Florence is famous for art, the Renaissance, culture, museums known all over the world, suggestive riverside, steaks and good red wine. Everyone knows, however, that the capital of Tuscany is also the ideal destination for shopping for all budgets, from designer boutiques of high fashion to the chains of great international brands within everyone’s reach, to the artisan art, which is a beautiful showcase in the numerous artisan markets and workshops scattered throughout the city.
Luxury lovers can concentrate their shopping session in the most central part of the city, in particular Via Tornabuoni and Via della Vigna Nuova. These are two streets lined with elegant palaces, which have hosted prestigious families in the city since 1300, such as the Antinori or the Strozzi. This area retains its high-end style because here you find all the biggest names in high fashion and the most luxurious jewelry, from Gucci to Versace, from Roberto Cavalli to Fendi, from Ferragamo to Prada, from Bulgari to Hogan and Vuitton, and so on. The streets, that intersect Via Tornabuoni, are also full of luxury boutiques, more sophisticated and particular brands or multi-brand stores that offer unique creations. After unbridled shopping, a cappuccino at Caffè Giacosa, the bar adjacent to Cavalli’s boutique, full of photographs of the brand’s history, is a must. The most curious visitors will discover something more about the history of Ferragamo at the Ferragamo Museum, located in Piazza Santa Trinita, between Via Tornabuoni and Lungarno.
Piazza della Signoria welcomes lovers of haute couture, with the Chanel boutique and the characteristic Gucci Museum, housed in an ancient palace and worth a visit.
For a more commercial shopping, you can head to Via Dei Banchi and De’Cerretani, which connect the Santa Maria Novella Station to the Cathedral, in via Roma, which leads from the Duomo to Piazza della Repubblica, and via De ‘Calzaiuoli, which arrives at Piazza della Signoria. These three roads are the paradise of all the big chains like Zara, Massimo Dutti or H & M, and in Piazza della Repubblica there is the Rinascente, a boon for shopping lovers, with its bar on the top floor that allows you to have lunch with Florence at its feet. Children can visit the Disney Store in via De ‘Calzaiuoli. For those looking for a special and precious gift, Ponte Vecchio is the perfect destination. This bridge, symbol of Florence, is in fact dotted with artisan boutiques of goldsmiths, who produce high-level jewels. Necklaces, rings, gold objects, earrings and unique items, also made to measure, will make any woman happy.
Florence is also the ideal destination for those who want to buy a leather object.
San Lorenzo market, with its stalls, offers bags, wallets, belts, leather accessories and many other items, also in wool and cashmere. Also beautiful objects in paper, ceramics, and souvenirs of the city. Piazza San Lorenzo also has a part in the closed, the Central Market, the paradise of gluttons, where you can dine or buy local products, taste wines and cheeses or taste the porchetta and lampredotto Florentine. Also the Sant’Ambrogio Market in Piazza Ghiberti, held every morning, offers every kind of food product and delicacy.
Finally, antiques lovers will find good opportunities in Via De ‘Fossi and Via Maggio, full of shops and antique shops full of Renaissance works.