La Scuola del Cuoio
Located within the Santa Croce monastery complex, this leather school was founded just after World War II in order to teach war orphans a trade. Today, it is one of the best places in Florence to buy quality leather goods, which are produced in-house by skilled artisans who still work with traditional methods. Handbags, briefcases, belts, journals, and albums are all fashioned in the softest leather and can be embossed in gold with your name. Prices are competitive, too.