Visit the workshops and ateliers in the historical centres of Barberino and Tavarnelle

While taking a stroll through the ancient towns of Chianti, there is nothing better than to explore artisan workshops: places where Tuscan quality is guaranteed.

Francesco Pistelli calzolaio

The hills of Chianti are dotted with small charming historical towns where traditions still thrive and are passed down from generation to generation.

Strolling through the historic centres of the two towns of Barberino and Tavarnelle, visitors will discover artisanal workshops and ateliers, perfect places to stop and observe the arts and crafts that represent Tuscany.

"Visiting artisan workshops means being able to know
arts and crafts of other times"

In Barberino Val d'Elsa, for example, there are two ateliers which overlook the main street, attracting visitors and inviting them inside. Through the windows of Francesco Bojola’s atelier, a traditional Florentine leatherworker, it is possible for curious passersby to observe how customized belts and unique bags are made with typical Tuscan materials such as leather and cowhide. Not far away from there, an ancient medieval monastery is home to “Le Sete di Paola”, a boutique with a workshop that overlooks the Chianti countryside where unique and innovative silk creations, exuding colour, creativity and lightness, are made.

Le sete di Paola

Also Tavarnelle Val di Pesa is well known for its traditional leather-working. This craft has existed here for over a century and is continuously renewed by Francesco Pistelli, a shoemaker specialised in the production of bespoke sandals. His shoes are perfect for strolling through the streets and alleyways of the most beautiful places in Chianti, just like true Tuscans!

Along the main street of Tavarnelle, the Corti Montecchi Tailors’ Atelier also captures visitors' attention. It’s an intimate space where the main element is uniqueness: only made-to-measure clothes, which best enhance the wearer's body shape, are made here.

Not far from the historical centre, visitors can discover a workshop where the art of carpentry is combined with music: Roberto Salvianti's lutherie is well worth a visit for all cello and double bass lovers, as well as for music lovers in general. Visitors will be able to see with their own eyes how refined and valuable musical instruments, destined for stages all over the world, are made.

Just a few steps away, visitors can reach “Il Tafano”, a ceramics workshop that uses local clays and an ancient technique to create decorations and objects for the home; the courses held in the atelier are perfect for learning this manual art while enjoying all the charm of the surrounding countryside.

Ceramiche Il Tafano

Tuscan towns and historic centres are places to explore step by step, allowing yourself time to stop and admire the many historical, scenic and artistic beauties. Visiting the artisan workshops that still fill the town streets means getting to know the arts and crafts of the past, as well as having the opportunity to bring a unique garment or a personalised piece of furniture which speaks of Chianti and its lifestyle, back home with you.

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