Città di Castello is well worth a visit to learn more about the art of furniture making. The city's craftsmen are specialised in the production of stylish furniture made with recovered and seasoned blocks of solid wood. These pieces are a fine example of design and technique recognised on a European level. Every November they hold a furniture show that is entirely devoted to the tradition of carpentry in this city, as well as its more modern expressions.
Evidence of the great tradition of woodworking in Città di Castello dates to antiquity, and the collection donated in 1912 by the art and antiques dealer Elia Volpi, which today can be seen on display in the Picture Gallery of the 16th century Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera, is proof of its extraordinary variety. It was in that era that the Crafts School was founded to teach artist techniques to both seasoned woodworkers and apprentices.
The tradition has remained alive over the years and to safeguard both producers and customers, the trademark "Vero Mobile in Stile Altotiberino" (or Real Furniture in the Style of the Upper Tiber Valley) has recently been instituted.