Discover the traditional art of silk weaving in one of the most ancient producer in Florence.
Visit one of the most ancient and prestigious silk producer in Florence, where the traditional art of silk weaving found its natural home and flourished in the Fourteenth century bringing prestige to the city and wealth to its merchants. The silk woven in Florence reached its peak during the heir of the Medici. To welcome the Grand Duke Cosimo to Florence, story tells that the streets were draped with “precious tapestries”. From the Renaissance age onwards, silk was the source of wealth for many noble Florentine families, including della Gherardesca, Pucci, Bartolozzi, Corsini and Agresti, who decided to establish a single workshop that would regroup all their looms and fabrics. This establishment was located in Via de’ Tessitori (Weavers Street). In the recent centuries, the Antico Setificio Fiorentino participated in prestigious restorations such as the Royal Palace of Denmark in Copenhagen, Royal Castle of Sweden in Stockholm and the Kremlin Palace in Moscow. Several aristocratic manors still restore today important antique pieces with the precious textile reproductions of the Antico Setificio Fiorentino, made according to traditional weaving techniques.