Florence & Rome Shopping Guide

Florence

A Piedi Nudi Nel Parco

It stands for "barefoot in the park," and this shop has all the clothing you'll need for both downtime and dressing up: sleek satin Members Only-inspired Katherine Hamnett jackets, Fornarina shoes, JPG print tops, and even bright Moroccan leather poufs ($125).
46R Borgo degli Albizi, 011-39-055-2340768

Products: Women's Clothes, Shoes
Type of Store: Boutique

Calvani

True, there's no shortage of shoes in Florence, but this shop is the place to go when you want to find unusual styles with quirky details from upstart European names, like TN-29, Ash, and Trans-Parents. Also great: the selection of Camper sandals and Gola sneaks.
7R Via degli Speziali, 011-39-055-2654043

Products: Shoes
Type of Store: Boutique

Elio Ferraro Gallery/Store

Although it sounds like it sells art, this boutique is actually dedicated to purveying a choice selection of vintage designer clothing. We spied a handful of Gucci purses ($200 to $400) and a stunning Missoni dress ($495).
47R Via del Parione, 011-39-055-290425

Products: Vintage
Type of Store: Consignment/Resale

Francesco da Firenze

For three generations, a local family has been handcrafting leather Greek-style sandals from this tiny storefront. For between $50 and $70, a custom-made pair can be had within 24 hours. (Go with style number 067, a strappy lace-up-the-calf thong).
62R Via Santo Spirito, 011-39-055-212428

Products: Shoes
Type of Store: Boutique

Gerard Loft

An offshoot of the more expensive Gerard designer boutique, this more youthful sibling sells lines like Pringle and Levi's Red, along with offbeat sneakers in a decidedly laid-back, loftlike setting.
34/36 Via dè Pecori, 011-39-055-282491

Products: Denim, Women's Clothes, Shoes
Type of Store: Boutique

Il Bisonte

Known for high-quality bags with classic Italian styling-like natural tanned leather and minimal details-Il Bisonte pieces are so classic, they're trendproof. We want one of its summer totes (from $95 to $225).
31R Via del Parione, 011-39-055-215722

Products: Bags
Type of Store: Boutique

Il Torchio

Tucked away on the less touristy side of Florence-south of the Arno River, in the Oltrarno neighborhood-this paper shop is a true slice of old-world Italy. All of its journals and diaries are covered in beautiful hand-marbled paper and created on-site in the tiny workshop/store. (Prices average $8 to 24 for a journal.)
17 Via dei Bardi, 011-39-055-2342862

Products: Books/Stationery
Type of Store: Boutique

Luisa Via Roma

Widely recognized as one of the most cutting-edge boutiques in town, Luisa Via Roma offers a roster of coveted items-from beaded Chloé handbags to Burberry trenches, along with a killer selection of shoes. But before you start shopping, sidle up to the in-store espresso bar for a caffeine jolt.
24 Via Roma, 011-39-055-217826

Products: Women's Clothes, Shoes, Bags
Type of Store: Boutique

Madova

High-quality leather gloves in a myriad of hues—and for between $25 and $65—make this a popular stop for Florentines and tourists alike. There are even lining options: from silk to cashmere to shearling.
1R Via Guicciardini, 011-39-055-2396526, madova.com

Products: Beauty
Type of Store: Boutique

Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella

Easily one of the most impressive boutiques we've ever visited, this legendary pharmacy was started by monks in 1612. Not much has changed-you still shop for its gorgeously packaged lotions, perfumes, and soaps in the ornate, virtually untouched monastery. (The only modern accent: The checkout area is where the altar once stood.)
16 Via della Scala, 011-39-055-216276

Products: Beauty
Type of Store: Boutique
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