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“Walk, walk walk!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Centro Storico

Centro Storico
Florence, Italy
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Skip the Line
$61*
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Skip the Line: Small-Group Florence Renaissance...
Ranked #14 of 420 things to do in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
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Owner description: That part of Florence situated between Piazza San Marco, Piazza Santa Maria Novella, Santa Croce, and Santo Spirito, filled with up-scale and expensive shops.
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“Walk, walk walk!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Pu.t on your most comfortable pair of shoes and walk leisurely along the streets, piazzas and the river. Do not miss Ponte Vecchio. It is a joy to be alive and see it all.

Visited December 2012
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

You could walk around here forever. The atmosphere, the buildings, the statues, the sites, the history - amazing. You really feel like you are in a completely unique place in Florence - it isn't like anywhere else in the world. Love it.

Visited October 2012
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“Both a marvellous open air museum and a shopping mecca”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

I don't need to list the many museums and monuments one can visit and admire in the area, and despite the recent invasion of international brands (Zara, HM, etc) and the dominance of luxury brands (Gucci, Chanel, etc) there are still many small local designer shops, antique galleries and workshops (such as Martelli leather gloves via Por Santa Maria, Il Papiro paper goods via del Proconsolo, and Spezerie Palazzo Vecchio perfumes and toiletries just to quote a few) that make it worthwhile hunting for original gifts for loved ones or treats for oneself.
There are plenty of dining options too and the area is always pleasantly busy and very safe even late at night.

Visited January 2013
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“Beautiful but no deals on merchandise: buyer beware”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Just know that the shops in Centro Storico Florence are either very exclusive (Hermes, Chanel, Loro Piana, Gucci, etc.), or rather low end ("factory stores" with very poor quality workmanship). My experience is that the exact top-end merchandise can be found at Harrod's, Neiman Marcus, or Bergdorf Goodman and those stores put it on sale several times a year. Florence is NOT the place for bargains in shopping. BEWARE the knockoffs! It is a crime to export knockoffs from Italy. Fake designer handbags are sold on the streets by Nigerians. They scatter when the police arrive.
Enjoy the art, the culture, the food, the scenery. Shop elsewhere except for paper products like stationary.

Visited December 2012
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“just wonder about...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

it's fabulous to feel embraced by this city... you never feel lost as you always find a statue, a beautifull building or a restaurant to remind you of your track!! We always had night out walks and felt completely safe. There are lots of geleterias open, pizza joints too, and many street activities till about 12pm! The are always ppl on the streets wandering and taking photos, tourists like yourself!

Visited September 2012
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