A "grand tour" of the artisan workshops
Suspended between fashion, design and art, the objects created in the historic artisan workshops can tell us a lot about the origins of Made in Italy. However, it is not always easy to have access to these often hidden and somewhat off-the beaten-path places, let alone be able to speak with the artisans and learn the secrets of the trade, or what happens behind the scenes of what the world envies us so much.
Yet someone decided to put together an emblematic selection of these excellences in a special tour entirely dedicated to the artisan Milan.
The name, Grand Tour, is inspired by the golden age of the great travels through continental Europe that young British aristocrats typically embarked on a few centuries ago to discover, among other things, Italian art and architecture.
This short journey through the Milanese artisan workshops, streets and museums includes plenty of remarkable stop-overs: from the collections of metallic and leather objects of the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum to the studio of a contemporary Milanese metal sculptor and a historic leather workshop where beautiful hand-sewn shoes are made; from the precious manuscripts kept in the city libraries and archives to a famous book binding workshop where ancient techniques are still used. From the Sala degli Oriat the Poldi Pezzoli museum, which preserves over 200 goldsmith’s ware, to a prestigious jewelry workshop where you can watch expert master craftsmen at work; from the Museum of Musical Instruments (inside the Castello Sforzesco) to the workshop of a master violin maker.