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Besides shops Florence is full of outdoor markets. In these markets, done regularly in the days of the week, 'you will find craft products at very competitive prices. They are usually very crowded, not only of Florence but for tourists from all over the world. Among the most important are:
The San Lorenzo Market, just steps from the Hotel Atelier Art, is the preferred destination of tourists
New Market, where you can buy leather goods and souvenirs, is located in the Loggia of the Pig of the 16th century very close to the Ponte Vecchio
The flea market in Piazza dei Ciompi near Piazza Santa Croce in the direction of the Cathedral, with many antiques
The Mercato delle Cascine, along the Arno, in the Cascine Park is done on Tuesday morning. It is possible to find really everything, clothes, textiles, shoes, swimwear, vegetables, fruits, cheeses, breads, cakes and household items.
The Central Market near Piazza San Lorenzo, with downstairs meat, fish, cheese and other culinary rarity, while upstairs fruits, vegetables and flowers.
The national and ethnic craft market takes place in Piazza Santo Spirito second Sunday of each month.
 
Shopping hours in Florence:
Summer 9-13 - 16-20
Winter 9-13 - 15:30 to 19:30
Closed Monday morning
Also, some shops of Florence are open continuously from 20 to 9.30/10.
The supermarket and grocery stores are closed on Wednesday afternoon (winter) and / or Saturday afternoon (summer)
In recent years the sector has gained importance also of outlets where you can buy designer clothes from famous brands at very affordable prices. Florence has one of the most important poles in this regard. In fact, not far from Florence (25 km), reached via the A1 motorway, there are many Italian and European designer outlet. The main place that brings together most of these outlets is "The Mall" location in the ilex, an equipped and functional, where visitors can go shopping while relaxing stroll through a shopping center reminiscent of the famous shopping streets of metropoli.Per The Mall and the great 'can find a shuttle into town.

Florence is one of the most important Italian cities for fashion, some of the most famous Italian fashion designers have native of Florence and, even today, have their corporate headquarters and studio in downtown Firenze.Nel it is possible to find many boutiques and brand that multi-brands, the most important designers in the world scene.

If you are in Florence for your holiday shopping and want to know that you are spoiled for choice for designer clothes or the major brands we recommend that you visit via della Vigna Nuova, Via de 'Tornabuoni and Via Calzaiuoli where you can find shops most important and fashionable.

In Florence the activity 'the goldsmiths are documented since the eleventh century, and their art was governed by the statutes to strict quality assurance. Refined masterpieces of religious art and precious jewels, documented in famous paintings, give us the measure of skilled manual Florentine, codified in the famous treatise sull'oreficeria Cellini.
The site dedicated to excellence all'oreficieria is by far the Ponte Vecchio. The jewelers have distant origins of the Ponte Vecchio over time. In 1563 the Grand Duke Ferdinando I gave orders to the goldsmiths to settle in the local shops of Ponte Vecchio and thus replace the shops of butchers and grocers who for centuries in the Arno threw garbage and waste, damaging the image of the city center. Since then, Ponte Vecchio shops Goldsmith hosts only the highest level.

The city of Florence is also famous for the presence of business now considered historic. It is indeed stores that have kept intact over the decades, the original fittings and furniture and are thus considered small masterpieces of the past.
They include the old pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella Via della Scala, gastronomy Pegna in Via dello Studio, Old England Stores in Via dei Vecchietti, Rivoire, coffee in the historic Piazza della Signoria, the Caffe Gilli in Piazza della Republic, Pineider in Piazza della Repubblica, Libreria the Pig in the Piazza del Mercato Nuovo, Harry's Bar in Lungarno Corsini, Ugo Poggi, Via Strozzi, Farmacia Molteni Via Calzaiuoli, the prestigious fountain pen Visconti Via della Vigna, stock lots Via della Vigna, perfumery Aline Via Calzaiuoli.
If you're craft-oriented products, you can still find shops in historic Via Maggio and Via dei Fossi, for jewelry and watches, handmade artisan jewelry fiornentini by historians are still many historical shops on the Ponte Vecchio.
To craft products such as lamps, frames, objects made glass, textiles, pots, hats please visit the area Oltrarno, in the districts of Santo Spirito and San Frediano, which is just after you cross the Ponte Vecchio.

The shops of leather goods are mainly concentrated in the area of Santa Croce, the market and the Pig Market in San Lorenzo.

There are a thousand ways to explore and discover the "other Florence", the Oltrarno, a neighborhood known for its wealth of shops and workshops.
The best is to go on foot, crossing one of the four historic bridges over the Arno. This quaint area of the city, still remained tied to the ancient traditions and not involved by the great wave of architectural renovation that has invested instead in the last two decades, the historic center around Piazza Duomo and Piazza della Signoria, you can visit and discover the fascinating reality of Florentine. A real art preserved over the centuries due to the extraordinary craftsmanship and artistic craftsmen, still organized in small neighborhood shops.
Among the most important assets: the restorers of antique furniture, craft notes manufactures of silk (silk fabrics produced here according to the fine tradition of the fifteenth century when Florence excelled in working with as many as 83 workshops brocades' art Silk magnificent and of great value, which are drapes of silk and gold brocades, and damask flock of satin and velvet and taffeta ...").
In some shops are created, by hand, beautiful silver objects following the ancient techniques for embossing and engraving, which was used by Cellini and the Renaissance goldsmiths.

In Borgo San Frediano, it is possible to find craftsmen who produce objects of high artistic level using ancient techniques such as mosaic made with semiprecious stones, the wood carvers, blacksmiths and forgers of wrought iron, not to mention the production of paper items (marbled paper, reproductions of old maps with hand-painted designs), leather goods, ceramics, shoemakers making shoes to measure, and even a violin maker.

And yet the workshops especially known for shaping hats, gilders of frames, the restorers of metal.
 
Besides shops Florence is full of outdoor markets. In these markets, done regularly in the days of the week, 'you will find craft products at very competitive prices. They are usually very crowded, not only of Florence but for tourists from all over the world. Among the most important are:
The San Lorenzo Market, just steps from the Hotel Atelier Art, is the preferred destination of tourists
New Market, where you can buy leather goods and souvenirs, is located in the Loggia of the Pig of the 16th century very close to the Ponte Vecchio
The flea market in Piazza dei Ciompi near Piazza Santa Croce in the direction of the Cathedral, with many antiques
The Mercato delle Cascine, along the Arno, in the Cascine Park is done on Tuesday morning. It is possible to find really everything, clothes, textiles, shoes, swimwear, vegetables, fruits, cheeses, breads, cakes and household items.
The Central Market near Piazza San Lorenzo, with downstairs meat, fish, cheese and other culinary rarity, while upstairs fruits, vegetables and flowers.
The national and ethnic craft market takes place in Piazza Santo Spirito second Sunday of each month.
 
Shopping hours in Florence:
Summer 9-13 - 16-20
Winter 9-13 - 15:30 to 19:30
Closed Monday morning
Also, some shops of Florence are open continuously from 20 to 9.30/10.
The supermarket and grocery stores are closed on Wednesday afternoon (winter) and / or Saturday afternoon (summer)
In recent years the sector has gained importance also of outlets where you can buy designer clothes from famous brands at very affordable prices. Florence has one of the most important poles in this regard. In fact, not far from Florence (25 km), reached via the A1 motorway, there are many Italian and European designer outlet. The main place that brings together most of these outlets is "The Mall" location in the ilex, an equipped and functional, where visitors can go shopping while relaxing stroll through a shopping center reminiscent of the famous shopping streets of metropoli.Per The Mall and the great 'can find a shuttle into town.