One could easily spend a month taking in Florence’s world-class art and architecture, indulging in traditional Tuscan food and wine and browsing all of the shops the city offers. For those shopping-focused days, here is a list of our favorite stores in Florence – our list includes shops that sell unique items that you most likely won’t find outside of Italy or even Florence.
Approach Guides’ favorite stores for shopping in Florence
- Yesterday’s Fausto Santini Outlet (Via Calzaiuoli, 95R; tel 055/239 8536). High-fashion shoe maker, with prices that are 1/3 of those in the Milan boutique.
- Roberto Ugolini. (South side of Piazza Santo Spirito on Via Michelozzi, 17R; tel 055/216 246) Handmade shoes. Very expensive, but very special.
- Paolo Carandini (Via de’ Macci, 73R; tel 055/245 397). Paolo Carandini sells his handmade leather goods out of his tiny workshop; he also sells his products at Kate’s Paperie and Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.
- Angela Caputi (Via S. Spirito, 58/R; tel 055 212 972) Designer of large fashionable jewelry
- I Mosaici di Lastrucci (Mosaics by the Lastrucci family). (Via dei Macci, 9; tel 055/241653) A very impressive shop wherein they do the pietre dure technique as it was done in the 15th century. Great craftsmanship.
- Liu Jo (Via Calimala, 14/R; tel 055/216164). Italian brand of women’s clothes – only available in Italy.
- Panerai (Piazza S. Giovanni, 16R; tel 055/215795). Officine Panerai, based in Florence, was the official watch brand of the Royal Italian Navy in the early 1900’s. You can buy watches here or simply browse their archive of historical timepieces.
- Arte e Cuoio (Lungarno Alberghi, Srl on Via de’Tornabuoni, 2; tel 055/27264095). Beautiful, handcrafted leather products.
Wine in Florence and Tuscany
After a long day of sightseeing and shopping, Florence offers the perfect backdrop for a glass or two of Tuscan wine from nearby vineyards. Check out our Italian Wine Guide to learn about Tuscan grapes and appellations, and which vintages (years in which a wine was produced) to look out for and which to avoid.
Guide for exploring the Last Supper Frescoes in Florence
The presence of large number of Last Supper frescoes (called cenocoli in Italian) in Florence’s historical city center allows visitors to view several sites over a few hours or a few days, giving them a brief but complete lesson in comparative art history. In this travel guide, we highlight the best of the Last Supper frescoes of Florence (spanning 1335-1645) and look at how they relate to Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic depiction in Milan (1496-98). Learn more about Last Supper frescoes in Florence