Apart from being one of the most romantic cities in Italy, the cradle of the Renaissance and an outstanding scenario for open air festivals, Florence turns out to be one of the main centres for shopping in Italy. Whether you’re looking for traditional products or either stylish Italian fashion, Tuscany’s capital proves itself as a shopper’s paradise.
For those interested in getting soaked in local culture and Italian traditions, Florence offers a wide range of different markets throughout its many squares. The perfect encounter with real life. One of the most popular ones is San Lorenzo’s market which takes over Piazza San Lorenzo, alongside San Lorenzo Church. At this busy street market you can purchase some excellent leather goods, jewellery and clothing. The Mercato Centrale and the Mercato Nuovo make up a good example of beautiful Italian architecture. From the 19h and 14th century respectively, the Mercato Centrale is well known for its food stalls and the Mercato Nuovo for its fantastic and varied leather and straw work.
However, if you’re highly interested in tendencies and the latest Italian fashion, via Tornabuoni will satisfy your wishes. The one location where the more outstanding Italian designers can be found. From Armani to Ferragamo going through Prada are only some of the luxury names you will encounter.
If, on the other hand, you really appreciate artisan work, the Oltrarno quarter, typically known for neighbourhoods like Santo Spirito and San Frediano, is a good example of Florence’s pride in craftsmanship. The “botteghe” (workshops) where craftsmen work make part of the city life. Just to name a couple, in this area you may find: Antico Setificio Fiorentino, famous for its silk production, and Stefano Bemer, expert on hand made men shoes. Both renowned worldwide for their excellence. Also, antiques, furniture or home accessories are a sum of what Florentine craftsman have to offer. However, we cannot leave behind Ponte Vecchio’s ultra famous jewellery shops, specialists in their delicate gold designs. A glittering spectacle of the most refined jewels.
As can be observed, there’s a Florence for everyone. As there is also a 5 star hotel in Florence willing to welcome each and every single one, Il Salviatino.