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This experience consists in a guided tour of Florence focusing on luxury craftsmanship. We will walk through the streets of the historic center famous for their typical small shops and we will visit characteristic artisan workshops, while I will tell you about the origins and evolution of Florentine fashion.
An exclusive guided tour through the world of Florence silk and precious fabrics, visiting the halls of an ancient silk factory in Florence specialized since 1786 in the production of the most refined and valuable textiles of the world. Here you will understand this old artisan Florentine tradition manufacturing techniques and admire antique looms still used nowadays, among which there is also the Leonardo da Vinci weaving loom.
Silk maufacturing has developed in Florence since Middle Ages reaching its maximum success with the Medici Family and other noble Renaissance families who produced, traded and used precious fabrics to wear them and to decorate their homes furnishings, as a symbol of power and wealth.
This Florentine tradition has continued until today and in the Oltrarno area still exists a special factory that since 1786 produces handcrafted luxury fabrics, destined to furnish castles and palaces all over the world: it is the Antico Setificio Fiorentino by Stefano Ricci.
Guided tours to the Antico Setificio Fiorentino are a unique experience: you will be guided through the halls of this ancient factory, you will discover artisan techniques used in silk manufacturing and admire splendid antique looms, both manual silk looms and semi-mechanical looms, dating back to the 18th century and 17th century, among which the one invented by Leonardo da Vinci stands out.
An exclusive journey into the world of the finest fabrics, representatives of the Made in Italy style and excellence, which is based above all on respect for tradition and craftsmanship.
At the end of the visit, if you want you can have some time to take a look at their textiles and buy the ones you like the most or even order a customized one made just for you according to your needs and tastes.
Why book this exclusive guided tour of Florence craft shops and Antico Setificio di Stefano Ricci?