Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Leather and Mosaics in Florence

Two great things to do in Florence are the Leather School at Santa Croce and the Mosaic School right around the corner.  Both are free and well worth a stop.

The Leather School can be entered through the bookstore at Santa Croce or the side of the church.  The leather isn't cheap, but the quality is exceptional.  You can find smaller items that are affordable and are great for gifts back home.

The Mosaic School on Via Macci is amazing.  You can see firsthand how the masters of old worked with mosaic to create their masterpieces throughout Italy.  Be sure to check out the mosaic of the Sistine Chapel ceiling...OMG.

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