Florence Artisan Tour | Traditional local Artisan Experience

2 hrs
Ponte Vecchio
Refundable booking

Meet the artisans of Florence on this alternative private tour of the city.  Our local expert will take you to visit three workshops where you’ll discover the men and women keeping traditional century-old practices alive.


  • Meet Florentine artisans
  • Watch a demonstration of traditional marbling techniques
  • Visit a family of leather workers
  • Discover the art of 'painting in stone'

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Your private Florence Artisan Tour starts at the famous Ponte Vecchio, a historic home to the city’s jewelers. Crossing the bridge, you’ll arrive in Oltrarno. This quieter part of Florence is known for its craftsmanship and laboratories, now fighting to survive as mass tourism makes it hard for traditional arts to compete with cheap souvenirs.

Hand decorated paper

The first stop on the tour is a famous paper workshop where they create beautifully marbled paper patterns. The art started with Florentine bookbinders in the 17th century.  Soon special patterns developed, like the peacock feather design that is still popular in Florence today. In the workshop, you’ll watch the artists create patterns with traditional tools. Your tour will continue with a visit to a family of Florence artisans.

Family-owned leather workshop

Florence is famous for the quality of its leather products and many people come here to visit the leather market. Oltrarno has been home to leather workers since the 14th century and although most producers have now moved out of the city, a few workshops have survived. You’ll visit a family-owned leather workshop where the mother designs and crafts purses by hand, the son produces luxury pet supplies, and the daughter makes unique, beaded jewelry and learns about their craft.

Florentine mosaic making

On the final stop on this tour, you’ll meet the artists of a mosaic laboratory. The art of mosaic was popular throughout the ancient Roman world, but Florence created its version under the Medici when the stoneworkers used pieces of different colored marbles to dramatic effect on the walls of buildings like the Medici Chapel. You’ll meet the craftspeople who carry on this tradition and watch them take rough pieces of stone and turn them into stunning works of art.
If you want to explore Oltrarno some more, your guide will give you some great suggestions for where to go and the best places to eat.

  • An expert local guide
  • Paper marbling demonstration
  • Meet a family of leather workers
  • Florentine Mosaic and Stone work Laboratory

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When you book a LivTours Private Tour or Experience, you are guaranteed a dedicated, expert guide that allows you the flexibility to start your tour at a time which is convenient for you, making planning easy. Our private tours ensure that you will get a tailored experience to meet all your needs so we go at your pace, perfect for families with younger children, elderly, or individuals with accessibility needs. Please be advised that all private tours begin at a base price starting at two people*. Prices are inclusive of entry tickets where applicable. *Some Ferrari private experiences are inclusive of one person only.


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One Way Transfer Service
Get picked up from your centrally located Florence hotel by one of our luxury vehicles and brought directly to the meeting point of the tour. Guaranteed stress-free. One way only.
starting from 95 €
Florentine Paper Design Workshop
Try your hand at the age-old Florentine paper design technique of "marbling" with this workshop led by a local artisan. When you've finished you can take the paper home with you!
70 €
per person

  • Go with Carolina

    Carolina, our tour guide, made the tour very fun and interesting by explaining different things about the city and introducing us to three different artisans. It was amazing to see the stone masons make portraits and landscapes with colored stone. We were able to take part in creating marbled paper and we met an artisan who makes gorgeous items with leather! I would definitely recommend Carolina and this tour with LivTours!

    - Deb Z
  • Great multi-event experience with LivTours!

    During the tour, we visited a leather working shop, a paper decorating shop, and a mosaic shop. The artisans were very kind about taking the time to teach us and help us learn about their craft. Our guide Rafaela was with us all day and she was full of information and very kind. We had my 10-month old nephew and my 7-year old daughter with us, and the tour was perfect for them too!

    - Vincent O
  • Florentine artisan crafts

    During this tour we were able to learn about ‘stone painting’ and Florentine mosaics. We also had the opportunity to see the different processes and all of the stages that were being demonstrated by the artisan craftsmen

    - Sarah L
  • Fantastic artisan tour in Florence

    Carolina was the very best tour guide. She was professional and helpful and kind. The artisan tour is a must see for couples and those who are open to seeing how things have been done and are still being done. It is a surprise as we could not have anticipated the wonder of seeing thin pieces of stone turned into portraits, landscapes, and all kinds of scenes. I lost my heart to this art form and I am very grateful Carolina introduced us to these artisans. We highly recommend Liv Tours.

    - Ross Dawkins
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