Florence & Rome Shopping Guide

Florence

Olio & Convivium

Swing by this epicurean hot spot to pick up gifts for your foodie friends. The shop offers a well-edited array of Tuscan wines, jars of olives, buttery cookies—even cases filled with elegant bottles of aged balsamic vinegar. If you want to stop and snack, there's a great on-site cafe.
4 Via Santo Spirito, 011-39-055-2658198

Products: Tabletop, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Pineider

Similar to super-upscale Brit stationers Smythson, Pineider is known for its incredibly elegant yet simple correspondence papers. There used to be a store in the States, but no longer-so stock up on its bright "Capri" notecard sets ($50) and leather-bound journals (from $60).
13R Piazza della Signoria, 011-39-055-284655

Products: Books/Stationery, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Ponte Vecchio Jewelers

The Ponte Vecchio bridge has been home to fine jewelry shops since the Medici family ruled Florence in the Middle Ages. (A bit of history: Butchers were the previous tenants on the Ponte Vecchio, but the Medicis didn't like the smell-they had to cross the bridge to get to their palace-so they decreed that jewelers take their place.) You can still find loads of classic pieces here, like rosette earrings (visit U. Gherardi), coral horn-pendant necklaces (at Fantoni), and cameos (go to Piero Fallaci).
Fantoni: 32R Ponte Vecchio, 011-39-055-282031;
Piero Fallaci: 43R Ponte Vecchio, 011-39-055-294465;
U. Gherardi: 5R Ponte Vecchio, 011-39-055-211809


Products: Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Profumeria Limoni

We're fans of inexpensive Italian beauty products, like thick Neutro Roberts shower gels ($3), lemony-scented Manila handcream ($1.75), and moisturizing, lightly fruity Labello lip balms ($2 to $3). This drugstore chain sells these and much more.
31R Via Panzani, 011-39-055-2658929

Products: Beauty
Type of Store: Boutique

Raspini

With locations scattered throughout Florence, you'll no doubt come across this designer boutique chain. It's the place to go when you want to pick up pieces by biggie Italian names like Miu Miu, Capucci, and Fendi, but don't have time to dig.
25R Via Roma, 011-39-055-213077, plus two other locations (Via Martelli, Via Por S Maria)

Products: Denim, Lingerie/Loungewear, Women's Clothes, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Space

With a hyperminimal 2001: A Space Odyssey feel, this boutique is home to sedately chic lines like Costume National and Dries Van Noten. Our current pick of the shop: gauzy, sequin-trim blouses by Italian talent Elisabetta Vezzani.
17R Via dè Tornabuoni, 011-39-055-216943

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

Spezieria Erboristeria Palazzo Vecchio

This Florentine pharmacy is revered for its eponymous line of herb-based beauty products—especially fragrances, like its Acqua di Firenze, a clean, cool-blue-colored scent ($14).
9R Via Vacchereccia, 011-39-055-2396055

Products: Beauty, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Vestri

The heady smell of rich artisanal chocolate literally beckons you into this tiny storefront. Stop and sample a rich chili-flecked or coffee truffle, then snap up a package of cocoa-infused pasta ($6).
11R Borgo degli Albizi, 011-39-055-2340374

Products: Tabletop, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Gucci

Signature style: Razor-sharp clothing and iconic logo bags.
73 Via dei Tornabuoni (clothing), 011-39-055-264011;
38 Via Roma (accessories), 011-055-759221


Products: Lingerie/Loungewear, Swimwear, Women's Clothes, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, Beauty
Type of Store: Boutique

Miss Sixty

Signature style: Eighties inspired, with a sexy bent.
20R Via Roma, 011-39-055-2399549

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