I leave for Italy on Wednesday. I don't know why it didn't occur
to me to ask this sooner, but, are there any jewelry must-sees in
Milan and Florence that you would recommend?
Ciao - I know Firenze pretty well- My husband is Florentine and we
live there part time- I have attended a few schools there too... The
must visit school in my opinion is called Alchimia - it's
located on "the other side of the river" from the duomo---just a hop
skip and jump away from Santo Spirito and the Brancacci Chapel. they
have a web site to check out too- www.alchimia.it I took a workshop
with Giampalo Babbetto which was crucial to the work that I am doing
Also- Gatto Bianco is a metalsmithing gallery that is always fun to
visit- it's located close to the ponte vecchio, but a little hard to
find, so you might have to hunt a bit... if you are walking towards
the duomo just stepping off the ponte vecchio take your second left
( the street is a bit hidden..) and walk down about a block, Gatto
Bianco is going to be on your right side....By the way...a few doors
down is Mealli---the "riogrande" of Firenze...Loads of metals
tools...just remember to bring your dictionary if you don't speak
Italian! Of course via Tornabuoni also has Buccellati and other
"biggies"- so fun to see twinkly things!
Well- those are a few of my reccomendations- Sorry, I don't know
Milan. Please tell the guys at Mealli I said Ciao!
Buon Viaggio- Maureen Brusa Zappellini (Bzapdesigns.com)