Leatherwork course in Florence

(9 customer reviews)


Our workshop offers 1, 2 or more weeks handmade bags courses. You can book a 24,  48, 72 or 96 hour course and distribute your hours along the number of weeks of your choice. The program includes aspects of knowledge of the materials (quality of the leather and tanning techniques), cutting of the leather by hand and by machine, bench assembly and stitching, finishing, metallic accessories and marketing.

This course is individual and can be taught either in Italian or in Spanish. Since lessons are individual, the programme can be adapted to your own needs; you can also apply for an interpretation service. These courses are very practical and hands-on and are conducted by local artisans, masters concerned with maintaining Italian artisan traditions alive.

We provide our customers with different accommodation options (private rooms, shared/individual flats, hotels) near the school.

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Our artisan workshop “bottega” in Florence is characterized by is the care and attention with which staff members treat each and every course participant, coping with their needs and trying to satisfy their expectations. The atmosphere is cheerful and informal. The workshop is located in the historic centre of Florence.

Starting dates 2020
January7, 20May 11, 25September14, 28
February3, 17June8, 22October12, 26
March2, 16, 30July6, 20November9, 23
April14, 27August3, 17, 31December7
The school will be closed on the following national holidays: Epiphany (06/01), Easter Monday, Italy Liberation Day (25/04), Workers' Day (01/05), Republic Day (02/06), Ferragosto (15/08), All Saints (01/11), Immaculate Conception (8/12), Christmas holidays and New Year.

Our School

Location type:

Florence city centre.

Course materials:

Not included in course fees. The cost of these materials will depend on the type of course and project chosen by the student.

Length of lessons:

60 minutes.

Accommodation in Florence

Our school of leatherworks in Florence offers course participants different accommodation options for the whole duration of your course in Italy with Studiainitalia. We have a selection of single rooms in shared flats, double rooms for couples and people travelling together, family stays (with half- and full-board options) and private studios. Contact us for further details

Your accommodation in Italy

In Studiainitalia, we know well that in order to have a successful course in Italy, you need an accommodation that suits your budget and style. This is why we provide our course participants with a wide range of options for accommodation in Italy, so that you can feel at home in Italy.

Your accommodation in Italy is also a perfect opportunity to meet other students, flatmates or local people, and thus practice your Italian and learn more about local culture and customs.

We can provide you with accommodation near your school for the whole duration of your course in Italy. We offer the following types of accommodation in Italy:

  • Single rooms, with kitchen use, in shared flats (generally 2-3 persons);
  • Double rooms, with kitchen use, for couples and people travelling together;
  • Single rooms in host families, with meals;
  • Private studios.

Accommodation is available from Sunday to Sunday.

Costs of water, gas and electricity are included. Towels and sheets are provided.

Flats are shared with Italians, generally between 2 or 3 persons.

Accommodations are assigned only 20 days before your arrival in Italy.

Sometimes it is possible to request a private bathroom (supplement required).

Please contact us for further details on our accommodation options for courses in Italy.

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These are the fees for this course in Florence (course only):

  • 24 lessons (course only): 800€
  • 48 lessons (course only): 1550€
  • 72 lessons (course only): 2300€
  • 96 lessons (course only): 3050€
  • More than 96 lessons are also avaliable.

With Studiainitalia, you can also reserve your accommodation for the whole duration of your course in Florence. The following fees are for accommodation in Florence, single room in shared flat, with kitchen use:

  • 1 week (single room in shared flat): 170€
  • 2 weeks (single room in shared flat): 280€
  • 3 weeks (single room in shared flat): 400€
  • 4 weeks (single room in shared flat): 500€

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

9 reviews for Leatherwork course in Florence

  1. Alice

    I was looking foward to my period in Florence but I had no idea it would change my life.

