|Palazzo Corsini garden|
|the fire fighter's bike|
|the bicycle priest|
|the grinder's bicycle|
One can admire the practical demonstrations of master craftsmen, as they realize old-fashioned jewellery and modern wood engravings, silver embossing, perform the complicated and fascinating procedure to achieve the pleating of a precious evening dress, forge iron, or aluminum to make "the fiorino", work Sardinian macrame to realize lampshades and elegant necklaces.
One can also smell the oldest spices and the fine fragrances made from the ancient pharmacies of Santa Maria Novella and Lorenzo Villoresi; wear the traditional hats from the village of Signa, close to Florence, or see shoes being made to measure. One can observe craftsmen making straw baskets of any kind and size.
This year, the most interesting part of the exhibition has been the museum of the "working" bicycles. My favorite one is the fire fighter, with the pump rolled up on the bike, and very curious one is also the priest's bicycle. Then there is the shepherd's bicycle (where butter can be churned), and the knife grinder's bicycle.
|the hat from the town of Signa|