The Florentine Handcraft Companies: Itinerary A

The Florentine Handcraft Companies: Itinerary A

Meet the artisans, see their ateliers and shops, witness the love and dedication of the artisans reflected in the work of their hands.

Step into the made by hand in Florence!

Discover the rich world of traditional Florentine handcraft companies and their products. Meet the artisans, experience their history and the know-how they have inherited through many generations. This tour is a journey through small-sized ateliers and stores where you'll witness the love and dedication of the artisans reflected in the work of their hands. You can attend the creation of the handmade object from jewelry to ceramics, from mosaics to textiles. And you can purchase directly from the source!

We've created eight one-of-a-kind itineraries for you to choose from, each one of them an unforgettable tour. Simply click on the links in the “details” section for a preview of the master artisans’ work.

Itinerary A includes:

Practical Details:

  • Four hour tours (half day trips), morning or afternoon, from Monday to Friday, except holidays
  • Tours will start at opening of the first shop of the itinerary
  • Tours must be reserved with at least 7 days advance notice, and will be confirmed within 2 working days from the request
  • Tours are not available on Saturdays, Sundays, and on religious and national holidays during which the shops are closed
  • For small groups from 2 to 8 people
  • Languages available: Italian and English

Cancellation Policy

  • There will be no penalty for cancellations of excursion bookings communicated in writing until 2 weeks prior to the booked excursion date.
  • For cancellations less than two weeks prior to the excursion date, the payment of the entire amount will be due and no reimbursement will be granted.
  • Transportation included only where specified.
  • Time and meeting point will be defined with the individual participant before the service date.

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Tommaso Pestelli : Handmade objects and jewelry in the style of the famous early 20th century Pestelli production, as well as antique-style objets d’art for the home and restorations of any kind of metal object.

Tommaso Pestelli was born in Florence on 19 October 1969. He is the latest heir of a family of goldsmith-jewelers, which has been active in Florence since 1908 when Edoardo Pestelli began his activity as a goldsmith creating the foundation of the present firm. Tommaso Pestelli's professional training took place in the family workshop, under the guidance of his father Luigi and master Tonino Batacchi, who guided him in the study and elaboration of the Florentine jewelry tradition. He studied at the State Art Institute of Porta Romana in Florence, at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, where he obtained a diploma in sculpture, and finally at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, where he qualified as a restorer in the sector of glyptics and the goldsmith’s art. Thanks to such experiences, he was able to evolve his own personal style: an expression of tradition in the expert choice of the materials and their workmanship, and of formal research in the study of the concept of the object itself. Tommaso Pestelli now creates the most surprising furnishing accessories, made of gold, silver and precious stones. These works are absolutely unique, inspired by the taste and the atmosphere of the past and superbly suited to an exclusive, modern cabinet of wonders. In his workshop he creates sophisticated jewels, and also performs restoration for the Fine Art Commission. His articles have been displayed at numerous fairs and shows.

Opening hours: 9:00am-12:30pm

Closed: from June to the end of August

Languages spoken: English and German

Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, and American Express

Manetti e Masini : Reproduction and restoration of ancient majolicas

The artisan workshop Manetti & Masini has been involved in the making and restoration of ceramics for over fifty years. The workshop's particular specialization resides in the reproduction of antique pieces, employing unique techniques such as the use of special materials for enameling and aging, which make the pieces exactly like the original in every detail. The workshop also carries out restorations, which has permitted the artisans to study the original majolica in depth, with special regard to the Italian ones. The showroom boasts a varied collection of approximately three thousand samples, including plates, pitchers, stoves, tiles, vases, jugs, soup tureens, holy images, tables, decorative fruit wreaths, and animals.

Opening hours: 2:00pm – 7:00pm

Closed: August

Languages spoken: English

Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, and American Express

Argenteria Pagliai: Antique silverware restorations and reproduction, silverware

Across the river in the Oltrarno district, next to the 14th century tower-house of the noble Sapiti family, there is a building with vaulted ceilings, carved columns and stone walls, whose stout wooden door and hinges recall those of medieval craftsmen’s workshops. It is here that Paolo Pagliai, silversmith and restorer, plies his craft.
The Pagliai family have always worked in Oltrarno: initially, father Orlando started in Costa San Giorgio in 1930, then in Piazza de’ Rossi, and from 1980, in the medieval part of Borgo San Jacopo, opposite the Romanesque church of San Jacopo Soprarno, in an area that escaped the bombs during the Second World War, thus keeping its old-world charm. Crossing the threshold of this shop, one really does feel oneself entering a "Renaissance studio" where Messer Paolo Pagliai oversees and works with his staff, demanding perfection from each task.
These master craftsmen use ancient techniques of metalworking and restoration, which maintain the integrity and individuality of the most precious of objects. Paolo Pagliai’s workshop is a point of reference for antiquarians, collectors, and loyal customers from all over Italy. His ability to reconstruct missing parts of antique objects, using lost wax casting and engraving chisels to reproduce antique cutlery in refractory ore. The quality of his productions are legendary. All this, plus the friendly and welcoming environment make this workshop tour especially rewarding.

Opening hours: 9:00am-12:30pm and 3:00pm-7:00pm

Closed: August

Languages spoken: English and French

Credit cards accepted: Visa and MasterCard

Fratelli Ugolini : Handcrafted bronze and brass objects

Located in the characteristic San Frediano neighborhood, the Fratelli Ugolini company began its activity towards the end of the 19th century with Raffaello Ugolini.
 Since then, Raffaello Ugolini's son Guido and his grandchildren have gradually brought the company to national and international fame thanks to the beauty of their production of bronze and brass lighting fixtures and decorative accessories for the home.

 The company is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the original artful character and taste. In fact, their articles are still exclusively hand made and follow the traditional stages of casting, turning, engraving, and polishing.

The workers' specialized training and passion, the fine workshop equipment, and the expert mastery in dealing with historical styles permit Fratelli Ugolini to propose refined and exclusive models fit to satisfy the most demanding customers.

Opening hours: 9:00am-12:30pm and 2:00pm-7:00pm

Closed: August

Languages spoken: English

Credit cards accepted: none


Price per group for walking tour with English language guide:
From 2 to 4 people: € 187.00
From 5 to 8 people: € 220.00

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