Florence, world-famous as the capital of enchanting Tuscany, is one of the prominent tourist destinations on the globe. It features several boutique hotels and Vrbo vacation rentals that provide amazing accommodations. It is also home to several unique masterpieces of architecture and art dating back to the Renaissance era. You can find several impressive palaces, museums, landmarks, gardens, and churches adorning this Italian city. Visiting this enchanting city makes you crave to have its memories for a lifetime. So, buying some things which are unique to Florence can help you cherish memories of your trip to this beautiful city when back home. Read on to learn about what to buy in Florence, Italy that can help you record the pleasant time in your mind.
1. Florentine olive oil
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Posted by Conti Tuscany Flavours on Wednesday, January 25, 2017
If you are fond of natural oils and like using them in your daily life, you should certainly not miss buying Florentine olive oil when you are touring Florence. Florentine olive oil is well-known for its noteworthy international reputation. In fact, Tuscany is world famous not just for its impressive heritage but also for its high-quality local products. And, Florentine olive oil is one of its leading products which you simply can’t avoid purchasing during your trip to Italy. Its fruity aroma is sure to please you. You can use Florentine olive oil for your cooking preparations, bread dipping, or healthy salad dressing. You can also gift a small bottle of it to your friends and relatives when back home.
Conti Tuscany Flavours
Address: Conti Tuscany Flavours, Via Panicale, 29, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Opening hours: 10 am to 6 pm
Price: 34 USD (30 EUR)
2. Tuscan wine
Tuscan wine is one of the specialties of Florence that you can shop while strolling in the markets of this charming city. It’s an excellent Italian wine that comes from Tuscany, which is world-famous for being home to quality wine. You can find it anywhere in the city easily. Ask the seller at the store to wrap the bottle of wine well while you buy it if you are going to carry it back home. You can also grab your favorite sandwich and spice your meal with a bottle of Tuscan wine. Better yet, join some amazing wine tours that are available in the city.
Tuscany in a Bottle
Address: Tuscany in a Bottle, Via dei Renai, 23R, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
Opening hours: 11 am to 6 pm
Price: From 23 USD (20 EUR)
3. Balsamic vinegar
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With its origins in Italy, balsamic vinegar is another unique thing which you should get from Florence. It’s a concentrated, dark vinegar with an intense flavor that is completely or partially prepared from grape must, which comes from freshly crushed grapes with its seeds, stems, and skins. You can find different flavors of balsamic vinegar which you can use for varied purposes. Get one for bread dipping and salads. Also, you can get it for flavoring the desserts.
Conad City - Supermercato
Address: Conad City, Corso dei Tintori, 18, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Opening hours: 8.30 am to 9.30 pm
Price: From 10 USD (8 EUR)
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4. Tuscan spreads and sauce
If you are looking for souvenirs or gifts for your friends and relatives back home, small, attractive jars of delectable Tuscan spreads and sauces can be the best choice. Find them easily as you stroll in the outdoor market or visit a local grocery shop in Florence. Top your favorite sandwich with one of the spreads or sauces and enjoy relishing it. Who won’t appreciate the taste of authentic pesto? Your friends and family will be happy to devour Tuscan spreads and thank you for it.
Address: SandwiChic, Via S. Gallo, 3, 50129 Firenze FI, Italy
Opening hours: 10.30 am to 5.30 pm
Price: About 8.23 USD (7 EUR) a jar
5. Leather goods
Florence is also home to a wide range of unique and attractive leather goods such as leather bags, jackets, belts, wallets, etc. It’s noteworthy that the Florentine tradition of developing amazing leather goods is antique. And, even today, you can find numerous artisans developing fabulous leather products in the city. Visiting the San Lorenzo market in Florence can offer you an array of fascinating leather jackets to make a great choice. Buying a leather wallet or bag for your regular use will remind you of the wonderful trip to Florence every day.
