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Craftsmanship became one of the most flourishing and appreciated activities in Siena starting in the 11th century. The jewelry made in the old goldsmith laboratories and the terracotta and ceramic vases made with ancient techniques handed down through the generations have become famous world over. They attract merchants from all over Italy and beyond. The first craftsman guild was set up in 1098 and even today, when walking along the pretty medieval alleys, it is possible to see the master craftsmen working, creating their terracotta items or tiles in their laboratories. Some of the most popular objects bought as souvenirs are vases, jugs and candle holders. The Santa Lucia Bells, made in terracotta and painted by hand in the colors and stems of the city’s “contrade” that take part in the Palio, are also extremely characteristic. Embroidery is also a tradition in the city and wonderful tapestries, lampshades and other embroidered fabrics with Renaissance patterns can still be bought in the city, made by expert craftsmen in the city’s laboratories.
High fashion fans can go to Via Banchi di Sopra to look at the luxurious ateliers and boutiques that have replace the old craftsmen’s laboratories.
For food and wine shopping in Siena, there is no end of choice: You can buy confectionery such as panforte and ricciarelli that are wonderfully made in the historical confectioner’s store Nannini, or high quality extra virgin olive oil and wines such as Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Nobile di Montepulciano.

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