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There are a thousand ways to explore and discover the "other Florence", the Oltrarno, a neighborhood known for its wealth of shops and workshops.
The best is to go on foot, crossing one of the four historic bridges over the Arno. This quaint area of the city, still remained tied to the ancient traditions and not involved by the great wave of architectural renovation that has invested instead in the last two decades, the historic center around Piazza Duomo and Piazza della Signoria, you can visit and discover the fascinating reality of Florentine. A real art preserved over the centuries due to the extraordinary craftsmanship and artistic craftsmen, still organized in small neighborhood shops.
Among the most important assets: the restorers of antique furniture, craft notes manufactures of silk (silk fabrics produced here according to the fine tradition of the fifteenth century when Florence excelled in working with as many as 83 workshops brocades' art Silk magnificent and of great value, which are drapes of silk and gold brocades, and damask flock of satin and velvet and taffeta ...").
In some shops are created, by hand, beautiful silver objects following the ancient techniques for embossing and engraving, which was used by Cellini and the Renaissance goldsmiths.

In Borgo San Frediano, it is possible to find craftsmen who produce objects of high artistic level using ancient techniques such as mosaic made with semiprecious stones, the wood carvers, blacksmiths and forgers of wrought iron, not to mention the production of paper items (marbled paper, reproductions of old maps with hand-painted designs), leather goods, ceramics, shoemakers making shoes to measure, and even a violin maker.

And yet the workshops especially known for shaping hats, gilders of frames, the restorers of metal.