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  • Gold in Florence

    Gold and jewellery making made its way into the Florentine tradition relatively late in comparison with the other artisan traditions, but had a long-lasting effect on Florence. While goldsmiths were doing all right making garlands of gold wire and pearls for women's headdresses, it was Lorenzo...

  • Leather in Florence

    Leather is one of the world's most ancient of traditions, and it certainly has left its mark profoundly on Florence. With street names still dedicated to the old areas (especially Santa Croce) of the leather workers, leather is still very much a part of Florence's commerce, with bags, jackets...

  • Be Italian

    10 best shops to blend in with the locals!The Florentines may not be the most adventurous dressers, but they are certainly known for dressing up and not shying away from fashion. Both men and women put a lot of effort into and take pride in their appearance (an obsession that can be traced back...

  • Shoes in Florence

    Florence is a wonderful place for shoe shopping and shoe lovers, simply because of the extraordinary history that this fashion item has in this city.Shoes have been an important fashion item in Florence since the late 1200s, coming in different styles from knee-high boots to Grecian style...

  • Markets in Florence

    Markets are abundant in Florence, and together with the daily markets there are even weekly and monthly markets to add to the mix. You will find the markets are generally selling either leather and other souvenirs, food or household goods. The monthly markets tend to be a bit more special with...

  • Tuscan Food: Staple Foods

    Where would Tuscans be without bread, olive oil and beans, the foods that nourished centuries worth of geniuses?BreadTuscan bread has one main defining characteristic: it is bland. Made without salt for centuries, this tradition goes back to the Middle Ages and essentially has its roots in...

  • Tuscan Food: Pasta

    The word “pasta” in Italian can refer to different kinds of food made with a paste of flour and water, so it includes not only what we know as pasta but also pastry. Una pasta at breakfast time in a bar is the general term for one of the fresh baked sweet pastries usually eaten with a cappucino...

  • Foodie Itinerary

    Florence has a wealth of gastronomic delights to discover during your stay. Here are some of our favourite places to visit for a taste of what Florence has to offer.A grocery store since 1860, Pegna, in the Via Dello Studio next to the cathedral, has all the essentials that a grocery store...

  • Vegetarians in Florence

    Simple Tuscan country cooking was, once upon a time, more vegetarian than carnivorous. Country women fed their families on what they could grow in their gardens and only introduced poultry or meat for special occasions. Eating out was also for special occasions so meat tended to get top billing...

  • Ice Cream Tour

    Italians are famous the world over as the best makers of ice cream so while you are visiting Florence here are a few places where you can sample some of the best.Not far from the church of Santa Croce in the interesting shopping street called Borgo degli Albizi is a piece of chocolate heaven...

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