Looking for unique things to do in Florence, away from tourists? If you like to meet locals and connect with cultural traditions, here’s one you can’t miss: Artisan Walking Tour in Florence.
It goes without saying that Italy’s main cities such as Florence are worth visiting even if they’re often crowded with tourists. You may have to search a little harder to find cool ways to access the authentic culture for a more immersive and unique experience in Florence, but at Creative Edge Travel, we make it easy for you! There are plenty of non-touristy things to do.
Read below to learn about the first tour we recommend for those who are looking to venture off-the-beaten-path in Florence for a unique experience.
Artisan Walking Tour
It was a warm summer day in Florence, Italy. I woke to bells chiming and a view over endless red-tiled rooftops that beckoned me to be like the birds swooshing low and high over this Renaissance paradise. Instead I opted for the ancient cobblestone streets that led me to meet Maria, a local guide whose passion for the amazing Florentine artisans has lead her to organize unique artisan experiences and tours.
Florence once had hundreds of artisan workshops throughout the city. They’re not nearly as numerous today, but you can still find them hidden under your nose if you know where to look. It’s in these humble workshops that you can find some of the last master artisans of ancient crafts, tirelessly dedicated to keeping the tradition alive and passing it on to anyone eager enough to become part of the legacy.
Maria opened the doors to this world of local artisans and left me mesmerized.
First, we visited a large workshop where they use stone inlay to create immaculately detailed artworks. It’s like painting with stone. I watched as the artisans selected different types of stones for the image, using the various colors and textures to mimic real life. I had heard of this “pietra dura” technique before (there’s even a museum dedicated to it in Florence), but I had no idea that I could actually be tricked to think one of these stone artworks was a painting or even a photograph!