Shopping in Florence

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For many years, Florence languished sleepily behind Milan and Rome as a shopping destination, but that has all changed and the city now offers retail... Read More

For many years, Florence languished sleepily behind Milan and Rome as a shopping destination, but that has all changed and the city now offers retail options to suit everyone: fashionistas with an eye on the latest designer gear, hip young things seeking out independent boutiques, and fans of traditional crafts. Gucci, Pucci, Prada, and other big brands are mainly clustered around chic Via Tornabuoni and the grid of streets near Piazza della Repubblica, while the Oltrarno neighborhood (south of the river) is full of quirky boutiques and gift stores as well as artisan workshops where you can see craftsmen painting furniture, carving picture frames, and fashioning bespoke shoes. The San Lorenzo market area is a hunting ground for leather goods and fashion items at bargain prices. Anyone interested in food, wine, and artisanal beers should head to the revamped first floor of the Mercato Centrale, or for foodie gifts, the nearby Florence branch of Eataly. Note that most shops are closed on Sundays.

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    Interiors whiz Betty Soldi's bright Oltrarno store and design studio is filled with a highly original selection of quirky and whimsical gems for the... Read More

  • Alessandro Dari

    Master jeweler Alessandro Dari works in a vaulted, 15th-century space in the eastern Oltrarno. His extraordinary, dazzling pieces—some of them wearable,... Read More

  • Angela Caputi

    Florentine designer Angela Caputi set up her business producing costume jewelry in 1975 inspired by the Hollywood glamour of the 1940s. Today, her... Read More

  • Aprosio

    Designer Ornella Aprosio's enticing shop just off Via Tornabuoni glitters with jewelry, bags, and accessories all handmade from tiny glass and crystal... Read More

  • Bisonte

    Bisonte's Italian-made chunky bags, briefcases, luggage, and accessories fashioned in the softest leather are easily recognizable even without the bison... Read More

  • Eataly

    The Florence outpost of Oscar Farinetti's Eataly opened just north of the Duomo in late 2013, a 2,000-square-meter retail outlet dedicated to the best... Read More

  • Il Torchio

    Leather-bound books and traditional handmade papers make beautiful souvenirs, and one of the more original selections in Florence is available at this... Read More

  • Madova

    This tiny squeeze of a shop on the main Ponte Vecchio-Pitti Palace drag sells fabulous gloves, all handmade in a small factory behind the premises.... Read More

  • Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella

    Even if you have no intention of buying, a visit to this ancient, frescoed pharmacy is a must. Founded by Dominican monks in 1612, its elaborate carved... Read More

  • Stefano Bemer

    The late Stefano Bemer famously taught Daniel Day-Lewis to make shoes while the actor was living in Florence in 1999; his bespoke shoe brand lives on... Read More

  • The Mall

    Style hounds on the lookout for designer pieces at bargain prices should head south of Florence to The Mall, an outlet where Fendi, Gucci, Armani,... Read More

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