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  • Art and Artisans

    During your private Florence artisan tour, enjoy exclusive visits to mosaic and leather making workshops, as well as a tour of the Bargello Museum.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Visit to the stunning Basilica di Santa Croce with its leather school
    • Discover the former barracks and prison, Museo del Bargello, now housing art works
    • Join in on a fantastic marble mosaic workshop
  • Artisans of Florence

    Enjoy this artisan tour in Florence where your expert guide will help you explore the hidden artisan workshops of the Oltrarno neighborhood.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Stroll through the beautiful Oltrarno quarter and see artisans at work
    • Learn about the crafting techniques of leatherworkers, silversmiths and shoe manufacturers
    • Lecture on the Tuscan artisan traditions
  • Doge’s Palace Secret Itineraries Tour & Mask Making

    This Secret Itineraries Tour of the Doge’s Palace is followed by a mask making workshop, making a perfect day for the entire family.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Marvel at the magnificent frescoes by Tintoretto on the ceiling of the Hall of Four Doors
    • Get privileged insights into the private rooms in the palace like the Office of the Doge’s Secretary, the rooms of the Deputy of the Secret Works of the Council of Ten, the Office of the Grand Chancellor, and the Secret Chancellery
    • Continue to the Salon of the Regent to the Chancellery for some of Venice’s more sinister secrets, starting with the Torture Room and the Piombi (the attic prison which Casanova successfully escaped), the attic at Ponte della Paglia, and the Inquisitors’ Room
    • Finish your exclusive tour in the Room of the Three Heads and take a walk toward the Accademia bridge and the Dorsoduro area for great views of the Grand Canal
    • Visit an expert Venetian mask maker to learn about Venice’s most iconic product
    • Create your own mask with the tools, paints, techniques, and secrets of the experts
  • Fine Papermaking Workshop

    During this hands-on, 90-minute workshop, your family will learn the art of fine papermaking in Florence under the guidance of an expert.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Learn the ancient art of book restoration
    • Art of conserving fine paper
    • One off opportunity and insight to an ancient Florentine craft
  • Leather School with Private Master

    During this exclusive visit to a leather school in Florence, learn how to make your own handcrafted leather souvenir to bring home.

     

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Private lesson with a Scuola del Cuoio Master Craftsman
    • Make your own exclusive Italian leather journal, or a traditional pouch-style handbag or even a monogrammed belt
    • Demonstration on the traditional leather gilding technique, using 22 karat gold
    • Walk away with a handmade Italian souvenir

     

  • Marble and Mosaic Masters

    Enjoy exclusive visit to marble and mosaic workshops during this private Venice artisan tour, including the only remaining glass furnace in Venice.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Visit Giancarlo Comelato’s workshop where traditional techniques of sculpting marble are still used
    • Witness Giancarlo’s pride and passion for tradition and artisanship in the shop’s Marble Garden
    • Visit the Orsoni Mosaic Glass Furnace to see how glass sheets and mosaic tiles are made
    • See the ‘Library of Colors’ which contains countless tones, nuances, and colors beyond imagination showing the Orsoni family’s passion for mosaic art
  • Uffizi and Oltrarno District Tour

    During this private Uffizi Gallery tour and Oltrarno neighborhood stroll in Florence, visit artisans and view artistic masterpieces.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • See the local ‘insider’ side of Florence, away from the hustle and bustle
    • Learn about the local ateliers, and Florence’s insider artisan must-sees
    • Visit the world-renowned Uffizi Gallery where you admire Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’ and ‘Primavera’ paintings
  • Venice Mask Makers & Rialto Market Tour

    Enjoy a visit to the bustling Rialto Market and then enjoy an exclusive tour of a Venetian making making workshop with a private guide.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Explore the local fruit, vegetable, and fish stands of the Rialto Food Market and learn about its history and daily activities
    • Enjoy the view from the top of the Rialto Bridge, the first bridge built over the Grand Canal
    • Sip a glass of wine and try the local finger food in one of the Rialto’s many wine bars
    • Explore the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari with its precious altarpieces by Titian and Bellini
    • Visit a Venetian mask-making workshop and learn about the different types and meanings of the city’s typical masks