Shopping in Florence ★★

Shopping in Florence, Florence, Italy (Photo courtesy of Pitti Mosaici)
, Pitti Mosaici, Florence

Window-shop with the best: A primer on Florence boutiques, markets, and more

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A street in the outdoor market
Markets
Florence

The outdoor markets of Florence

 
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Enoteca Alessi
Florence: Centro Storico

An inexpensive wine shops a block south of the cathedral

 
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La Botteghina del Ceramista
Florence: San Lorenzo / San Marco

My personal choice for the best prices on a variety of exquisite hand-painted Tuscan ceramics

 
Tiffany's and Burberry may have invaded this corner of Via de' Tornabuoni (actually, Tiffany's has since moved to teh other side of Burberry and the corner shop is an Omega watch store now), but most of the street's high fashion outlets are home-grown—or at least from elsewhere in Italy—right across the street are outlets for Florence-based Pucci and D&G (Photo by Sailko)
Via de' Tornabuoni Fashion boutiques
Florence: Centro Storico

Via de' Tornabuoni is the main shopping drag of Florence when it comes to high fashion

 
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Madova Gloves
Florence: Oltrarno

Tiny shop that does one thing and one thing only: make the supplest, most gorgeous hand-crafted leather gloves in the world

 
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Pitti Mosaici
Florence: Oltrarno

Workshop specializing in pietra dura stone inlay

 

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The medieval shop-lined Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) over the Arno River in Florence (Photo by Gary Campbell-Hall)
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Ponte Vecchio
Florence: Centro Storico

Florence's "Old Bridge" is a medieval span lined by tiny goldsmith shops

 
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The Basilica of Santa Croce on Piazza Santa Croce (Photo by Augusto Mia Battaglia)
Santa Croce
Florence: Santa Croce

Santa Croce church is the Westminster Abbey of Florence: The tombs of Renaissance giants Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo, and Rossini (plus some great Giotto frescoes—and a renowned leather school)

 
Central fruit & vegetable stand Mauro Frutta (Photo by pkaslik Carlik)

Where to get picnic pickings in Florence

 
Save money on your France vacation (Photo by 401(K) 2012)

Top traveler tips for dealing with money and shopping in Italy

 
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The difference between customs, IVA/VAT taxes, and duty-free shopping

 
VAT is the built-in national sales tax in France (Photo altered from Images Money)

Taxes in Italy and how you may be able to get some of that 22% IVA (VAT) refunded is you spend more than €155 in a single store

 
 (Photo by Zhanyanguange)

Just what are Duty Free Stores in airports and when is Duty Free shopping a savings?

 
A U.S. Customs form (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

What you can and cannot bring home with you from your travels

 
Shopping advice (Photo )

Top shopping tips for a trip to Italy to help you bring home the best gifts and souvenirs from your Italian travels at the best price

 
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I'm a size what? European clothing sizes measures and shoe sizes and how to convert American clothes sizes to European (and British) ones

 
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I'm a size what? European clothing sizes measures and shoe sizes and how to convert American clothes sizes to European (and British) ones

 
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Pounds and kilos, grams and ounces, stone and tons (and tons, and tonnes)—Deciphering weights in Italy

 
 (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Gallons and liters and how to order wine

 
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A street in the outdoor market
Markets
Florence

The outdoor markets of Florence

 
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 (Photo courtesy of Pitti Mosaici)
La Botteghina del Ceramista
Florence: San Lorenzo / San Marco

My personal choice for the best prices on a variety of exquisite hand-painted Tuscan ceramics

 
Tiffany's and Burberry may have invaded this corner of Via de' Tornabuoni (actually, Tiffany's has since moved to teh other side of Burberry and the corner shop is an Omega watch store now), but most of the street's high fashion outlets are home-grown—or at least from elsewhere in Italy—right across the street are outlets for Florence-based Pucci and D&G (Photo by Sailko)
Via de' Tornabuoni Fashion boutiques
Florence: Centro Storico

Via de' Tornabuoni is the main shopping drag of Florence when it comes to high fashion

 
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 (Photo )
Madova Gloves
Florence: Oltrarno

Tiny shop that does one thing and one thing only: make the supplest, most gorgeous hand-crafted leather gloves in the world

 
 (Photo courtesy of Pitti Mosaici)
Pitti Mosaici
Florence: Oltrarno

Workshop specializing in pietra dura stone inlay

 
Presepio figurines in a shop on Via San Gregorio Armeno

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