The origins of the fiasco are very uncertain. The first documentation of a container similar to a fiasco appears in 1275, in San Gimignano, where at a certain Cheronimo was given permission to open a glass factory. Following this, the fiasco is found in a work by Sandro Botticelli from the 14thcentury, where he illustrates two large fiascos supported on a piece of wood. Again in “The Birth of John the Baptist” by Domenico Ghirlandaio, where a maid carries two small versions of the container.
Between Empoliand Montelupo Fiorentino the techniques of green glass work spread, a very cheap material that could perfectly conserve wine and oil. The link between the countryside and craftsmanship meant that containers for agricultural products came about: for example, the straw-covered fiasco or the demijohn.
The fiasco was covered by so-called “fiascaie” which were made by dried marsh plants (coming from the Fucecchio Marsh) and formed a base for the container.