It’s known as the Bohemia of Italy for a reason. Colle di Val d'Elsa has been the centre of Tuscany’s oldest glass works for centuries. Here, you can see master glassmakers at work: gestures and rituals that are part and parcel of the old crystal production traditions.
The turn of the tools and the dexterity and delicacy of the movements come from another era. With their fluid glass and the transparency of the surfaces, the craftspeople resemble wizards capable of moving water and minerals. The material slowly takes shape, obeying the mastery and creativity of the expert. Wine glasses, vases and refined ornaments appear as if by magic to furnish the home and embellish the table.
The alchemy of crystal making has been repeated for centuries in the glassworks of Colle di Val d'Elsa, with the same patience and passion, and the exact same obstinate attention to the purity of the raw materials and finished product.