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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.

    shopping for treats the entrance to Boscovivo
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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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    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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    Galleria La Corte Arte Contemporanea: Contemporary art

    by fgfi Updated Jul 24, 2004

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    La Corte is a cosy contemporary art gallery in Santo Spirito district, held by a very nice redhead lady, Rosanna. Many interesting expositions are organised every year, especially of emergent artists.

    What to buy: From photos, to painting, environmental installation art, sculptures, prints and lots of other different stuffs (Depending on the artist's specialisation).

    What to pay: Very variable

    Artist: Aroldo Marinai
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    Ceri Vintage: Vintage

    by fgfi Written Apr 24, 2006

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    This was an old frames shop which used to sell old toys and uniforms, too. Now it has been converted in a Vintage shop and it is one of the nicest one here! Prices are good and the variety of stuff is very interesting.

    What to buy: Military uniforms and mementos - vintage accessories, shoes, bijoux, handbags, old toys.

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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

    The mark of quality
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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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    Mercato delle Cascine: Tuesday Morning Shopping

    by mariocibelli Written Dec 26, 2003

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    Probably the biggest (and cheapest) market in town! Here you can find almost everything you need: fruits, vegetables, clothing, general groceries, houseware stands, antiquities, telephone cards...everything!!
    Only one problem: it's open exclusively on Tuesday morning

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    Black Market Goods on the Street: 'Unofficial Street Markets"

    by mariocibelli Written Dec 27, 2003

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    All over Florence you will see impromptu markets popping up from one minute to the next. THe mearhandise sold is naturally black market goods and the peddlers are invariably immigrants from Sri Lanka, Morocco, Senegal (especially) and China.

    What to buy: You can find the following items:

    ++Posters
    ++Latest DVD's and CD's - they will let you try the CD in a CD player if you have one.
    ++Umbrellas
    ++T-Shirts
    ++Designer handbags, wallets and accessories
    ++Those terrible bouncing Mickey Mouses that move to the music
    ++Sunglasses
    Grasshoppers made from reeds (Chinese only)
    ++Name written in Chinese
    ++Pictures painted with spraypaint (poor guy destroying his braincells for a couple of Euros)
    ++African handicrafts
    ++Eturscan art reproductions (hard to find)

    What to pay: Everything is negotiable.

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    Migliori Ceramiche: Ceramics

    by cpiers47 Written Apr 17, 2008

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    This little shop is very close to Santa Croce.

    What to buy: I love the many-colored ceramic dishes and misc home decor pieces. The elderly couple that work here are polite and kind. I try to mix and match patterns from the huge selection on the floor of the back room.

    What to pay: I always found this to be a great deal - about 10 euro for a unique plate or bowl. Others I was traveling with found pieces other places that were less expensive, so it's a matter of taste.

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    Libreria Edison: Bookstore, Café and Internet until Midnight

    by mariocibelli Written Oct 19, 2003

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    Florence’s answer to Foyle’s/ Borders. A three-level bookstore with internet (cheap internet 2.50 Euros per hour!) and a café on the first (2nd US) floor. Large selection of English language books as well as extensive selection of travel guides in English and Italian for Italy and rest of world. It is a great place to have a coffee (at normal prices 80 Eurocents) and sit down, puruse art books and people watch. The store is open seven days awake until midnight. If you have a laptop, sit by the coffee bar, there is a plug on the side (very few people realize this)

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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 !

    LV anyone
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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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    Artisan goldsmiths shop: Make her remember the day and the place

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 26, 2011

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    I usually don't buy those cheap-trash touristy souveniers which can be seen in all touristic destrinations all over the world. A plastic copy of gondola or some similar "souvenier" might attracted me for a second but not longer then that. I prefer to buy something more valuable, like artisan works for instance.

    What to buy: What could be more appropriate as a souvenier from Firenze then a golden ring, bracelet or neck-chain made in the workshops of artisan goldsmiths at Ponte Vecchio. It is a kind of gift you'll remember for your liftime. Of course, the gold is not cheap in Firenze, but you live only once.

    goldsmith shops at Ponte Vecchio Goldsmith Goldsmiths of Ponte Vecchio

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    La bottega dell'olio: All sorts of things to do with oil/olives

    by fgfi Updated Mar 31, 2007

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    Little shop located in a lovely square that sells an interesting selection of all sorts of things to do with olives, their oil, and their wood.

    What to buy: Soaps, lotions and creams, shampoos and conditioners, candles, table linens olive wood breadboards, olive oil bottles....

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