The only remaining foundry in town, Valese's crafts can be seen on gondole, doors and in Saint Mark's square itself...
The “Antica fonderia Valese”, founded over 100 years ago in 1913, is the last foundry still remaining in Venice. Even today, this artistic foundry makes use of the traditional sand casting method, where incandescent molten metal is poured into sand molds, for the crafting of brass and bronze objects.
If you are have been walking around Venice, you might have noticed the great variety of beautiful and sophisticated doorknobs, doorknockers, handles, as well as the beautiful street lamps in Saint Mark’s square. If you’d like to give a Venetian touch to your home or garden, all these entirely hand made artisanal crafts can be made to order only in one place in Venice, and that is at the “Antica Fonderia Valese”.
Valese’s production is focused on the making of gondola ornaments, different models of the renown Horses of Saint Mark, several moretti or moors, and various sizes of the winged lion of Saint Mark’s, the symbol of the Venice.
Whether you want an authentic hand made souvenir, you want to make an original present, or you want to decorate your house with a typical Venetian door knocker, this is the place where to go!
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