The best shopping in Florence goes hand-in-hand with the presence of high-end design houses like Gucci, Ferragamo and Pucci, who all call the city home. Can you blame Florentines for always being properly decked out from head to toe?
In medieval times, textiles were a key part of the city’s economy and, during the Renaissance, fashion was used to showcase new wealth: the upper classes donned luxurious fabrics while dining at top-notch restaurants and galvanizing around town.
The city, just like the rest of Italy, boasts an illustrious history tightly tangled with its couture and crafts-related heritage. Before the catwalk shows took over Milan, the Tuscan capital was considered the country’s fashion capital, playing host to events within the splendour of Sala Bianca in Palazzo Pitti and rendering all style-related activities the very best and most sought-after things to do in town. The city’s museums take particular note of inhabitants’ intrinsic connection with fashion, mounting and hosting yearly exhibits focusing on its many facts.
Today, you’ll still find boutique workshops with designers creating fashion-forward clothing, shoes and accessories by hand. Take in the essence of the city, the fashion that makes it an Italian destination par excellence, by visiting these acclaimed shopping districts.
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