Scuola del Cuoio

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Scuola del Cuoio
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Leather Craftsmen inside the Monastery of Santa Croce since 1950 The unique location, the quality of its products and the commitment to tradition has made Scuola del Cuoio world famous. Today, it remains the largest genuine laboratory in Florence where clients can witness the artisans create the leather goods in the midst of centuries-old history. After four generations, the Gori family continues to be committed to the great tradition of quality products and personal customer service which has allowed Scuola del Cuoio to establish a refined clientele worldwide. A visit is worthwhile for the beauty of its location and the refinement of its creations.
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Neighborhood: Santa Croce
Stop and stare at the beauty and symmetry of the Basilica of Santa Croce any time day or night. Unraveling around it are a number of architectural and artistic masterpieces, from the Synagogue to the Central National Library. As a hub for young people, the area gets busy with people who want to have fun: a continuous flow of tourists and locals become animated by songs and dances.
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FamTravelCurator
Vancouver, Canada108 contributions
So glad we visited this school and got to watch artisans hone their craft. The purses were absolutely gorgeous. I had intended on going back to buy one, but never did. I guess I need to make a return trip to Florence in the near future then!

By the way, don't come here expecting to find a bargain. This is not a discount store; however if you value authentic craftsmanship, then you will be willing to pay the price for the purses here.
Written April 4, 2020
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creichmann
Toronto, Canada3 contributions
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Florence is world renowned for its leather and no where else in this wonderful city is it more evident than the Scuola Del Cuoio.

This is where the age old tradition of hand crafting the best of the best leather is on full display. Each item, from key chains, to handbags to Jackets and much more is hand made here and you can even see it happen.

Skip the shops in town and go straight here, to watch the artisans craft the most exquisite leather goods and brows their extensive display of items for sale.

The staff is extremely courteous, knowledgeable and helpful.

I highly recommend shopping here.
You will not be disappointed.
Written May 30, 2022
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RachelTravel13
Austin, TX47 contributions
Tucked away within the Santa Croce Church, this hidden leather school produces beautifully crafted leather goods. We were blown away by the creativity and quality of their items. The staff was very helpful and helped me find the perfect leather purse with a beautiful gold chain. It's one of those "special" items that I will have for years to come! It's definitely worth popping in and treating yourself to a beautiful, handmade good.
Written April 23, 2022
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Susy_Traveler
Houston, TX390 contributions
It was fascinating to visit and watch the artisans work- plus the selection of quality products was outstanding. The friendly staff members helped me select my gifts, which the artisans then monogrammed on the spot. Definitely worth a visit!
Written November 16, 2021
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jlg22
Los Angeles, CA9 contributions
This place was awesome. The leather school has so many leather goods to choose from, and I think their prices are reasonable. As others have stated, you can see students here learning how to produce finished leather goods like jackets, bags, belts, wallets, etc.
It was here, that I found my perfect Florentine leather jacket and loved it as soon as I saw it the first time. Of course, it is the one I posted on here. The jacket had a list price of 410 euros but the great thing about it is that if you subtract the VAT refund at the airport plus the free same-day sleeve alterations you get at the school (if you need the jacket sleeves shortened), it was the equivalent of about 90-100 euros in savings. That is quite significant. I used those savings to buy a pair of nice Italian leather shoes.
Anyway, I also bought a nice reversible (black/brown) leather belt at the school, for about 30 euros, I think.
Regarding the shop staff, the young sales guy that was helping me, wasn't very friendly but he did his job. However the young lady who helped me with the final transaction and explained the VAT refund at the airport was very cute, kind and helpful. If I remember correctly, she was from Venezuela. ;)
Anyway, in the end I was so happy and delighted with my purchases, and if I manage to make it back to Florence someday, I will definitely go to the School of Leather first, and buy leather goods again.
I highly, highly recommend this excellent leather shop!
Written October 5, 2020
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ItalianLoveAffair
Toronto, Canada81 contributions
Solo
This place is tucked away behind the Santa Croce church. It’s a bit hard to find but magical. There is a store in the leather school which you can’t miss. The leather quality is top notch. The designs in the store are stunning. And they have small gift items too for almost any price ranging from 5 euro - 5.000 euro. Bought a purse and a number of key chains and had them all monogrammed. Definately coming back.
Written October 16, 2021
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Jacqueline D
37 contributions
Friends
Read about this place so popped in.
Tucked away but close walking distance to Duomo.
Wandered in and mind blown.
All products Top Grain leather.
So buttery soft.
All products were able to be monogrammed and belts made to fit (shortened, extra holes) for no extra charge.
Watched while craftsman personalised all purchases for myself and family. Chose between yellow or white gold monograms on my leather.
Far exceeded expectations. Quality was unreal and prices realistic.
You get what you pay for but not outrageous. Fair prices for excellent quality. (€35 for belt, €40 for card wallet)

Easy shopping knowing everything in store was top grain and made on site.

Craftsmanship was excellent.
Written February 20, 2020
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James R
15 contributions
Couples
I believe the hype was more than the shop. There are better selections of leather and better pricing throughout Florence but was a nice free outing. I did purchase a men’s belt and a worker, assuming student, did cut it down to fit and add my initials in gold leaf in backside of belt so that ranks a “10”. Nice presentation in a soft draw string bag after the purchase. Located behind the Santa Croce church and do have a walk up a flight of stairs to get their
Written May 27, 2022
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Sheila H
8 contributions
Friends
A lovely school and shop! I wanted to bring some leather items home as gifts, and this was the perfect place. I was totally overwhelmed In the San Lorenzo Market, so I’m really glad I popped in to the Leather School. The products are great, and they can be personalized. I’m back at home and have already ordered another gift—and it was received promptly and beautifully. You can’t go wrong with a Scoula del Cuoio (Leather School) visit in Florence!
Written October 15, 2021
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scobie101
London31 contributions
Couples
This place is no bargain. If you find an item you like- fine- otherwise I would advise you not to have them make goods to send to you later;

Let me tell you why:

I ordered a small shoulder bag with specific instructions of length of shoulder strap and type of leather I wanted and paid 650 euros.

When I received the bag 6 weeks later the quality of the leather was a great disappointment and the strap was so short that it is impossible to wear as a shoulder bag. I e-mailed the company immediately but they could not have been less helpful and said my only option was to send them another 150 euros to make a new strap plus 35 euros to cover postage etc.

This company is not interested in customer satisfaction at all and I will most certainly never, never, order from them ever again
Written December 26, 2013
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