B And B Caffellatte Hotel

Via Pratese 34, Florence, Tuscany, 50145, Italy
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Forum Posts

What to buy in Florence and where

by LouisePerreault

Hello!
I am leaving for Italy on Sept 12th for 16 days. Among other cities, I will be visiting Florence and would like to do most of my shopping there. However, not being poor and not being rich either, I was wondering where to shop. I heard of an open market in Florence, but do not know exactly where it is located and what they sell. I was looking for jewellery, leather goods like purses, shoes, clothes, etc. and souvenirs (nice souvenirs and not your ordinary souvenirs).

Thank you all for your help!

Ciao!

Re: What to buy in Florence and where

by Pomerol

Go to Ponte Vecchio for jewellery and you should be able to find leather goods in markets around the Uffizzi.

Re: What to buy in Florence and where

by ghosthunter

Yes agree with above post. The ponte vecchio is a beautiful old bridge over the river Arno & the market in question is only 2 or 3 minutes walk away.

Re: What to buy in Florence and where

by leics

You can certainly buy jewellery on the Ponte Vecchio, but do expect to pay extra for the privilege: the area is very tourist-focused. It's also very crowded, so watch your valuables.

The market you are probably thinking about is that which surrounds the indoor food market by S Lorenzo. There are loads of stalls selling clothes, scarves, leather, bags, jewellery etc etc etc (some of which are linked with the shops on the street them). Again, it's largely aimed at visitors but the prices can be pretty reasonable (don't expect marlkets to be a great deal cheaper than shops). Do check the labels, because some of the goods aren't actually made in Italy. The market is open most days from around 9 ish to about 7 ish, as I recall. It can get very crowded, and is therefore obviously a place to watch out for opportunistic thieves.

You might also like to generally wander central Florence. There are lots of little shops around (and some larger leather outlets). On the Pitti Palace side of the Ponte Vecchio (to the right, after you cross the bridge) there is an area full of artisan workshops.

Re: What to buy in Florence and where

by ForestqueenNYC

I love the San Lorenzo Market for the beautiful silk scarves with hand rolled hems. There are lots of shoe stores all over Florence so that wont be a problem. Avoid buying leather in the markets except for the gloves.

See my Florence shopping tips for more information.

Re: What to buy in Florence and where

by cmcard2

a greaT CERAMICA "IL MIGLIOR" on via cenci near santa croce - also you can buy the pictures they do in the piazzas that are quaint - easy to carry

Travel Tips for Florence

Dont forget the lesser known brands...

by tan1415

One thing I love about shopping in italy is that all the stuff they sell exudes a certain style and quality. This is esspecially true with regards to leather goods and clothing.

We all know the famous high fashion brands like Gucci, prada. But what about the lesser known local brands.
These brands outside of italy tend to market themselves as high fashion expensive brands, just below gucci etc...but in italy they are just run of the mill.
For example Furla. In Amsterdam there bags are counted just below the big name brands.Selling there bags in the 100s of euro. But in italy they are just another of the many brands that sell good quality nicely designed bags.
And shops and brands like these are dime a dozen.
And with so many competition the prices they asked are really competitive.Specially during sales.

I think these brands are the best bargains. For italians they are just a name of good quality gear. But in other countries they sell them as high end items.

Examples: Bruno Magli, Fratelli Rossetti, The bridge, Furla...and many more like it.

Packing List

by steph4867

Comfy shoes are a must. You will see women wearing stilts but don't try to imitate them, you'll twist an ankle or break your neck. They obviously have lived in Florence all their lives. Do not, I repeat, do NOT forget your camera and about a hundred rolls of 200 speed film. If you do, you're an idiot and should go home. Florence is an incredibly photogenic city - I went thru 5 rolls of film just in 3 days! If you camp, check out the campground near the Piazza Michaelangelo. The view is spectacular. Send me a postcard!

Leather hand made belt

by juniperjune about Leather

I bought a gorgeous hand made belt from a stall off one of the Piazza's. Leather is one of Florence's trademarks. I did not need any other leather goods, but one can never have too many belts. There were 2 American tourists buying the same belt that I wanted, and I paid half of what they paid. He even cut the belt to the length that I needed. I love haggeling over prices! The trick is to be nice at the same time. They are there to make a living, don't forget. But that does not mean that you should give all of your money away!

NO car inside Florence recommended

by felix.austria

If somehow possible, leave your car out of Florence. If you have a co-pilot with a map, then it's less hard, but still not easy to find your way through the city. Once you get to your hotel you won't find a parking slot anywhere. Only possibility is taking a garage, which is very expensive (about 20EUR/day). If you just stay some hours, then it's affordable.

There are a lot of places to...

by Ricardo_J_M

There are a lot of places to choose from. We looked specially for the small shops that was not accross the street from tourist attractions. We found it best to look at the menu from outside (they are generally posted) because Alma is picky about her food. I on the otherhand ate whatever they would put in front of me. My wife favorite was a 'conzone' (pardon the mispelling if it isn't correct). It is a huge pita of sorts, but unlike any pizza I have ever tasted. I came back to the States and have not been able to eat look at pizza the same. We are scared for life!

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