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Florence Artisan Workshop Tour with Oltrarno Neighborhood

Support local artisans and explore the tradition of craftsmanship in the Oltrarno neighborhood
From US$395 privately
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Tour Details
3 hours
Product Type
  • Oltrarno neighborhood
  • Piazza Santo Spirito
  • Artisan Workshops
Photos & Highlights
  • Explore the hidden craft workshops in the Oltrarno neighborhood which has produced quality goods for countless generations
  • Led by a Florence expert
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Tour Description
The Florentine tradition of producing artisanal goods has been in existence for centuries and remains one of the cornerstones of Florence's visual and social history. This Florence Artisan Workshop tour explores the area known as Oltrarno (“on the other side of the Arno”), which has produced goods for countless generations of kings, queens, gentlemen, and noblewomen. Florentine leatherworkers, silversmiths, shoemakers, and milliners continue to practice their crafts building upon methods passed down through generations. We will visit the private workshops of these distinguished individuals, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the current state of artisan production.

Florence Artisan Workshop Tour

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 to see some of these craftsmen at work, observing their meticulous practices and the tools of their trades.

Preserving the Art

In the company of our guide, an expert on these workshops, 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. 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.


Where does it start? Where does it end? 
The tour begins near Piazza Santo Spirito and ends in the Oltrarno neighborhood. 

Why isn't this available in August? 
Most of the studios are closed, and the artists are usually out of town.
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We recently brought our grandson to Italy. It’s important for us to show our grandchildren the beauty, history and treasures of the world. The Florence Artisan Tour was absolutely perfect. Adrienne was a wonderful guide. She is friendly, knowledgeable and was patient with me as I veered off her planned tour and popped in to non scheduled shops. We saw amazing artisans!! One, sadly, is the last of his kind. My grandsons eyes were opened to the artistry and quality behind goods made by hand with care and attention. I purchased items to bring home for my other grandchildren with videos of the artisans creating similar items. The paper printing blew my younger grandchildren’s minds! They will never look at the bookmarks and picture frames I gifted them the same way again. The leather artist created a one of a kind leather belt that my grandson will have for decades to come. We greatly appreciate the time he took to measure and make the belt (we returned after the tour to select the belt components and order the belt). Because we are farmers, Adrienne brought us to a traditional bakery to taste a delicious treat made with crops we grow. Thats just beyond thoughtfulness! The treat was so tasty and wasn’t like anything else we had tasted in various bakeries in Italy. Thank you Adrienne for a wonderful time. Your hospitality and care opened our eyes to the beautiful world of Florentine artisanal crafts. I highly recommend this tour for a one of it’s kind, once in a lifetime experience.
Great tour. Fascinating work shops and artisans
What a superb tour of an area we knew nothing about despite having spent lots of time in Florence in years past.