The Florentine tradition of producing handcrafted goods is centuries old and remains one of the cornerstones of Florence's artistic and social history today, as much as it was in the times of the trade guilds. Since medieval times this has been a city of "bottegas", small artisan workshops, and the tradition continues today.
In one of these workshops, skilled craftsmen continue the tradition of Florentine Mosaic, a kind of marble inlay, an art that reached its peak under the Medici grand dukes.
It all started at the end of the 16th century when Ferdinand I de’ Medici, founded a workshop for the crafting of semi-precious stones. This art reached levels of excellence and attracted admiration from all over Europe. This unique type of art is still carried on today and it’s the fruit of hard working and precise technicians, who amaze and seduce the observer with their “painting of stones”: the artist creates subjects inspired from reality, choosing the right hues that nature offers through the different stones.
Our walk will continue visiting the Cathedral Square, unique complex of buildings (Duomo, Baptistery and Bell tower) completely coated with multicoloured marbles. We will focus on the church's most importantarchitectural features, especially the dome which has come to represent Florence itself. Made out of bricks, the dome was built by an engineer called Filippo Brunelleschi.
The guided tour goes on with the Baptistery, one of the city's most ancient religious buildings; the beauty of its doors moved Michelangelo to call them “the Gates of Paradise”! Ghiberti, the artist who created the doors, spent much of his life casting the doors in bronze and then gilding them.
Our walk will take us now to the busy Food Market of San Lorenzo (open until 2.00 pm only) . It is an integral part of local life, a great place to find bargains or just browse around the wide variety of stalls: it’s where the real Florentines do their food shopping!
We will visit local shops known for their historic reputation among local people and connosseurs, we will get to taste different kinds of cold cuts such as “prosciutto” and “salame toscano”, a mix of italian “pecorino cheese” and the most famous Parmigiano Reggiano; you will learn how to recognize a good aged balsamic vinegar or extra virgin olive oil.
We will explain how to cook the world-known Florentine T-bone steak, so appreciated for its juicy taste and tenderness and...thickness!
All tastings are included!
€ 75 per person
€ 35 students (6 to 18)
No entrance fees
Tastings included in the tour price