The Shopping Scene In Tuscany
Posted by Dympna (17/02/2017)
Tuscany may be known for its famous wines and unbelievable beauty, but it also has a lot to offer when it comes to retail therapy. The range of shopping you get across the region is unlike many other places. There’s the rustic local shops selling handmade and fresh local products, and the more upmarket shops selling designer clothes in the cities.
If it’s more traditional shops and products you are after, you won’t be disappointed. Many local shops sell souvenirs and charming locally made gifts. Tuscany is famous for products such as olive oil, wine, leather goods, lace, terra cotta and in some places, jewellery. If you love shopping for unique products and good that tell a story, you will feel right at home in Tuscany’s local shops.
Each town and city offer something unique. Lucca for example is particularly good for antiques and olive oil. If its terra-cotta and ceramics you are after, then stop by Montelupo Fiorentino and Impruneta. For jewellery, your best bet is Arezzo. The best way to find one-of-a-kind and unique products in Tuscany is to stumble upon them. Simply stop off in the hilltop towns which are full of surprises and interesting produce.
Outlet stores and designer shopping
If you are after a bit of high end retail therapy, then head to Florence or Siena to stock up on designer brands. You will find well-known Italian designers such as Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci.
If you want to shop for some of your favourite brands at discount prices, then try one of Tuscany’s outlet malls. The Mall is a huge luxury outlet centre just 30 minutes outside of Florence. Barberino Designer Outlet is also a 30 minute drive from Florence. Between Siena and Arezzo you will find Valdichiana Outlet Village. Even though these shops offer very discounted prices, a lot of the luxury items are still pretty pricey.
Then there’s the markets, which you won’t want to miss. The markets in Tuscany sell all sorts, from clothes, antiques and bags to fresh fruit and local delicacies. You can pick up some fresh food at the markets to take back to your apartment, or shop for souvenirs and gifts to bring home. There’s also special antiques markets if you are looking for something specific.
If you are visiting Florence, be sure to check out some of the markets including Mercato di San Lorenzo and Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio. For a list of which markets are on which days throughout Tuscany, click here.
Most Tuscan towns and villages have a weekly market, open air markets usually open between 7.30am till 1.00pm. Mornings are the best time to head to the markets because you get the freshest and best selection of products.