Shopping in Tuscany
Tuscany is known for its leather goods and crystal, terra cotta and lace, but
few realize that it is also home to Prada, Gucci, Armani, Fendi, and other
Whether you like bargains or souvenirs, art or antiques,
these guides will help you avoid the run of the mill. With discounts often
exceeding 50% of retail, a day in the shops could pay for your whole trip.
Collection of souvenirs and tuscan gifts, houseware
or clothing, accesories & footware outlets celebrating
the spirit of Tuscany and it's history.
Most of the tuscany wonderful
souvenirs come with Postcards personalized with your own
message and mailed from Italy.
Shop for arts and crafts, capodimonte ceramics,
tuscan pottery, fashion bags, wedding & anniversary,
hats and exclusive florentine hand crafted items cookbooks,
travel guides, art. quality clothing made in tuscany by
first-quality italian natural fabrics.
oil in Tuscany
When visiting Tuscany you shouldn't
miss their delicious olive oil. Tuscany is renowned for
its good quality and tasty olive oil. There is a wide
choice concerning olive oil: "simple" or mixed with some
great herbs or condiments such as basil, oregano, pepper
and many other options. Prices will, obviously, depend
on make and shop.
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and manufacturers in tuscany where to buy the tuscan arts:
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vases tableware dinnerware home accessories handcrafted vases wall dishes
Tuscany and Florence
Shopping in Florence
For fashion addicts and fashion victims who are already
familiar with the city and who are planning another stay in Florence, here
is a made-to-measure itinerary...
Home to the historical names of Made in Italy fashion such as Gucci, Emilio
Pucci and Salvatore Ferragamo, Florence is an excellent opportunity to satisfy
a few whims. So, go on, put your hand in your pocket and get ready to take
some vintage souvenirs home to furnish your apartment with, or some food delicacies
to please your taste buds and those of your friends and some accessories and
famous-label clothes to show off and wear on special evenings.
Most visitors interested in gold or silver jewelry head for the Ponte Vecchio
and its tiny shops. If you're looking for a charm or souvenir, these shops
are fine. But the heyday of finding gold jewelry bargains on the Ponte Vecchio
is long gone.
Tre street for antiques is Via Maggio: some of the furnishings and objets
d'art here are from the 16th century.
Florence's Fifth Avenue is Via dei Tornabuoni, the place to head for the best
quality leather goods, for the best clothing boutiques, and for stylish but
costly shoes. Here you'll find everyone from Armani, Gucci, Versace, Coveri,
Besides shops, Florence is rich in open-air markets. The Market of san Lorenzo,
situated in the center of the city, is the prefered destination of tourists.
The New Market, where one can acquire leather goods and souvenirs, is sheltered
under the sixteenth-century Loggia del Porcellino.
At the Flea Market, near Piazza Santa Croce, one can make good deals on small
antique items. The last Sunday of every month except July, the market expands
into the adjacent streets.
The morning is the best time to wander round the markets and flea markets
looking for those unique items and best bargains. In Florence there are
many markets to look round: the one in San Lorenzo is famous for its food
delicatessens, then there is the Mercato delle Pulci, that is held every
day in Piazza dei Ciompi with its antique stalls and the Cascine market
in viale Lincoln.
Take a quick look at the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella,
the old pharmacy where you can be essences and beauty products and at Bojola
in via dei Rondinelli n° 25r, an old crafts shop opened in 1892 you can
buy leather goods such as bags, suitcases and wallets.
Your afternoon is for a trip outside the city, for shopping,
Around Florence there are many famous-label outlets. The most important
is The Mall by Leccio Reggello (Via Artina n° 63, tel. 055 8657775), that
can easily be reached by car, train or by Shuttle Bus from Florence (for
bookings tel. +39 055 8657775). There is a wide choice here of clothes and
accessories from past seasons by Armani, Gucci, Sergio Rossi, Bottega Veneta,
Prada, Ferragamo, Roberto Cavalli and many other labels, at reduced prices.
All you have to do is show off your purchases, throwing yourself
into the Florentine night life. Choose a night club that is to your taste
and enjoy yourself all night long. When you are exhausted from your shopping
and dancing, drag yourself back to one of the hotels in Florence.
