In our modern western societies, craft industry still holds a strong place as a symbol of humanity and tradition. We can particularly notice this through the success obtained by craft fairs in whole Europe. Florence is lucky to host each year in April an important event of this kind: the Mostra Internazionale dell’Artigianato.
The 78th edition is happening this year with Iran as the Country Guest of Honor. With 55.000 sq.m, the Fortezza da Basso welcomes 800 exhibitors coming from 55 countries and from each region of Italy. Around 140.000 visitors are expected and, if you are one of them, you will have the opportunity to see and buy culinary specialties, clothes, jewels, furniture, decorative or useful items from every part of the world. China, Vietnam, Japan, Morocco or India are some of the numerous represented countries.
They are also special initiatives on different themes beside the selling spaces: on the one hand, “Bici Mania” is dedicated to handicraft bicycles with an open-air track to test them. The “Spazio Visioni” on the other hand is intended for innovation, design and research craft industries.
The “Centopercento” space is aimed for new talents and young crafts persons who never participated to the Fair before. An area is also reserved for the invited region, Lazio, who brought its best craftsmen and their antic techniques.
Among the events, you’ll find the “Cappello di Paglia” exhibition which focuses on the straw hat, a typical Florentine product, displaying beautiful pieces and tools used for their fabrication. The Florentine craft is also showed in the “Galleria dell’Artigianato” with the presentation of more precious handmade objects.
Finally, at the Gelato Festival preview, taking place each year in May in Florence, you’ll taste every type of ice cream and refresh yourself.
New areas open this year : one is dedicated to Beauty and Well-Being; another one to open-air life is called “Garden Art”; “Centomestieri” offers innovative ideas for the house and the space “Musei d’Impresa Toscani” displays quality craft masterpieces usually staying in a dozen of Tuscan museums.
Iran being the Country Guest of Honor this year, you’ll taste the best of its typical gastronomy, drink a tea in the dedicated room and admire the Persian carpets, bronze and silver objects, traditional ceramics or folklore shows.
Eventually, a lot of shows and events are organized and you’ll find the program inside the fair.
From the 24 April to the 1 May 2014
Opening hours: every day from 10am to 23pm, last day closing at 22pm
Tickets: Non-working days : full 5€ – reduced 4€ ; Working days : 4€
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