Florence‘s Oltrano neighborhood has long been known as the bastion of craftsmen, artisans and antique dealers. The Florentine reports that the 19th century Conventino, formerly the home of the Monastero di Santa Teresa delle Carmelitane Scalze, located near Piazza Tasso is soon to reopen as a 3,500 square-meter multifunctional center devoted to crafts.
According to the newspaper, “The new Spazio Arte e Mestieri (SAM) will boast 3,500 square meters to hold a vast array of artisan workshops. From sculpture, painting and restoration to blacksmithing, woodworking and engraving, SAM will also feature six apartments to house foreign artisans who are here to learn. The facility will include an informational center that will promote Florence’s most important artisan trades.” SAM will open on April 21st.