SHOPPING IN SAN GIMIGNANO San Gimignano
Lots of wine shops, enotecas, book stores, leather
shops, glass shops, souvenier shops, you name it. If you like to shop you
will like San Gimignano.
wine and leather
might be a bit more expensive because of the tourist factor but i did not find
the prices too unreasonable. see San Gimignano
SHOPPING IN LUCCA Shopping on Via Fillungo street
Via Fillungo is one of the main streets in Lucca. It is
lined with clothing/shoe and accessory shops, inter-mingled with restaurants
and some interesting old buildings. It is the place to shop in Lucca .
The timetable of opening and closing of the shops in Lucca
is similar to most Italian cities' one: the greater part of the shops remains
closed to the hour of lunch, according to a hour table that separates the summery
months from the rest of the year:
WINTER TIMETABLE (15 september - 15 june):
9-13; 15.30-19.30 SUMMERTIMETABLE (15 june - 15 september): 8.30 - 12.30; 16-20
All the shops remain closed on Monday morning, except for food shops whose
closing day is fixed to the Wednesday. The third Sunday of every month, including
the previous Saturday, in Piazza San Giusto, Piazza Antelminelli and in the
neighbouring ways takes place a traditional large antiques market: a wide exposure
of furnishing objects, coins rare and old jewels. On the last Sunday and preceding
Saturday, in the same squares and streets the "arts and crafts market" takes
place: the stands exhibits typical handcrafted products. In Lucca the market
proper, with the stands selling clothes, flowers, alimentary products or household
impements, takes place in Via dei Bacchettoni, located inside the wall, between
Porta Elisa and Porta San Jacopo, every Wednesday and Saturday morning, from
9 am to 1pm.
Buy a piece of Castagnaccio a typical cake of Lucca and Tuscany in general. Try
to make your Castagnaccio with this recipe: CASTAGNACCIO - CHESTNUT FLOUR CAKE
1 pound 2 ounces chestnut flour 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/3 cup sultana
raisins 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 tbs fresh bread crumbs 2 sprigs rosemary,
leaves only 1/4 cup pine nuts Preheat the oven to 450°. Soak the raisins
in warm water for 30 minutes. Drain and blot dry. Whisk 4 cups of room temperature
water, 1/2 cup of the olive oil, the sugar, and the salt into the chestnut flour;
the mixture should be fluid and absolutely lump free. Grease a 9" cake pan with
low sides with a little olive oil, and dust it with the bread crumbs. Scatter
the rosemary leaves, pine nuts, and raisins over the batter, and pour in the
remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes. Lower the oven temperature
to 400°, and bake for 1 hour. Let cool on a rack, cut into wedges and enjoy.
Eat at room temperature.
Local market and Antique
Lucca has a local market which takes place every Wednesday
and Saturday. The market stalls offer all kinds of cheap stuff from clothes to
electronic devices. Some food stalls offer local dishes for take away.
Every third weekend of the month in old town in the area
included by Piazza Grande, Piazza San Martino, Piazza San Giusto and Piazza Bernardini
there is the antique market. Furnitures, paintings, and other old goods are sold
in the open by small stall.
City Market at Porta Elisa
Stadium: City Market at Porta Elisa Stadium
Every Wednesday and Saturday morning in the Porta Elisa Stadium
there is the city market. Here you can find almost any kind of goods at a cheaopest
price than in the old town shops. Obviuosly the quality is not so good. But if
you are looking for something cheap to get as a souvenir of your visit it can
be the right place.
In the 4th weekend of every month in Piazza San Giusto
there is the handcraft market. Many kind of goods are sold in this market...
something is nice, something is kitch, but it's a nice market and if it happens
it worth a visit.
Handmade crafts and Puccini souvenirs
Sunday evening market that is loads of fun. Tons of vendors
selling Italian candy, and posters and nice souvenirs of Lucca's favorite son
Puccini. The stores in Lucca have unusual local crafts.
Puccini posters, old Italian postcards, handmade soaps and nuts jarred with local
honey. Prices are really good, and the items make you feel like you're really
bringing back a bit of Italy.
