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FLORENCE SHOPPING GUIDE:
These Florence shopping tips for Florence Markets, Leather, Crafts and Food (by
Jenifer Howard Forneris and Cristina Jacomelli) are a wonderful start to discovering
the city of Florence.
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Florentine Crafts: Objects
One of the most characteristic (it looks like time never went on) and lively
areas in Florence is Santo Spirito, the distric on the Oltrarno (the other side
of the Arno), where artisan workshops vary from wood, to jewels (traditional and
modern, avant-garde), lamps, metals, various types of accessories, antiques and
restoration. Another is San Frediano with its upholstery, silver and glass ware,
among many others.
Walking through the streets of Santo Spirito and San Frediano is a real experience
in the heart of the city's history and traditions.
Florence Craft Shop: PoliType:
Via Guelfa, 49r; 055-216506
for artists and artisans and for those who love colours and design; here are
pigments, chemical products and all types of colours for restoration, ceramics
and interior decoration of the most varied and exclusive types.
Florence Craft Shop: Pietra di Luna (Bianco Bianchi)Type:
scagliola objects, also custom-made.
Via Maggio, 4r; 055-2658257.
was born in the XVI century to take the place of the more expensive pietre dure
and marble works; it is made of a mixture of animal glues and colour powders;
the mix fills the designs carved in marble slabs or other stone plates; the entire
slab or plate is then polished and waxed and the final work is obtained giving
the impression that the colourful designs are pietre dure or of other effects
(depending on the designs made) such as marbling. The Bianchi scagliola is renowned
all over the world because they respect the original traditions of scagliola making,
all is done by hand and the works are therefore quite expensive. Important world
personalities are their customers.
Florence Craft Shop: PulitiType:
Piazza Santa Elisabetta, 6; 055-2302528.
this is a small, exquisite shop, the most ancient of its kind in Florence.
Florentine Crafts: Food
Florence Shop: Civaie MechiniType:
seeds and grains; food for animals the traditional way
Via della Spada, 52r; 055-2396651.
this shop is more than a century old; they prepare all types of seed mixes and
have precious grains as Garfagnana spelt, special beans from other regions of
Italy and Amiata mushrooms, among many other varieties.
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