Artisan Workshops Visit – Florence Artisan Tour

Explore the workshops where Florence’s craftsmen ply their ancient trades on this Florence artisan tour.

The original Florence artisan tour experience

Enjoy exploring the artisan workshops where Florence’s craftsmen ply their ancient trades on this Florence artisan tour.

Highlights of the private Florence Artisan’s Workshop Tour include:

  • Choose from our areas of interest to have us tailor-make an activity just for you
  • Visit a wealth of workshops, such as Europe’s most famous antique tapestry dealer
  • See items such as exquisite jewellery carefully handcrafted by master craftsmen whose workshops are classified as museums
  • Discover how magnificent Renaissance furniture replicas are produced using historic techniques
  • Watch painstakingly exacting gilders going about the work of centuries past
  • Step into spaces the where descendants of the famous Medici family sell art to Windsor palace
  • Perhaps have the chance to meet Italy’s most famous wood carvers

Areas of interest to choose from include:

Jewellery, silver handicrafts, fabrics, embroideries, tailoring, wooden furniture and restoration, paper, boxes and books, perfumes and essences, make-up and wigs, leather and homeware decoration.

Our guarantee:

This tour has been created in collaboration with OMA (Osservatorio dei Mestieri dell’Arte) and Fiavet Toscana (Tuscany’s Travel Agents Association). The guides have been trained with a specific preparation to be a “Quality Handicraft Assistant”.


Tour Details

The finer details:

Length: 3 hours

Price: €275 for 1-6 persons

Includes: an expert guide; visits to artisan workshops and stores upon request

Notes: Please specify your favorite areas of interest in the notes section. This activity is not available on weekends. Inclusions will vary in accordance to opening times. Not ideal for small children, as we enter working shops in which small children and strollers may be problematic. It is ArtViva’s policy not to accept commissions from shops we recommend or visit.

Group size: As this tour enters the private workspace of our artisans, a maximum of 6 people can participate. For larger groups, we can arrange for various guides/groups contemporaneously.

Weather: runs rain or shine

Meeting Point

We’ll confirm the meeting point with you after booking.
If you would like a private transfer to the meeting point please choose the optional add-on.


We accept most major credit cards and payment forms. Please see the bottom of our website for the payment types accepted.

Most of our customers enjoy having the benefits of a private tour. You have your own guide. You can have rest stops when you like. We can tailor the tour to suit your needs and preferences. We always choose the best guide for your needs, whether you are a family, an art school, or a company doing an incentive event.

All our tours except our Sex, Drugs and Renaissance tour are kid friendly. When doing a private tour with us, you have your own guide, so tell us in the notes of the booking the ages of your kids and we will tailor the tour and choose a guide that’s great for kids for you. We also have 4 special kids’ tours in Florence.

No large bags or backpacks in museums, in churches shoulders and knees must be covered so bring a scarf to cover your shoulders. IF it’s a walking, bicycle or a countryside tour make sure to bring comfortable shoes.

It’s important for everyone to bring their ID

student or children for the museum

All tours are conducted in English only unless otherwise noted or requested. Other languages available for all private tours on request.

We recommend arriving 15 minutes before departure time for all tours and services

We are offering mainly Private and some Semi-private tours at the moment. We do not offer many semi private small group tours anymore due to the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. The difference between Private and Semi-private is that the private tours are fully private tours with your own guide and the Semi-private are small shared group tours where individuals can join others.

Knees and shoulders must be covered to enter the churches! Travelling in hot weather? Don’t worry, you can drape a shawl over your shoulders.

If you enjoyed your tour and would like to give your guide a token of appreciation, tips are happily accepted. When asked, the office staff recommends whatever amount you feel comfortable with giving.

Yes, visit our Get In Touch page for all our contact details.

Save time by browsing our website for ideas on romantic getaways, historic residences, palace and castle stays, beautiful views, good value vacations, classic Tuscan country holidays and top attractions. Stop by to chat with us about the best shopping and restaurants in Florence and Tuscany!

Yes. ArtViva, The Original and Best Walking Tours is an ASTA registered company based in Florence, Italy, respecting national and international laws and regulations regarding tourism. (Chamber of Commerce Number 516411)


4 reviews for Artisan Workshops Visit – Florence Artisan Tour

  1. Helen Lam

    Apparently not many people sign up for this tour; maybe they think the price is high? Please don’t let the price deter you from taking this fantastic tour. This was a true private tour, and our guide Catherine gave us her undivided attention for at least 3.5 hours. We visited some amazing shops where the artisans showed us their work, such as bookbinding and painting restoration. She even helped us buy some great gifts for our family. Mind you, this is NOT a cheap “shopping tour” where the tour guide brings you to specific places that give kickbacks. Several days before taking this tour, we learned that Kentucky tobacco is grown in Tuscany and is used to make Tuscan cigars. Since our cousin loves cigars, we asked Catherine if she knew where we can buy some. She actually didn’t know but when we spotted a tobacco shop we popped in and she became an impromptu translator. I was so glad we took this tour! It totally surpassed our expectations.


    A visit to the artisan workshops shows your Florence from a different perspective. Yes, the art galleries, the historical sites are a must but visiting these workshops actually tells and shows that some of those arts are still alive and kicking. Real eye opener.

  3. Candy Chesnut

    Great tour of some of the artisans of Florence. Maria was very kind.

  4. Susan Cosculluela

    This was an awesome tour! Maria has done a great job finding classic artisans. We enjoyed the meeting the artists and interacting with each.
    We really enjoyed the entire tour which ended with mosaics that were stunning! Some of these places were shops or studios that we had seen but didn’t realize the hidden gems inside and some are studios that are only available in this way. Highly recommend!

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