Masks aren’t just quick and easy Halloween costumes—at Professor Agostino’s Dessì’s studio, they are a true art form. Here you can find the perfect two-faced mask to express your split personality, or to give to a friend as an elaborate insulting pun set-up. Handmade masks of things you never imagined, from bionic metal-faced creatures to puzzle people, are as good as a museum visit. Highly involved in Florence’s art scene, Dessì has been making masks for world exhibitions since the ’70s and brought his daughter, Alice, into the family business in 1997. The shop offers mask-making courses and will happily direct you to nearby exhibitions.
From P. della Stazione, take V. Nazionale and turn left onto V. Faenza. Application form for mask-making courses can be found on the website. Masks from €50. 5-session course €500.