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Discover Artisans & Design in Oltrarno

Florence, Italy

Experience hosted by Barbara

2.5 hoursHosted in English and Italian
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Up to 4 people
Includes food

What you'll do

Enjoy "my morning style" like a true local wandering around the artsy boho-chic district of Santo Spirito and San Frediano on the other side of the river!
Stroll throught the morning open air market stalls coloured of seasonal vegetables, fruits and flowers to search for the daily bargain.
We'll be welcomed by two artists in their hidden workshop of jewels and sculptures, meet few special artisans who are in love about vintage objects, upholstery fabrics and wood and discover those historical "botteghe" of home decor, bronzesmith and antiques.
On our way along its narrow streets we will be delighted by the smell of freshly baked treats in one of the few bakery left with original oven on site.
Finally we'll toast our morning with an Italian style aperitivo in the "cantina" of the oldest food store in town.
This is the experience for those travelers who would like to discover what "Florence's coolest neighborhoods" really means !
Other things to note
Bring your camera to take amazing pictures, wear comfortable shoes and don't' forget your enthusiasm to explore and be part of the local lifestyle ! Text me for extra dates and/or special interests.
Enjoy "my morning style" like a true local wandering around the artsy boho-chic district of Santo Spirito and San Frediano on the other side of the river!
Stroll throught the morning open air market stalls coloured of seasonal vegetables, fruits and flowers to search for the daily bargain.
We'll be welcomed by two artists in their hidden workshop of jewels and sculptures, meet few special artisans who are in love about vintage objects,…

What's included

  • Food
    Italian aperitivo (Wine). Coffee

Meet your host, Barbara

Host on Airbnb since 2014
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With a background in the Fashion industry and Personal Shopper I love to share my passion about Florence's lesser known places, creative artisans and workshops, indipendent boutiques, bespoke services for anyone looking for authenticity and originality while discovering Florence or even enjoying it again with new emotions.
I'm the founder of "Beyond Florence " a customized personal service for shopping & local lifestyle itineraries off the beaten track and...beyond : fashion, artisan workshops, local arts, interior design & antiques, hidden spots to live Florence just like a local would !
With a background in the Fashion industry and Personal Shopper I love to share my passion about Florence's lesser known places, creative artisans and workshops, indipendent boutiques, bespoke services for anyone looking for authenticity and originality while discovering Florence or even enjoying it again with new emotions.
I'm the founder of "Beyond Florence " a customized personal service for shopping & local lifestyle itineraries off the beaten track and...beyond : fashion, artisan worksh…
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Where you'll be

We'll start the day off right at a typical cafe' which was a former wood carpenter workhop then, according to the weather, browse the local market square and take in its sounds and smells.
Along secluded streets, we will visit artisan workshops of handcrafted jewelry, sculptures and wood decors.
This popular but fascinating district is full of amazing shops of home decor, vintage stores, authentic artisan ateliers and traditional grocery stores
Andrea
October 2020
I had been staying in the area for a few days but felt I wasn’t really getting to know it. This introduced me to a whole secret and special world of artisans and the area which was truly inspiring! Thank you so much
Helen
January 2020
I have been travelling to Florence as a visitor for over 20 years. I always take local tours however the experience today was the best I have ever had. I cannot recommend Barbara and her artisan tour highly enough. A must do for everyone who visits Florence and wants an authentic and honest experience. Barbara is amazing, kind and generous. Someone I will definitely stay in touch with and reconnect. Thank you Barbara for an incredible day. Xxx
I have been travelling to Florence as a visitor for over 20 years. I always take local tours however the experience today was the best I have ever had. I cannot recommend Barbara a…
Elon
January 2020
Barbara is incredible, and calling this a tour doesn’t do it justice — it was a personal introduction to a world of artisans (trained in ancient techniques through apprenticeships) who make gorgeous jewelry and artwork and who are happy to show you their workshops behind the scenes. The walk through the gorgeous Oltrarno was lovely and perfectly-paced and we enjoyed wonderful conversation. The definition of five stars!
Barbara is incredible, and calling this a tour doesn’t do it justice — it was a personal introduction to a world of artisans (trained in ancient techniques through apprenticeships)…
Ramu
January 2020
Barbara was an excellent guide. Very enthusiastic and passionate about Florence and gave us an interesting glimpse of the city. She introduced us to the culture, local people, and the history. She has a lot of energy and we highly recommend her!
Barbara was an excellent guide. Very enthusiastic and passionate about Florence and gave us an interesting glimpse of the city. She introduced us to the culture, local people, and…
Blair
December 2019
This tour was truly a highlight of our trip, and Barbara is absolute magic! My husband and I felt instantly welcomed into a world of artists and creators we could never have found on our own, and Barbara effortlessly wove their stories into the bigger story of Florentine history. The area we explored is rich and dense and it was great to have a guide so connected and with such a discerning eye. Barbara has a great sense of pace and tailored the tour to our interests. At the end, she led us to an amazing local bar for a celebratory drink, where we stayed for an excellent lunch. If you want a short cut into a beautiful local scene, and the chance to support some unique artists, then this is the tour. Enjoy : )
This tour was truly a highlight of our trip, and Barbara is absolute magic! My husband and I felt instantly welcomed into a world of artists and creators we could never have found…
Kayla
November 2019
Such a great experience exploring a neighborhood and the people and places in it that I wouldn’t have otherwise found! Barbara is so passionate and fun to spend a day with, she knows the neighborhood inside and out and really took me to some hidden gems. I highly recommend this experience to see a hidden side of Florence!
Such a great experience exploring a neighborhood and the people and places in it that I wouldn’t have otherwise found! Barbara is so passionate and fun to spend a day with, she kno…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

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Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 14 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.