Duomo Souvenir Shopping, Florence (Self Guided)

It would be a pity to leave Florence without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Florence, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Duomo Souvenir Shopping Map

Guide Name: Duomo Souvenir Shopping
Guide Location: Italy » Florence (See other walking tours in Florence)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Author: Daniel
Il Papiro

1) Il Papiro

What to buy here: Florentine Paper.

Italy’s famous for its artisanal ancient jobs, some of which are hardly fighting against automation in order to preserve their uniqueness and accurate manufacture. Amongst these, “mastri cartai” are especially well-known in Florence and their special capability consists of making paper. Florentine paper is in fact amongst the most precious and original papers in Italy, with special mixtures, coatings and decorations, used for every special occasion or as a gift not only in form of letter paper, packaging paper, greeting cards, but also used for photo albums, calendars, address books, pictures frames and whatever paper item you may think of. Although stationary sets found in Florence can have pages decorated with marbled paper, paper with the fleur de lis, or drawings from Florentian artists world well-known paintings, the most famous of all is Florentia paper, whose flowering decoration is unique. You can find it almost at every corner of the city, but you should look for it at Il Papiro (a chain of shops you find in the city centre). Prices vary depending on the item you want to buy and the packaging you choose. Letter paper has an average cost of 13 to 15 euros per package, photo frames are about 40 euros (but price depends on the size), wedding invitations (envelopes included) are 20,50 euros, notes blocks cost around 10 euros, business cards can cost up to 30 euros the box and greeting cards vary from 15 to 20 euros the package. Il Papiro (Via Cavour 49/R) is open on Mon 3 to 7 pm and Tue-Sat from 9 am to 7 pm.
La Botteghina

2) La Botteghina

What to buy here: Florentine Pottery.

There’s a small town near Florence called Montelupo, boasting a tradition in the production of pieces of pottery that dates back to the Middle Ages. Handmade reproductions of robbiane (Renaissance-style glazed terracotta) from Florence are wonderful presents providing a touch of Italian artistic charm that you can find at La Botteghina (Via Guelfa, 5/R). This very small shop collects plates, jars, pots, bowls, carafes and other lead-free and dishwasher-proof earthenware, some of which also usable in the oven, made by several local artists specialized either in contemporary design or reproducing 13th century patterns. Montelupo’s design is particularly traditional and rustic while Deruta’s patterns (also represented at La Botteghina’s) are more geometric, elaborate and extremely colored. Pricing for a medium size pot starts at 12 euros (35 euros for a larger one) while the biggest Montelupo or Deruta plate can cost up to 250 euros and a medium jar costs between 50 and 90 euros, depending on its design. La Botteghina is open on Monday 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm and Tuesday - Saturday, 10:30 am - 7:30 pm.
Stefano Conti’s stand

3) Stefano Conti’s stand

What to buy here: Florentine Olive Oil.

Considered an Italian gastronomic excellence, Tuscan olive oil is a gift not to be missed when visiting Florence. Try and see. Reach Stefano Conti’s stand in San Lorenzo Market (Via Signa, 300), where you can taste a number of styles of olive oil in a number of price ranges: you’ll certainly find one to buy! Stefano Conti’s products are wholesome and every season the oil proposed changes, depending on the olives harvest : inland cultivations follow different cycles compared with the coastal ones and of course tastes are completely different. Do not hesitate to ask for suggestions directly to the Conti family: they’ll be more than happy to transfer all their knowledge about how to use olive oil in cookery, providing you with original recipes from Tuscan and Italian tradition. A 75 ml can costs around 7,50 euros while pricing for an “extra virgin” olive oil bottle starts at 9 euros. Stefano Conti’s stand follows the Mercato di San Lorenzo opening times and is therefore closed on Sundays and Mondays. Tue-Sat is open from 9 am to 7 pm.
Passamaneria Toscana

4) Passamaneria Toscana

What to buy here: Passamaneria Toscana Furnishings.

Specializing in brocade textiles in classical Florentine style, this one-of-a-kind shop is heavily laden with tassels, pillowcases, trimmings, bed covers, wall hangings, table runners and other original luxury items manufactured with this elaborate raised design. Generally made of silk, woven with gold and silver threads or ornamented with raised flowers and foliage, the Florentine brocade also has the typical Florentine Lily as a distinguishing design, especially appreciated on the pillowcases, bags and glasses cases made at Passamaneria Toscana’s which provide either your living room or your look with a “bourgeois” touch.

Medium size pillowcases are about 40 euros, bags cost around 35-40 euros and glasses cases cost 20 euros.

Passamaneria Toscana is in Piazza San Lorenzo and opens Mon 3-7 pm and Tue-Sat from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm.
Ceramiche Ricceri

5) Ceramiche Ricceri

What to buy here: Decorative Plates.

