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“Great gem of specialty gift shop”
Review of L'Arte dei Ciompi

L'Arte dei Ciompi
Ranked #24 of 384 Shopping in Florence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: A small shop filled with handmade wonders. Original gift items and prestige. Love for the traditional handicrafts of Florence lives in special gifts in leather, wood and paper. Thanks to the ancient handicraft secrets transmitted for generations, we keep alive the traditions and passions of the past.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

We stumbled across this store a week ago, and regretted not buying gifts then. We had to search a bit to find it again (the store front is quite narrow) but it was worth the effort. The artist who operates the store is very helpful and friendly, and produces very nice leather notebook covers, Pinocchio theme clocks, music boxes and other items, and very nice wood fountain pens. Well worth a look when in Florence.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

What a cute shop, and such a friendly woman serving inside. We purchased a small wooden diorama for our wall to remember Florence by and the lady explained her husband hand tooled these things himself. Excellent service for truly unique art!

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 25 September 2017

This shop is a rare find in Florence - whilst many other leather gift shops sell wonderful items, this shop sells uniquely different leather (and other materials) goods. The leather and suede is imprinted with designs and turned into books, small bags, pouches, glasses and paintbrush holders amongst other gems. I spent far too muc money here but could easily have spent more...

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Freya N
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Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

This little shop, unlike many around the Duomo area, has a genuine traditional Italian feel and story behind it. The lady serving explained that her father produces the items in the shop (like his father before him) and each item is almost unique given the production processes. They also have the copyright on printed Pinocchio images. We went in for some of the fairy postcards with initials on (to spell out a new baby's name) and came out with two small lamps and gorgeous Firenze half-moon shades and a leather bound note book too!Excellent customer service and products. Highly recommend visiting this shop if you are in the area. Grazie L'Arte dei Ciompi.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Northwood W
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Marco M, Proprietario at L'Arte dei Ciompi, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Thank you, we are happy and proud of your satisfaction.
You are welcome next visit in Florence

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Reviewed 23 March 2017

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 knew I had to have one! This store is located not far from the Duomo, and is so charming. They have all kinds of unique items that we picked up for gifts and for our own souvenirs- so different than anything else you might find. Everything is handmade, and the owner's daughter explained to us how her father made many of the items. Most of them are a work of art! I highly recommend this shop if you are looking for something truly special to bring home from your trip!

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Courtney D
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Marco M, Proprietario at L'Arte dei Ciompi, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2017

Thank you ! We are very happy to have given satisfaction
I did not know that our work was exhibited in accommodation, tell us, please, where was your B & B, I would like to thank them
You are welcome to your next visit in Florence

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