If you like shopping, you will love Florence. The city’s streets are packed with charming shops selling traditional products and luxury designer brands. Shopping in Florence could be described as a true treat for the senses.
Visiting any part of Italy means travelling back home with a suitcase full of pasta, cheese, traditional liqueurs, wine and olive oil.
The tourist’s favourite traditional is pasta, which you can either buy in any supermarket, gourmet shop or market. The most unusual varieties of Italian noodles will normally cost between 3 € and 4 € for a 500-gram pack.
The North of Italy's most famous cheese is Parmesan, great for making risottos and Pecorino Romano, a hard and salty cheese perfect for grating. You will see that they cost very little compared to the U.K. or the U.S.
Despite it not being Milan, Florence is also very well-known for its fashion boutiques and high-end stores. In fact, all of the North of Italy is famous for its love of fashion.
The most exclusive shopping streets are located near the Ponte Vecchio: Via Por Santa Maria, Via Calimala and its perpendicular and parallel streets.
In the city centre, tourists will find plenty of street stands selling counterfeit products like bags, shoes, among many other products. Even though there are very good bargains, we recommend to think twice before purchasing counterfeit products, as the Italian authorities are threatening to punish buyers with fines between 500 € and 1.000 €.
The streets of Florence house numerous shops and street stands where visitors will be able to buy miniatures, t-shirts, puppets and even and even Venetian masks.
There are three markets and flea markets in Florence that are a must. All three are located in the city centre: