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In the 1930s and ’40s, Bologna was the capital of finely crafted men’s shoes. Though few of the 1,850 workshops from that time remain, Peron & Peron continues to painstakingly craft handmade shoes to order. Here’s a look at the distinctive cordwainers and other authentic artisans in this distinctive northern Italian city.

Meet the Editor: Isabella Brega

Isabella Brega, the executive editor of Traveler’s Italian partner magazine, put together a buyer’s guide to authentic goods in Italy, highlighting 20 places in five different cities where you can witness craftsmanship in its highest form–from marionettes to mandolins. “The story of Italian artisans is one of valuables and values,” she writes. Here’s a brief look at Touring’s creative maven and her singular view of the world.

The hallmarks of Italy’s artisanal tradition–creativity, innovation, craftsmanship–go back at least 3,000 years, to when Etruscans fashioned extraordinary works with bronze and Romans excelled in mosaics and glass. As we ramp up to Carnival season, we’re spotlighting artisans who are producing distinctive souvenirs with a strong sense of place, tradition, and style in Venice–including the best place to snag a primo Venetian mask.

Italy’s capital for fashion and design, Milan weds imagination with precision, beauty with utility, and emotion with technique–a drive for excellence fueled by an ongoing dialogue between Milan’s many creative minds and skilled craftspeople. This dynamic has played out for more than a century at the Compagnia Marionettistica Carlo Colla & Figli, one of the oldest marionette companies in the world.

The hallmarks of Italy’s artisanal tradition–creativity, innovation, craftsmanship–go back at least 3,000 years, to when Etruscans fashioned extraordinary works with bronze and Romans excelled in mosaics and glass. For Florentine milliner Gianni Gatto, it’s not just a hat; it’s art for the head. Learn more about this passionate sculptor/designer–and other artisans who are producing distinctive souvenirs with a strong sense of place, tradition, and style in Florence.