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L'Arte dei Ciompi, Florence

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Shop for unique presents at L'Arte dei Ciompi, a gift store selling handmade leather, wood, and paper. Inspired by the 14th-century Florentine tradition of arti minori, the artisan and owner brings to life these time-honored crafts in a small workshop setting. Browse through playing cards, jewelry boxes, leather-bound books and notebooks, hand-painted wooden boxes, olive wood fountain pens, and puppets. Friendly staff are happy to chat about Florentine history. Before you head to Florence, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Florence trip builder, to make sure you see all that Florence has to offer, including L'Arte dei Ciompi.
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  • A small craft shop with emotions just to window shop and exhibits. All handmade by craftsmen. Would you buy everything just for the beauty and not because you need really!
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  • A fantastic store, which gives the feeling of stepping back in time. very happy about my new brush holder and clock of Pinocchio:) I hope to go back soon to visit you!
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  • I actually sought this store out when the Air BnB we were staying in in Florence had one of their items on display. It was a wooden cutout of those little vintage puppet theaters, and was so cool I kn...  more »
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  • It's a really cute art shop!
  • A small shop for local crafts (leather, paper and wood objects are almost all handmade by the owner's family). A feast for the senses, to visit at least once, surely you will take home something.
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  • Nice shop of crafts. Original ideas for souvenirs or gifts.
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  • A small shop to turn back time. Here comes to life the Florentine craftsmanship of the past, small wonders handcrafted leather, wood and paper. In honor of the Ciompi, Guild of Florentine craftsmen who in ' 300 did assert their voice in restoring luster to their work.
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Variety is not a problem when deciding where to stay in Florence. The compact town center is packed with hotels, hostels, and small inns. The drawback of this upmarket central area is that even family-run B&Bs often cost as much as luxury hotels. For more affordable lodgings, explore the area outside the tourist-driven city center. Staying in one of the city's residential neighborhoods allows you to immerse yourself in the daily life of local Florentines. B&Bs and hotels outside the center offer private parking and spacious rooms, all within walking distance of the main tourist sites.
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