Buy leather articles from Florence
When it comes to Florentine leather, everybody in Florence will advise you to go to the market in Santa Croce. The story behind the quality of these products is fascinating. It seems that the monks living in the monastery worked all their lives on improving their technique in order to create qualitative leather products.
You can buy florentine leather goods from the many shops around the Mercato Centrale di San Lorenzo.. Be sure to test the quality of the products.
If you want to understand the art of creating leather goods, you should make a trip to Scuola del Cuoio (leather school) inside the Monastery of Santa Croce. The monks have been working on leather for over 50 years now. The quality of leather, and attention to detail combined with their persistence has made the Scuola del Cuoio world-famous for leather products. At the school, you can actually see when the artisans make the leather goods.
Traditional Pottery souvenirs
If you love pottery, the Ceramic School and shop located in Montughi, a hill in the northern part of the city, will satisfy your desires. The gorgeous and qualitative ceramics and the multitude of pottery shops offer you the chance to take home a small part of the Italian traditions.
You can buy a large selection of pottery goods ranging from earrings to plates, vases and columns. Everything is produced following strict traditional standards.
If you love perfumes, you will be happy to visit the exclusive Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, an incredible perfume shop located in an old palace. Visiting the shop is an amazing olfactory, as well as a visual experience. Even though paying 10 euros for a single bar of soap might be expensive, if you are looking for fine fragrances as souvenirs you cannot miss this place.
Travelers who love handcraft goods should definitely stop at Signum souvenir shop before leaving Florence. Located near Santa Croce the shop offers fantastic handcrafted items to take home and share with friends and family. You can also buy original postcards and paintings.
Ponte Vecchio Jewelry
When in Florence, you can't miss seeing a breathtaking sunset from Ponte Vecchio, the bridge across the River Arno. In the past, the bridge used to be full of butcher shops but after the Medici family built the Pitti Palace and created a covered private walkway from the Uffizi to the palace, the area became important for the rich people and the rich hated the smell of the butcher shops. As a result, they replaced the butcher shops with gold shops which were more pleasing to their eyes!
If you are interested in an expensive gift, the jewelry shops in Ponte Vecchio will give you exactly what you want. However, since the area has important historical meaning, everything is more expensive than it should be, so it might not be the best place for shopping.
Don’t Forget the Fashion Brands!
Uffizi museum has a good Souvenir shop where you can buy reprints, books, prices bit high. In fact , it is one of the biggest museum shop that I have ever seen. One grouse though, they stock either low quality or very expensive gift items. In any case, except for books, you do not have to buy any other merchandise as every shop in Florence sells this merchandise.
The 8 Best Souvenir shops in Florence
Jimmy's Leather Collection
Piazza di San Lorenzo, 2, 50123 Florence (Located near San Lorenzo)
Leather is one of the top Florentine souvenirs, but there is a large variety of quality. If you want to be assured of service and quality, try Jimmy's Leather Collection, purveyors of leather jackets and bags. This store is right on Piazza San Lorenzo, and the owners are very friendly and knowledgeable, and you can be assured that you are getting the quality that you are paying for.
Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella
Via della Scala, 16, 50123 Florence (Located near Santa Maria Novella)
Florence is located in the heart of Tuscany, and a popular souvenir idea is to take the Florentine countryside home in a bottle. Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is one of the oldest pharmacies in the world, and they sell skin care products and perfumes that they still make using ancient recipes. Visiting this museum-like store is an experience in itself, and it is a great place to buy high quality fragrances.
Via Pellicceria, 4, 50123 Firenze (Located near Duomo)
Goccia Shoes is the place to go if you want high quality leather shoes. This is a family run business that is dedicated to customer service and finding the right fit for the right price. As well as shoes, they also sell good quality jackets and handbags, and they are known for creating an enjoyable shopping experience and going above and beyond for their customers.
San Lorenzo Market
Piazza del Mercato Centrale, 6, 50123 Florence (Located in San Lorenzo)
The San Lorenzo Market might not be the place to go if you want top quality leather, but alongside all of the trinkets and souvenir vendors you will find some wonderful local cuisine that you can take home with you. Here you can find spices, cooking oils, cured meats and wines which you can take with you to continue your Italian dining experience back home. The San Lorenzo Market also has just about every Florentine souvenir you can think of, but if you are buying leather goods you will need to know what to look for in terms of quality.
Via delle Terme, 13, 50123 Firenze (Located near the Uffizi Gallery)
Alongside leather and fine cuisine, Florence also offers beautifully crafted jewellery. Along the Ponte Vecchio you can find varied prices and styles, but if you make your way up the dark stairwell at number 13 Via delle Terme, you will find the Massai Orafi goldsmiths. This is one of the best places to buy earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets in Florence- whether you want to choose from their many beautiful designs, or help them design something that they can later ship to you, Massai Orafi will not disappoint.
Via Camillo Cavour, 31/33 r, 50129 Florence (Located near San Lorenzo)
If you are travelling with children, or have children to buy for, make Dreoni Giocattoli your first stop. This store looks small on the outside, but there is an enormous range of toys and games for children of all ages. Shopping in this store is an experience in itself, so even if you don't want to buy anything, take a look at the range in this magical toy store.
Via de' Ginori, 23r
Via de' Ginori, 23r, 50123 Firenze ( located near the Basilica di San Lorenzo)
If you are in the market for high quality leather goods that won't break the bank, consider going to the Via de' Ginori leather shop. This store sells unique and well-priced leather bags, wallets and accessories, and many other quality leather goods, and it is a welcome change from the many low quality stores that can be found around the city. Their items are handmade by the people in the store, so you can be assured of their quality and dedication to service.
Lungarno degli Archibusieri, 14R, 50122 Firenze (Located near Museo Gucci)
Florence has a long-standing tradition of high quality handicrafts, and one of the things that has made it into this tradition is paper. If you want some of the best quality paper and stationery gifts, and one of the most magical shopping experiences in Florence, then head over to Signum. This company prides themselves on impeccable service and high quality handmade stationery, and it is the perfect place to find gifts for people back home (and probably something for yourself as well).
While visiting Florence you may want to buy souvenirs and gifts for recalling the wonderful time you had there once back home. The obvious risk is buying cheap stuff that you could buy anywhere.
So I suggest you buy handmade treasures from local craftsmen. The most representative craftsman in Florence is maybe “Albion”. This old man has an artisanal footwear store in Via Nazionale, very close to San Lorenzo and the central station. It’s been a long time since he started and he got quite famous. The shoes and boots are not so cheap, though, but you can be sure that is something you can find only in Florence.
Otherwise, you could check out a store located in Via Faenza called “Alice’s Masks Studio”. The guy there has a wonderful masks’ shop. There’s a huge collection of masks, of any kind. The prices there have a very wide range. Since he’s an artist – similarly to Albion – you could find the “piece of art” that’s obviously very expensive. On the other hand, you can also find little gadgets made directly by him or by his daughter, Alice (got it?), which can be affordable for anyone.