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Artists and artisans in the Tuscan countryside

Driving along the tuscan roads you don't find only olives, good wines and restaurants. Sometimes in a isolated farm house or in a modern laboratory you can meet some original artists or artisans. They work in the middle of the countryside, but they present their works all over the world. We would like to tell you the history of some of this people.

Anne Shingleton, Certaldo, loc. Bagnano

Visits to the studio-home, halfway between Florence and Siena, of British painter-sculptress ANNE SHINGLETON will allow glimpses of work in progress. Shingleton is an outstanding figure in the great European return to representational art. She is a grand-master in many media: drawing, etching in colour and monochrome, pastels, oils, and sculpture in bronze. Holding an honours degree in zoology, she centres much of her work on animals in ways not often seen before.

Filippo Romagnoli, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa

Filippo Romagnoli lives and works in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa. He learned the art of wood carving from his father and grand father that started the family’s activity in Florence in the early 1920’s. Today Filippo is among the few young artisans in the area still working with great traditional knowledge and skill.
Filippo, designs and creates unique objects such as mirror frames, bagoures, carved Florentine boxes and carved furniture. He also restores major antique carvings. His work is centred mostly on Florentine renaissance and baroque stiles.
Very friendly and welcoming, Filippo is always glad to show his dusty work shop where he will explain the techniques and methods of his work.

Pietro Maddalena, Certaldo, loc. Bagnano

Pietro Elia Maddalena graduated in Three-Dimensional Design in the Ceramics Section at the West Surrey College of Art and Design, England, having studied under Henry Hammond and Paul Barron. He spent two years working and studying at the Dartington Pottery Training Workshop in Devon under Peter Starkey, and in collaboration with David Leach and Mick Casson, among others. In 1980 he established a pottery workshop in Tuscany for stoneware, raku and porcelain. His work is shown in the best galleries in Italy and abroad.

Program & Prices

  • h. 9:30 Departure from Florence or from your location.
  • h.10:30 Visit of the laboratory of Filippo Romagnoli in Tavarnelle val di Pesa.
  • h.12:30 Lunch at the restaurant Il Ponte Rotto in San Casciano
  • h.14:30 Visit of the Anne Shingleton Atelier
  • h.16:30 Visit of Pietro Maddalena's laboratory.

Day trip from 9am to 6:30pm with private air-conditioned minivan, guide in your language, and lunch and wine tasting



Picture by Kee-Ho Casati

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