Since the fifties, Ceramiche Ricceri has been a name directly connected to the art of creating handmade pottery, especially wonderful pots and plates depicting Florentine Renaissance art, dating back to the 16th century. Representing Florentine artistic tradition and taste, the company has continuously been applying research to creativity, always looking for humidity and shock-resistant materials. Holders, lamp bases, jugs, umbrella stands and centerpieces are only few examples of the pottery they realize, but ornamental plates certainly are amongst their masterpieces. Painted with fruits or flowers immediately recalling Tuscany (eg. sunflowers), these plates stand out for their artistic splendor, a result of the collaboration between Ricceri and many expert decorators. Entirely painted and shaped by hand, the handcrafted ceramics decorated by Ricceri express the quality and taste of Florentine “master potters”. These plates can cost up to 350 euros, depending on the motif you choose. Ceramiche Ricceri is in Via Dei Conti, 14/R and opens Mon 3-7 pm and Tue-Sat 9.30 am-7.00 pm.
Bottega Panerai

6) Bottega Panerai

What to buy here: Officine Panerai Watches.

Swiss are known for their precision, but when it comes to design, Italians are unbeatable. Projected and designed according to the Italian design tradition with Swiss technology, Panerai wristwatches are simply perfect. They have been referred to as "art in motion", a definitely apt quotation, as they’re known for their precision, quality and the luxury they literally radiate, which makes them unique. Panerai’s precious lines are the “classic” Radiomir, which became famous thanks to its clock-face, whose underwater clearness made it perfect for the divers of the Italian Navy, and the “alternative” Luminor, generally chosen by younger and sporting customers, sometimes even ladies. Retailers may only receive a few limited edition pieces each per year and there are long waiting lists for popular models. In store pricing hardly starts below 3 thousand euros and these top quality watches include models costing up to 15 or even 20 thousand euros, depending on the metals and stones used; sometimes, especially for ancient masterpieces, price is based on collectors’ evaluations, but as a matter of fact, if you want to be noticed, Panerai is the key. Panerai’s boutique in Florence (their very first boutique) is called “Bottega Panerai” and is located in Piazza San Giovanni 16/R in the historic building of Palazzo Arcivescovile and opens Mon 3-7 pm and Tue-Sat 9.30 am to 7 pm.

7) Allegri

What to buy here: Allegri Raincoats.

Be stylish even in bad weather conditions, thanks to Allegri’s most elegant Italian raincoats. This Florentine brand is synonymous with quality and original trends and combines elegance with a high level of technical content. Their hi-tech fabrics are in fact the latest result of the research into and experimentation on new waterproof materials they have been carrying on for years, putting technology at the service of fashion, which together with their attention to details contributed to make Allegri a very innovative brand, able to redefine the concept of “raincoat”. Men’s raincoats cost around 400 euros while female models cost up to 550-600 euros. The shop, located in Via Tornabuoni 72/R, opens on Monday from 3 to 7 pm and Tue-Sat 10 am-7 pm. It’s closed on Sunday.

8) Madova

What to buy here: Madova leather gloves.

The clothes you wear reveal details about your personality, accessories give hints on your character, but gloves certainly talk about your style. Madova’s leather gloves are synonymous with elegance. Style, quality and craftsmanship distinguish this very well known Florentine gloves brand all over the world. These gloves are made of kidskin, lambskin, nubuck calf leather, lined in cashmere, silk, rabbit, lamb or merino sheep wool, or unlined and come in a wide variety of colors. Designed both for men and for women, Madova’s gloves are made to perfectly fit everybody’s hands. When new they have to be tight and perfect in length but don’t worry: at Madova’s they’ll find what size would be your perfect fit with a simple look at your hands. Pricing starts at 35 euros for the most plain models, but can reach 200 euros for the most sophisticated and elaborate ones.

Madova is located in Via De’ Guicciardini 1/R. It opens Mon, Tue, Sat from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm, Wed, Thu, Fri from 10.30 am to 7 pm and is closed on Sundays.
Ponte Vecchio

9) Ponte Vecchio

What to buy here: Artisan jewelry.

Fine Italian handcrafted gold jewelry is with no doubt amongst the most exclusive and sought-after articles purchased on trips to the Tuscan capital. Gold in Italy (and most of Europe) is 18 K, versus 10 to 14 K you find elsewhere, which justifies a relatively higher price for these lifetime souvenirs. High quality and one of a kind items are especially sold in the most famous gold district in town: Ponte Vecchio, literally the oldest bridge over the Arno river, where historic gold shops have been establishing their business since the 12th century. Rings, necklaces, bracelets, pendants, earrings and wedding bands bought here will always remind you of this priceless experience through a truly unique precious object. Depending on the stones, the quantity of gold used and the design, prices vary considerably, but be aware that for about 100 euros you can possibly buy a nice ring or a cute pendant and, should you buy two (or more) articles, some retailers may offer you a special price. Shops on Ponte Vecchio open daily from 9 am to 7 pm. A few close on Sunday but it depends on variable work shifts.

