leather is definitely a
good buy in this city. Although not the
cheapest place in town you can get personalized leather items with your
initials in gold leaf printed on items bought at the leatherworks
shop at Santa Croce
Open Mondays to Saturdays 9:30 a.m - 6:00 p.m.
If you want to see how leather is processed and artisans creating their
leatherwork then you can visit the leather factory
and shop at numer 8 Borgo dei Greci
which makes a change to the many paintings, sculptures and artworks
that can leave you jaded if you are not careful.
If money is no object, head for Via Tornabuoni
which is the high fashion street.Here you will find Salvatore Ferragamo
in the historic palazzo at numbers 4-14. The shops tend to cluster in
the area between the Duomo and Piazza della Signoria. This is also
where you will find the Gucci shop at #10.
Shoes and bags are a Florentine speciality, as is the beautiful marbled
paper you can find in Il Torchio along the dark and winding Vial
i on the other side of the Arno.
For something more affordable, the market near the
church of San Lorenzo
supplies a lively shopping
experience where traditional Florentine leather
is available in
abundance alongside less attractive tat. Just be selective and you are
sure to find a bargain, but make sure to barter to get a good deal.
Leather bags for sale at the Lorenzo Market
Buying Marbled Paper
is also sold here along with
fashionable items of clothing. San Lorenzo market is
open daily from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. From November - February it is
closed on a Monday.
Florence is also known
for its jewelry making and perfume factories.
Some of the best goldsmiths in Florence today are Brunelleschi,
Verrocchio, the Pollaiuolo
brothers, Cellini and Ghiberti.
Held every third Sunday of the month
(except August) in Piazza Santo Spirito on the south bank of
the Arno in Oltrarno.