Artisan Walking Tour in Florence

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Duration
3 hours
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What You'll Do
  • Explore Tuscan artisan traditions and the value and role of work and manufacturing in Italian culture
  • Enjoy interesting discussions in a small group six people or less
Overview
Join us on a small-group walk of the Oltrarno neighborhood that looks at the crucial role of handcrafts and artisans in the city's history. Gain a better understanding of the importance of preserving and promoting many of these dying art forms.
What to Expect
The Florentine tradition of producing artisanal goods has been ongoing for centuries and today remains one of the cornerstones of Florence's visual and social history, as it did in the times of the guilds.

Florentine leatherworkers, 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 chance to see some of these craftsmen at work, watching their meticulous practices and the tools of their trades.
What's Included
  • Expert guide
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
Meeting Point

You will meet your guide in front of Bar Ricchi, which is located at Piazza Santo Spirito 8/9r. This piazza is across the Arno, in the Oltrarno neighborhood. The easiest way to get there is by crossing Ponte Santa Trinita (one bridge west of the Ponte Vecchio), and then cutting through to the piazza by way of the side street, Via d. Presto di S. Martino. This street takes you alongside the church of Santo Spirito, which is on the north side of the piazza. If taking public transportation, the 11, 36 and 37 bus lines run down via dei Serragli, very close to the piazza, and the electric "D" line runs right through the piazza. (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
Please keep in mind that we are guests in the workshops of these artisans. They have graciously agreed to let us interrupt their work day in order to share their art and the heritage of their craft with us, and we ask that you keep this in mind. If you have any questions for the artisans, please do not hesitate to ask.

A portion of your 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.

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