In this article, I wanted to talk to you about beautiful Florence — bella Firenze. Florence is famed around the world for Renaissance masterpieces like Michelangelo’s David and stunning architecture like the Duomo. But, did you also know Florence is still home to thriving artisan traditions? In family-run workshops, Florentine artisans continue to realize centuries-old handicrafts – including handmade leather goods, marbled paper, and custom mosaics.
In the city’s Oltrarno district, you can go behind-the-scenes with Florence’s master artisans – without another tourist in sight! Your local guide will unlock workshops usually closed to the public – introducing you to the families and creators who continue Florence’s centuries of art-making. Along the way, you’ll watch real Italians marble paper with oil paint and bend leather into astounding purses and wallets. Artisans here apprentice for years to master their craft.
You’ll also have the chance to ask questions and purchase souvenirs that you know have been crafted with care. Even better, by visiting, you’ll be helping to keep alive Italy’s treasured local traditions!
Here’s a couple of photos taken duringour private-access artisan tour in Florence from the goldsmith shop of Paolo Penko.
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