Where to Shop in Tuscany
Collected by Sandra Ramani, AFAR Contributor
Artisan traditions run deep in Tuscany. From the leather goods of Florence and the alabaster of Volterra to the crystal of Colle di Val d’Elsa and the high-end knives of Scarperia, the region is rich in unique, handcrafted goods. Along with all the multi-generational family-run workshops, there are also plenty of markets to scour, chic boutiques to browse, and designer duds–filled windows to gaze at longingly.
53026 Pienza SI, Italy
Don’t let the very Victorian materials that jeweler Anna Porcu uses throw you off: She’s future-thinking—so much so that she has found a way to make cameos, those pendants with carved silhouettes your grandmother may have worn, fresh again. The...
Via de' Tornabuoni, 1, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Pedestrian Via Tornabuoni is lined with handsome Renaissance palaces and designer boutiques. Gucci, Prada, Roberto Cavalli and Armani have flagship stores here and you’ll also find Luis Vuitton, Hogan, Pucci and Tiffany. Tired of shopping? Catch...
Via della Scala, 16, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Elevate the normally mundane experience of shopping for medicine-cabinet basics like soap and toothpaste with a visit to one of the oldest pharmacies in the world. In this 13th-century chapel with early Renaissance frescoes, Gothic carved wooden...
Via de' Guicciardini, 1/red, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
The only glove shop in the city to produce its stock on site, Madova’s exquisitely-crafted ‘guanti’ are made in a factory just behind the shop. There is a huge range of colours and styles range from simple, un-lined styles, silk or cashmere-lined...
Via di Santo Spirito, 4, 50124 Firenze FI, Italy
Adjacent to the restaurant is a cheery boutique filled with gourmet products from all over Tuscany. Thanks to the restaurant’s long-standing relationships with many of the region’s top purveyors, you’ll find high-quality olive...
50125, Sdrucciolo de' Pitti, 13/red, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
In Florence's Oltrarno neighborhood, an area known for its craftsmanship, this modern store stands out. Run by a couple, the store is full of fabric and paper goods. There are books covered in silk screen designs, and elegant prints on bags made...
Piazzetta del Teatro, 4, 53045 Montepulciano SI, Italy
The store may overwhelm you at first—there are handcrafted copper items covering every surface—but spend a little time here and you'll see each piece serves a purpose as a tool for the Italian kitchen. There are sauce pans in every size, wine...
Via della Vigna Nuova, 97-red, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Florence has been the place to buy leather for centuries, and this workshop has become the place to shop for leather in the past few years. Two best friends, Ben and Matteo, create stylish and modern leather items through...
30/34R Italy, Lungarno Corsini, 30, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
The slow food movement was born in Italy—so why not “slow shopping”? Just a short stroll from the Ponte Vecchio, this concept “trendstore” proudly celebrates the small-batch, handcrafted, and socially responsible, as well as what it describes as a...
53034 Colle di Val d'Elsa, Province of Siena, Italy
When you think Italian glass and crystal, chances are you think of Venice and its island of Murano. But in fact, the Tuscan town of Colle di Val d’Elsa, in the Chianti region, is Italy’s largest center for glassware, producing about 95 percent of...
Via dell' Anfiteatro, 85, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy
Lucca became world-famous back in the golden age of silk in the 12th century for producing some of the best textiles in the West, from precious gold and silver brocades to fine woolens and linens, all crafted by expert weavers and artisans. The...
Piazza del Popolo, 36, 53024 Montalcino SI, Italy
Wine and textiles, together at last. Set in the main town square, this eclectic shop was founded by Massimo Gorelli, a local who wanted a place to celebrate his two main passions. The space is stocked with items mainly from Italy, including a...
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