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    Markets in Firenze: Markets

    by Marpessa Updated Apr 14, 2006

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    There are many markets in Firenze. They seem to specialise in scarves, shawls, ties, handbags, wallets, sunglasses, t-shirts (football or tourist 'Firenze' t-shirts), rugs, paintings/drawings of Firenze and many other things.

    As you can see, from the photo, the colours of the scarves and shawls are beautiful. I ended up buying one that had pink, red and a gold thread intertwining. They can be around EUR20-25, try your luck at bargaining if you think the price is too high. My friend was able to bargain for a pair of sunglasses and got the price down a bit.

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    Gerard + Gerard Loft + Gerard Outlet: Hip & trendy fashion

    by fgfi Written Apr 3, 2006

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    3 of the coolest research shop in Florence. Gerard is more sophisticated (Balenciaga, Chloé......), Gerard Loft is more "street style" - also kid's wear (Evisu, Marc Jacobs, Levi's Vintage, Levi's Red, Pringle of Scotland, Adidas Limited ....) and the third one is their new born outlet.

    Gerard Loft : Via dei Pecori, 34-40 P 055.282491 www.gerardloft.com
    Gerard: via Vacchereccia 18- 20 P 055.215942
    Outlet: Via Lambertesca

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    Adrugada Firenze: Modern Italian Crafts

    by LauraWest Written Aug 3, 2005

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    In this airy shop you will find very modern handmade items of glass and ceramics and some other types. Several artists are represented. Everything is so beautiful. The moment I walked in the door, I knew I would buy something! It is that kind of place!

    I bought myself a small Murano glass pendant, of very modern design. I love it!! Besides jewelry, they have items for your house, too. The young mother of a cute baby boy helped me. They were the ones on duty that day. She didn't speak much English, but I think she said she was one of the artists, but not the one who made my piece.

    This shop is right up the street from the Fiorini Letizia, which I wrote about earlier this week, in another Tip! In fact I discovered my pendant on the way to the ATM ( so I could buy my toys!!) ! What a great day to shop it was! Firenze is definitely a place to shop.

    What to pay: Expect to pay at least Euros 25.

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    Fiorini Letizia: Handmade Puppets, Dolls & Other Toys

    by LauraWest Updated Jul 30, 2005

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    This beautiful little shop is also the artist's workshop. She makes her original creations right there at her counter, which also serves as the sales counter. I was so excited to find this shop, as I walked on my last morning in Firenze.

    I couldn't resist buying the Pinochio puppet. I was entranced with a puppet I thought was a princess, from her dress and long hair. The artist told me she was the Blue Fairy, from Pinochio, so I knew had to buy her, too! Then how could I have them without Gepetto? I hadn't bought any puppets since I gave up preschool teaching, back in '97. But hers are so charming and not expensive for a handcrafted puppet.

    I also took a handmade little jack-in-the-box home with me. He sits on my fireplace mantle now. Very Italian looking fellow, for only 22 Euros! This one is more an art object than a children's toy. Most of her dolls might be considered for adult collectors, too. Can you see the large, dressy witch "flying" on her broom in the window?! I'm sure this is for decorative use, not a toy.

    I asked her how long she had been doing this. She said 22 years, but just opened the shop this year. So I hope she is very successful with her new shop and enjoys it, then she will still be there when you look for her! Or when I return again someday. . .

    The photo I took, from right in front of her little shop, has the reflection of a tourist standing near me & of me taking the photo. She didn't take credit cards, but there is an ATM just up the street.

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    Compai: Vintage Fashion

    by fgfi Written Jun 20, 2005

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    Compai is a special vintage shop, better known as a "garment clinic".
    There you can have your old t-shirt simply rehabilitated thanks to the good job of a qualified staff of artists and tailors!

    What to buy: Vintage + used/rehabilitated

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    Mercato Nuovo: Leather Purses

    by Hopkid Written Mar 13, 2005

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    We found some of the best purse stalls in town to be at the Mercato Nuovo. A wide variety of styles, sizes, and colors. Of course the more you purchse from a single dealer, the better deal they will give you. Look for the dealer with the Pratesi purses. He's the only market stall in Florence that is authorized to sell these fine quality purses that sell for much more in the nice stores in town. Check out Pratesi at http://www.chinatownhi.com/leis.asp

    What to buy: Leather purses, brief cases, meeting folios

    What to pay: Could be a little, could be a lot

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    Leather at La Scuola del Cuoio: Quality Leather Goods - Oh You'll Pay for it Too!

    by Hopkid Written Mar 10, 2005

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    The Scuola del Cuoio makes top quality leather goods in the tradition of the monks that started the trade at the Basilica di Santa Croce. They now make goods for sale to the public. Everything from jackets and wallets to boxes and key chains. You can also watch the artisans at work and they will also personalize your purchases with gold leaf lettering for an additional fee. You know what you're getting when you purchase something here, unlike out at the stalls around the Basilica di San Lorenzo.

