Private Florence Artisans Tour

Private Florence Artisans Tour

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      Florence, Italy
      3 Hours
      Moderate
      From (USD)
      $ 420
      • Walking tour: Explore the neighborhood known as Oltrarno ("on the other side of the Arno River"), destination of choice since the 1500s for those seeking the finest handmade goods. Beginning in the lovely Piazzo Santo Spirito, we'll stroll narrow streets lined by warrens of small workshops, stepping inside to watch meticulous artisans practicing timeless crafts.
      • Understanding – and support: Designed for travelers seeking a deeper understanding of Italian culture, this tour focuses on the traditions and overall importance of Florentine craftsmanship. A portion of the booking fee goes to a foundation that supports apprenticeship programs in these increasingly endangered trades.
      • More than a guide: Even by GoBe standards, your tour leader is special. Known officially as "docents" (from the Latin for teacher), these M.A.- and Ph.D.-level experts bring passion and insight to their subject, encouraging questions and participation.
      • Your group, your tour: This private experience lets you tailor departure time and overall pace to your group's preferences. The tour usually runs about three hours, but even that's flexible.

      Meeting point

      Please meet your guide in front of Bar Ricchi, located at Piazza Santo Spirito 8/9r, across the Arno, in Oltrarno. Cross Ponte Santa Trinita (one bridge west of the Ponte Vecchio), and then cut thru to piazza via side street, Via d. Presto di S. Martino.

      Helpful hints

      Please keep in mind that we are guests in the workshops of these artisans. They have graciously agreed to let us interrupt their work day in order to share their art and the heritage of their craft with us. We ask that you keep in mind the preciousness of this gift. If you have any questions for the artisans, please do not hesitate to ask. Your guide is happy to act as a translator. While this is not designed as a shopping trip, you are more than welcome to make purchases along the way. Simply let your guide know of your interest and he will make sure that it fits into the course of the program. If you would like to spend an extended period of time in any of the shops, we politely request that you return afterwards, as to not hinder the flow of the walk.

      Lastly, part of the price of this walk is donated to the Context Foundation for Sustainable Travel which, among other things, supports an apprenticeship program for the artisans of the Oltrarno who often have a difficult time attracting and retaining apprentices to carry on their work traditions. Thank you, from the Context Foundation, for supporting this important project

      Getting around

      Plan to walk for approximately 2 miles at a gentle pace. This itinerary can be modified for your private group to accommodate wheelchairs and those with limited mobility. Let us know ahead of time at Hello@GoBe.com.

      Activity type

      Walking Tour, Cultural, Scenic, Family Friendly, Private Tour

      Transportation used

      Public transportation may be used from time to time. Have local currency available for tickets. Your tour may involve walking only.

      Included amenities

      Ph.D. or MA-level scholar guide
      Includes tax-deductible (for U.S.) donation to local charity to support artisans.

      Tour ID

      PP-EUR-ITA-FLOR-EN-2007

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      Special Medical Restriction

      If you use a folding wheelchair, we'll do our best to accommodate you with at least 7 days advanced notice, providing you have someone along to assist you. Email us at Hello@GoBe.com. Accessibility at all venues cannot be guaranteed.

      Special comments

      Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide.

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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