Easy shopping in Florence

Find out this short guide for all tastes

If you are thinking about shopping in Florence you have countless options. There are shops for all tastes! Italian high fashion was born in Florence, and it’s still one of the main attractions for locals and tourists. If you're looking for some ideas just read this article and take notes.

Via Calzaiuoli [Photo credits: Giuseppe Moscato]
Via Calzaiuoli [Photo credits: Giuseppe Moscato]

For chic purchases visit via Tornabuoni and via della Vigna Nuova: you’ll find names like Gucci, Ferragamo (both the shop and the museum), Prada, Dior, Armani and Tiffany. Close to Piazza della Repubblica, you can find some of the best Italian and foreign designer brands in via Roma, too. But for more affordable prices, visit via Calzaiuoli and via Cerretani.

Handmade shoes [Photo credits: We Make them Wonder]
Handmade shoes [Photo credits: We Make them Wonder]

If you prefer handicraft, in the nearby neighborhood of San Frediano, there are some of the city’s greatest shops featuring goods from the Florentine handcrafting tradition: furniture textiles, hand-decorated silver, handmade shoes, and glass objects inspired by the past. I really recommend to take a guided tour among the shops of the Oltrarno between Santo Spirito, San Frediano and Porta Romana organized by Fondazione Firenze Artigianato Artistico. Every year since 1931 Florence hosts the annual International Handicraft fair – Mostra Internazionale dell’Artigianato at the Fortezza da Basso. Here you can admire the handworks from the ancient Florence workshops and also from the rest of the world.

Shopping at the International Handicraft Fair in Florence [Photo credits: Provincia di Firenze Ufficio Stampa]
Shopping at the International Handicraft Fair in Florence [Photo credits: Provincia di Firenze Ufficio Stampa]

If you like antiques items you can still find historical and traditional Florentine shops. Well-stocked antiquarian shops are in via dei Fossi and via Maggio. Extravagant and antiques objects can be found in the Pulci (flea) market, located in piazza dei Ciompi. The third weekend of every month the Fortezza da Basso hosts “Fortezza Antiquaria” antiques fair. Here you can find everything from books to furniture, from jewellery to objects.

Mercato del Porcellino [Photo credits: Jaime Pèrez]
Mercato del Porcellino [Photo credits: Jaime Pèrez]

If you like leather goods, Florence is also well known for its manufacturing leather items: bags, shoes, belts and articles of clothing. The best leather shops are concentrated mainly in the Santa Croce neighborhood. You can also find nice and cheap souvenirs at Mercato del Porcellino and San Lorenzo open market.

On Ponte Vecchio [Photo credits: jojo 77]
On Ponte Vecchio [Photo credits: jojo 77]

If you love gold Florence has some of Italy's best goldsmiths and as you probably altready know, the Ponte Vecchio is world-famous also for its gold dealers. For a great gold tour, visit these shops  proposed by Artex.

Mercato Centrale first floor
Mercato Centrale first floor

Food markets are the ideal attraction for a one-day shopping experience in Florence. The Mercato Centrale or Central Market and the Market of Sant’Ambrogio, were built in the late-nineteenth century when Florence was the capital of Italy. You can also visit one of the many Florence’s historic stores, where you can really relive the atmosphere of the past.

Main source:  Apt Florence

Cover image credit: Elizabeth Aja