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Private Florence Oltrarno Art and Crafts Walking Tour

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Firenze, Italy

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Explore off the beaten path with a 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.
  • 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
Local professional Guide at your side
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Santo Spirito Monumental Complex Admission (to be paid on the spot)
Gratuities
Everything not mentioned as Included

Departure Point

Piazza de' Pitti, 24, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

Return Details

Borgo San Frediano, Borgo S. Frediano, Firenze FI, Italy
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.

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 (admission ticket to be paid on site).

To complete this unforgettable experience, your guide will bring you into a famed sculpture workshop*. Explore the impressive collection of models, molds and replicas of classical art before parting ways with your guide.
* in case the visit of the Atelier is not available, it will be replaced with the visit of an additional Florentine Artisan Workshop
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Palazzo Pitti
Enjoy a thrilling walking tour with your private guide, through one of the most picturesque districts of Florence, where you can meet the genuine Florentine people and learn how they live and work in. A short distance away from the impressive Piazza Pitti, you will visit some of the extraordinary workshops where to admire local artisans at work, producing marvelous traditional handicrafts such as engravings, art prints, marble paper, enamel and silver objects.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Basilica di Santo Spirito
Led by your expert guide, you will also reach the charming Piazza Santo Spirito, with its typical family restaurants, small shops and artists’ studios. Here you will be able to visit the charming namesake church designed by Brunelleschi (the Church was the last masterpiece of the great Artits). Here, if you wish, you will have the opportunity to discover the wonderful Santo Spirito Monumental complex (cloister, refectory, chapter house, and sacristy), where to admire the only existing wooden sculpture of Michelangelo: a crucifix that he carved at the age of only 17.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Porta di San Frediano
To complete this unforgettable experience, your guide will finally bring you into a famed sculpture workshop* where to admire the impressive collection of models, molds and replicas of classical art. * In case the visit of the Atelier is not available, it will be replaced with the visit of an additional Florentine Artisan Workshop
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY CAF Tour and Travel

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Florence Oltrarno Art and Crafts Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Private Florence Oltrarno Art and Crafts Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Florence Oltrarno Art and Crafts Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Private Florence Oltrarno Art and Crafts Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Florence Oltrarno Art and Crafts Walking Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Florence Oltrarno Art and Crafts Walking Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Florence Oltrarno Art and Crafts Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Florence Oltrarno Art and Crafts Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Florence Oltrarno Art and Crafts Walking Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Private Florence Oltrarno Art and Crafts Walking Tour.

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Oltrarno Delights!
dawnbailey1017
, Feb 2020
One of the true highlights of our tour. Watching the artisans create their pieces was wonderful! Had a spectacular tour!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear dawnbailey1017, many thanks for such a positive feedback! We are so glad to hear that your Florence Oltrarno Art and Crafts Walking Tour with a private guide has been one of the highlights of your trip, it's reason of great proud for us. We hope to meet you again in the future to have the opportunity to show you other wonders of our beautiful Country. Best regards
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VERY disappointed. This is supposed...
Paula R
, Oct 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.
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Mainly the "artisans" just wAnted us to...
Gail H
, Nov 2013
Mainly the "artisans" just wAnted us to buy something
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Fascinating to see just how the...
ANNE C
, Oct 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.
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Wonderful personalized tour! It was...
Gwen A L
, Jul 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!!!!!!
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This was a great tour: met several...
Georges D
, May 2013
This was a great tour: met several astounding artists and the tour guide was very helpful and knowledgeable
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Enjoyed this tour very much; the guide...
Jacquie K
, Jul 2012
Enjoyed this tour very much; the guide was easy going and knew her stuff
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Mycket givande att få se dessa...
Marita N
, Jul 2013
Mycket givande att få se dessa fantastiska hantverkare. Trevlig och härlig guide.
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Un tour très interessant, on...
John A
, May 2013
Un tour très interessant, on découvre des gens qu'on aurait pas trouvé par nous meme. Je recommande fortement

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