Hand Made in Florence Small Group Walking Seminar

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The group will have the opportunity seeing some of these craftsmen at work; observing their meticulous practices and the tools of their trades.
The group will have the opportunity seeing some of these craftsmen at work; observing their meticulous practices and the tools of their trades.
This three-hour walk will explore the private workshops of this characteristic neighborhood, providing a behind the scenes look at the current state of artisan production.
This three-hour walk will explore the private workshops of this characteristic neighborhood, providing a behind the scenes look at the current state of artisan production.
The group will have the opportunity seeing some of these craftsmen at work; observing their meticulous practices and the tools of their trades.
The group will have the opportunity seeing some of these craftsmen at work; observing their meticulous practices and the tools of their trades.
Santo Spirito church, Piazza Santo Spirito
Santo Spirito church, Piazza Santo Spirito
Understand the crucial role of handcrafts and artisans
Understand the crucial role of handcrafts and artisans
Florentine leather workers, silversmiths, shoe manufacturers and hat makers have produced handmade goods for countless generations of kings and queens, princes and noblewomen and continue to this day
Florentine leather workers, silversmiths, shoe manufacturers and hat makers have produced handmade goods for countless generations of kings and queens, princes and noblewomen and continue to this day
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What To Expect

A walk of the Oltrarno neighborhood that looks at the crucial role of handicrafts and artisans in the city's history.

Specifications

Type:
Tours in Florence
Departs From:
Florence
Meeting Point:
Bar Ricchi
Duration:
3 hours
Availability:
Monday, Thursday and Friday at 3:00 PM
Product Code:
7198
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Description

The Florentine tradition of producing artisan goods has been in existence for centuries and remains one of the cornerstones of Florence's visual and social history, as much as it did in the times of the trade guilds. Florentine leather workers, silversmiths, shoe manufacturers and hat makers have produced handmade goods for countless generations of kings and queens, princes and noblewomen and continue to this day, mostly in the area known as the Oltrarno ("on the other side of the Arno").

This three-hour walk will explore the private workshops of this characteristic neighborhood, providing a behind the scenes look at the current state of artisan production. We will begin in the lovely Piazza Santo Spirito and enjoy a stroll through the Oltrarno neighborhood, which has been home to artisans for the last five-hundred years. The neighborhood is virtually carpeted with a maze of these small workshops on tiny side streets, representing some of the most historic enterprises in the city. The group will have the opportunity seeing some of these craftsmen at work; observing their meticulous practices and the tools of their trades.

In the company of our docent, we'll talk about Tuscan artisan traditions and the value and role of work and manufacturing in Italian culture. This walk is very much for the traveler looking to scratch a little more beneath the surface of the city, and is often led by a docent who lives here or grew up here, providing an informed local's point of view.

It should not be thought of as a shopping tour, instead, it is an in depth look into the workings of this precious industry and should provide a better understanding of the importance of preserving and promoting this dying art.

Includes

  • Services of a docent

Excludes

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • A portion of the booking fee for this walk is donated to the Context Foundation for Sustainable Travel which, among other things, supports an apprenticeship program for the artisans of the Oltrarno who often have a difficult time attracting and retaining apprentices to carry on their work traditions.

  • While this tour is not designed as a shopping trip, you are more than welcome to make purchases along the way. Simply let your docent know of your interest and he will make sure that it fits into the course of the program. If you would like to spend an extended period of time in any of the shops, we politely request that you return afterwards, as to not hinder the flow of the walk.

  • Children below 12 years old are not permitted on this tour.

  • Minimum of 2 passengers per booking is required. Private walking seminars are available for solo travelers.

  • Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 6 guests.

  • Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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