Have you ever heard of the filigree museum in Liguria? The art of working in Filigree is an ancient art that has been celebrated by people of every culture and social class. It started with the ancient Pharaohs of Egypt, who commissioned filigree artifacts made by their subjects, and ends with the demands of the modern market, which uses filigree (both in gold and silver and other less noble materials) for the manufacture of decorative artifacts both for the home and, above all, for personal use, such as trinkets or jewelry.
In Campo Ligure, in Liguria, there is a museum dedicated exclusively to the art of filigree.
A structure famous throughout Italy
The Filigree Museum in Campo Ligure is famous throughout Italy as it is one of the few places in the world dedicated exclusively to the art of filigree work. Filigree work has very ancient origins and has not changed much over the years. On the contrary: despite the development of new technologies, it has remained anchored to the old artisan methods and enjoys an immutable success especially in the field of jewelry, although it can also be used for the creation of artifacts and simple ornamental objects.
Art and culture in Italy come together in Italian Museums, and the Filigree Museum in Liguria is a real treat for lovers of the genre. It is open all year round on pre-arranged weekdays or by appointment, and within its gallery it is possible to admire artifacts subdivided by geographical area.
The geographical area also influences the type of processing and an exclusive sector is dedicated to Chinese filigree, which is made with very small techniques and tools. It is also possible to get an idea online of the type of artifacts present in the museum
Filigree in Campo Ligure: history and origins of the term
Filigree work has its roots in the times of the ancient Egyptians. The term proper was used for the first time around 1600 and is the union of two Latin words: Filum (filo) and Granum (wheat), intended as “grain”. In fact, working filigree is nothing more than bending and creating weaves using a thin metal wire that is joined in some “strategic” points through welding (the grains, in fact) also in metal.
Filigree Museum: what else to visit in Liguria?
If you are wondering what to visit in Liguria, in addition to the Filigree Museum, you should know that the choice is really unlimited. Liguria is an enchanting Italian region, often well less known than the more common Tuscany, Lazio and Piedmont. But between the sea and the mountains there really is nothing missing!
To get an idea, you could visit:
- Genoa, and its enchanting aquarium famous all over the world
- The Cinque Terre, perfect for couples and solitary travelers
- Finalborgo, for excursions enthusiasts
- Sanremo, with attention to the town of “Bussana Vecchia”, little known but unmissable.
In short, ideas about what to see in Liguria are really endless. If in addition to the Filigree Museum in Liguria you want to visit other museums and galleries in Italy, Liguria can also offer thematic museums unique in their kind, such as the Sea Galata Museum, structured on three floors with open-air terrace and located close to the Genoese port.
Or exclusive locations such as the art galleries of Palazzo Spinola, historic home where you can see textile, ceramic or canvas artifacts characterized by the typical features of Ligurian art.