The modern image of Florence is characterized by the presence of so-called handicraft “Bottega”? Originally the word “bottega” meant a place where professional craftsmen and women sewed clothes to order using traditional techniques. The widespread popularity of “bottegi” increased in the 19th century, when Florence became one of the main tourist destinations in Europe perpetrated by members of aristocratic families. Craft workshops, in contrast to industrial companies, remained committed to traditional techniques and tools used for working on metal, wood, glass or other materials. In “bottegah” every individual product that is created, embodies the ideals of the Renaissance, which has remained one of the most important influences in Florentine history. After Florence experienced a deep economic crisis after the 18th century and the Napoleonic conquests, it began to actively use its historical relationship with a great past, creating magnificent works of art in the Renaissance style in marble, bronze, wood, ceramics, iron, leather and fabrics. In Santa Croce and the area of Oltrano, the first craft shops and antique shops were established that implemented the objects that embody the high and refined style of the Florentine aristocracy. However, by the end of the 20th century, tourism has evolved from the privileged classes and the mass production of inexpensive souvenirs replaced the workshops of handmade goods. Consequently, the business of these small workshops suffered badly. The catastrophic flood in 1966 also caused considerable damage to many “bottegi” and were forced to close. But on a happier note, one can still find the small craft shops specialising in traditional art.
Antico Sete Fiorentino, via Bartolini 4. Opened in 1796, produces thin cloth on ancient designs from historical archives.
Tessitura di Rovezzano, via Aretina 507. Est. since 1948, producing flax and cotton fabrics for residences from his own sketches of liberty and deco style.
Pierotucci, via Lungo L’Ema 17. Established since 1972, produces classic leather bags and accessories using traditional techniques.
Scuola del cuoio, piazza di S.Croce 16. Effective from 1950. Full production cycle of skin and leather products.
Theatrical Costumes and Accessories:
Flistrucchi, Via Verdi 9. Produce wigs, hairpieces and makeup for the theater.
Sartoria teatrale fiorentina, piazza del Duomo 2. Produces historical costumes.
Masters of Stone:
Fratelli Traversari. Creates pictures from Florentine stone mosaic.
Fratelli Berti, via Turri 48. Produce countertops, panels for cabinets, vases and boxes of soft and hard stones.
Officina farmaceutica di S. Maria Novella, via della Scala 16. Valid from the 16th century, it sells spices, liqueurs, soaps, balms, made according to old recipes.
Alessandro Bizzari, via della Condotta 32 rosso. Established since 1842, creating herbs, spices and medicines.
Pottery and porcelain:
Manifattura di porcellane Richard Ginori, viale Giulio Cesare 50. Historical manufacturer for the production of forforovyh products. This historical collection is exhibited in the museum, via Pratese 31.
Manetti e Masini, via Bronzino 125. Established since 1925, is engaged in the restoration and reproduction of decorative ceramics and majolica of different types and styles.
Masters of wood:
Fratelli Vini, piazza S.Spirito 5 rosso. Established since 1887, carvings in soft wood using traditional techniques.
Bartolozzi e Maioli, via Maggio 13 rosso. Established since 1937, wood carving with ancient models.
Masters of Glass:
Locchi moleria vetro, via Burchiello 10. Estblished since the end of the 19th century, restoration and reproduced bottles, vials, glasses, carafes of glass and crystal, engraved and faceted.
Guido Polloni, via Fra Giovanni Angelico 71. Restoration and reproduction of stained glass.
Masters of bronze:
Ubaldo Baldinini, via Palazzuolo 105 rosso. Effective from 1920, producing handles, valves, keys, friezes and other decorative items made of bronze.
Luciano Ugolini, via del Presto di S. Martino 23 rosso. Established since 1950, producing amphorae, vases, bowls of copper and bronze on models of different artistic styles.
Masters of gold and silver:
Giovanni Manetti, Borgo San Jacopo 41 rosso. Traditional family of jewelers, manufacturing classic Florentine jewelry.
Paolo Pagliai, Borgo S.Jacopo 41 rosso. Reproduction of typical cutlery silver from the 18th century.