Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Oltrarno

& Company

This mesmerisming Pandora's box of beautiful objects and paper creations is the love child of Florence-born, British-raised callligrapher and graphic designer Betty Soldi and her vintage-loving husband, Matteo Perdu…
Shoes in Oltrarno


Hand-stitched leather is the cornerstone of this tiny family business specialising in ready-to-wear – and indeed made-to-measure – men's and women's shoes.
Fashion & Accessories in Chianti


This century-old family business is best known for its simplicity in design and colour as well as the distinctive red stripe on the back heel of its shoes. Cutting-edge silhouettes and fabrics adopted by design junk…
Fashion & Accessories in Santa Croce

Scuola del Cuoio

Hidden in a courtyard behind Santa Croce church, this store and workshop features a long corridor where craftspeople stand at their stations fashioning their leathergoods by hand.
Fashion & Accessories in Chianti

Dolce & Gabbana

Mostly interesting for accessories, it is really only worth coming here if you have your own transport, as it is close to the Mall. In itself, it does not warrant the effort from Florence if you are relying on publi…
Antiques in Santa Croce

Mercato dei Pulci

While prices are much higher than the name implies (mercato dei pulci means flea market), this outdoor market is nevertheless still worth a gander for patient pickers game to bring home a piece of Old Tuscany.
Fashion & Accessories in Tuscany

The Mall

Shop for last season's Gucci, Ferragamo, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, Valentino et al at this mall, 30km from Florence. Buses (€5, up to eight daily) depart daily from the SITA bus station.
Food in Siena

Pizzicheria de Miccoli

A stuffed boar's head sits above de Miccoli's entrance, fine aromas waft from the doorway, and the windows are festooned with sausages, stacks of cheese and sacks of porcini mushrooms. It also sells filled panini to…
Market in Siena

Wednesday Market

Spreading around Fortezza Medicea and towards the Stadio Comunale, this is one of Tuscany's largest markets and is great for cheap clothing; some food is also sold. An antiques market is held here on the third Sunda…
Pastries in Lucca


The perfect accompaniment to a mid-morning or -afternoon espresso and gift to take home, buccellato is a traditional sweet bread loaf with sultanas and aniseed seeds, baked in Lucca since 1881. Taddeucci is the past…