THE LEATHER SCHOOL IN FLORENCE'S
HISTORIC BASILICA SANTA CROCE
After a few time-wasting detours into shops with attention grabbing, brightly colored bags obviously not made by Tuscan artisans (or by anyone on the European continent), a man (yes – a local married guy) suggested the Scuola del Cuoio – leather school.
The school is located adjacent to the Basilica di Santa Croce, a magnificent Franciscan church that broke ground during Dante Alighieri’s lifetime.
Here students learn the trade of crafting handmade bags and other items out of top quality materials, which are then offered for sale at affordable prices.
And I thought the golden era of religious miracles was long over.
You can enter the leather school from outside the building, or through the church.
I chose the latter, since I’m a wheelchair user and that way posed fewer steps for bumping up or down.
FIRENZE FASHION CONTINUES TOMORROW -- 7-30