The Project

The Project

The Project

ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO botteghe artigiane e loro committenze was created in 1995, the brainchild of Neri Torrigiani and with the patronage of Princess Giorgiana Corsini.

Giardino Corsini


Its primary objective was to take a new look and provide a contemporary context for craftspeople and their crafts as the expression of quality and technique, not only in terms of clients, but also focusing on the concept of artisan workmanship which, by nature, is “modern” but solidly based in tradition.


The exhibition, now produced by the Corsini Garden Association of which Sabina Corsini is president, while sinking its premises in the wake of the most ancient artisan tradition, aims to highlight the contemporary nature of craftsmanship.

Giardino Corsini
Giardino Corsini


The goal is in fact to present and enhance the figure of the craftsman, his work and his role in the current cultural and commercial context, as a high expression of quality and technique.

Mostra Principe

The “Mostra Principe”, or Main Exhibition, is featured as an “exhibition within the exhibition” and recreates the creative journey of a brand which has made artisan craftsmanship the cornerstone of its international success, becoming a beacon and inspiration for other artisans. Over the years, many leading national and international companies have shared their creative vision and story as the featured business in the “Mostra Principe”, always one of the stars of the ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO event.

Among these we remember:

Bulgari, Consorzio Il Cappello di Firenze, Consorzio Vera Pelle italiana conciata al vegetale, Devon&Devon, Enrico Magnani Pescia, Fabriano, Giusto Manetti Battiloro, Gucci, Il Bisonte, Il Sigaro Toscano, Laguna B, Loretta Caponi, Les Ateliers des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, Opera del Duomo di Firenze, Opificio delle Pietre Dure di Firenze, Richard Ginori, Roberto Capucci, Vacheron Constantin

Le Mostre Principe over the years


The contest “BLOGS & CRAFTS Young Artisans and the Web”, started in 2014 during the ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO twentieth anniversary, is the result of “A&P YOUNG 2010: young artisans and fashion” experience, created for Florens 2010 – International Week of Cultural and Environmental Heritage. The competition aim is to relaunch the exhibition in a more interesting perspective for the new generations, looking into the future and at the importance of the tradition and innovation union.


Each year, a special jury selects a minimum of 10 under 35 artisans, inviting them at the exhibition for free and providing a specific show area entirely dedicated.

Each year, a special jury selects a minimum of 10 under 35 artisans, inviting them at the exhibition for free and providing a specific show area entirely dedicated.

At the same time, a group of influencers, operating in craftsmanship, lifestyle, fashion and tourism sectors, is selected and hosted in Florence to show all the exhibition details and specific features on their social media account.

From 2021 the young artisans selection has been extended to all the European countries, in collaboration with the World Crafts Council Europe.

Artigianato e Palazzo
Previous editions

Family Recipes

The side events held during the exhibition include ‘Ricette di Famiglia’ (‘Family Recipes’), an innovative format to highlight gastronomic craftsmanship with the intention of enhancing the strong link between today’s culinary culture and that of ancient family recipes, traditional knowledge and flavours.

Ricette di Famiglia - preparazione ricetta

Family Recipes

It is an idea that also involves the culinary arts with the goal of highlighting and promoting the close link between contemporary food culture and that of old family recipes and traditional wisdom. It involves daily encounters dedicated to Italy’s food culture. As the guests talk, famous chefs offer their versions of a number of “old” recipes from a contemporary standpoint, preparing them in front of an ever-larger and curious audience. “Family Recipes” is a “satellite” event of ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO that was created in 2014 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the exhibition.

Previous editions

“Kindness and Sustainability”

“Kindness and Sustainability” is the project that ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO, in 2021, asked Irene Ivoi, eco-designer and industrial designer and expert in waste policies and prevention, to create, imagining a guided invitation that steers people to act according to the principles of a circular economy. The project saw the creation of a GUIDE and a GLOSSARY – realized in partnership with Lampoon magazine – both presented at the 2021 edition of the exhibition and available for consultation. These are not prescriptions, they are gentle nudges to make more planet-conscious choices wherever possible. “Kindness and Sustainability” concretely defines for artisans a rich and environmentally conscious architecture of options, examining the stages and cycles of production starting from what happens in the workshop, all the way to communication, packaging and shipping of the artifacts.

The “Glossary” and “Guide” can be consulted by everyone free of charge.

Edition 2021

Fund Raising

The Associazione Giardino Corsini organizes every year from 2018 a fundraising campaign to promote the Florentine cultural heritage. The fundraising is open to the public and the sponsoring businesses.


