Discover Exquisite Artisan Shops in Florence Featured

Although Florence is known for its stunning architecture, gorgeous art collections, and fascinating history, make sure that you include shopping on your itinerary, because it is a unique, not-to-be-missed experience.

Via Tornabuoni 

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Find cutting-edge, fashionable and contemporary designs in shops and boutiques along Via Tornabuoni. Almost all of the designs and labels are Italian, and this street still maintains an air of elegance and grandeur from when it used to be the home of noble Italian families like Antinori and Strozzi. Gucci, Prada, Pucci, Cartier, Bulgari and other Italian names and designs have stores located in this area and offer a luxurious shopping experience. Somewhat unique to Florence, almost all the shops situated in the inner part of the city participate in "orario continuato" and do not close for lunch.

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Ponte Vecchio

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Browse through exquisitely crafted gold, bronze, and silver jewellery at Ponte Vecchio, a shop that places only the finest craftsmanship on display. Along with unique jewellery, you can find pins, mosaics and cameos. Be careful walking in, because the jewellery is so enchanting and delicate that you will not want to leave.

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Via Maggio and Via de' Fossi

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Florence is an ancient city with lovely curios and antiques. If you're shopping for artworks and collectables, then Via Maggio and Via de' Fossi are the streets to visit. Discover unique treasures and masterpieces in a city that is at the forefront of the antique market. Each shop has a different speciality and style, and if you have some time to spare, window shopping in this area can help you better discover the exact item you want. If you want to know more about the history of an object ask the shopkeepers; they are always excited to share their extensive knowledge.

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San Lorenzo

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Italian leather is famous throughout the world, and San Lorenzo is the site of a picturesque open-air market with some of the finest Italian leather. Make sure that you compare prices before purchasing any products, however, because while the quality is high everywhere, prices vary between shops. If you are interested in how leather is made and shaped, be sure to visit Florence's Leather School or Italian Leather Factory.

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