Florence boasts a centuries-old tradition of handicrafts, and even now you can find exceptional ateliers, some established in the 17th century. Among the numerous places to visit, we recommend the famous jewellers of the Ponte Vecchio, the tailor-made shoes of the Oltrarno area, the Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella (a luxury perfume brand), and the Scuola del Cuoio (leather school) at the back of the great Santa Croce Church.
Everything in Florence is filled with a feeling of history, ancient glamour and art. The art of crafting has been passed over the centuries from family to family and is present on every street in the city centre. Vist the ateliers and learn about their art forms. Our Concierge can suggest places to find decorative items, statues, antiques and instruments.
Via de' Tornabuoni and Via Strozzi are a virtual alphabet of high-end Italian designers, from Armani, Bulgari and Cavalli to Ermenegildo Zegna. You'll also find the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, a shoe collector's heaven with more than 10,000 pairs in its archives.
The Mall – Luxury Bargain Shopping
Only 30 minutes by car from Florence, the Mall is a paradise for those looking for luxury brands at reduced prices.
Barberino Outlet Mall
Opposite the Mall, the Barberino Outlet Mall offers its own variety of designer brands.