FLORENCE – To get to know Florence, its history, its shops, its typical flavors, the urban trekking of “Handicraft & Aperitif” returns, to discover the ancient craftsmen’s trades. The branded initiative Artex-Center for Artistic Handicraft and traditional of Tuscany is reserved for the second year to Unicoop Firenze members with the collaboration of the Tuscany Region, Cna Toscana, Confartigianato Toscana.
In Florence, the stages of this journey (in total there are 16 events throughout the region) which combines curiosity, culture and taste, will take place in four events, from 7 October to 4 November.
Thursday 7 October the “Red City” itinerary accompanies the discovery of the Sant’Ambrogio district, nicknamed the “red city” for the color of the houses, built with bricks of that color and present throughout the block where celebrations were held goliardic organized by lay associations and cheering brigades (later dismantled in 1629 by Cosimo II). During the tour you can see how the decorated plates of the Sbigoli Terracottas are born.
Thursday 21 October with “The Masterpiece of literature” we walk in the Oltrarno, through the streets and squares told by Vasco Pratolini in the novel “The girls of San Frediano”, stopping in the Ippogrifo art print shop.
Thursday 28 October “A tunnel for Florence” reveals the secrets of the palace that he had built in the fifteenth century Luca Pitti and which in the following centuries became the palace of the Medici and, after them, of the Lorraine and the Savoy: a building so loved that it was transformed to be more and more imposing and even put in communication with a secret passage with the Palazzo di Bianca Cappello, lover of Francesco I. During the tour a visit to the designer’s tailor’s shop is scheduled Tiziana Alemanni.
The last appointment, Thursday 4 November, is with the urban trekking “The queen bee”, in Piazza Santissima Annunziata, the square that since the mid-fifteenth century contains the idea of the Renaissance (guarded by the equestrian statue of Grand Duke Ferdinand I).
«During the tour there will be a visit to the Maselli art workshop, famous for its frames.
“This initiative was born four years ago and was immediately successful in Florence – he explains Sara Biagiotti, vice president of Artex – The proposal for the second year is addressed to Coop members and is extended to other Tuscan cities. The excursions are designed for those who leave work and, in the company of colleagues, friends, family or even alone, want to relax by taking a walk in their city. An expert guide of ‘Going to Zonzo’ will accompany visitors to discover the neighborhood, they will enter the artisan shop and finally taste the aperitif. A different way to learn more about the traditions of Tuscan cities. Each datum will have a theme that will be the leitmotif of the excursions ».
«Artigianato & Aperitivo is back, an opportunity to get to know the territory, its identity and activities, and the artisans, who combine know-how and culture. For Unicoop Firenze, cultural activities want to represent an element of enrichment for the members: the program studied with Artex and Andare Zonzo for 2021 is full of news and opportunities to enter the history of Tuscan cities, learn more about the past, but also the present. . We thank Artex for their collaboration and the members participate in taking advantage of this cultural opportunity designed exclusively for them, thanks to the support of Unicoop Firenze “, thanks to the support of Unicoop Firenze”,
“Urban trekking is an opportunity to learn about anecdotes and curiosities of our city, but also to discover that heritage made up of experience, dexterity, creativity and passion, which is found inside the shops and which constitutes the most authentic identity of Florence »he says Alessandro Sorani, president of Confartigianato Imprese Firenze.
«A way to discover and rediscover the discoveries of our cities and to enhance the quality and uniqueness of artistic craftsmanship, fashion and furnishing accessories. A rare opportunity that involves the participants in the countless phases behind the finished product, from design to implementation. In short, a real experience for all those who want to participate »he comments Giacomo Cioni, president of Cna Firenze Metropolitana.
The urban treks will start at 6 pm. Reservations are required and subject to limited availability of places and the visits will take place in compliance with anti-Covid 19 regulations. Aperitif cost 10 euros. For information www.coopfirenze.it. For reservations www.andareazonzo.com – www.toscana.artour.it. tel. 371 3212704 from Monday to Friday from 10 to 12. Precise information on time and place of meeting will be provided after booking.