From hand-made leather goods to artisan jewellery known as bigiotteria, Florence hosts several practitioners of the bigiotteria craft. At L’Oro Fuggia visitors can discover the tradition of arte povera, where owners Leonardo Bertucci and Leonora Moschitta create singular and colourful works of art using a variety of materials, including brass, copper, silver, freshwater pearls, crystals and fabric at their workshop near the Duomo.
Alvise Giustinian draws on the Venetian glassmaking tradition to produce bracelets, earrings and necklaces as well as exquisite glassware and Venetian masks. The company is named after a Venetian doge and has been in operation since the 1970s, expanding to include a Florence storefront in the ‘80s. Supplied by various Murano workshops, Alvise Giustinian offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy the authentic Venetian bigiotteria tradition in the heart of Florence near Santa Croce.
Today bigiotteria is as much a reflection of its local artisans as a cherished art form – an authentic piece of Florence that makes it the ideal gift for those looking for something a little different.
Where to find Florentine craftsmanship:
Via dei Servi, 13/r
339 54 00 072
Corso dei Tintori, 19/r
055 24 66 295