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Shopping - Florence, Italy

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Florence is famous for its history: a centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time, it is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called "the Athens of the Middle Ages" A turbulent political history includes periods of rule by the powerful Medici family, and numerous religious and republican revolutions. From 1865 to 1871 the city was the capital of the recently established Kingdom of Italy.

Florence is not just the cradle of Renaissance or an open-air museum. This splendid city is a famous shopping destination. In Florence you'll find all types of shops from luxury boutiques to craftsmen shops, from antique stores to food markets where you can find delicious cheese, wines and more.
If you are interested in luxury shopping head to Via Tornabuoni. Since the 14th century, this street has housed the beautiful, stately palaces of noble Florentine families such as the Antinori and Strozzi. Today, you can find luxury shops and boutiques of famous designers, as well as magnificent jewelry shops. While shops in Via Tornabuoni are not for everyone's budget, it can be fun to window shop. Here you have the boutiques for Gucci, Prada, Pucci, Ferragamo (museum of fashion on its own), Cartier and Bulgari, just to name a few. Off Via Tornabuoni, boutique shops continue along Via della Vigna Nuova where you can find shops for Etrò, Lacoste and Monteblanc, for example, and on Via del Parione you will find lots of ateliers and workshops by local and international stylists, designers and artists. Close to the Duomo, you can go shopping in Via Roma where you'll find more luxury shops such as Luisa Via Roma.

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Shopping - Florence, Italy Reviewed by Ah Wee on 3:33 PM Rating: 5

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