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Explore off the beaten path with a 3-hour tour through Florence’s lovely Oltrarno district. Led by a private guide, discover the side of the Arno River where a community of artists live and work. Meet Florentine craftsmen, experience stunning Renaissance architecture and visit artist workshops, with the chance to try the ancient skill of paper marbling. 

Highlights

  • 3-hour art and crafts walking tour in Florence
  • Explore Oltrarno, a lively Florence neighborhood where many local artists live and work
  • Watch craftsmen in action and see their finished work including fine art prints, jewelry and more
  • Try the centuries-old tradition of paper marbling in an authentic atelier
  • Visit Piazza Santa Spirito and see a wooden crucifix, carved by legendary Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo
  • Private professionally guided tours

What You Can Expect

Florence Walking Tour: Oltrarno Art and Crafts

Florence Walking Tour: Oltrarno Art and Crafts

Your tour will begin by Piazza Pitti, where you’ll join up with your private guide and begin your walk through the Oltrarno. On the opposite side of the river from the Florence Duomo and other large city attractions, this charming neighborhood is filled with artists and craftsmen. Stop first to meet the owner of a traditional workshop and see the high-end engravings and art prints that are produced there.

Next, travel to a nearby studio to see how jewelry is created from silver and enamel. The silversmith will pass on entertaining anecdotes about life in Florence as a master craftsman. Continue to another workshop to learn the age-old skill of paper marbling, and try mixing and applying colors yourself to create the stunning swirls on paper that produce a marble-like effect.

After learning some of the tricks of the trade, explore the Oltrarno’s other attractions. Journey through the bustling Piazza Santo Spirito, filled with galleries and restaurants, before wandering into the Basilica de Santa Maria del Santo Spirito, designed by Renaissance master Filippo Brunelleschi. Take note of the church’s wooden crucifix that 17-year-old Michelangelo carved.

Conclude your tour with a visit to a unique 18th-century church, which now hosts a famed sculpture workshop. Explore the impressive collection of models, molds and replicas of classical art before parting ways with your guide.

Customer Reviews

Gwen A L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Wonderful personalized tour! It was a bonus of our trip-the whole family enjoyed it very much! It was fascinating to see the different artisans, even getting personal demonstrations! Our guide was wonderful and knowledgeable. The absolute highlight was to see the gorgeous crucifix by Michelangelo!!!!!!

John A Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Un tour très interessant, on découvre des gens qu'on aurait pas trouvé par nous meme. Je recommande fortement

ANNE C

4 star rating: Recommended December 2013

Fascinating to see just how the artisans make the silver and gold items, shoes, chairs, and the marbled papers etc. A very interesting afternoon.

Georges D

4 star rating: Recommended May 2013

This was a great tour: met several astounding artists and the tour guide was very helpful and knowledgeable

Jacquie K

4 star rating: Recommended July 2012

Enjoyed this tour very much; the guide was easy going and knew her stuff

ana maria g

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2013

It was interenting

Paula R

1 star rating: I do not recommend this October 2014

VERY disappointed. This is supposed to be a tour of the arts of crafts area and we only saw only saw three real crafts-marble papering, a silversmith, and a leather shop. Then we saw a church and a mosaic stone. Where is a bookbinder, the gold-leaf artists, and some of the other crafts. We only saw 3 demos. I thought the whole tour would be arts and crafts-not another church. I wanted to see how things were made no stores. We saw more crafts walking around on our own and going into workshops.

Gail H

1 star rating: I do not recommend this November 2013

Mainly the "artisans" just wAnted us to buy something

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