Beyond is shopping that becomes an exhilarating emotion like the one you will experience as you discover many artisans and products that make Tuscany so unique.
I certainly can’t miss the appointment with Artigianato e Palazzo at the Giardino Corsini with its display of exclusive handicrafts.
One of the finest gardens in Florence is hidden from sight behind the walls of a villa along what used to be called Prato di Ognissanti. The mansion became the home of Don Neri Corsini and his wife in 1834. Architectural and ornamental work was commissioned along with a Romantic-style makeover for the garden: wooded groves, a tiny hill and a pond.
They are still there and they set the scene for the pink and red perennial shrubs, lavender, roses, peonies and cherry trees which were recently redrafted by Oliva di Collobiano.
Artigianato e Palazzo opens the gates of its 17th century garden designed by Gherardo Silvani to display the works of 80 master artisans. A new selection of original pieces ranging from ceramics, cut glass and silver repousée to wood carving, gilded frames and works made with the scagliola method.
There is something very retro about walking through the Italian gardens, sampling exquisite homemade biscuits and sipping tea under the striped awnings so reminiscent of the Italian Riviera where a new section of events dedicated to food and family recipes is being hosted. And this is where the porcelain treasures that only Florence’s Richard Ginori can create reigns supreme: the refined charm of the bygone days with the singularity of a contemporary classic.
How can I possibly resist wearing a hat bestrewn with feathers created by a Florentine maison that collaborates with the most prestigious international fashion houses? Let’s start with a little featheredbrooch…and voilà, my jacket looks like a million!
I’ve got my Capri sandals on, too.
Yes, spring has sprung at last!