In Florence for a few days and wanting to take the perfect present back home with you? Sick of seeing plastic statues of David? Well here’s our insider’s guide to stylish souvenir shopping in Florence, with local brands and artisanal items perfect for treating yourself or a loved one…
Delicious delicatessen Procacci has been making the finest gourmet products for over 100 years. Try the panini with white truffles at the zinc-clad bar.
Procacci 1885, Via Tornabuoni 64r 50123 Florence, Tel. +39 055 211 656, www.procacci1885.it
For craft and fabric lovers
This small boutique is filled with the finest of fabrics. It has been selling every conceivable tassel, trim, tieback, cord, and border for the last half century. The store is bursting with delicate silk cloths, plush velvet cushions, rich brocades and its speciality, passamaneria.
Passamaneria Valmar, Via Porta Rossa 53/R, 50123, Florence, Tel. +39 055 284 493, www.passamaneriaonline.it
Loretta Caponi’s showroom is world famous for its high-quality delicately handmade linen, nightgowns of all types, as well as children’s wear, antique tablecloths and curtains.
Loretta Caponi, Piazza Antinori 4, 50123 Florence, Tel. +39 055 213 668, www.lorettacaponi.com
The venerable Antico Setificio Fiorentino, where silk is still woven on original 18th-century looms, has been dazzling visitors since 1786. The fabrics are the same as those depicted in the paintings of Masaccio, Pontormo, and Piero della Francesca. By appointment only.
Antico Setificio Fiorentino Via Bartolini 4, 50124 Florence, Tel. +39 055 213 861, anticosetificiofiorentino.com
Antico Setificio Fiorentino
For accessory addicts
Visit the beautiful store of Il Bisonte in the historic Palazzo Corsini
and sip tea on a leather sofa while surrounded by antiques collected from all over the world. Here you will find an impressive range of bags and accessories exclusively made from vegetable-tanned vacchetta leather, which improves with age.
Il Bisonte, Via del Parione 31 50125 Florence, Tel. +39 055 215 722, www.ilbisonte.com
For the woman in your life
The jewellers at Tharros refer to old paintings and prints to create jewellery inspired by, or copied from, historic originals. They work with emeralds, sapphires, rubies, and other precious and semi-precious stones, which are crafted into dazzling rings, elaborate necklaces, classy earrings, and simple brooches.
Tharros, Via Condotta 2R (corner of Vicolo de’ Cerchi), 50122 Florence, Tel. +39 055 284 126, www.tharros.com
For the man in your life
Visconti is well known for its wide range of high quality writing instruments, which attract collectors from all over the world. Crafted by a team of talented artisans, Visconti pens combine fresh designs and technical innovations.
Visconti Showroom, Via della Vigna Nuova 69R, 50123 Florence, Tel. + 39 055 2645 274, www.visconti.it
Giulio Giannini’s family has been producing beautiful handmade marbled, and other traditional Florentine paper since 1856. The store, located opposite the Palazzo Pitti, sells paper by the sheet in every imaginable colour, as well as diaries and notebooks.
Giulio Giannini e Figlio, Piazza de Pitti 37 50125 Florence, Tel. +39 055 212 621, www.giuliogiannini.com