Piazzetta dell'arte: Paintings in the streets
Every Sunday in Via & Piazzetta dell'Arancio there
is an art gallery in the open. Local artists exhibit and sell their paintings
in this zone just beside Via Fillungo.
SHOPPING IN PISA
There is a major shopping street running from the train
station in the South of the city known as Corso Italia which crosses the Ponte
di Mezzo river in the middle and then turns into Borgo Stretto in the North.
This is the street to start from as it houses many of the major stores such
as UPIM. Don't hesitate to venture further a field though as there are plenty
of smaller, individual shops worth a browse.
souvenir stalls: Leaning tower : great and
In the souvenir stalls along the Piazza dei Miracoli, You
can buy a leaning tower. And I think if you really want one, it surely is not
easy to choose, as they exist in various sizes. From small (more then 1 meter
- can you still take this a hand luggage in the airplane?) till very small.
leaning tower here you have an excellent choice.
At the Piazza dei Miracoli, the whole length of the road
is filled with souvenir stalls. Of course they are selling a lot of stuff with
the image of the leaning tower on it. I think that everything that exists as
a souvenir well, you can find it here.
Antiques Market: 2nd sunday of month
Each second weekend of the month, except July and August,
the streets around Piazza dei Cavalieri becomes a great open market. The Antiques
Market in Pisa is one of the most interesting in Italy because Pisa is home
to plenty of furniture manufacturers, shops and restorers.
Castellina in Chianti Shopping
Tuscany Chianti Classico: Buy some of the
local tuscan wine
Castellina is located in the heart of the Chianti region
of Tuscany and the town is surrounded by luscious wines covered
in plump wine grapes. Castellina is only a small town, but
it is filled with shops selling the local plonk....and as we are big fans of
the wines produced in region, we took some time to browse in a couple of the
You will find a very impressive
selection of Tuscan wines with some very old (and expensive!) bottles for sale.
The shop also sold locally produced olive oils, nuts and other tasty treats.
In the end all we bought was a little Chianti Classico magnet, a lovely souvenir
from our visit to Castellina.
In the steep narrow streets of Siena you find a multitude
of little shops with various offer, for example delicacies, gifts, shoes, decorations,
household, spices, etc. The streets around the Campo and on the way up to the
Domo are always overcrowded with tourists, but the offer is brilliant. Panforte
is the local specialty. It's a kind of fruitcake.
Siena is not to be overlooked, because it has its share
of designer shops, too. After crossing over the Piazza G. Matteotti
you can make your way down Via Bianchi di Sopra where you'll find the shops
of Prada, Gucci, Armani, Ferragamo, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Damiani, Cartier,
Versace, and Hermes, to name a few.
Terracotta in Siena
Siena like many tuscan and umbrian towns featured colorful
maiolica and terracotta. While most people opt for the colorful plates, trays,
mugs and dishes, some of the most interesting pieces are the blue and white
'farmacia' medicinal ceramics. These elegant jars were used to stored herbal
medicinals in medieval apothecaries.
Siena in general is an expensive town because of the the high tourist traffic,
but you can get a mug or plate fairly inexensively. I like the ones with the
emblems of the 'contrade'--neighborhood organziations that have been competing
in the wild and wooly Palio horse race in Siena forever
Siena is a shoppers paradise: Clothing,
food & wine
For those shopaholics out there Siena has plenty of
shops to keep you amused. If you are after clothing, check out the fancy
boutiques on Bianchi di Sopra and on Via di Citta. There are tempting food
shops at every turn, filled with colourful pasta, biscuits & other
sweet treats, cheeses and cured meats. On top of this they all sell a large
selection of Tuscan wines....I could browse for hours! One particularly
interesting shop is Antica Drogheria Manganelli (at Via di Citta 71-73).
They have been making their tasty panforte since 1879.
For market fans, if you happen by on a Wednesday you can check out the big, lively
market held in front of the Fortezza. The market sells everything from clothing
to food to junk - a great place for a browse or to stock up on fresh produce
if you are self catering. There is also an antique market which is held in Piazza
del Mercato on the 3rd Sunday of every month.
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