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Artigiani d’Oltrarno: Art of Florence Walking Tour
- Wine tasting and appetizer
- Visit to different Artisan Shops
- Private Tour
Discover Oltrarno District, the less crowded side of Florence
This special tour is a relaxed walk along the narrow streets of the first city center and then into the Oltrarno District, the less crowded and more real side of Florence town. Our expert guide will take you along the streets fulfilled of little artisan bottegas, where you will stop by and watch them working on their unique masterpieces of art. Silver, gold, perfumes, leather.
Strolling through the narrow streets of this picturesque district, you will learn the history of Florence and the Medici family, the medieval era and the Renaissance, passing by hidden little squares and stunning spots like the Palazzo Pitti, the Medici Residence. We will end up this beautiful pleasant walk at a typical Enoteca where your guide will take you exploring the magic of another World Famous Art of Florence…the wine.
A wine tasting aperitivo will be served accompanied by some salami and cheese taste. Take your time and relax, you might spend as much time as you want at the Enoteca, and you will learn how to act like a local.
Meet the Artisans with us! The program has the purpose of showing some of the most ancient artisan activities in Florence, introducing the participants directly to the artisan’s laboratories, showing them at work.
10:00 am – 10:15 am Meeting in Piazza Santa Croce, in front of the Enoteca Boccadama.
10:15 am – 10:30 am Walking along the narrow streets of the Santa Croce neighborhood, the group will reach the first laboratory. While walking, the guide will describe the characteristics of Florentine neighborhoods, focusing on the history of the local art craft. Since the year 1000, the local economy in Florence was supported by artisan’s activity.
10:30 am – 11:30 am Once in the first workshop, participants will attend a demonstration on how to create marbled papers.
11:30 am – 11:40 am Walking towards the second workshop
11:40 am – 12:45 pm Participants will be welcomed by the owner. He will share the secrets showing how to restore and bind two or three ancient books. Books are usually dated back in a period, which goes from 1600 to 1900.
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm Walking towards the Enoteca De Giraldi.
1:00 pm – 2:20 pm Lunch with Tuscan specialties and wines. After lunch, the group will be escorted in the Ponte Vecchio area (Old Bridge).
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Visit the jewelry production workshop, located inside a historical building, dated back to 500, a fascinating structure in Renaissance style. The artisan will show the complete working process, explaining the different techniques used to smelt, weld and encase.
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm Return back to the meeting point and end of the excursion.
Piazza Santa Croce, in front of the Enoteca Boccadama.