One of the cornerstones of Florentine culture and identity is the tradition of creating handcrafted, artisinal goods. This tradition has been embedded in the city’s visual and economic history since the Middle Ages and has been handed-down from one generation to the next. Our Florence guided tours will take you on a journey through our rich cultural history.
During the course of this walking tour of Florence, you visit a few characteristic workshops in the Oltrarno district. Where a large percentage of the city’s artisnal shops are located, including: leatherworkers, silversmiths, shoe manufacturers and hat makers.
You will have the rare opportunity to peek behind the scenes and watch the artisans at work, using centuries-old tools of the trade. Our day tour in Florence gives you the chance to learn about the importance of maintaining these precious trades in the face of mass-produced industry.
This Florence tour is aimed at the traveller who is looking to scratch beneath the surface of the city. It is not simply a shopping tour, rather a detailed look at the underbelly of this precious industry and the importance of preserving and promoting this dying art.
Inclusions: English speaking guide. Donation to 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.
Exclusions: Any items of personal nature, tips or gratuities for guide.
Your Trip: This trip is offered on a "join-in" basis. Maximum group size is 12.
Confirmation of booking: Please contact Florence Urban Adventures to confirm your trip 24 hours prior to departure.
Closure of sites: Sites included on this tour are closed Saturdays, Sundays and all of August.
Child Policy: Travellers under 12 are not allowed.
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