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Florentine Handicraft
Florence is known worldwide for its leather and straw handicrafts, for its goldsmiths and silversmiths, for his attention to antiques, to fashion and to the many needs of visitors who flock from all over the world.

Therefore there is in Florence an incredible flowering of shops and areas devoted to the sale of craft products that meet the eyes, palate and wallet.

In Florence medieval center and particularly in Via de 'Tornabuoni and Via Vigna Nuova are located the high fashion boutiques of the top Italian stylists suchs as Dolce and Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, Ferragamo, Gucci, Prada (which sells its high tailoring suites in Via de'Tornabuoni and has a prêt a porter line, named Miu Miu, in Via Roma), Roberto Cavalli, Versace.

Ponte Vecchio and the nearby streets as the aforementioned Via de 'Tornabuoni feature also the most prestigious Italian jewelers, such as Bulgari, just to mention a well known one even across the ocean; the glittering spectacle of his spotless shop resembles a museum.

For leather products lovers, a must is a walk in Santa Croce (Saint Cross) neighborhod, while for a variety local craft products the area “Oltrarno” is highly recommended; very rich of craft shops, as well as local restaurants, ideal for a quick snack or for a typical dinner.

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Suggested Hotels

Hotel Desiree
best hotel
3 stars
Hotel Desiree
Via Fiume, 20
Zone:San Lorenzo - Santa Maria Novella - Fortezza da Basso
18 bedroom-suites placed in the centre of Florence swallowed by the quiet of a small family business Hotel

Hotel Villa Carlotta
4 stars
Hotel Villa Carlotta
Via Michele di Lando, 3
Zone: Palazzo Pitti
Is a romantic 19th century patrician manor, situated in the wooded residential area around Porta Romana.

Hotel Victoria
best hotel
3 stars
Hotel Victoria
Via Nazionale, 102/r
Zone:Santa Maria Novella - Duomo - Fortezza da Basso
The 3 star Hotel Victoria is located in the heart of Florence, in the San Lorenzo quarter

Hotel la Gioconda
best hotel
3 stars
Hotel la Gioconda
Via Panzani, 2
Zone:San Lorenzo - Santa Maria Novella - Palazzo Strozzi - Duomo
Charming three star hotel located in the historical heart of Florence,

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