Private Tour: Milan's Workshops And Craftsmen
- Top designers: Meet the men and women who craft products that make this city famous, and hear from them about living and working in this capital of style.
- Working studios: Choose workshops that match your interests (e.g., glass, textiles, marble, metals) or let your guide suggest outstanding studios to visit.
- Personalized experience: Set a comfortable pace for your group, seek out artisans and products that intrigue you, and tour with a local design expert as your guide.
About this Milan tour
Three simple words, "Made in Italy," say it all: fine design, amazing craftsmanship, and works to be treasured for a lifetime. That's what we're seeking on this tour of the small workshops that can still be found in hidden corners and unexpected places along Milan's streets. Join us to deeply experience Italian artistry for yourself.
Step inside these workshops and your guide will personally introduce you to the artisans, or artigiani. Some follow age-old traditions using skills passed on for generations. Others have modernized their craft or are experimenting with new techniques. All are delighted to share their work and take a break to chat with you.
Milan's artisans create an astonishing array of work, and your guide can focus on studios that match your passions. Among the possibilities are leather goods, fashion accessories, jewelry, mosaics, ceramics, textiles, and inspiring items crafted from glass, wood, or marble. To see and touch the detailed nuances of these items is amazing, even more so because they are all made by hand.
As you meet these artisans, you'll understand they are a living, breathing part of Milan's amazing design scene. They are staying true to their creative path and proudly open their studios to share their talents and their work. This is the city's real artistic spirit. And it's bellissimo.
What is the secret?
Milan's artisans exemplify Italy's high level of design. But just what makes it so special? Could it be that an artistic heritage has created an eye for beauty? (This is the city of Leonardo's Last Supper, after all.) Or that an expressive, opera-loving nature (La Scala is just down the street) easily puts them in touch with their artistic side? If you learn the secret as you chat with the artisans of Milan, GoBe wants to know.
Please meet in the lobby/reception area of your hotel. Be sure to indicate the name of your hotel at check-out so we know where to meet you. Your guide will be holding a sign with GoBe or�your name on it.
Traditionally, Tuesday to Saturday retail hours are 9:30am-12:30pm and 3:30-7:30pm, with a half day on Monday (3:30-7:30pm). The majority of shops still close on Sundays, though fashion stores stay open during the major fairs and at other times throughout the year. Euros or credit cards are recommended for purchasing lunch, shopping and refreshments.
Expect to walk for approximately 2 miles, over varying surfaces and up steps and inclines. This tour is not suitable for travelers with limited mobility or those who utilize a wheelchair.
Cultural, Walking Tour, Private Tour
Tour Participation Requirements
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.
Travelers must be 6 years of age or older and accompanied by an adult to participate in this tour.
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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