To see in Florence

This is an excerpt from the book “Florence in two days“.

Ponte Vecchio – Photo © Rita Crane (photo for sale) www.ritacranestudio.com
Ponte Vecchio – Photo © Rita Crane (photo for sale)

The art of the goldsmith

The production of handcrafts in Florence has always gone hand in hand with the production of art, and the most outstanding example of this centuries-long cooperation and cross fertilization for mutual enrichment is without doubt the art of the goldsmith.  Melting, engraving and crafting have been conducted on the Ponte Vecchio since 1593 when Ferdinando I dei Medici decreed that the shops of the gold and silversmiths and jewelers be moved from the area of the new San Lorenzo market to the Ponte Vecchio.

From the end of the 14th century, silversmith production in Florence was of two different kinds. There were the Grand Duchy shops whose products – mainly for the continual flow of orders from the Court – were extravagant, experimental, highly refined, and open to ideas from abroad; and there were the workshops of the goldsmiths of the Ponte Vecchio, whose more traditional kind of product was for a more mundane public and the nascent bourgeoisie.

Despite times of hardship, the Florence goldsmith craftsmen are still there on the bridge and in the streets nearby. They continue their work in a host of little shops where crafting is still done by hand with ancient techniques to produce precious objects of every kind and style including great masterpieces of silverware fashioned with chisel and burin.

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Luca Benfaremo is one of the latest Florentine goldsmiths to go online to sell his own creations made in 18k Italian gold and precious stones. Completely handmade, Benfaremo designs the earrings, bracelets, necklaces and pendants which he then creates following the great Florentine goldsmith tradition.

The workshop is located a few steps from the Ponte Vecchio, historical location for goldsmith workshops in Florence.
The online catalog include earrings, bracelets, necklaces and pendants made in gold, silver, precious stones and other particular materials. The various collections are often inspired in styles from the past and at the same time propose innovative jewelry that will please anyone that loves beautiful things and appreciates high quality craftsmanship.

Each piece of jewelry created by Luca Benfaremo is a precious and exclusive item that you can render even more unique with a short personalized engraving on the back.

Visit Florentine goldsmith Luca Benfaremo’s online shop today to buy your 100% Italian jewelry in just a few clicks – in a matter of days, it will be delivered straight to your door.

Where to stay in Florence

There are hotels, apartments, B&Bs and guesthouses available, check it out and make a reservation here.