Hand Made in Florence - Private Tour

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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
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
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.
Understand the crucial role of handcrafts and artisans
Understand the crucial role of handcrafts and artisans
Santo Spirito church, Piazza Santo Spirito
Santo Spirito church, Piazza Santo Spirito
A private walk of the Oltrarno neighborhood that looks at the crucial role of handcrafts and artisans in the city's history
A private walk of the Oltrarno neighborhood that looks at the crucial role of handcrafts and artisans in the city's history
Understand the crucial role of handcrafts and artisans
Understand the crucial role of handcrafts and artisans
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What To Expect

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

Specifications

Type:
Tours in Florence
Departs From:
Florence
Meeting Point:
Bar Ricchi
Duration:
3 hours
Availability:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 9:30 AM; 3:00 PM
Product Code:
7199
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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

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

  • Hotel pick-up can be arranged with an additional fee. Please inquire.

Cancellation Policy

  • 25% Cancellation Fee (75% reimbursement): 45 days prior to date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 16 to 44 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 15 days or less prior to date of activity.

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