Culture

Discover your inner Italian.

See our 2014 Calendar to learn more about culture-related activities offered.

Jewelry Making Enter the studio of a local jeweler and see the hands-on process of crafting exquisite jewelry using techniques developed in the studio of the goldsmiths of the Renaissance.

Shoe Making Become Francesco’s apprentice as you learn about the intricate process of making leather shoes from scratch. Watch as a design take shape in his expert hands.

Music & Opera Enjoy opera the way it was imagined, beneath the Italian sky. See works by Italian composers Giuseppe Verdi and/or Giacomo Puccini, which are among the world’s most beloved today.

Boboli gardens A favorite escape from the bustling city below, these gardens are still a testament to the Medici Dukes that first used them. Beyond its sculptures and fountains, it is also a gorgeous example of Renaissance garden design.

Boat Tours of the Arno The Arno river was once full of boats. Today it is a rare site, but the Renaioli, the Florentine boatmen, still take the custom routes with interested guests. The fascinating trip down the Arno will show you the city from a whole new view. (Renaioli literally translates to “sand digger” referring to the long poles use to push against the bed of the river).

Vintage Expo Every summer enjoy some of Florence’s best antiques and vintage goods all in one place.

Porcellino market The market housed under the beautiful Loggia del Porcellino was built in the 16th century to sell luxury goods produced in Florence, including silks. Its location was convenient to Piazza della Repubblica where the Old Market once stood. Though the old market was moved in the 19th century, the Porcellino still remains an authentic example of the Renaissance markets and luxury goods.


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