Castelmuzio (Siena) - Val D'Orcia - Tuscany

Artisanal Shops and Finely Handcrafted Items

The Italian sense of taste and style is famous for its simple elegance, fine design, uncompromising components and ingredients, and visual beauty. This area of Tuscany is a treasure trove for those looking for the finest in gastro-enological products and superbly hand-wrought items, such as pasta, cured meats, pecorino cheese, leather, ceramics, terracotta, copperware, wrought ironwork, and so much more. These items are produced by artisans, in their small workshops, in villages both large and small. Many of them produce their goods using traditional techniques, taking great pains to ensure excellence and beauty, function and design, and taste and value. We will be delighted to tell you about the local artisans and show you where to find them. These are purchases you will cherish for many years after your Tuscan dream vacation is just a memory.

Most of the small artisans in our area do not have websites, some are only in Italian; however, we are happy to list those below in order to give you some idea of the artisanal richness there exists in our area:


  • Fattoria San Polo
  • Caseificio Cugusi
  • Il Casale
  • Cured Meats

  • Nannetti e Bernardini
  • Bindi Enzo
  • Pasta

  • Cecilia-Pasta Fresca
  • Pasta Panarese
  • Beer

  • Birrificio Olmaia
  • Birrificio San Quirico
  • Wrought-Ironworks

  • Ferro Battuto Biagiotti
  • Ceramics

  • Linda Bai
  • Sbarluzzi
  • Handmade Leatherworks

  • Valerio Truffelli
  • Officine 904
  • Terracotta

  • F.A.T.A.P.
  • Coppersmith

  • Mazzetti
  • Oil and Watercolor Paintings

  • Elizabeth Cochrane
  • Fabrics and Woven Goods

  • Giuliana Ricami
  • Punto e Virgola
  • WABI di Luisa Ferrari
  • Antiques

  • Arte e Preziosi and also Antichità Beatrice Caratelli

  • Outlet Shopping

    For those who enjoy shopping wherever they go, or even for those who want something fun to do just in case it is raining outside, there is fabulous discount shopping close by at outlet malls with major Italian designers and brand names at incredible discounts! Italian factory outlets are like none you have seen before. These stores offer the real thing at ridiculous discounts along with a suitably designer environment and good service. Just 20 minutes away is the Valdichiana Outlet Village with over 200 stores for clothing, accessories, and more, and discounts up to 70%. It is open 7 days a week.

    And if this isn't enough, or if you want to move up a notch or two on quality, just a little over an hour's drive is The Mall, with famous designer stores such as Prada, Agnona, Alexander McQueen, Armani Jeans, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Emanuel Ungaro, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Hogan, I Pinco Pallino, La Perla, Loro Piana, Marni, Pucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sergio Rossi, Stella McCartney, Tod's, Valentino, Yohji Yamamoto and Yves Saint Laurent. This is a destination shopping experience for top-quality, premium brands at the lowest possible prices.


    In the Big Book, which is in each apartment, you will find a comprehensive list of the weekly/monthly markets that happen in our region. Most towns have a weekly market where the residents buy a large amount of their food, clothing, housewares, garden supplies, and more. You will see authentic Tuscan life at our markets. These markets are full of everyday items--the things you buy at your local stores for your everyday life. But in Italy, the markets come to the people--usually on a weekly basis. Here is a small sample of the markets in our area.

    Monday - None

    Tuesday (Every week unless stated otherwise):

  • Chiusi - 8:30 am - 1:00 pm - Historical Centre
  • Montefollonico-8:30 am - 1:00 pm- Via del Pianello
  • Sinalunga- 8:30 am - 1:00 pm - Piazza Garibaldi
  • San Quirico d'Orcia (2nd and 4th Monday) - 8:30 am - 1:00 pm - Historical Centre

  • Wednesday (Every week):

  • Chianciano - 8:30 am - 1:00 pm - Via della Pace-Via dello Stadio-Via Abetone
  • Siena - 8:00 am - 1:00 pm - Viale XXV Aprile (Surrounding the Fortezza)

  • Thursday (Every week):

  • San Gimignano - All day - Piazza della Cisterna
  • Montepulciano - 8:30 am - 1:00 pm - Piazza Nenni

  • Friday (Every week):

  • Pienza - 8:30 am - 1:00 pm - Via Mencattelli (in the large pay parking lot)
  • Montalcino - 8:00 am - 1:00 pm - Viale della Libertà
  • Torrita di Siena market-8:30 am - 1:00 pm - Passeggio Garibaldi

  • Saturday (Every week):

  • Buonconvento - 8:30 am - 1:00 pm - Piazzale Garibaldi

  • Weekend (Saturday and Sunday-Monthly only):

  • Arezzo - Antiques Market- 10:00 am - 8:00 pm-Piazza Grande - First weekend only. (If Sunday falls on the first day of the month, then the market will start the day before on the last Saturday of the previous month.)
  • Chianciano Terme - Antiques Market - 1st weekend only - Viale Baccelli, Macerina Terme area
  • Montepulciano - Arts and Handicrafts Market - 2nd weekend only - Piazza Grande

  • Sunday (Monthly only):

  • Sarteano - Antiques Market - 3rd Sunday only, excluding June, July and September - Historical Centre
  • Siena - Antiques Market - The Collectors' Corner - 3rd Sunday only, All day, except for August - Piazza del Mercato
  • Buonconvento - Antiques Market - Last Sunday only except for December - Piazza Garibaldi
  • Asciano - Mercatino delle Crete - Every 2nd Sunday
  • Montalcino - Collector's Corner - Every 1st Sunday

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