In Umbria Tomasini Francia is synonymous with quality Jewellery and Watchmaking. The company was founded in Spoleto in about 1711 by Francia, a remarkable gold and silversmith. In 1815 his descendant, the hugely talented Ignatious Francia formed a partnership with Louis Parini and opened a workshop in the Via del Borgo 22, Spoleto, employing many skilled silversmiths, goldsmiths and engravers. By the time his son, Louis Francia, took over they were known for being a strong family-run business and for being fine jewellers. Their reputation by now had spread far beyond the city of Spoleto.
Galileo Francia inherited the business from Louis Francia and was joined, following marriage to his daughter Annunziata Francia, by Icarus Tomasini, a talented goldsmith from Jesi. The firm then became “Tomasini Francia “.
Their son Galileo and his wife Maria Luisa, through astute management and business acumen, grew the company during the 1950’s. They gained a reputation throughout central Italy both for their fine jewellery and the wide range of the very best brands of wristwatches they offered.
Their son and daughter, Icarus and Guiliana Tomasini, continue the tradition, focusing on the finest brands of wristwatches together with customer service.
They added outlets in Terni and Foligno in 1993 and 2002 respectively and a highly-specialised watch repair and servicing centre in Foligno where work undertaken is approved by the major watch brands.
Since 2011 Tomasini Francia have been giving back to the city of Spoleto by their sponsorship, in association with the Rolex brand, to the “Festival dei Due Mondi”. This was founded by the composer Gian Carlo Menotti in 1958. This is a major cultural event that takes place during June and July each year. Many prominent artists have taken part over the years and have included such luminaries as Rudolf Nureyev, Ken Russell, Roman Polanski, Luciano Pavarotti.
Tomasini Francia have embarked on a major programme of upgrading and renovating their boutiques at Spoleto, Terni and Foligno, bringing them into the twenty-first century. The third generation of the family is thus prepared to take part in the business management, entering into the long tradition of the company Tomasini Francia.