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  • Florence's Artisan Quarter

    Florence's artisan culture is a rich one, based on centuries of traditions and skills and apprentices learning from their maestri. Even today, the city's artisans are still active and as proud as ever of their work, many still working in the most traditional of ways, while others have modernised...

  • Florentine Fashion Giants

    Florence is not, and has never been, shy about fashion. Florentines love dressing up and do put a lot of effort and make any excuse to put on their best outfits. From grandmothers to granddaughters, you will see a mix of styles and tastes out there, from floor length fur coats and pearls to the...

  • Florence Shopping Guide

    Shopping Areas:Duomo:Florence's centre is shopping mania. Let's start with the two main thoroughfares, with the more important stores starting on Via Roma (Gucci, Miu Miu, Pinko, Stefanel), which leads from Piazza Duomo to Piazza Repubblica, where Florence's main department store, Rinascente,...

  • Gold in Florence

    Gold and jewellery making made its way into the Florentine tradition relatively late in comparison with the other artisan traditions, but had a long-lasting effect on Florence. While goldsmiths were doing all right making garlands of gold wire and pearls for women's headdresses, it was Lorenzo...

  • Leather in Florence

    Leather is one of the world's most ancient of traditions, and it certainly has left its mark profoundly on Florence. With street names still dedicated to the old areas (especially Santa Croce) of the leather workers, leather is still very much a part of Florence's commerce, with bags, jackets...

  • Be Italian

    10 best shops to blend in with the locals!The Florentines may not be the most adventurous dressers, but they are certainly known for dressing up and not shying away from fashion. Both men and women put a lot of effort into and take pride in their appearance (an obsession that can be traced back...

  • Shoes in Florence

    Florence is a wonderful place for shoe shopping and shoe lovers, simply because of the extraordinary history that this fashion item has in this city.Shoes have been an important fashion item in Florence since the late 1200s, coming in different styles from knee-high boots to Grecian style...

  • Markets in Florence

    Markets are abundant in Florence, and together with the daily markets there are even weekly and monthly markets to add to the mix. You will find the markets are generally selling either leather and other souvenirs, food or household goods. The monthly markets tend to be a bit more special with...

  • Window Shopping Itinerary

    As Italy is known world-wide for its style, fashion and an appreciation of beauty, a walk through an Italian shopping district can be much like a live walk through the pages of a beautiful fashion magazine. This makes Florence a window shopper's heaven – the perfect mix of fashion, aesthetics,...

  • Best Gift Shops

    Want to bring home a thoughtful souvenir of your time spent in Florence? Try one of these picks, each of them a true part of Florence's history and tradition. Pampaloni – a covetable silverware shop, legendary in Florence since 1902, known for its sleek and clever contemporary silver. Find...