Many tourists spend a few days in several different Italian towns, or come to Florence for just one day from the Tuscan countryside or from a cruise ship. Most people know that Florence is famous for leather and gold, but figuring out where to shop for these items can be daunting! The number of stores, the quality, varying hours of operation and the language barrier complicate matters further. After years of shopping here, I have discovered the real Florentine shops.
Let me show you my favorite shops in Florence – not the big designer stores, but the owner-operated shops that have equal quality at better prices. I can even take you to a goldsmith’s workshop which is not open to the public. They can design unique wedding rings or jewelry, have ready made pieces, and are way off “the beaten path” even though they are right in the center of town!
You want to make the most of your time in Florence – there is so much to do and see! I can save you time and energy by taking you on a guided shopping trip. Whether it be leather jackets, handbags, shoes, gold jewelry, Florentine silk scarves, ceramics or wine, I can show you one of a kind shops with owners on site, and locations only here in Florence.
If you have special needs, I can help. Partners who don’t enjoy shopping can be directed to an historical site, or to a spot for coffee or wine. Difficult to fit? I can take you to places that will custom make shoes, boots and leather jackets at prices that will please you. I am also able to arrange a car and English speaking driver for a tour of Chianti and Tuscan countryside for wine tasting. If you need help deciding where to stay in Florence, I have a list of hotels and vacation apartments, where I have stayed, and that I can recommend. These range from basic, but charming hotels to gorgeous furnished apartments in a Renaissance palazzo.
A.M. writes: “Being the world’s worst shopper and with limited time I was keen to bypass tourist traps so booked Maren in thinking I had nothing to lose. I’m happy to report miracles do happen. 2 hours in, and I had armfuls of purchases – hand made boots, coats, fine jewelry. Maren leads you to great shops and has found owners who take the time to help, not hinder the experience. Remember that? Maren has a quiet way of offering advice when needed, perfectly balanced with allowing you space to think.”
Be sure to view my blog to see the latest shopping adventures! I am accepting appointments now for spring 2015. I will do my best to accommodate you even at the last minute!