Many travelers to Italy spend a few days in Rome, a few in Venice and a few in Florence. 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, varying hours of operation and the language barrier complicate matters further. Come and shop at the real Florentine stores with me!
Let me show you my favorite shops in Florence – not the big designer stores, but the small, owner-operated shops that have equal quality at better prices. I can even take you to a goldsmith’s workshop which sells jewelry to the shops on the Ponte Vecchio, and is not open to the public.
You want to make the most of your time in Florence, especially if you are here for only a day – there is so much to do and see! Let me 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 and truffle oil, I can show you one of a kind shops off the beaten path.
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 summer and fall 2013. I will do my best to accommodate you even at the last minute!