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Designer vs. Artisan

If Italy is one of the world's top shopping destinations, Florence is the place to go for the best mix of designer and artisan goods. Italy in general is famous for its designers, and in Florence you can find everything you need, from

expensive Prada bags and Ferragamo shoes to local leather shops selling jackets worth twice their price tags. Walk through the central Via Calzaiuoli (pedestrians only), Via Roma and the surrounding streets for international retailers such as Sisley or Zara, and slip down to Via Tornabuoni for design boutique. If name brands aren't your thing, just head a couple blocks out from the main "downtown" area and you'll find plenty of small artisan shops where you can buy souvenirs and gifts that are truly unique. You'll also find artisan shops galore in the Oltrarno neighborhood.

Utrip Tips

*Recommended by Local Expert Urbano Brini

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