    What to buy: Leather goods

    What to pay: Anywhere from 10 to 1000 Euro depending on what you purchase

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    Pegna: Grocery Shopping

    by fgfi Written Feb 3, 2005

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    Historic Shop just a few steps from the Duomo, opened since 1860.

    What to buy: Traditional Tuscan meats, cheeses from all regions, Paté, sauces, extra vergin olive oil, Chianti Wines, coffees, chocolates and fresh pasta.

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    Salavatorre Ferragamo: The Designer's home

    by LostBoyPN Written Jan 14, 2005

    Salvatorre Ferragamo lives in Florence, so going to his shop is like visiting him. I didn't buy anything 'cause I didn't have much money at the time, but it's kind of cool to be in the designer's backyard.

    What to buy: Expensive clothes, shoes, etc.

    What to pay: A lot

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    Boscovivo: Local Delicacies

    by sue_stone Written Nov 24, 2004

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    Boscovivo is a fabulous shop located in the heart of Florence.

    It sells Tuscan delicacies - everything from olive oils, truffles, mushrooms, jams, sauces and dressings, and of course a good selection of Tuscan wines.

    It was conveniently located close to our hotel, and we were tempted in one day by the taste testing being offered....

    What to buy: We bought a huge bag of delicious Biscotti - which I took back to share with my workmates in London....and ended up eating most of myself as the were too good!

    Also, we bought this small back of almonds covered in what looked like cocoa powder - Alex declared them the tastiest chocolate covered almonds he had ever had.

    What to pay: Well, it isn't cheap, but they sell very nice quality goods.

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    Outside the stadium: Football-souvenirs

    by Calcio Written Nov 24, 2004

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    Around the stadium you’ll be able to buy every kind of Fiorentina-souvenir that you’re looking for. Shirts, hats, scarves, flags and so on. In at least the Curva Fiesole you’ll be able to buy official souvenirs from and for the ultrasgroups.

    What to pay: 5-6 euro for a scarve. 10 euro for a matchshirt. 10 euro for a flag.

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    All over Florence: Leather bags ??

    by kenyneo Updated Oct 22, 2004

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    I have to say that this is the most common sight of Florence...besides that sculptures ,statues and beautiful house . Yes , its LV or Lousi Vuitton oppss ..its the Louis Vuitton actually ...and along a 30 metres stretch of small street , you see like 10 stalls selling them ...all sprawled on the floor ...so if next time anybody in VT is looking for fake LVs etc etc perhaps we can tell them ....after all getting a bag in Florence means ...phew !

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    Santa Croce Market: Market crazy

    by universalgypsy Updated Oct 7, 2004

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    This market was very busy and had a variety that amazed me for its small size. Local artists were showcasing their watercolours with pride, and you could even watch their creative process. You were not attacked every time you walked up too a stand to look and the whole experience was a friendly and relaxing one.

    What to buy: Whatever takes your fancy. The variety is astounding so have a good look around before you decide on one piece. I found something at nearly every stand that I could have taken home with me.

    What to pay: From very little to too much, as at most markets.

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    Vintage Selection Stazione Leopolda: Vintage clothes

    by fgfi Updated Oct 6, 2004

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    The Vintage selection is an open-to-the-public event featuring quality vintage held at the Stazione Leopolda in Florence two times a year, during Pitti Immagine trade fairs
    (January and June).

    What to buy: You can find there lots of nice things such as dresses, knits, shoes, bags, belts, hats, scarves, costume jewelry, military clothing, denim and sportswear, for men and women. Most of the merchandise, including furnishing and home accessory collectibles, date from the Thirties to the Eighties.

    What to pay: Everything is quite expensive, but if you are lucky an patient you could also find some good bargains!

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    Miss Sixty: Trendy stuff

    by kenadams Written Sep 6, 2004

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    I don't claim expert status fro the shopping category however, since it is Florence that I'm talking about, I will suggest you check out the displays in the city center: via Roma, via Calzaiuoli and other streets feature some of the world's fanciest stores. Of course, those stores are everywhere now, so there's no need to come to Florence for clothes (not to mention the Disney Store, which is clearly off the subject of italian fashion).

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