This celebrated Florentine paper and writing materials company will celebrate its 250th birthday in 2024.

A visit to Pineider’s historic factory near Florence, normally off limits to the public, opens a window onto a world of fine craftsmanship, from the step by step assembly of a fountain pen to the painstaking artistry that lies behind the firm’s celebrated monogrammed stationery and leather goods.

Exquisite, timeless handmade values distinguish a company that once made letter paper for Liz Taylor to exactly match the colour of her eyes