Meet the makers

Santa Croce, Florence

Meet the makers

Join fashion insider Barbara Chiucini as she lifts the curtain on Florence’s artisan community, introducing you to expert craftsmen, gaining access to their ateliers and delving into the city’s creative past.

Barbara will lead you through two of the city’s most beguiling neighbourhoods, Santa Croce and Sant' Ambrogio, using her creative network to demonstrate the resurgence in Florentine craftsmanship, often getting you exclusive behind-the-curtain access. You’ll visit the workshop of an expert in scagliola – an ancient form of mosaic art – encounter a master of scatole delle meraviglie or ‘boxes of wonder’, tour the factory rooms of a perfumer and come face to face with leather craftsmen in a private 15th-century palazzo.

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From €320 for 2 people

Barbara Chiucini

Your insider

Barbara Chiucini

Fashion and design expert

Barbara Chiucini was born in rustic Tuscany, but her love of fashion meant she was destined to make her mark in one of Europe’s great cities instead. To pursue her passion, she moved to Florence to study at the Polimoda fashion institute, a golden ticket that slingshotted her into a 20-year career centred around product design, during which she worked for brands like Burberry and Acne Jeans. Today, she puts her expertise into practice as a personal shopper, drawing on her vast knowledge and network of Florentine creatives to give her clients something special.

Master marble workers, heritage perfumers and leather artisans… discover the figures keeping Florence’s artisanal pedigree alive

3 hours
Start Time
Tours run between the hours of 10:00 and 14:30
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Where you'll go
You’ll meet Barbara at a café in central Florence, getting to know her over hearty Italian coffee. She’ll talk you through the neighbourhood you’ll be visiting – Santa Croce - named for the impressive basilica at its heart. From there, she’ll lead you down side streets and buzz you in to buildings that are normally off limits to visitors, introducing you to a variety of artisans at work in their studios and workshops.
What you'll see
From the café, you’ll walk five minutes to the workshop of an expert in scagliola, meeting the artisan and even trying your own hand at this intricate art form. From there, you’ll stroll over to the Basilica Santa Croce, where you’ll visit a master in the art of scatole delle meraviglie, or ‘boxes of wonder’. Crossing the piazza in front of the basilica, Barbara will then take you into the laboratory of perfumer Aquaflor, before buzzing you into a private palazzo to encounter a group of skilled leather artisans. The tour ends with prosecco and fresh fruit in the palazzo’s rose-lined courtyard.
Experience location
You’ll meet Barbara at a café in Sant'Ambrogio; we’ll send you the exact details in your confirmation.