A fascinating exploration of the close connection between Florence and Italian fashion through the ages
Florence has been one of the most important fashion centers in Italy since Florentine noble women dictated couture elegance to royal courts throughout Europe. The tour includes the fabulous Ferragamo Museum of shoes but will begin at the Palazzo Pitti's wonderful Costume and Fashion Museum, where an expanded selection of splendid clothing, shoes and accessories illustrating the transience and caprices of fashion through the centuries is currently on display in a limited engagement exhibition. The fascinatingly titled "Ephemeral Museum of Fashion" is truly ephemeral: it runs only until October so come to see it while you can!
Upon request and subject to availability, an exclusive version of this tour is available that includes a visit to the Antico Setificio Fiorentino, a silk factory that operates as it did when it first opened in the 18th Century, using its original looms to produce sumptuous fabrics that are still prized throughout the world. Please see the "What's Extra" section for more info & pricing.
Tour will begin at Palazzo Pitti after which we will cross the Ponte Vecchio to visit the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, where the tour will end.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will pick you up at your hotel if it is within Florence's historic center. Otherwise we will arrange a meeting point that suits you.
End location: The tour ends in the historic center at your hotel. You may also make an advance request for an alternative end point within the Historic Center.
Duration: 3 hours
Internal visits to the Palazzo Pitti's Costume Gallery, the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo and the Gucci Museum
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 euros - per person cost of snack and beverage
Museum entrance tickets.
The "Exclusive Catwalk: Florence Fashion" tour featuring a visit to the Antico Setificio Fiorentino is a customized tour with availability dependent upon the factory's operating schedule and ability to accommodate visitors. The length of the exclusive tour with the additional visit will be approximately 90 minutes longer (4-1/2 hours total for the entire tour). Additional expenses will include a €50 increase in the cost of the guided tour, the Silk Factory entrance fee of €100 per person, taxi fare to the Silk Factory, and, if required, taxi fare between the Silk Factory and the Pitti Palace.
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.
I am licensed to give tours in Italian, French and English.