Ever since the Renaissance, Tuscany has been regarded as a cultural center and the birthplace of artisanal art. The first Tuscan glassmaking workshop was founded in Florence in 1695, by Cosimo I dei Medici, and from that time on, in the small towns along the Arno river, the Tuscan glassmaking tradition took hold and developed. In Empoli, in particular, there is a Glassmaking Museum that pays homage to the Tuscan contribution to this ancient art. Not so long ago, craftsmen were the custodians of know-how they accrued over a lifetime of experience and then passed on to their sons, taking pride in the quality of their work, down to the smallest detail. Today, this pride is reflected in the precious artisanal pieces produced by Vetrerie di Empoli. The quest for perfection starts with the kiln, where the forms are shaped as if by magic, as if the artisan shaping the glass already knew the desires of those who would later acquire the finished piece.