florence

Hello, florence

Florence, the regional capital of Tuscany, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. It is acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and stepping onto its historic cobbles, it is easy to see why. Cradled between the surrounding hills, the city hosts some of the most famous works of art on the planet, and the whole of the city centre is packed with stunning palaces, churches, and monuments. The surrounding countryside is well-known for its rolling hills and its wine, particularly the Chianti area between Siena and Florence.

Shopping

The Shopping to Visit

A number of belts in a Florence market.

Leather shops

Leather, leather, leather! It is almost a guarantee to leave Florence with a beautiful bag or a lovely pair of shoes when visiting the city. There is also plenty of lovely home and furniture lines. Florence has a long history of working with hides, skins and leather, which is why you can find real high-quality works of art made according to tradition.

Read More
Store dried fruit and vegetables, typical products of Tuscany, in the Central Market in Florence

Mercato Centrale

The Mercato Centrale is the indoor part of the San Lorenzo Market. The two-floor building is mostly dedicated to food. Here, the very best specialities that Florence and Italy have to offer can be found. On the second floor, there is a food court where you can relish high-quality meals while soaking in the vibrant and lively atmosphere of the market.

Read More
Desktop for craft jewellery making with professional tools.

Ponte Vecchio

Jewellery in Florence is a real art, made with traditional methods in combination with technical perfection and creativity. If you are interested in original gold or silver jewellery, head to Ponte Vecchio and its tiny "botteghe orafe" (craftwork shops). Here, you can find the most renowned and ancient goldsmiths in the city.

Read More
Leather purses for sale on a street vendors cart in Florence, Italy

San Lorenzo Market

San Lorenzo Market is the largest street market in Florence, with hundreds of stalls selling clothes, souvenirs and leather goods. Located just around the corner from the central square Piazza della Signoria, here you will find whatever you are looking for. The market is divided into two parts. The first, indoor, is mainly dedicated to food (Mercato Centrale). The second, outdoor, part is set up among the ancient streets of the city centre around the central market building.

Read More
"The Little Pig" a famous bronze boar at Mercato Nuovo (market) in Florence, Tuscany, Italy.

Mercato del Porcellino

The Mercato del Porcellino (literally Market of the Little Pig) is located in the ancient loggia in Piazza del Mercato Nuovo. It owns its name to the Piglet Fountain which is actually a "wild boar" in bronze, a 17th-century copy of a work from the Roman era now stored in the Uffizi Gallery. The lodge was built during the 16th century and it was originally intended to sell silk and precious objects. Today you will find leather and hide objects.

Read More
Group of vintage objects on attic hardwood floor, including old toys, phone and sports items.

UB

UB is a store specialised in vintage, housed in an ancient wallpaper laboratory in the city centre. This shop has a mystical atmosphere, created by an impressive amount of antique objects ideal to decorate a modern house, but also stocks second-hand clothes in perfect condition. Let yourself be captivated by the charm of the beautiful items and by their stories.

Read More