Beginning in the 12th century, Anghiari developed economically and culturally largely thanks to its vibrant market for varied artisanal activities: potters, blacksmiths, woodworkers and precious stone artisans, bricklayers, textile weavers, lacemakers, cabinet makers, shoemakers, fulling mill workers, millers, and gunsmiths. Later on, the city saw great success with wrought iron art and firearm production.
All of these artisanal activities continue to live on throughout the area, in one way or another. There are precious firearms and unique made-in-Anghiari crafts housed at the Palazzo della Battaglia, not to mention the luxurious embroidered fabrics from the Busatti company. Anghiari’s artisans have also brought countless items back to their original glory thanks to a rich tradition of restoring antiques and antique furniture; beyond this, production of wicker baskets is also common in the area.