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Artisans in Florence

(every Tuesday)

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 neighbourhood, the group will reach the first laboratory. While walking, the guide will describe the characteristics of Florentine neighbourhoods, focusing on the history of the local art craft. Since the year 1000, the local economy in Florence was supported by the 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 specialities and wines. After the lunch, the group will be escorted in the Ponte Vecchio area (Old Bridge).
  • 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Visit the jewellery production workshop, located inside an 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



Picture by Kee-Ho Casati

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