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Shopping in Florence

Florence is home to great craft workshops and individual stores like apothecary Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella. Back streets like Borgo Santi Apostoli are worth exploring. For designer clothes make for Via de'Tornabuoni and Via de'Calzaiuoli - or travel to The Mall, a designer outlet in Leccio Reggello. Pick up leather goods at the San Lorenzo Market. Opening hours vary: big stores open Monday to Saturday, 10am-7pm (later on Thursday), smaller stores close Monday morning and at lunch.

Giulio Giannini e Figlio, Florence. Courtesy of Giulio Giannini e Figlio

Shops

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  1. 1. La Rinascente - Shops

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    La Rinascente is one of the best known stores in Florence, and conveniently central on Piazza della Repubblica square. A department store, it stocks a wide range of designer clothes and accessories, as well as perfumes and traditional Tuscan goods.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 9am-9pm; Sun 10.30am-8pm

    Address

    2, Piazza della Repubblica, Florence, 50123

    Telephone

    +39 055 219 113

    Transport

    Bus A to Orsanmichele stop

    Website

    La Rinascente Website

  2. 2. The Mall - Shops

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    The Mall, Leccio Reggello, Florence. Courtesy of The Mall

    Just a 30 minute bus ride from Florence, The Mall is an enormous outlet centre in Leccio Reggello that stocks an incredible range of designer clothing - at bargain prices. Brands include Stella McCartney, Armani, Gucci and Ferragamo.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-7pm

    Address

    8, Via Europa, Leccio Reggello, 50060

    Telephone

    +39 055 865 7775

    Transport

    SITA bus to Leccio from Sita station

    Website

    The Mall Website

Markets

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  1. 3. Flea Market - Markets

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    Flea Market, Florence. © J Saufler

    The Mercato dei Pulci, Flea Market, is located near the Basilica of Santa Croce, just off the main tourist drag. Stalls sell a mix of junk and antiques. The market on the final Sunday of each month is especially lively.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-7.30pm (from 8am last Sun of each month)

    Address

    Piazza dei Ciompi, Florence, 50122

    Transport

    Bus 23A from Santa Maria Novella to Agnolo stop

  2. 4. Central Market - Markets

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    Central Market, Florence. © Marco Melillo

    For authentic hustle and bustle it's hard to beat the covered Mercato Centrale (Central Market), near Piazza San Lorenzo square, where locals head to stock up on groceries. Pick up fresh fruit, vegetables or delicious cheeses for a riverside picnic.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 7am-2pm (opens Sat afternoon in winter)

    Address

    Via dell'Ariento and Piazza Mercato Centrale, Florence, 50123

    Transport

    Bus 12 to Valfonda stop

  3. 5. San Lorenzo Market - Markets

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    San Lorenzo Market, Florence. © Celeste Arvin

    It's hard to miss San Lorenzo Market - a sprawling, lively market in the heart of Florence. Stalls around the square sell everything from food to clothes, though it's best known for its leather goods such as belts and bags.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-7.30pm

    Address

    Piazza San Lorenzo, Florence, 50123

    Transport

    Bus 23 to Via dei Martelli

Specialists

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  1. 6. Giulio Giannini e Figlio - Specialists

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    Giulio Giannini e Figlio, Florence. Courtesy of Giulio Giannini e Figlio

    Stationery items and leather bound books from Giulio Giannini e Figlio make for Florence souvenirs. The Giannini family have been making handmade paper since the early 19th century. The historic shop on Piazza Pitti square has lovely wooden fittings.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 11am-6.30pm

    Address

    37, Piazza Pitti, Florence, 50125

    Telephone

    +39 055 212 621

    Transport

    Bus 11 to Piazza Pitti

    Website

    Giulio Giannini e Figlio Website

  2. 7. La Bottega dell'Olio - Specialists

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    Tucked away on a little square off Borgo San Apostoli, near the Ponte Vecchio bridge, La Bottega dell'Olio specialises in Italian olive oils and sometimes offers taster sessions. Take home cosmetic olive oil souvenir products like bars of soap.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon 3pm-7pm; Tue-Sat 10am-1pm & 2pm-7pm

    Address

    2r, Piazza del Limbo, Florence, 50123

    Telephone

    +39 055 267 0468

    Transport

    Bus from Santa Maria Novella 6A to Ponte alla Carraia stop, then B to Parione stop

  3. 8. Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella - Specialists

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    Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, Florence. Courtesy of Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella

    Glorious Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is very close to Santa Maria Novella station, but a world away from modern city bustle. Established in 1612 by Dominican apothecaries, the frescoed chapel is full of historic herbal lotions and potions.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 9.30am-7.30pm

    Address

    16, Via della Scala, Florence, 50123

    Telephone

    +39 055 216276

    Transport

    Any bus to Santa Maria Novella station

    Website

    Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella Website

  4. 9. Bottega delle Antiche Terme - Specialists

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    Bottega delle Antiche Terme, Florence. Courtesy of Bottega delle Antiche Terme

    One of Florence's best-kept secrets, Bottega delle Antiche Terme, near the Ponte Vecchio bridge, used to be an ancient spa. Today it's where tailor Simone Abbarchi turns 500 different types of fabric into made-to-measure suits for businessmen, lawyers and footballers.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon 3.30pm-7pm; Tue-Sat 10.30am-1pm & 3.30pm-7pm

    Address

    16, Borgo Santissimi Apostoli, Florence, 50123

    Telephone

    +39 055 210 552

    Transport

    Bus B to Parione

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