The craftsmanship of the Tuscan Maremma has the characteristic of being “poor”, the artisans are able to create unique pieces still made by hand, using ancient techniques, including Etruscan ones.

egno, ceramic, terracotta, stone, wrought iron, basketry, fabric:Maremma craftsmanship is “poor”, linked to a territory that historically offers few but renowned raw materials. It is a craftsmanship that does not create in series, each work is done in the home, in the best way, it is the product of the intelligence and application of man, not taken in a global sense, but in an individual sense. The ancient tradition ceramic – also inspired by Etruscan models – is revived in the villages and historic centers of the Tuscan Maremma, by a new generation of potters and ceramists who graft design, contemporary creativity and new technologies on the ancient wisdom of the potters, or on the contrary re-propose ancient vases reproduced for the use of tourists.

Alongside the ceramic art, in Maremma continues to live the craftsmanship of wrought iron in slender and inimitable forms, gods woods, worked to make room for objects that arise from the inspiration of the natural shape of the root or a log, of the leatherand del leather (just think of the traditional accessories, clothes, boots, bags and saddle of the legendaries Butteri della Maremma), of semi-precious stones worked and set in more or less precious metals and the art of basketry, once widespread along the coasts and in marshy areas.

Maremma craftsmanship still survives today thanks to the commitment of ancient artisan shops and modern workshops, which perpetuate and often reinterpret the ancient crafts in a modern key.

There is no lack of the art of weaving natural fibers, linked to the Maremma rural life, and the processing of stone, the latter practiced with particular vigor in the so-calledArea del Tufo, in the internal Maremma, where the malleability of the local raw material gives life to works of great charm. Pitigliano, Sorano and Sovana Рthe famous Città del Tufo Рare living examples of houses built and perched on tufaceous rock, an ancient art form that of modeling tuff, already used at the time of the Etruscans and then come the Romans, to build necropolis, tombs, everyday objects and communication routes (via cave or Etruscan tagliate). Massa Marittima, some areas of Monte Amiata, small towns in the hinterland, are jealous keepers of real and authentic artisan shops and to find them, find them more properly, you need to ask, look carefully in the modest shop windows to find those objects made in Maremma, very often created by hand, simple facts, but which contain centuries of history and traditions at their roots.