Florence Artisan Shopping Walk

Discover the extraordinary heritage of Florentine craftsmanship and creativity.

Your guide, an expert personal shopper with an eye for Florentine quality, beauty, and authenticity, will lead you on The Florence Artisan Shopping Walk, a delightful tour of workshops through the historic Oltrarno quarter, including:

  • A mosaic and scagliola workshop, to see mosaic landscapes “painted” with marble and stones.
  • A fascinating wood workshop, where traditional furnishings and sculptures are still carved by hand.
  • A leather shoemaker, to discover the creation of entirely handmade shoes  directly in the artisan’s studio.
  • A Florentine paper workshop, where authentic Florentine marbled paper is created by a bookbinder in the historic Oltrarno quarter.

Tour Details

The finer details of tour:

Price: Adults – 79 euro; students (6-17 yrs) – 49 euro*; children & infants (0-5 yrs) – free*

Meeting time and availability: 3:15pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, from January 8 to December 22. The walk starts at 3.30pm.

Length: 3 hours

Meeting point: In Santa Croce square, under the statue of Dante Alighieri
Minimum required to run tour: 1 adult

Maximum participants per group: 8 adults

*Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Group size: As this tour enters the private workspace of our artisans, a maximum of 8 people can participate. For larger groups, contact us and we will do our best to make other arrangements.

Weather: runs rain or shine

Meeting Point

In Santa Croce square,Firenze
under the statue of Dante Alighieri


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.

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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)

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3 reviews for Florence Artisan Shopping Walk

  1. M Jane French

    Would highly recommend this tour for anyone that would enjoy learning and seeing true artisans at work. The shops we visited for this tour were very unique and interesting. We were 2 older adults and 2 teenage grandchildren and we all enjoyed the tour.

  2. Ellica Chelette

    The tour was wonderful and Maria was an awesome guide!

  3. Sarah G

    Maria was knowledgeable about the artisans in Florence and gave a special opportunity to learn about a variety of types of art and unique Florentine specialties and their histories while touring small craftsmen shops difficult or impossible to visit on one’s own. A wonderful tour!

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