10) Frizzoni

What to buy here: Florentine Leather Gifts.

In Florence leather manufacture has a centuries long tradition and at Frizzoni’s leather is still tanned the old Florentine way, putting wet leather on special wooden molds, removing them once leather is dried out, then manually coloring it and treating it with pure bees wax. Many original items are manufactured as special gifts at Frizzoni’s: from caskets to frames, from pillboxes to jewelry cases. Leather pillboxes, coming in different shapes, have an average cost of 25 euros (40 euros if decorated in silver), while jewelry cases, another most wanted present at Frizzoni’s, cost up to 550 euros, but price varies according to dimensions and refinement (eg. suede lining and inside removable trays contribute to price rising). Frizzoni is on Via Por Santa Maria, 62/R and opens daily from 9 am to 7 pm.
Alé Viola

11) Alé Viola

What to buy here: Fiorentina Football Club Merchandising.

Florentine people are very fond of their city and traditions amongst which Fiorentina football club holds a privileged position, therefore, when in Florence don’t forget to buy Fiorentina’s merchandising to show the affection you feel for the club and wear something “purple” to demonstrate you perfectly got into the Florentine spirit. To afford the original T-shirt of one of Fiorentina’s football players you’ll need 60 to 90 euros, but you can also choose an “anonymous”, but official T-Shirt at 75 euros. Other items you may want to consider as original Fiorentina gifts are umbrellas (15 to 23 euros, depending on size), scarves (15 euros), flags (11 euros), mugs (8 euros), hats (13 to 15 euros) or key rings (11 euros). You can find them at Alé Viola (Via del Corso, 58/R). They open on Mon 3-7.30 pm, and Tue-Sat from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm and from 2.30 to 7.30 pm.

12) GABS

What to buy here: GABS Leather Variable-shape Bags.

GABS means color, transformation, versatility and lots of fun. Suppose you need a bag for your daily shopping, but would very much like to take it with you at a romantic dinner. Thanks to these variable-shape Florentine bags which can be both big enough to contain the items you buy during the day and become smaller to take them with you to the restaurant, size is not a problem anymore. But GABS is not only synonymous with practicality. Behind GABS bags there’s a philosophy: people buying a GABS bag smile, they perceive the positive feeling given by creativity and the motto of their inventor, Franco Gabbrielli, saying “don’t worry, be Gabs”, is immediately shared. These handbags’ quality recalls the ancient Florentine passion for details and handy leather craftsmanship while their trendy neo-traditional changing shapes draw the attention of the most fashion addicts. What’s more, at GABS you can also buy a “do-it-yourself-bag”, that is a complete set of ready fabric and leather pieces including pockets, thread and needle, lining and studs, to make your own personal and unique bag. GABS can be found on Via Sant’Egidio, 9/R. They are open on Mon 3-7.30 pm, and Tue-Sat from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm and from 2.30 to 7.30 pm. Pricing starts at 90 euros (a medium size bag costs around 130 euros, but price varies according to size and number of shapes the bag can be transformed into).

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Saving Money with City Passes

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Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Florence, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

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Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Florence typically costs from around US$25 up to US$90 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of Florence from the open top of the bus, listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get off at any of the stops along the route.

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – this usually lasts 3 hours and allows visitors to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have done by walking.

- Pedal your way around Florence on a 2.5-hour bike tour to visit the city's most spectacular sights, stopping at each of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the city from an informative group leader.

- Enjoy a day of art and sightseeing in Florence at a great discount on the Florence Super Saver tour combining two best-selling guided tours for the price of one! Be guaranteed to skip the lines to the Accademia (hosting David) and Uffizi Galleries.

- Get yourself “under the skin” of Florence and explore the city's ghosts and curiosities at night. On this 2-hour night walk you will see the famous Florentine attractions in a different light and hear historical anecdotes and stories associated with them.

- Make the most of your time in Florence with a 3-hour guided walk to the most prominent sights of this magical city, e.g. Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, Michelangelo's David, also discovering some of its hidden gems!

- Unleash your appetite for Florentine delicacies on this 3-hour food tour replete with tasting stops throughout the city. Follow an expert guide to eat and drink like a local, treat yourself to some of the top gourmet delights this city has to offer, including rich Italian coffee and gelato, explore the San Lorenzo Market, and so much more!

Day Trips

If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Florence, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Pisa and Lucca, Assisi and Cortona, Portovenere and the Cinque Terre, Siena, San Gimignano, or Chianti. For as little as US$50+ to US$100+ per person you will get a chance to discover the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites including the legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa, Cortona and other towns of Tuscany, set your eyes on the small piece of paradise on Earth manifested in five little villages hanging on cliffs above the sea, learn about the life of St Francis of Assisi, enjoy the sight of a unique landscape and taste the food and wines of Italy. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight at your hotel or a designated place in Florence, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach, minibus, boat or a private vehicle (whichever is applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.