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Italian Stories: Eugenio Ligato, inside the workshop of a luthier

I named my luthier workshop “Chitarreria” to give it an original touch. I make and renovate classical, folk and electric guitars right in the city...

Italian Stories: Luigi di Guglielmo, wood designer

My name is Luigi, and wood is my passion. Out of love for this versatile and ancient material, after a long time spent studying and...

Italian Stories: Maria Josè and Giuseppe, a connection to Renaissance

Our father Marcello and uncle Vincenzo opened our workshop in 1939, and later passed it on to their children and grandchildren. We like to...

Italian Stories: Martina, lacemaker in Burano

Welcome to Burano, the Venetian island known for its colorful houses. We are Sergio and Martina, brother and sister, and we started selling Burano’s...

Italian Stories: Agata, the ceramist from Caltagirone

My name is Agata, and after attending the Ceramics Art Institute I have worked for over forty years with my husband – and now...

Italian Stories: Iacopo, the interior decorator

I started my business in 1999, driven by a desire I have always felt to touch and experiment with materials. At first I opened...

The real wrought iron

I did not fall in love with iron at first sight. In fact it was love at very last sight. I never wanted to become...

Paper restorers Giovanna and Bianca

Bianca and Giovanna are paper restorers who work together with great care to bring old books back to their original beauty. Both originally from...

Maurizio, the carpenter from Valtellina

by Italian Stories I like to consider myself a “carpenter 2.0”. I have worked in the province of Sondrio for 10 years and have devoted myself...

Italian Stories: Federica and her mosaic gems

by Italian Stories "When I look back, I realize I have already lived many different lives up till now. I worked at a bank at twenty,...

Andrea, Salento’s paper maker

This article marks the beginning of the partnership between Italian Ways and Italian Stories, a website that gives readers access to workshops throughout Italy...

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