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

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

10 years of BLOGS & CRAFTS.

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
10 years of BLOGS & CRAFTS 2014-2013

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”.

Ongoing Fundraising

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

Medal of the President of the Republic of Italy
Fiorino d’Oro della Città di Firenze
MAM Supporters of the Craft Professions Award

European Community Representation in Italy
Office of the Prime Minister
Ministry of Culture
Ministry of Business and Made in Italy
Ministry of Production Activities
Ministry for Economic Development
Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio
for the metropolitan city of Florence and the provinces of Pistoia and Prato

Tuscany Region
Provincia di Firenze/Città Metropolitana di Firenze
Municipality of Florence
Municipality of Bagno a Ripoli
Comune di Sesto Fiorentino

Fondazione CR Firenze
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
Opificio delle Pietre Dure
Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi
Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze
IED European Institute of Design Florence
WCCE World Crafts Council Europe
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 – Archivio di Stato di Firenze – Artex Centro per l’Artigianato Artistico e Tradizionale della Toscana – Associazione Amici degli Allori – Associazione Amici di Doccia – Associazione Città Nascosta – Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane ADSI – Associazione Disegno Industriale ADI – Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul Cancro AIRC – Cantieri Goldonetta – Centro Ricerca, Produzione e Didattica Musicale “Tempo Reale” – Chelsea Fringe – Chiesa Russa Ortodossa di Firenze – CNR / Ibimet – Comune di Firenze, Assessorato alle Attività Produttive – Consorzio Il Cappello di Firenze – Fabbrica Toscana del Fumetto – Firenze Convention&Visitors Bureau – Florens 2010 / Settimana Internazionale dei Beni Culturali ed Ambientali – Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte – Fondazione del Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino – Fondazione delle Arti e dei Mestieri di Milano – Fondazione di Firenze per l’Artigianato Artistico – Fondazione Fabbrica Europa – Fondazione Ferragamo – Fondazione Fratelli Alinari – Italia in Giappone – Fondazione Nando and Elsa Peretti – Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi – Fondazione Roberto Capucci – Fondazione Sistema Toscana – Friends of Florence – Galleria del Costume di Palazzo Pitti, Firenze – Istituto Europeo di Design IED – Istituto di Cultura Italiana di Los Angeles – Istituto Statale d’Arte di Firenze – Fornaci Storiche di Impruneta – ME Métiers d’Excellence LVMH – 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 – Museo Stibbert – Opera del Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore – Opificio delle Pietre Dure di Firenze – Osservatorio dei Mestieri OMA – Otto per Mille Valdese – Provincia di Firenze, Assessorato alle Attività Produttive – Queen Elizabeth Scolarship Trust QEST – Scuola del Cuoio di Firenze – Smith College in Florence – Soprintendenza Archivistica per la Toscana – Source Self Made Design – Starhotels – Tuscany for Weddings / Divisione di Firenze Convention & Visitors Bureau – Università degli Studi di Firenze – World Crafts Council Europe WCCE

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.

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Preziosa Makers
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