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Superb craftsmanship

Franco Balducci is a real artisan, whose works of art are sublime. He creates the most beautiful... read more

Reviewed October 15, 2018
Carlisle, United Kingdom
Surprised and Pleased

We were strolling through the town of San Gimingnano when we stumbled upon this really unique... read more

Reviewed September 10, 2018
Bellmawr, New Jersey
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As you walk up from Piazza del Duomo on the right towards the Rocca fortress, by the foot of the Cathedral bell tower, you will find a craftsman’s workshop where art, earth, music and passion blend together in magical harmony. Here, Franco and...more
Piazza delle Erbe 5, 53037, San Gimignano, Italy
+39 0577 943188
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Reviewed October 15, 2018

Franco Balducci is a real artisan, whose works of art are sublime. He creates the most beautiful ceramics, which are a delight to own. Every time we visit San Gimignano we visit his shop and purchase another set of wonderfully crafted sets; we now own...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Mumgle34
Reviewed September 10, 2018

We were strolling through the town of San Gimingnano when we stumbled upon this really unique store. So many lovely items on display but the real find we watching this fine craftsman at work. Well worth the effort to find this shop you will be...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

While wandering through San Gimignano we found Balducci Ceramics. We were drawn in by the cute animals in the front window. Inside we stopped to watch the artist work for a bit. The pieces are beautiful and if we could have figured out a way...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Susan J
Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile

Definitely visit here if you are in San Gimignano, just at the foot of the Rocca. All the other shops clustered along Via san Giovanni or around the Duomo have the same ceramics that all look mass produced. These are made on site and are...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed October 8, 2017

I watched Franco at the wheel and was fascinated by his craft. Purchased his cypress trees trio and they grace our mantel at home. Love his earth tones and graceful lines.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Robin R
Reviewed September 27, 2017

We toured the ceramic shop and very much appreciated the numerous creative designs and the artisan workmanship displayed in these works. The colors were very Italian as they were bright and conveyed an enjoyment by the creators.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Ade1040
Reviewed September 25, 2017

We found this place by accident when we were strolling up to the 'castle'. - What a find. Beautiful hand made ceramics, that are not part of the general tourist fayre (handbags, handbags etc). As we were travelling with our own car we were able...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Gareth497
Reviewed August 11, 2017

Gorgeous ceramics, pure craftsmanship. Lovely little shop. Usually you can see one of the artist (husband or wife) at work. Either at the potters wheel or handbuilding. Being an amateur ceramist myself I got very inspired by this place.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed August 2, 2017

We found this shop just strolling around and had not read anything about it prior. We thought the ceramics were beautiful - not the typical tourist items but unique pieces and very well done. We found Esther to be quite helpful while we browsed her...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank David L
Reviewed May 10, 2017

This cute little shop has both lovely functional pottery and cute little pottery creatures that call to you from their shelf just outside the shop door. The shop is worth a stop to appreciate the work.

Date of experience: April 2017
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