Traditional Shopping in Florence

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Fflorence-marketsshopping. There are city center areas that it is important to know for shopping purposes. For purchases that involve quite some involvement, the street to be in is Via Tornabuoni, once the show off “living room” of the city, where you can find the big names of fashion and master jewelers creations. Unfortunately, this street has recently witnessed the closure of ancient traditional shops. Pricey purchases can also be done in the nearby Via della Vigna Nuova.
Fortunately, historical Florentine shops are still available. The antique shops stocked with all sorts of antiquities are mainly concentrated in Via dei Fossi and Via Maggio. Here you can find precious Tuscan pieces to style your home without spending a fortune. Near and on Ponte Vecchio are the goldsmiths and jewelers, with their characteristic shops.
One of the most characteristic areas of Florence begins at Oltrarno, just after the Ponte Vecchio, in the district of Santo Spirito, with its small rooms and laboratories and workshops of wood creations, handmade jewelry, lamps, metal vases, the classic Florentine straw hats and many other original creations. In Santo Spirito square every second Sunday of the month takes place a market of national and ethnic crafts. In the nearby district of San Frediano, always in Oltrarno, you can find some of the greatest shops of the Florentine tradition of craftsmanship. This is the realm of furnishing fabrics, handcrafted and hand decorated silver works, hand-made shoes, and vintage style glassware.
Florence is also known for leather goods like handbags, shoes and clothing. Leather goods shops are mainly concentrated in the district of Santa Croce.
With a bit of luck and rummaging you can purchase a great catch at the flea market of Piazza dei Ciompi. The Porcellino market, in Piazza Calimala, was once known primarily for straw items, and it now also offers various leather goods and hand embroidery items.
Those who love browsing through endless kiosks should not miss out on the Tuesday market at Cascine park or the San Lorenzo market everyday in Piazza San Lorenzo and Mercato Centrale where you can buy souvenirs, clothes, bags. The latter also has two floors of covered market, housed in a beautiful Liberty-style iron and glass facility, offering a wide choice of gourmet food. The market of Sant’Ambrogio also offers an open and closed market with all sorts of groceries.
The market not to be missed is that of artisans with their colorful kiosks in the Garden of Piazza dei Ciompi.