Shopping - Florence
Last Updated: 8th Feb 2014
Florence is a shop-a-holics haven. Many choose to forget the art and history or the city and opt to hit the many shops, markets and stalls for some of the best shopping in Italy. The heart of the shopping district is concentrated in an area about the size of city block in between the Piazza Signora and the Duomo. You will find classic Italian labels like Gucci, Prada and Diesel mixed with smaller local fashion labels and cheap touristy stalls.
The main markets in the city are a short walk north of the Duomo near the San Lorenzo Church and are filled with fake and foreign-made leather goods. You can also find loads of the regular tourist goods and souvenirs along side the clothes, bags, belts, ties and jackets.
Walters is popular for silver, gold and jewelry.
Leather however may be the city’s biggest claim the fashion fame with Salvatore Ferragamo and Gucci gained their reputations by producing hand made leather shoes and bags in Florence during the early 1900’s continuing a centuries old Florentine tradition.
Their success and fame nowadays has its roots in the skills of leather craft that have been developed over hundreds of year in the city.
Most Contiki Tours visiting Florence include a visit to Leonardo’s Leather School in the heart of the old city for a demonstration of the techniques and skills used as well as to learn more about why Florentine leather is so famous.
Florence is a sometimes unexpected shopping highlight for many people who travel Europe.