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Scuola del Cuoio

Via di San Giuseppe, 5r Florence

To the left of Santa Croce as you face it is a path leading to a small courtyard containing one of Florence’s best-kept secrets: the workshop and boutique of the Scuola del Cuoio. In this guild and school, founded by Franciscan friars after World War II, you can watch leather being turned into everything from handbags to belts, in many different colors, and then buy the products in the small boutique, one of whose walls bears photographs of famous past clients including Princess Diana, Grace Kelly and Barbara Bush.

Ask the artisans to personalize your purchase with a monogram in gold leaf. Those serious about learning the craft can enroll in a six-month leather-making (and language) course; the Scuola also offers three-hour courses in cutting, assembling and finishing book covers. Free fifteen-minute visits must be scheduled in advance, with a maximum of twenty visitors during each tour. Longer, one-hour technical visits and private tours are also available.

Note: Indagare members receive 10% off at Scoula del Cuoio. Mention you are a member for the discount.

Written by Simone Girner

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