Craft Workshops and Ancient Professions in Florence

Art and SAM, an event renowned all over the world and a space unique in Italy, testify for the close relationship between Florence and its craft workshops.

After more than 70 editions, Art - that is, Mostra Mercato dell`Artigianato, the international handicraft exhibition taking place every year at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence - still attracts to the city of the lily over 100,000 visitors (handicraft business operators, people interested in handicraft and tourists coming both from Italy and abroad).

SAM stands for Spazio Arti e Mestieri. Situated in Via Giano della Bella, in the so-called "Vecchio Conventino" in San Frediano, surrounded by the Florentine palaces and apartments in the Oltrarno district, it hosts cultural events and craft workshops.

So if you have rented an apartment in Florence historic centre, during your walks you will certainly have the occasion to visit many different craft workshops.

It is even possible to draw a sort of a "commodity map" of Florentine handicraft. A visit to Ponte Vecchio is a must for those who love jewels and bijoux. If you want to buy a pair of shoes, a bag, a jacket or an agenda cover and other leather goods just stroll among the narrow streets and squares in Santa Croce and San Lorenzo. Straw (especially hats) and wooden goods are to be found in Santo Spirito, whereas you can find silver and glass souvenirs in San Frediano.


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