One of the earliest mentions of chess in Italy is the story of an 11th-century Florentine clergyman who was reprimanded for staying up late playing the game in a “house of entertainment.” Today, chess sets are among the many crafts for which Florentine artisans are known. This set features hand-carved wooden pieces and a faux-leather board. Reverses to a backgammon board with resin pieces.
Not available for shipment to Russia.
Handcrafted in Italy. 14" square x 1 1/2"H.
The Tuscan city of Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, attracting millions of tourists each year with its top notch art and architecture. World-renowned as the birthplace of the Renaissance, home to Brunelleschi’s dome, Giotto’s Campanile, and the Uffizi Gallery, founded by members of the Medici dynasty.
When the Arno River flooded in 1966, many art treasures were damaged. National Geographic sent researchers, journalists, and photographers to document the damage and the remarkable clean-up and restoration efforts. “Firenza bella. Beautiful Florence, the mother country of Western man,” wrote Joseph Judge in the July 1967 issue. “It is fair to say that much of what we know today of painting and sculpture, or architecture and political science, of scientific method and economic theory, we owe to the artists, politicians, statesmen, bankers, and merchants of the Renaissancethat explosion of intellectual and artistic energy in Italy between 1300 and 1600. And Florentines stood at the turbulent center of the Renaissance.”