The seven best places to shop in Florence, Italy.
Not that you needed another excuse to go to Florence, Italy, but the co-founder and chief merchant for luxury Italian shoe brand M. Gemi, Maria Gangemi, makes a strong case.
“My trips to Italy, and Florence in particular, serve as inspirational fodder and an understanding of the difference that true craftsmanship makes,” says Gangemi. “This is precisely why we created M. Gemi: to keep this art form alive and accessible with handmade Italian luxuries.”
Florence is the center of Italy’s leather industry and home to M. Gemi’s Italian office, so Gangemi is there often throughout the year shopping for materials and working on new styles.
“Florence is a beautiful city all around; it has a gorgeous landscape and impeccable shopping,” she says. “As home to so many of Italy’s best craftspeople, you know you’re getting the best quality in your purchases.”
Below, Maria Gangemi shares Florence’s best places to burn a hole in your pocket, from the oldest pharmacy in the world and one incredible vintage boutique to the local market you need to fuel up for even more shopping.
“The very best curated assortment of luxury and contemporary clothing and accessories in the city. I can never miss it when I’m shopping in Florence.”
“This is a legendary shop in Florence, it’s known for its artistic influence and wide range of men and women’s clothing from both well known and niche designers. Tomasso, the owner, is known for finding emerging designers and helping them gain international recognition.”
“A superb fragrance store and must-visit in Florence, it is the oldest pharmacy in the world. Today, they sell the most amazing, luxurious skincare, beauty products, and perfumes.”
“A must-see for the interior decor alone, but great for finding timeless pieces with a boho flair.”
“Florence’s best vintage store; you can always find some hidden treasure here.”
“The best store in Florence to pick up all your favorite trusted designers and latest looks straight from the runway.”
“A friendly neighborhood market, this is my favorite spot for picking up fresh food and produce—you’ll get the authentic Florence experience!”