So, you think you know Florence? You have been several times in the Tuscan capital and visited the most important sights. But do you know enough about Florence’s artisan crafts?
ARTEX, Centro per l'Artigianato Artistico e Tradizionale della Toscana has published ARTOUR, a website containing over 100 itineraries around Tuscany focused on the best artisan workshops: silver, leather, chocolate and baked goods. Find out here 12 great stops located in 5 different areas of the Florence city centre.
Contemporary jewellery: Noi Gioielli
From the inception of hand sketches to the finished pieces, including in-house marketing and sales, everything happens in this small San Niccolo’ workshop.
Where: Piazza S. Felicita, 3, 50125 Firenze
Silver gods: Argentiere Pagliai
Paolo Pagliai Silversmith is a third generation family owned business. In the workshop, unique pieces are created and all types of engraving are made on request.
Where: Borgo S. Jacopo, 41/R, 50125 Firenze
Check out the details of the San Niccolò and surroundings itinerary.
Florence Majolica: Sbigoli Terrecotte
Immerse yourself in the colourful world of the Florentine majolica. Sbigoli Terrecotte is an old Florentine shop founded in 1857. After the flood, Valentino and Antonella Adami (Sbigoli owners) took over the workshop and introduced wonderful ceramics as their main product.
Where: Via Sant'Egidio, 4/R, 50122 Firenze
Jewlery: La Bottega degli Orafi
Gianluca Cassigoli produces jewellery in gold, silver and iron decorated with stones and enamel using the best Florentine techniques.
Where: Via dei Benci 20/R, 50122 Firenze
Check out the details of the Santa Croce area itinerary.
Chocolate workshop: Cioccolateria Pasticceria Ballerini
Ballerini was founded in 1936 and specialises in the production of traditional desserts, such as Ricciarelli, Panforte and Panpepato, as well as chocolate pralines. Here, in fact, you can assist with the daily chocolate artisan production.
Where: Borgo Ognissanti 132/R, 50123 Firenze
Historic Bookbinder: Bruscoli Pelletteria Legatoria
Since 1881 Bruscoli artisans use the same techniques for its artistic bindings as well as for the restoration of books, leather armchairs and desks.
Where: Via Montebello, 58/R, 50123 Firenze
Check out the details of the Borgo Ognissanti area itinerary.
Artistic frames: Bottega d’Arte Maselli
Since 1955 this small workshop produces and restores stunning artistic frames made of wood gilding in pure gold.
Where: Via dei Ginori, 51/R, 50123 Firenze
Mosaics in hard stone (Commesso Fiorentino): Le Pietre nell’Arte
A craft laboratory that continues the tradition of mosaics in hard stone (mosaico in pietre dure or Commesso Fiorentino), which dates from the Renaissance.
Where: Via Ricasoli, 59r, 50122 Firenze
Check out the details of the Florence Cathedral - San Marco area itinerary.
Bakery: Il S. Forno
A real bread workshop in the heart of Oltrarno that daily produces quality bread and pastries.
Where: Via di Santa Monica, 3r, 50100 Firenze
Artistic jewelery: Alessandro Dari
Jewellery pieces that are amazingly small masterpieces of sculpture.
Where: Via di San Niccolò, 115/R, 50125 Firenze
Check out the details of the Oltrarno area itinerary.
Glass workshop: Laboratorio di Moleria Locchi (anche Galleria dell’artigianato)
Born in the nineteenth century in San Frediano, the laboratory Locchi still works the glass with the same machines and the same techniques handed down from generation to generation.
Where: Via D. Burchiello, 10, 50124 Firenze
Handmade decorated fabrics: Ratafià
Ratafià is a workshop dedicated to fabric decorations, as well as the production of fashion accessories. The cozy laboratory holds courses in painting and textile decoration.
Where: Via del Casone 3r, 50124 Firenze
Check out the details of the Porta Romana area itinerary.