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FLORENTINE EXPERIENCE SHOPPING

Treat yourself to a lovely experience, of shopping in the picturesque Florentine shops and workshops to discover the extraordinary heritage of Florentine craftsmanship and creativity.


1 - Oltrarno Artisan Shopping Walk
Concentrated in the “Oltrarno” area, which lies on the left bank of the Arno River in the heart of artisan Florence. Here we will visit a craftsman who still practices wood carving using techniques dating from the 17th century, the Art Printers where prints of landscapes and scenes of Florence are reproduced using a procedure which has become almost lost today, a leather craftsman who creates beautiful handbags, wallets skilfully modelled by hand, a Shoemaker who creates made to measure shoes all by hand and a bookbinder who decorates book covers with the famous Florentine marbled paper each page of which is created rigorously by hand in beautiful colour combinations. We will enter the hidden workshops where small and precious silver objects are made in pure Florentine style. We can follow the work of the young artisan creating real works of art, with wood marquetry and a unique and genuine workshop “museum” where mosaics and landscapes are “painted” using marble and semi-precious stone inlays instead of brush strokes. During our walk we will pop into various other quaint little shops where you can buy authentic handmade items.


2 - Fashion & Design Walk
Our shopping walk through creative fashion boutiques of unusual or emerging designer brands. A different experience where you get to know the real, authentic and hidden Florence. For those who dream of owning the finest leather accessories such as shoes and handmade bags we will directly visit their creators. We will observe the goldsmith who still continues techniques from the past to create jewels with a modern twist using silver, gold and precious stones. Enter the imaginative world of a designer famous for her colourful bijou of inimitable taste and style. We will meet the handbag designer in his studio located inside an old palace with its own beautiful garden, the hat maker, one of the last still selling the famous straw hats of Florence which originated in the 16th century. We can feel the texture of the purest and softest sweaters in cashmere.We will explore a “Concept Store” specialising in clothing with an original touch, unique and at the same time ethical for its use of natural organic and eco-friendly fibres. Let’s be enchanted by one of the first organic textile fashion companies, from the “Organic Style” which today is an up-coming innovation in the Made in Italy fashion industry. During our walk we will also visit various workshops and labs where you can watch the artisans at work and at the same time perhaps buy something unique as a reminder of your stay in Florence.


3 – Home & Interior Design Walk
Need some ideas for your new home project or interior design makeover? We will take you shopping to some extraordinary beautiful stores and boutiques offering all that you need for your new italian style dream home. You will feel a slight temptation in the artistic store-gallery which showcases a unique collection of design objects and home furnishings located in a 15th century Palace. You might be looking for Interior design pieces from the 1940s to the 1980… we will take you there! During the Shopping walk you can find Art Nouveau, Art Deco, pieces from the 40s and 50s, decorative arts from the 20th century, modern antiques, lighting from the 1900s, ceramics, glass, chandeliers, lamps, painting and sculpture from the 1900s. We will offer a special shopping experience at the famous company driven by the passion of two generations, and the skill and capabilities of architects and artisans united in the quest for excellence and perfection. The fantastic showroom with a special focus on the kitchen environment is just fabulous! So, get inspired and make contacts with talented interior designers and teams of architects and interior designers working every day to meet the demands, respecting the values and traditions of florentine craftsmanship.


4 – The Best Food & Wine Experience
Curious to sip the best coffee or cappuccino in town? Where to find the most delicious gelato? Did you ever taste the crispy olive oil “schiacciata” bread or the typical Florentine Street Food? A visit to some cosy food shops where you will find the best tuscan olive oil, cheese and cured meats. Enjoy our excellent wine tasting in the most authentic Enoteca in town! Learn about where to have your best aperitivo with a view, pizza, lunch or dinner in Florence!


Afternoon Shopping & Aperitivo with a View! Can be combined with any of the shopping walks - At the end of our afternoon shopping walk, we will attend a suggestive Aperitivo drink with some delicious local foods and drinks overlooking the roof tops of Florence!

Afternoon Shopping walk hours pm: from 15:30 – 19:30
Aperitivo starts around 19:30
Aperitivo price from € 15 / person (approximately)


Timetable:
Shopping Walks Mo - Tue - Wed - Thur - Fri (Saturday morning walk – only on request)

Morning from: 10:00 for 3-4 hours.
Afternoon from: 15:00 for 3-4 hours.


Booking:
In order to offer an excellent service I need to have the reservations 24 hours before the walk, in order to being able to book the various demonstrations at the artisans laboratories and refreshments if offered during the walk.

The walk duration: about 3-4 hours

Maximum participants: 6 (I can take 8 participants but only on special request)

Pricelist:
2-6 participants: € 60,00 / person
Personalized walk with only 1 participant: € 120,00
FREE: Children 0-5 years
50%: Children 6-12 years


Ask our Reservation Team (email concierge@apartmentsflorence.it) and we'll put you in contact with Maria!