Address: Benheart Via della Vigna Nuova, 97-red, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Opening hours: 9 am to 8 pm
Price: From 50 USD (44 EUR)
6. Spices and herbs
While touring Florence, you can get a glimpse of miniature gardens on balconies that are brimming with wonderful herbs and spices, such as parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, basil, etc. So, why not buy some amazing herbs and spices to grace your food preparations back home? If you love to cook, you can prepare a variety of Italian and international cuisines and spice them up with peppers, dried porcini mushrooms, truffle oil, garlic, and other spices you get from Florence. You can even join some cooking classes offered in the city.
Address: Mercato Centrale, Piazza del Mercato Centrale – Via dell’Ariento, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Opening hours: 8 am to 12 am
Price: From 6 USD (5 EUR) per pound
Florence is known for its long and rich history of making attractive artisan chocolates. This wonderful Italian city is graced with numerous chocolate shops, where you can find chocolates in cups, praline chocolate creams, delicious fruits covered with chocolates, and many more irresistible kinds of chocolates. So, buy your choice of authentic Italian chocolates from Florence without a second thought. Also, you can get some attractive chocolates to gift your loved ones back home. For your list of things to do, be sure to include visiting Venchi, which is the largest Italian chocolatier known for the excellent quality and variety of chocolates.
Venchi Chocolate and Gelato
Address: Venchi Chocolate and Gelato, Firenze Via Calimaruzza, Piazza della Signoria Via Calimaruzza, 18 50123 Firenze
Opening hours: 8 am to 11 pm
Price: From 10 USD (8 EUR)
8. Handmade ceramic pieces
Beautiful handmade ceramics are some of the best things to buy in Florence to take back home a piece of Tuscany artistry. You can find a wide variety of exquisite handmade, colorful ceramics, such as plates, butter dishes, large and small bowls, wine corks, salt and pepper shakers, etc. in several small stores in Florence. These artistic pieces feature typical Florentine designs with exquisite images of the countryside, Tuscan nature, grapes, leaves and flowers beautifying Tuscan hills, etc. You can adorn the walls of your house with some beautiful handpainted ceramic pieces. Visit Le Mie Ceramiche, an amazing workshop, for sure to get your choice of ceramics.
Le Mie Ceramiche
Address: Le Mie Ceramiche, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy
Opening hours: 10 am to 6 pm
Price: From 22 USD (20 EUR)
9. Passamaneria Toscana textiles
You simply can’t resist buying beautiful Florentine-styled textiles. Passamaneria Toscana textiles and furnishings can be the best purchases you can make to embellish your home. Make a choice from a wide variety of brocade textiles and fabrics, such as tassels, bed covers, pillowcases, table runners, placemats, trimmings, bags, and other authentic luxurious and artistic items. These exquisite Toscana items are made from silk, artistically woven with silver and gold threads, and decorated with raised attractive designs of foliage and flowers.
Address: Passamaneria Toscana, Piazza di SAN Lorenzo, 12/R. 50123 Florence, Italy
Opening hours: 9.30 am to 7.30 pm
Price: From 40 USD (35 EUR)
10. Olive wood cookware
If you love to cook and treasure exquisite cookware, don’t miss buying attractive olive wood cookware from Florence. You can find olive wood cutting boards, utensils, or cooking spoons to make a great addition to your kitchenware. Find a great pleasure in serving with an adorable wooden cooking spoon. Arranging food in olive wood utensils will delight you. Every time you use this artistic cookware, they only get better. Also, these fascinating wooden cookware items can be great kitchen gifts.
La Bottega Del Chianti
Address: La Bottega Del Chianti, Borgo Santi Apostoli, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Opening hours: 8 am to 7 pm
Price: From 10 USD (8 EUR)
Grace yourself with wonderful memories
All these 10 Italian products are the best purchases that you can make during your holidays in Florence, Italy. Every time you use them or get a glimpse of them is sure to remind you of your mesmerizing time in Florence. So, if you have plans to visit Italy, buy these things from Florence without a second thought. Try joining some food tours and Viator tours as well to make your time in Florence even more memorable.
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