    Alicia comes from a lineage of artisan’s and she embodieds the spirit of crafts. She is a wonderful teacher, amazing human being and her expertise goes way beyond.
    What I could see and live while in the Bottega will help me in so many ways.
    I arrived home a month ago and only now I am begining to take in all I have experienced in Florence. My workshop has already suffered a lot of changes since then and my work in general has gone to another level. I couldn’t put in words how gratefull I am. One thing is for sure: I am definetly coming back as soon as I can.

  2. Ted (verified owner)

    When I first thought about taking some courses in Italy, I looked at several of these so-called schools on the internet. StudiainItalia was the only one that was professional enough to reply to my questions. Once we connected, Federica made the enrollment process so easy and smooth for me. She even came by the school and met me in person one day. I’m old school so I always appreciate the personal touch and enjoy meeting people face to face. She took care of me and I have no doubt her team will take good care of you if you sign up with StudiainItalia.

    In terms of the leatherwork course, I really enjoyed it and learned a great deal. It really exceeded any expectations I had. Alicia is an experienced artisan as well as a great teacher that really understands the craft. Her logical and practical approach to the craft makes the process very understandable. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in leatherwork professionally or as a hobby.

    • Federica

      Thanks Ted for your comment, we really appreciate it!

  3. Karen

    I am delighted with my course with Studiainitalia and would highly recommend it and Alicia who is a genuine friendly professional teacher. I would not have have this course without Studiainitalia and would certainly recommend your service

  4. Olga

    My leatherwork course in Florence far exceeded my expectations! Alicia is not only a skilled artisan and excellent teacher, but a very warm person who made me feel welcome in the workshop every day. She is meticulous in her approach, ensuring that each item is constructed and finished to a very high standard. I made three bags and a number of small purses over two weeks. The one-on-one learning environment allowed me to make the most out of every minute that I spent there and I’d love to go back again to continue learning this wonderful art. I’d like to send sincere thanks and appreciation to both Alicia and her son Luciano who is also a skilled leatherwork craftsman – and helped with translation when required as I speak no Italian! I highly recommend the course to anyone interested in leatherwork.

  5. rosalía

    Realice un curso de tres semanas con Alicia y quedé realmente satisfecha de todo lo que me enseñó, siempre procurando que entendiera y asimilara correctamente los pasos para confeccionar un bolso de piel de calidad y duradero. Volveré para aprender más y más. Saludos

  6. Taribba

    I thoroughly enjoyed my leather bag making course. Alicia is a wonderful and patient teacher. She not only gave me the techniques to build an awesome bag but also how to run an efficient workshop. I did a 24 hour class in 1 week, and even after the first day I had learned so many tricks already. I would recommend Alicia to anyone interested in learning to make bags professionally or even as a hobby.

  7. Amelie

    I absolutely loved my leather making course. The extreme luxury of being one student of one teachers full attention is priceless, and you learn very much in short time.
    I did 4 weeks of 24 hours and we made one bag a week. The level of the bags varied and we did simple ones and more difficult ones the more I learned, there was little limitation!
    You work together with the teacher/artisan on your own design.
    Alicia was amazing, very pedagogic and teaching a design/production process aswell as secrets of her long experience. I would recommend everyone who wants to learn the craft to use this method of learning!

  8. Chloe

    I loved my leather course. i thought it was great how you work individually with the artisans. it sure is a huge process creating a leather bag and very interesting at the same time. it is very expensive but i was happy to pay as i did enjoy it.
    Loved Sofia and her home. she was very welcoming and friendly, and also helpful.
    Chloe, Australia

  9. Mike

    I had an amazing time in Florence! What an enchanting city!
    The only problem is I didn’t have nearly enough time to see everything, so the only solution will be to visit many more times.
    The staff at school were friendly and welcoming, the other students were lovely and the location was perfect!
    The leather course was awesome!!!
    Alicia was a fantastic teacher, but also she is a very wonderful person. I made some beautiful leather things and her system of design and construction was perfect for a complete beginner. She is able to break everything down into easy steps and I hope to continue this activity at home with all the skills she gave me. The location of her shop was very convenient.
    I really appreciate the help in organising everything!
    Grazie mille,
    Mike, Australia

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