a complete guide of what to buy where. --"Leather-Bound Edition," CNN Radio
This beautifully illustrated and instructive shopping guide will lead you to the "best of the best" of Old-World artisanal traditions and handmade crafts. --Endless Vacation
From carnival masks to cured ham, this guide aids tourists searching for Italy's best artisanal goods. Morelli, author of several illustrated travel and architecture books, divides her book by Italy's regions--northeast, northwest, central, southern, the islands--and introduces each one with an explanation of the traditions; at the end of each section she lists shops by cities and object of desire. The northwest, for example, is known for its copperware and violin making, while the south is known for its bagpipes and ceramics. In the town of Squillace in Calabria, for instance, Morelli notes that the Bottega artigiana"La Terracotta" has"some stunning all-black wares reminiscent of ancient Greek pottery." Her research is thorough (she recommends two bagpipe craftsmen in Scapoli, Molise, alone), and her observations engaging. The book is nicely laid out and beautifully bound, with many photos as well as chapter openings with maps of each region--a good choice for any shopper headed to the land of sun and wine.
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Made in Italy
The author has provided great detail on the types of products for each region in Italy to purchase for authenticity. Her details on shipping your purchases home was very beneficial. Highly recommend the authors books.
Made in Italy
This is a must-read for shoppers and historians alike traveling to Italy! The book allows the visitors to clearly understand the history and importance of the arts and crafts per each Region.