Make Your Leather Tortellino Keychain

Modena, Italy

Experience hosted by Giorgio

2 hours, Hosted in English and Italian
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Up to 3 people
Includes food and drinks

What you'll do

We will meet in our workshop in the centre of Modena.
During the 2 hours of activity You will learn the secret recipe to make the famous Tortellino keychain and finally bring it at home as a souvenir of Your visit to Modena.
We will do what a "Rezdora" (Modena typical housewife) does to prepare a good dish of tortellini but we will do it using leather!
You will go through various steps of the craft making , from cutting to manual shaping, sewing and using tools of leather craft tradition.
You will experience the atmosphere and the smells of an old time leather workshop (bottega).
Other things to note
We plan to do this workshop on the first floor and there are stairs to reach it but on request we can do it on the ground floor.
For different dates or times please contact us!
We will meet in our workshop in the centre of Modena.
During the 2 hours of activity You will learn the secret recipe to make the famous Tortellino keychain and finally bring it at home as a souvenir of Your visit to Modena.
We will do what a "Rezdora" (Modena typical housewife) does to prepare a good dish of tortellini but we will do it using leather!
You will go through various steps of the craft making , from cutting to manual…

What's included

  • Food
    Tipical cookies or cakes
  • Drinks
    Coffee

Meet your host, Giorgio

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 29 Reviews
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I have been a leather craftsman for the past 10 years: I produce bags, wallets, belts and other leather products.
Since I was a child I used to paint, shape clay and create objects with my hands and my fantasy.
I have studied languages and traveled for work for several years, but then I met the leather workshop "La Vacchetta Grassa" and my passion has become my job.
To our visitors I love telling the ancient tradition of vegetable tanned leather craft (the real leather, what we call CUOIO) and how it's deeply related to the history of Modena.
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From £35
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Where you'll be

You will make this experience in our workshop, better say on my working table, where everyday we design and produce our leather products.
The workshop occupies two floors of the fifteenth century Palazzo Barbanti Silva Bulli at Corso Canalchiaro 42/44, located by choice near the Cathedral and the Ghirlandina Tower, designed World Heritage sites by Unesco in 1977

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 29 reviews.

Jordan
October 2020
Giorgio provides a unique experience where you can learn about leather craftsmanship and have a hands on experience. We had such a great time learning and spending time with Giorgio in his shop. The leather tortellini was the perfect souvenir for our time in Emilia Romagna.
Giorgio provides a unique experience where you can learn about leather craftsmanship and have a hands on experience. We had such a great time learning and spending time with Giorgi…
Caila
September 2020
Wonderful experience! It was a learning adventure of a craft that takes passion and dedication. Amazing to see and take part in and learn some of the history of the area. Giorgio (and I am so sorry I cannot recall the name of the lady working) were very friendly and professional. We all, including our 2 children, very much enjoyed the experience.
Wonderful experience! It was a learning adventure of a craft that takes passion and dedication. Amazing to see and take part in and learn some of the history of the area. Giorgio…
Jessie
August 2020
This is such a wonderful experience! It combines everything that is unique about Modena: world class craftsmanship, food, art, and great people! You must go to Modena and you MUST do this!
Federica
October 2019
Esperienza unica e fantastica in un ambiente suggestivo e pieno di fascino. Ho appreso cose nuove, ho imparato storie sulla "concia" del pellame. È stato una giornata diversa dalle altre e indimenticabile. Consigliatissimo. Grazie Giorgio
Alessia
October 2019
esperienza di gruppo molto riuscita. Ci siamo sentiti dei veri artigiani e il tutto con una trama radicata nella cultura modenese.Giorgio e Giulia sono amichevoli e molto cordiali. La consiglio vivamente!!!
Sarah
October 2019
This was such an amazing experience! I happened across the shop one night when I was exploring the city but it was late at night and already closed. But I knew that once I had seen the leather keychains in the window that I would be back! Then I found this experience and it couldn't have been more perfect! From the beginning Giorgio was very open in communication and letting me know what to expect. My friend and I showed up to the shop and he welcomed us in right away. He gave a a quick lesson on the importance of leather to the history of the city and the people. Then we went up to the leather workshop to begin making our own tortellini! It was very hands on from the beginning. We cut our own "pasta", stamped it, stuffed it with filling, added a touch of color, and finally sewed it all together onto a keychain. Giorgio and everyone else at the shop were amazing and you were able to tell that they really had a passion about what they do. At one point while the leather was drying we stopped for a coffee and a local pastry that they had arranged for us and we were able to just chat about the city and the people and the history. They even gave us some recommendations for places to go see and places to eat. Giorgio even made sure to get us a map and draw directions to their recommendations on it. They made me and my friend feel right at home and welcomed us into their space. Make sure you set a couple hours aside for this, because I would recommend this as a must to anyone who comes to Modena!
This was such an amazing experience! I happened across the shop one night when I was exploring the city but it was late at night and already closed. But I knew that once I had seen…

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    Things to know

    Cancellation policy

    Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

    Guest requirements

    Up to 3 guests ages 10 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

    What to bring

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