Florence is undeniably one of Italy’s finest shopping experiences, combining a veritable patchwork of atmospheric shopping streets to form a paradise for fans of retail therapy. However, it’s not just about the buying – when shopping in Florence, the taking part counts too. Some of the city’s most memorable spots are packed with boutique shops or vibrant market stalls, so perusing the local wares is an integral part of experiencing Florence. From high-quality leather goods, to artisanal jewellery, the city’s local specialities are as varied as the range of shops selling them, ensuring that whatever you want, Florence will most likely have it.
Two of the most prestigious shopping streets lead directly from the Piazza del Duomo, and shoppers will be greeted by renowned fashion names such as Gucci and Miu Miu, whilst the equally popular San Lorenzo Market offers a more back-to-basics experience, with dozens of colourful stalls packed into the streets around the San Lorenzo Basilica. Then there’s Ponte Vecchio, Florence’s inimitable bridge, which is bedecked with the finest goldsmiths in the city. Finally, the shopping district surrounding the magnificent Santa Croce is chock-full of leather stalls, jewellery shops and much more besides.