Florence – the City of Flowers – often tops many travelers’ list of favorite destinations. It’s historic, romantic, and so darn beautiful. There are endless eateries to devour, boutiques to blowout more than a few euros, and famous sites to Instagram. But that’s it, the list is endless so where should you really go?
It’s no surprise that travelers come to Florence need to carve out a few hours everday to browse and shop. After all, the land of Italy is known for authentic leather, original vintage collectibles and luxury brands to step up your fashion game.
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When it came to true local finds in Florence, we asked Shari Hochberg who runs a brilliant company that customizes yoga retreats and vacations all over the world! Sole Yoga Holidays brings together yogis from all skill levels and backgrounds to exquisite destinations for jumpstarting an om-worthy lifestyle. Sole Yoga Holidays now offers a specific Florence retreats where Shari shares her favorite city via three weekend, including: MOVEMENT + MODA where traveling yogis can check out “gorgeous fashion from buttery leather goods to stunning shoes and jewelry all made right in this beautiful Tuscan town.” In addition, there are daily flow yoga, Italian food and wine. Dream!
Follow this list of unique local finds, provided straight from the source!
A bright and inviting store filled with whimsical treasures in the Oltrarno section of Florence. The owner takes her love and incredible talent of calligraphy and creates unique teacups, wall art, plates, tea towels and other gems that all have an antique, Italian feel. I love her personal touch on an everyday tote bag!
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One of the most exquisite and unique jewelry shops I have ever stumbled upon. The owner, Ornella Aprosio hand beads stunning pieces of wearable art inspired by nature. Snake necklaces and bug brooches sit along with magnificent beaded purses accented with cherries. I purchased a pair of giant hoop earrings inspired by fiery red coral. They are a standout piece and elevates any outfit.
3. Aqua Flor
An old-world charm perfume store set in a gorgeous Florentine Palazzo. Handcrafted perfumes, soaps, creams and more line the beautiful wooden shelves. You can smell the incredible notes as you approach the block. When you walk in the team helps you understand the art and beauty of scents. This isn’t perfume. This is an experience.
A family-run business in the artsy sector of Florence, at Calzature Francesco da Firenze you can have beautiful Italian leather shoes custom-made by hand. Strappy red gladiators, high-heeled clogs and buttery suede loafers line the shelves. You can tell they truly care about their craft because the quality is like no other. Whether if you’re a man or a woman, just pick a style and a color you like and they will create the shoe of your dreams in a single day! I had clogs made that resemble a very expensive brand and they have taken me through every season and the leather keeps getting better with age.
This Florentine boutique has two locations within the city and each is adorned with beautifully designed windows to draw you in. A perfect blend of vintage and new, Boutique Nadine has an eclectic collection of jewelry, second-hand designer shoes, new French-style clothing and an incredible array of bags, from snakeskin clutches to leather carryalls. I have found outfits for all occasions and gifts for friends from their unique jewelry case.
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