/
Close
Newsletters  | Mobile

Tuscany's Top 40: The Ultimate Shoppers' Guide

• One of the few bakeries that sells fresh panforte (the flat, spicy Sienese cake with candied fruits and honey) is Bini (91-93 Via Stalloreggi, Siena; 39-0577/280-207); the new glass-fronted shop lets customers watch the pastrycooks at work. Other Sienese treats for sale are cavallucci (cookies with walnuts, candied fruits, and aniseed) and ricciarelli (sugar-sprinkled oval biscuits with almonds and honey).

TUSCAN TIPS

'I buy my watches and cuff links, and jewelry for my wife, at Vennari (65R Via della Vigna Nuova, Florence; 39-055/216-558; www.vennari.com). The classic pieces are made from unusual materials such as onyx, mother-of-pearl, and coral.'
Michele Bonan
ARCHITECT FOR FERRAGAMO HOTELS AND J.K. PLACE, FLORENCE

'If you're shopping for a house, Marco Iandelli (35R/A Via San Niccolò, Florence; 39-055/248-0041) is the real estate agent par excellence. My wife and I have just bought a villa above Greve from him; we're planning to turn it into a hotel.'
David Gardner
OWNER OF BECCOFINO, BALDOVINO, AND FINISTERRAE RESTAURANTS, FLORENCE

'Head up to Tessilnova (2-4 Via Sartori, Stia; 39-0575/582-685) in the Casentino Valley for a traditional double-breasted hunting jacket made out of bobbly locally made wool. Typically, they are green and orange, but I had mine dyed blue.'
Beppe Angiolini
OWNER OF SUGAR EMPORIUM, AREZZO

'The fabulous silversmiths at Brandimarte (18R Via Bartolini, Florence; 39-055/239-381; www.brandimarte.com) still do everything by hand, just as they did during the Renaissance. I have silver platters for my butcher shop made here.'
Dario Cecchini
MASTER BUTCHER, PANZANO

Antiques Markets and Fairs

AREZZO: Fiera Antiquaria (Old Town; 39-0575/377-777; first Sunday of each month and the preceding Saturday). Visitors huff and puff up the town's sloping streets to get the best deals from more than 500 ambulant dealers and 120 permanent antiques shops. Finds include vintage Tuscan ceramics; carriage clocks; Art Deco jewelry.

FLORENCE: Mercato di San Lorenzo (Piazza di San Lorenzo; 39-055/290-832; 9 a.m.-7:30p.m. daily). The quality might not be the best, but the prices at the leather goods stalls are unbeatable. Look out for antelope-skin shirts; suede clutch bags in shimmering stripes; classic leather holdalls for those souvenirs.

FLORENCE: International Antiques Biennale (11B Via del Parione; www.mostraantiquariato.it; this year, September 26 to October 5). The 23rd biennale is just one part of Florence's Antiques Month. More than 80 dealers from around the globe will be displaying objets—paintings, furniture, silver—at the Corsini Palace in the heart of the city.

LUCCA: Mercato dell'Antiquariato (Piazza San Martino and adjoining piazzas; 39-0583/91991; third Sunday of each month and the preceding Saturday). Missed the Arezzo market?Here's a second chance to hunt down those old-fashioned Tuscan candlesticks you've always wanted.

SAN CASCIANO IN VAL DI PESA: Giardini in Fiera (Villa Le Corti, 1 Via San Piero di Sotto; 39-055/820-123; this year, September 19-21). Held on the grounds of a 16th-century villa, this annual event attracts aristocratic palazzo owners, landscape architects, and designers looking to buy everything for the garden, from a faux bird's nest to terra-cotta pots.

Advertisement

Sign Up


Connect With Travel + Leisure
  • Travel+Leisure
  • Tablet
  • Available devices

Already a subscriber?
Get FREE ACCESS to the digital edition


Advertisement


Advertisement

Advertisement

Marketplace