Where to find Great Shopping, Florence

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  • A little rub for some good luck
    A little rub for some good luck
    by Gypsystravels
  • Where to find Great Shopping
    by codrutz
  • Where to find Great Shopping
    by codrutz
  • Dont forget the lesser known brands...

    by tan1415 Written Feb 18, 2011

    Favorite thing: 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.

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  • Go crazy during the italian sales

    by tan1415 Written Feb 18, 2011

    Favorite thing: Hi all,

    In italy they have two sales periods.
    Starting in January and the other starting in july/august. The january are the wintergear and in july august are of course the summer stuff.
    These sales extend 3 months with each month meaning more discounts.
    Of course some items lasts just a few days before they are snapped

    The outlets also join these sales with even more and bigger bargains.

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    Mercato Nuovo

    by Gypsystravels Updated Dec 13, 2006

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    Mom rubbing Il Porcellino for some good luck

    Favorite thing: The leather goods here are of top quality. Bargin the merchants for your desired article (make sure to pay by cash). Credit cards are accepted by many of the merchants, but you will get a better deal if you pay by cash.

    Fondest memory: Watching my mother touch "Il Porcellino" for a bit of good luck.

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    Mercato Nuovo

    by Gypsystravels Updated Dec 13, 2006

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    A little rub for some good luck

    Favorite thing: Despite its name the New Market has been around since 1551 and was known as the Straw Market because it sold rafia (straw) goods. Today this market sells everything from clothing, handbags, shoes and leather good, along with tourist souvernirs.

    Fondest memory: It is thought that by touching the little bronze boar "Il Porcellino" it will bring good luck. So go ahead, touch away.

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    Lovely memories from Ponte Vecchio

    by codrutz Written Aug 19, 2006

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    Favorite thing: This looks like a perfect setting to have you picture taken in Florence. On the Ponte Vecchio, overseeing the Arno river, or (check my second picture) in front of a gold glimmering gold jewelery store :)

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    Lots of shopping opportunities

    by meteorologist1 Updated Jan 2, 2004

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    Streets of Florence

    Fondest memory: There are lots of shopping opportunities near the Duomo, and between it and Palazzo Vecchio. Many of these streets are pedestrian only. Here you will find stores that sell clothing, gifts, etc. and here you will also find great Italian restaurants and lots and lots of ice cream places. Florence is supposed to have the best ice cream in Italy.

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    Ponte Vecchio

    by KiNyA Updated Nov 8, 2003

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    Ponte Vecchio

    Favorite thing: Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge in Florence. It was built in 1345. There have always been a lot of workshops. In the past from butchers to taners, but nowdays there are mainly jewelries.

    Fondest memory: It is a nice place to walk buy. On one site you can see magnificent Ponte Santa Trinita and on the other way you ca see the Uffizi.

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    Florence - My Favourite Italian City

    by keeweechic Updated Sep 4, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Florence is probably my favourite of all the Italian cities I have seen, Venice comes a very close second. I just loved the place for some reason. You must check out the leather in Florence its great and a very good price. Try and go to one of the leather factory outlets which have a showroom. I bought a lovely leather coat (almost full length on me) and leather gloves at a very good price. The sleeves were too long so they took them up and had the coat delivered to the hotel later that evening. They even gold stamped my initials on the inside of the coat free of charge.

    There are several of them in Florence, but I went to Peruzzi, Borgo dei Greci, 8r – Via Anguillara 5/7/9/11/13/15. Beware of leather though in the markets, a lot is not good quality and they were spraying them with something that made them smell like leather.

    Fondest memory: We went up to some restaurant in the hills for dinner. It had a verandah looking down into the valley and it was just lovely up there. The river with all the bridges was just so pretty. Unfortunately I don't remember the name of it. Of course I have the jewellery and leather goods to always remind me of Florence.

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    Jewellery on the Ponte Vecchio

    by GUYON Written Feb 25, 2003

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    On the Ponte Vecchio
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    Favorite thing: look at the jewellery sold by the shops of the Ponte Vecchio.
    It is beautiful and seems cheap because gold is inexpensive in Italy but you can find cheaper elsewhere in Florence.

    Fondest memory: Pay attention to your bag or your purse : the pickpockets are always there.

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    Go to the Ponte Vecchio.

    by seagoingJLW Updated Jan 24, 2003

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    Ponte Vecchio

    Favorite thing: Go to the Ponte Vecchio. What shops!!!

    this is the oldest bridge across the Arno. It dates back to Roman times. After the flooding of 1333, it was reconstructed with rows of shops. In 1565 the east facing Vasariano Corridor above the shops was built. the back-shops were added in the 17th century.

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    THE STORES ON THE OLD BRIDGE

    by Andrew_Liu Written Feb 25, 2003

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    ON THE OLD BRIDGE

    Fondest memory: The crowd people and the stores of a wide variety dazzle my eyes.
    At last, a thought was appeared in my head. the cause of building stores on the bridge is the driving of benefit. Generaly the bridge is a vital communication line. In the Renaissanse period the way of traffic is carriage or on foot. So there is a good circumstance for shoping!

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    Visit Ponte Vecchio, the...

    by mjmarble Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Visit Ponte Vecchio, the bridge which in many ways represents Florence. It is lined with gold shops where you can find all manner of things. Michelle bought a cross at a very decent price. Its a great place for pictures, especially around evening time. Much to our amuzement, we had a band of Hari Krishnas (I know I spelled it wrong - how would you spell it?), who came dancing across the bridge adding much flavor to our quiet evening. I guess this was the only Florentine bridge to survive WWII when some Germans refused to bomb it and stop the advancing allies.

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    You must shop for leather! ...

    by shdw100 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: You must shop for leather! The prices are cheap and the quality is excellent! I need to go back to get me some nice leather gloves again for racing!

    Fondest memory: Seeing myself (or should I say 'David' that Michealangelo did) was quite impressive, as well as his other works of art. The Duomo was awesome, and the doors on the baptistry were fantastic

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    The San Lorenzo marketplace,...

    by Murphtique Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The San Lorenzo marketplace, with its stalls of
    leather goods, clothing, ceramics, etc. is a must.
    The variety is terrific and you can use your
    bargaining skills to bring the prices down. While
    there you can go into the Mercato Centrale, the
    central market, to get fresh produce, cheeses, etc.

    Fondest memory: My fondest memory is finding a wonderful
    restaurant for our first dinner, eating outside
    under the big cloth umbrellas, sharing all 4 of our
    amazing dinners on that sunny day while an
    accordian player entertained us.
    Flexo, La Cantinetta - Piazza Mercanto Centrale,28

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    Relax & get a masterpiece!

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Relax & get a masterpiece! Trust yourself, you'll find the right one! If you see something you like, buy it... it's not everyday you see things you love!

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