Visit the Artisans

Visit the Artisans

MEET SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST EXCLUSIVE ARTISANS
When it comes to artisans and the “Hand Made” concept, Florence is a city like no other. It is the place where you have the highest number of skilled artisans offering you unique products using techniques and secrets that are centuries old. On a recent CNN travel special, two out of twenty exclusive worldwide artisans were located in Florence: Stefano Bemer (hand made shoes) and Lorenzo Villoresi (fragrances and perfumes).

ARTISANS DAY
Start your day by meeting your personal tour guide and plan the day ahead. Your guide will introduce the historical facts behind the artisan tradition in Florence. This tour is a full day tour as we believe it is the minimum time needed to understand and experience fully the skills of those talented people. Short version, 3 hours half day tour, available upon request.

DETAILS
After inquiring with us and planning your day, this walking tour* and artisans visit will let you enter special workshops and experience them fully. Although some artisans are very protective of their trade, they are also proud to show you their workshops and how they “do it”, and maybe reveal some of their secrets. Those artisans are highly specialized in:

  • Leather and accessories.
  • Silk and other fabrics.
  • Gold, silver and metal works.
  • Marble and semi precious stones setting.
  • Perfumes and fragrances (special experience).
  • Shoes and footwear (special visit).
  • Artistic papers, prints and engravings.
  • Restoration, antiquities and frames.
  • Musical instruments.

After experiencing the workshops, you are free to inquire about their trade and products and acquire what is for sale, your tour guide will be glad to facilitate that and assist you.

PARTICIPANTS
Small group, up to 8 people.
DURATION
7 Hours with 1 hour lunch break
SCHEDULES
Daily. Most artisans close at 7.30 pm and on Sunday and Monday morning. Inquire for detailed information.
FEES
Please inquire.

* For car with driver supplement, please inquire.
International shipping or delivery to your hotel or residence available on request. Non EU citizen can request V.A.T. tax refund on location.

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Shopping Day

Shopping Day

Florence is a unique city for shopping.
Contrary to other big cities in Europe, Florence has a relatively small historical center where all major brands and  exclusive artisans are located. The city has the trendiest fashion shops and the most exclusive artisans that produce the highest quality fashion items, jewelry, ceramics, culinary products and much more…

SHOPPING DAY
Start your day by meeting your personal shopping assistant and tour guide. You get to visit and shop at major stores in central Florence where you can find exclusive products…

  • Clothing, shoes and leather goods.
  • Jewelry and precious stones.
  • Ceramics, mosaics and terracotta.
  • Unique perfumes and beauty products.
  • Wine and special culinary products.
  • Prints, accessories and desk items.
  • Antiquities and art.
  • Souvenirs and unique items.

DETAILS
Details will be illustrated and agreed upon through continuous contacts and agreements. Shopping tour can either be done walking or by car. Your purchases will be delivered to your hotel or residence if required. Shipping to your country is also available if requested.

PARTICIPANTS
Private tour, ideally up to 8 persons.
DURATION
3 to 7 Hours with 1 hour lunch break.
SCHEDULES
Daily. Most shops and artisans close at 7.30 pm and on Sunday & Monday morning. Inquire for detailed information and private visits to shops.
FEES
240 Euro flat for 3 hours shopping tour.
450 Euro flat for 7 hours shopping tour with 1 hour break.

For car with driver supplement, please inquire.
International shipping or delivery to your hotel or residence available on request. Non EU citizen can request V.A.T. tax refund on location.

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Fashion in Florence

Fashion in Florence

Before Milan, it is was all in Florence.

It all started in Florence on February 25th 1951, when Conte Giorgini organized the first fashion show for an international audience at the Torrigiani Gardens. From then on, Italian fashion has conquered the world, and Florence is still, with Milan and Rome, one of Italy’s fashion hubs.

FASHION DAY

It is not just about shopping or artisans workshops, it is about the history of Florentine textile industry and fashion, from the times of the Guilds (Silk and Wool), seven centuries ago, to our present time. Florence made its fortune from trading, mainly in fabrics, and the city was an major center for merchants from all over the world. Close to Florence, the city of Prato is still a major production hub, specialized in high quality fabrics and garments.

Florence is currently the headquarter and design & production center for many designers and ateliers: Salvatore Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci, Roberto Cavalli, Gucci and many others. Also, many designers, such as Valentino, had their international debuts in Florence, where their shows at Pitti Palace drew huge international success.

Florence is the place where a major fashion trade event is held each year: The Pitti Event, divided into Pitti Uomo (men), Pitti Bimbo (kids) and Pitti Filati (fabrics).

TOUR DETAILS
Meet your fashion expert and plan the day ahead. Learn about the historical fact and the evolution of the textile production in Florence and the birth of the fashion industry.
The tour includes visits to:

  • Visit to the Antico Setificio Fiorentino for an in depth view on fabrics.
  • Visit to the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, the legendary shoe designer.
  • Visit to the Pucci Foundation, renowned for prints and colorful fabrics.
  • Visit to the Museo del Tessuto di Prato (by car), the most important textile museum in central Italy.
  • A special meeting with a designer in his atelier.

Tour can vary from half day, 4 hours tour, to full day tour, where you can visit most of the places listed above and experience the Florentine fashion scene fully.

PARTICIPANTS
Private tour for small groups.
DURATION
4 to 8 Hours with 1 hour lunch break.
SCHEDULES
Week days.
FEES
Please inquire.

Fashion students coming to Florence can inquire for special group visits.
During Pitti events, we can arrange for special tours of the different
sections of the Expo.

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