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The Finest Silk

Silk has been in Italy for nearly one thousand years, but only one silk house has lasted through the ages.

Antico Setificio Fiorentino is the oldest silk-weaving workshop in Florence, in operation since 1786 with roots back to the Medici in the fifteenth century. There’s such amazing history in the shop… they still use the same 18th century looms (designed by da Vinci!), weave traditional patterns in bottegas, and only use hand-dyed silks without any chemical treatments.

The final product is absolutely breathtaking – rich in color, luxurious in sheen, and a wondrous work of art. It’s no wonder at quality this high they can count the Russian tzar and the Royal Palace of Denmark among their prestigious roster of clients.

  

  

… and can we talk about how beautiful the grounds are?!!

Touring Florence on the #GrandTourista, see my St. Regis hotel room HERE and what we ate HERE!

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  • TheSilkStiletto

    Absolutely stunning. A piece of living history.

  • Arzoo Amer

    Absolutely beautiful colors and textures on this visit. Love the history and that it’s the oldest silk-weaving shop in Florence… how magnificent!

  • Irene

    I love the colours of these pictures! and your outfit too! this makes me want to visit Florence right now.

  • jen ramos

    incredible how silk is made! would love to visit italy one day!

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  • http://dreamsinhd.blogspot.com/ Molly {Dreams in HD}

    it is amazing to see how silk is actually made. and let’s talk about the gorgeous vibrant colors of the textiles {not to mention the orange trees!}

  • House of Hemingway

    When I saw your photo by the orange trees I immediately thought of the Medici family. They used to have orange groves in their Estate back in the Renaissance period. If you look at Sandro Botticelli’s Primavera painting you can see them in the background. That was one of the many works commissioned by the Medici family. I believe they also had a library… whm time to start researching some of the things I learned back in school….

    truly beautiful shots by the way :)

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  • Chiara Laquintana

    stunning photos!!!
    May I ask you which brand is your bag in the last one??

  • camiseta

    Parabens pela estrutura e conteudo de seu site, Forte abraço Willian
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