Who visit Siena has in mind the most popular places that make this town worldwide renowned, a place that is beautiful as a work of art and heady as a vintage wine, characterized by its centuries-old craft tradition.
So we want to guide you to some handicraft workshops in Siena, the historical ones as well as the most recent stores which have the merit of keeping alive trades that require great effort and passion.
Would you like to know where to shop handicraft products in Siena? Here are some suggestions.
The manufacture of ceramics is an art that has reached top quality in Siena: there are many shops where you can buy plates, vases, jugs, tiles and other ceramic products entirely handmade.
One of the landmarks for those looking for the best Senese handicraft is Antica Siena, a shop located at Piazza del Campo, along with the workshop at Via del Capitano, both managed by Marisa Martini, who creates beautiful ceramic works since 1979.
If you are looking for a special gift or a unique souvenir, a visit to Martini is a must!
The works of art carved in travertine by Dario Ruffini
One of the raw materials that characterize this territory is the Rapolano travertine, which thanks to the skill of a sculptor as Dario Ruffini becomes a work of art.
Ruffini, in fact, started by himself and then he studied in a workshop in Serre di Rapolano. Today his handicraft shop is in Via delle Terme 44; here you can buy customizable coat of arms and plates, outdoor furniture and tables.
Ruffini also exhibited at the Book Fair in Turin his «artist’s books», carved in travertine.
The cobbler back in fashion
Today it is very rare to walk into a shop of a shoemaker, but in Siena this is possible thanks to Samuele Luppoli, which opened his shop in 2013.
This workshop is recommended for those who have to repair shoes, boots or bags, but we are sure that it is thrilling to see how an authentic craftsman works with the traditional tools of the trade; be amazed by the scent of leather that you will experience as you enter at the Ciabattino, located at Via Palestro 3.
The secrets of the restoration of fine furniture
If you love antiques, you should visit the Antica Bottega del Restauro di Marco Pirroni, specializing in the treatment and sale of furniture and antiques.
Here you can find furniture carefully restored and finished in every detail, the Antica Bottega del Restauro is the place where to imagine how embellish your own home with valuable objects made of different styles.
The restoration techniques performed by Pirroni ensure the best possible preservation of wooden furniture and the restoration of their original appearance, as if no time had elapsed. Antica Bottega del Restauro is situated at Strada del Tinello, 4/6.
Thanks to these insights, your shopping dedicated to excellent handicraft products will enrich your stay in Siena, the town where the tradition isn’t a memory but a strong passion.