I’m excited about my new-and-improved series of city and regional guides for travelers who want to bring home the best of Italy and France in their suitcases!

Laura Morelli’s Authentic Arts is for travelers who seek immersive cultural experiences that go beyond the museums and souvenir shops. My goal is to help you become an educated buyer–maybe even a connoisseur–of Florentine leather, ceramics of the Amalfi Coast, Parisian hats, Venetian glass, or handmade quilts of Provence.


“I want to share my passion for the history and cultural context of the objects you see in local museums and shops when you travel. My Authentic Arts guides are designed to help you efficiently discern the treasures from the trash, and guide you to high-quality resources that will enhance your experience of traveling and shopping abroad.”

–Laura Morelli

Each destination includes:

Laura Morelli's Authentic Arts: Venice

  • A guidebook available in paperback and ebook formats, designed to arm you with all the information you need to appreciate a city’s most traditional arts, and come home with a treasure

Artisans of Venice by Laura Morelli

  • An ebook companion with updated artisan listings to ensure the best experience for you as a traveling shopper

Since its initial publication in 2003, my Made in Italy, and subsequent books in the series, Made in France and Made in the Southwest, have become comprehensive references for travelers, shoppers, and fans of art history. Each year, millions of travelers flock to these destinations in search of centuries-old cultural traditions and authentic souvenirs, whether richly painted ceramics from Tuscany, world-famous Limoges porcelain, or Navajo rugs. Packed with useful tips on value and quality, with a comprehensive resource section, my Made in… guides are the perfect complement for anyone interested in learning more about the stories and the people behind some of the world’s greatest artisanal traditions.

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