Getting Crafty in Italy
Hands-on crafts are a one-of-a-kind way to experience Venice and Florence
With a rise in the popularity of immersive experiences, craft workshops in Italy are offered to travelers. Taught in English by master Italian craftsmen, everyone from novices to professional artists can enjoy taking part in such a workshop.
One path to hands-on crafts is Cultural Italy, a tour operator that arranges a variety of visits to workshops in Murano, Venice and Florence.
In Venice, a popular option is the 2-hour Venetian Mask-Making Workshop, where visitors learn the history and process of making Venice’s iconic masks, then decorate blank mask molds that they can take home as one-of-a-kind souvenirs. The company also offers a half-day tour of Venice’s Master Artisans’ Shops, where visitors can explore the wonders of Venice’s top handicraft traditions.
Handicraft tour options in Florence include half- or full-day Leather Workshops, including an introduction to the materials used in creating leather products followed by hands-on practice of the craft. Travelers can also participate in a half-day Fresco Workshop in Florence, during which they will learn about the art technique and even bring home their own fresco.
Finally, in Murano, options range from a half-day Murano Glass Art Tour to a 40-minute glass-blowing demonstration.