In 2018, the campaign “ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO FOR THE MUSEO DI DOCCIA” raised 50.000 euros to enable the reopening of the Manifattura Richard Ginori Porcelain Museum in Doccia. The funds have been used for the restoration of several statues of the collection thanks to the support of Amici di Doccia Association.


For the 25th edition, in 2019, the campaign “ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO: MEMORIES OF RUSSIA IN FLORENCE” was dedicated to the urgent restoration and preservation of some of the works of art dear to the Russian community which, throughout the 19th century and early 20 century embellished Florence with residences, churches and artistic collections. The funds raised (40.000 euros) were donated to the three subjects involved: the Evangelical Cemetery agli Allori, the Church of the Nativity of Christ and Saint Nicholas the Thaumaturge and the Stibbert Museum.


raised 30,000 euros in 2020 and in 2021. The sum in favor of the monumental complex of the “Fonte della Fata Morgana” in Bagno a Ripoli made it possible to make the cast of the statue originally made by Giambologna, to be relocated in the place for which it was designed. The rest of the amount will contribute to the restoration of the entire complex of the “Fonte della Fata Morgana”, also known by the locals as “Casina delle Fate”.

Raccolta Fondi 2023

The Prizes

To generate maximum public interest and provide incentive to the artisans to offer live demonstrations of how they work and reveal special techniques and secrets, a number of prizes are awarded.


The Perseo-Prize is awarded each year to the artisan preferred by the public, who can express their preference during the four days of the event. The Perseo-Prize is awarded each year to the artisan preferred by the public, who can express their preference during the four days of the event.

Premio Giorgiana Corsini

In 2012, to promote creativity in the staging of exhibitor spaces, the exhibition’s international Organizing Committee created this prize which it awards to the exhibitor who designs the most beautiful and appropriate stand.

Prize winner is awarded the opportunity to exhibit at the Exhibition the following year free of charge

Promotional Committee

“We believe in Artigianato e Palazzo”

Find out who we are

ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO can count on the invaluable collaboration of a prestigious Promotion Committee that works alongside the exhibit organizers in selecting artisans and popularizing and promoting traditional skills—the forerunners of today’s Made in Italy quality—throughout the world.

Stefano Aluffi Pentini art historian, founder and director of A Private View of Italy – A Private View of Europe, Roma

Jean Blanchaert gallery owner, art and craft expert, Milano

Benedikt Bolza architect, Perugia

Marcantonio Brandolini d’Adda artisan entrepreneur, Venezia

Fausto Calderai art evaluator, Firenze

Nicolò Castellini Baldissera interior designer, Milano

Chiara Stella Cattana craftswoman entrepreneur, Venezia

Matteo Corvino scenographer and interior designer, Venezia/Parigi/New York

Maria de’ Peverelli Luschi membro del Consiglio di Indirizzo della Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi di Firenze, Londra/Zurigo

Costantino D’Orazio storico dell’arte e saggista, Roma

Viola Emaldi storica dell’arte e curatrice di progetti espositivi – Faenza / Londra

Elisabetta Fabri imprenditrice, Firenze

Maria Sole Ferragamo artigiana imprenditrice, Firenze

Drusilla Foer artista, Firenze

Barnaba Fornasetti imprenditore, Milano

Bona Frescobaldi imprenditrice, Presidente di CORRI LA VITA Onlus, Firenze

Alessandra Galtrucco arredatrice, Londra

Francesa Guicciardini decoratrice, Firenze

Alvar Gonzales Palacios storico dell’arte, studioso di arti applicate, scrittore, Roma

Ferruccio Laviani architetto, Milano

Federico Marchetti imprenditore, fondatore di Yoox Net-A-Porter-Group, Milano

Alessia Margiotta Broglio Communications and Strategic Advisory Consultant AMB Consulenze di Comunicazione, Milano

Martino di Napoli Rampolla fondatore e direttore creativo Numeroventi, Firenze

Carlo Orsi antiquario, già Presidente dell’Associazione Antiquari d’Italia, Milano

Beatrice Paolozzi Strozzi storica dell’arte, già Direttrice Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Firenze

Clarice Pecori Giraldi Fondatrice GPG Art Advisory, Milano

Natalie Rucellai Communication Director Rocco Forte Hotels, Milan/Rome/Florence

Maria Shollenbarger giornalista, Los Angeles

Luigi Settembrini scrittore, già Curatore della Biennale di Valencia e consulente per il Salone del Mobile di Milano, Milano

