worth the trip
castello di castagneto
Via della Sassetta, 1; CAP 57022 Castagneto Carducci, Livorno;
+39 331 648 2697; castellodicastagneto.com
Located in the center of the medieval town of Castagneto Carducci, this sprawling estate (boasting one of the oldest castles in Europe) possesses bountiful gardens and picturesque views of the sea.
angiolo mariani & figli
Via di Cappello, 31; 50023 Impruneta, Florence;
+39 055 201 1414; terrecottemital.it
For a glimpse into Italian artisanal history, take a trip to the town of Impruneta to witness the impeccable work of terra-cotta sculpturist Angiolo Mariani. Using traditional pottery methods and materials, the Mariani family continues his noble legacy, using an iron oven to create vases, jars, sculptures, and other incomparably artistic pieces.