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    Coop & Standa: Grocery stores

    by MStars Written Jan 16, 2004

    Quite an interesting experience, grocery shopping in another country. . . .
    Produce: you have to wear gloves when you pick your produce, and when you're done putting whatever you want to buy in a bag, you put it on a scale, press the corresponding button (there's a button for eachkind of produce) and a sticker comes out. That way all the cashier has to do is just scan the sticker.
    Cashiers seem to have a lot more power here than in the U.S. They are seated at the cash register, and they will clearly let you know they don't like big bills. They absolutely appreciate it when you give the exact change, or at least the exact small change.
    Also, plastic bags are 3 cents each. Before they start scanning your purchases they'll ask you how many you want, "busta?" However you can use your own bags.

    What to buy: at the cheese section get pecorino FRESCO! i miss that cheese the most. also try mozzarella di bufala.

    Basically, the gastronomia / deli section is the most interesting.

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    La Gazza Ladra: Silver and stones

    by conny_bazen Written Mar 31, 2004

    A nice liitle shop in a non touristic area.....

    What to buy: Silver rings with colored stones. I believe the rings are very beautiful and absolutly not expensive for what you get !!

    What to pay: Rings from 18 Euro till around 60 Euro....

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  • Farmacia Santa Maria Nouvella: Fragrance

    by Bonnie28 Written Apr 18, 2004

    Converted from an old church, this farmacia is described by many travellers as "the most fragrant place" in the world. If you have read "Hannibal" or watched the movie, it's where Dr Hannibal bought Clarice the beautiful soaps.

    The place itself is charming ; its products are beautiful and widely-ranged: from pot-pourri to perfume, soaps to essential oils. It is a wonderful experience just to be there.

    What to buy: The pot-pourri and soaps make great souvenirs for friends. The perfumes or fragrant products are just beautiful and unique.

    What to pay: Quite reasonable.

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    Francesco da Firenze: Leather sandals and shoes

    by fgfi Written Aug 12, 2006

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    Francesco is a tiny shop runned by Francesco and his family. If you like Capri style sandals that will last a lot, this is the perfect place to go.

    What to pay: 60/70 € for sandals
    150/200 € for winter shoes

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    Pitti Vintage: Vintage Clothing, shoes & Handbags

    by fgfi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Nice little shop located in a fascinating street.

    What to buy: Vintage Clothing, shoes & Handbags

    What to pay: Not too expansive

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    Mr. Jimmy's: American Bakery

    by fgfi Updated Aug 31, 2007

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    A very small shop in San Niccolò, one of the the most tipycal area of Florence.

    What to buy: Cheese cake, bagels, brownies, chocolate chips cookies, muffins.....

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    Misstar Srl: Specializes in Missoni

    by ForestqueenNYC Written Dec 2, 2006

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    Very friendly and accomodating unlike some of the upscale shops in Florence. They specialize in Missoni knits.

    What to pay: Misstar Srl

    Misstar Srl
    Related to:
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    • Luxury Travel

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    Don't Remember: Clothing for Priests & Cardinals

    by GracesTrips Written Aug 12, 2011

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    I found this peculiar but it does make sense that there should be a shop with this type of clothing for sale!

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    IL PAPIRO: Storyin Florence

    by storyin Updated Mar 26, 2007

    so elegant.......

    What to buy: Paper products, hand made book!

    What to pay: 30~40 euro for a hand made book, the cover of this book used marbling technique

    the cover, love  at first sight....2002 the cover, love  at first sight....2002 inside, it became my Travel Book America 2004.
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    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel

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