Florence was famous for leather production already in the 1300s: the tanning procedure that allowed leather to be treated was performed on the banks of the Ponte Vecchio. Due to the strong fumes, the activity was later confined to the neighbourhood of Piazza Santa Croce.
Today the most important industrial leather manufacturing area is located between Florence and Pisa along the Leather Route in Santa Croce sull’Arno, while artistic leather goods shops are still concentrated in the Santa Croce area of Florence city centre.
Bags, wallets, jackets and many other products are made with high quality leather and great expertise. Their beauty is not only for the eyes (the intense colours and the everchanging shapes) but also the other senses get involved: the softness of the leather and the smell of its natural aroma complete the perfection of these handmade artifacts.