Guido Taroni fotografo, Milano

Simone Todorow direttore Mondo Mostre, Roma/Firenze

Acknowledgements, Sponsorships, Collaborations, Overseas Editions, Supporters

Medal of the President of the Republic of Italy

Fiorino d’Oro della Città di Firenze

MAM Prize (Maestro d’Arte e Mestiere) Supporter of Artistic Trades

Rappresentanza in Italia della Comunità Europea

Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri

Ministero della Cultura

Ministero delle Attività Produttive

Ministry for Economic Development

Tuscany Region

Provincia di Firenze/Città Metropolitana di Firenze

Municipality of Florence

Municipality of Bagno a Ripoli

Comune di Sesto Fiorentino

Camera di Commercio di Firenze

Italo-Russian Chamber of Commerce

Confindustria Russia

GIM Unimpresa

Italian Business Council in Russia

Italian Embassy in Moscow

Embasssy of the Russian Federation in Italy

QUEST Queen Elizabeth Scolarship Trust

ADSI – Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane

Associazione Amici dei Musei

Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi

Friends of Florence

ADI Toscana

The multifaceted approach typical of ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO and the desire to bring craftsmanship to seemingly distant contexts has resulted in a wide variety of initiatives over the years by collaborating with the following entities: AACUPI Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze

Saint Petersburg Academy of Art in Florence

ADSI Association Dimore Storiche Italiane

AIRC Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul Cancro

Archivio di Stato di Firenze

ARTEX Centro per l’Artigianato Artistico e Tradizionale della Toscana

Friends of the Hermitage Association

Associazione Amici di Doccia

Cultural Association Città Nascosta

National Committee for the Celebrations for 500th Anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death

CanGo Cantieri Goldonetta

Centro di Ricerca, Produzione e Didattica Musicale “Tempo Reale”

CNR – Ibimet

EXPO Milano

Florens – Biennale Internazionale dei Beni Culturali ed Ambientali

Fabbrica Toscana del Fumetto

Firenze Convention & Visitors Bureau

Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte

Fondazione del Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Fondazione delle Arti e dei Mestieri

Fondazione di Firenze per l’Artigianato Artistico

Fondazione Fabbrica Europa

Fondazione Ferragamo

Fondazione Fratelli Alinari

Fondazione Italia Giappone

Fondazione Nando and Elsa Peretti

Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi

Fondazione Roberto Capucci

Fondazione Sistema Toscana

Galleria del Costume di Palazzo Pitti, Firenze

IED Istituto di Design, Firenze

Istituto di Cultura Italiana di Los Angeles (USA)

Istituto Statale d’Arte di Firenze

Le Fornaci Storiche di Impruneta

Life Beyond Tourism

Mediateca Toscana / Film Commission

Michelangelo Foundation

Ministero degli Esteri “Anno della Cultura Italiana negli Stati Uniti”

Museo della Ceramica di Montelupo

Museo dell’Intreccio e della Paglia di Signa

Museo della Specola, Firenze

Museo di Doccia, Sesto Fiorentino (FI)

Museo Horne, Firenze

OMA Osservatorio Mestieri d’Arte

Opera del Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore

Opificio delle Pietre Dure

Provincia di Firenze, Assessorato alle Attività Produttive

Provincia di Firenze, Il Giovane Genio Fiorentino

Scuola del Cuoio di Firenze

Smith College in Florence

Soprintendenza Archivistica per la Toscana

Source Self Made Design

The International Demidoff Foundation

Toscana Promozione Turistica

Tuscany for Weddings – Divisione di Firenze Convention&Visitors Bureau

Università degli Studi di Firenze

World Crafts Council Europe

Presenza in Giappone per “Italia in Giappone”

(September 23-October 10, 2001)

ARTISANATO E PALAZZO is the only project chosen to represent Italian craftsmanship for “Italy in Japan 2001” with two exhibitions in Tokyo and Osaka involving more than 40 artisans.

Presence in France for “ArtisansPassion”

(April 5/8, 2002)

ARTISANATO E PALAZZO is the only project chosen to represent Italian craftsmanship for “Artisans Passion” with an exhibition in Paris involving more than 24 artisans.

Presence in USA for “Year of Italian Culture”

(Feb. 22-March 20, 2013)

ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO is the only project chosen to represent Italian craftsmanship for “Year of Italian Culture” with the exhibition “Hats on Film” at the Institute of Italian Culture in Los Angeles – in collaboration with Consorzio Il Cappello di Firenze, Mediateca Toscana / Film Commission, Galleria del Costume di Palazzo Pitti di Firenze, Fondazione Fratelli Alinari, Museo dell’Intreccio e della Paglia di Signa – which involved more than 19 artisan companies.

Special Initiatives

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