SO10 EELL ROMe Florence venice
Some stories and places are just timeless - paying visit to Rome, Florence and Venice allows to breathe and witness millenia of history and beauty, the origins of the western world as we know it today and the symbols of Italian culture and heritage across the globe.
The Eternal City
The first of the Italian cities SO10 EELL pair celebrates the glories of ancient Rome. The right sideplate represents three of its most evocative symbols through the engraving techniques of hammer-chiesel and burin.
Today, the Urbs Aeterna (Eternal City) is a living testimony of the raise and fall of one of the greatest civilizations ever existed, a destination where everyone can clearly see and touch the unmistakable mark of history at every turn.
The spaces between the sideplates and the pins are also filled with symbols: on the right side, the eagle, representing the Icon of Jupiter, father of all gods, and protector of the state. As such it served as a symbol of the power of Rome and its empire and was used as an insignia by the army. The SPQR acronym stands for “Senatus PopulusQue Romanus”, which means the Senate and the People of Rome.
The hinge pins portray the lion on one side to symbolize the “majesty of the Roman People”, and the Medusa on the other side, the monstrous Gorgon defeated by the Classical hero Perseus, as an ancient symbol of the continuity after death
THE MOTHER OF REINAISSANCE AND THE CITY OF WATER
The sideplates of the second SO10 EELL is dedicated to the cities of Florence and Venice, displaying some of their most famous artistic and architectural monuments. A tour along the history of these two places, engraving the art and the myth.
Ponte Vecchio, the iconic medieval stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge over the Arno River.
Michelangelo's David, a 17 ft masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture, created in marble between 1501 and 1504, portraying the Biblical figure David.
Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, the Cathedral structurally completed by 1436, with the dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi.
Perseus with the Head of Medusa, a bronze sculpture made by Benvenuto Cellini in the period 1545–1554 and now located in the Loggia dei Lanzi in the Piazza della Signoria.
Uffizi Gallery, one of the largest and best known art museum in the world, located adjacent to the Piazza della Signoria in the Historic Centre.
Campanile di San Marco (St Mark's Campanile), the 323 ft bell tower of St Mark's Basilica, one of the most recognizable symbols of the city and being the tallest structure in Venice it is colloquially termed "el paròn de casa" (the master of the house).
Ponte dei Sospiri (The Bridge of Sighs), a bridge made in 1600 with white limestone and windows with stone bars, passing over the Rio di Palazzo.
The Carnival, the annual festival started in 1162 that ends on Shrove Tuesday [Mardi Gras]. The festival is world-famous for its elaborate costumes and masks.
Ponte di Rialto (The Rialto Bridge), the oldest of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal, connecting the districts of San Marco and San Polo. Below the bridge a gondola, the typical boat from Venice.
Piazza S. Marco (St. Mark's Square), the principal public square of Venice, "the drawing room of Europe".
The Italian cities SO10 EELL is 12 gauge pair with field configurationand with Steelium hyper-polished 30-inch Optimabore-HP barrels and exhibition-grade 5 European walnut wood, headedstock to be tailored on the owner's body.
The two shotguns underwent over 1000 hours of hand engraving by Pietro Beretta Custom Atelier engraving team using the technique of hammer and chisel for the designs, bulino-style for details and shades, enamel on grapes, vines and Florence lily.
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