Via dei Calzaiuoli
Via dei Calzaiuoli
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Closed to motorized traffic, this unusually wide street is busy nonetheless with pedestrians, shops, cafes and historic attractions.
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Neighborhood: Duomo
Florentia, as it was called by Latins, is permeated by an eternal beauty spread in all corners of the city. The historic center is characterized by the immensity of the Duomo, able to transport tourists into the brightest age of Florence: the Renaissance. Who does not know the Brunelleschi Dome, San Giovanni Baptistery and the Giotto’s Campanile? Everything is enclosed here and it would be easy to imagine the city as it was in ancient times, with maids walking in the main square and horses carrying coaches. Nowadays, roads are busy with street artists. Rustic Tuscan bakeries give way to fashion shops; just stop for a few minutes in the middle of Piazza della Repubblica to enjoy the colors and sweet melody of the carousel that will bring back great memories from anyone’s childhood.
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Karmiel, Israel448 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
We lived on this street for a week - it was a great location as we were smack dab in the middle of touristy Florence!

This is the main tourist drag between the Duomo and the Uffizi - pedestrianized (except for service vehicles). Its full of shops, places to snack (including great gelato) and the adjacent side streets are full also of restaurants and shops.
Written June 18, 2017
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migliaribasso
Rio de Janeiro, RJ304 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013
This pedestrian street is an outdoor shopping mall. Well, in fact it's much better than that, since shopping malls tend to look exactly the same no matter what city or country, and this is right in the core of Florence's historical center. It's the very artery that connects the Piazza della Signoria and the Piazza del Duomo. If you haven't yet strolled through it, you haven't yet been in Florence.
Written January 7, 2013
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,061 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Couples
This straight street was the most direct means for walking between the two important areas in the city centre of Florence, being Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Signoria. Otherwise, we found Via dei Calzaiuoli to be fairly typical of other Florence streets in the area, having a pizzeria or two (pizza didn't look particularly good if memory serves correctly), gelaterias, other eateries and shops. However, it wasn't really the best street we found for shopping, just a quick means for moving between important areas of Florence instead.

Another interesting street to walk, nearby, is Via Calimala, one block over from Via dei Calzaiuoli. By taking this street, you can make a quick stop at the Mercato Nouvo, to see the famous bronze boar statue. Rub its nose, and perhaps you'll have good luck, so the saying goes! Also, you can walk past Piazza Della Repubblica to see if any events are taking place there. There was a chocolate fair during our recent visit to Florence, making this a delightful stop, and Via Calimala, a better route for covering the distance between Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Signoria.

Also, as for shopping, we found many more brand name shops a few blocks west, past Piazza Republlica, on and around Via De Tornabuoni and Via Della Vigna Nouva. If you are in Florence for shopping, this is a better area of the city centre to visit.
Written March 9, 2012
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Titus D
Sri Lanka6,908 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
While exploring the inner city during our most recent visit to Florence, we spent some time visiting a selection of shops located along the Via dei Calzaiuoli. Like the rest of the city, this interesting, city-street was jam-packed with people on the day of our visit.
While some other shopping street and areas in Florence are very expensive, We found that many of the shops along this street offered better value for money. This probably explains why there were so many people there!
Certainly a good variety of shops, with reasonable prices and plenty to buy!
We walked through this street every day for three days, from our hotel to the various sites around Florence city. This is one of the busiest streets, but also it has a certain attraction, in that there are so many shops of all types that you actually like to look at. Restaurants, pizzerias, gelateries, bakeries, patisseries, grocery stores, "tourist" shops, you name it, they are all here! a shopper's dream, almost!
We lived on this street for a week - it was a great location as we were smack dab in the middle of touristy Florence!
This is the main tourist drag between the Duomo and the Uffizi - pedestrianized (except for service vehicles). Its full of shops, places to snack (including great gelato) and the adjacent side streets are full also of restaurants and shops.
If you're looking for something you will find it on Via Devi Calzaiuoli. Shops of all kinds. Pateries. Chocolates. Gelato. Packed with people. Convenient to everything.
The Via dei Calzaiuoli is a lovely street in Florence. In between the main central square (Piazza della Signoria) and the Piazza del Duomo, this is a nice street to stop, tale a break and people watch in
I found this road to be packed from early in the morning until late at night, maybe because it was the weekend and people were out in force to eat their icecreams and walk their dogs - both in a huge variety!!!!
It is the shortest way between the Duomo area and Piazza della Signora and besides leather shops with sellers saying 'I give you good discount' probably all year round, I did not find any other interesting shops. However, the architecture is the most amazing.
Via Calzaiuoli is the cobblestone, connective corridor between Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Signoria, where you can access the Uffizi, then, crossing the Ponte Vecchio into the Oltrarno.
This street is almost always busy. It's Florence's Times Square, loaded with shops--some rather high end--but also with street vendors selling their leather goods from a large cart on the side streets.
You'll find a few restaurants on the side streets, pizzeria, and, of course, gelaterias galore. Tons of people--tourists, locals, business persons, models (well, maybe they were just very attractive Italiane) all hustling along the Via Calzaiuoli towards their final destinations.
There are no sidewalks and the VC is said to be a pedestrian walkway, but, you will find an occasional car or small van trying to make its way through the crowd. You can do lots of shopping (bring your credit card), grab a bite to eat, or just watch people from a sidewalk cafe.
Via Calzaiuoli: a slice of Florentine life as it was many years ago and remains today. The Via dei Calzipaiuli is a shopper's delight up and down the length of this pedestrian only thoroughfare. You'll find the major brands in grand storefronts, boutiques, cafes, bars and restaurants along with street vendors and artists. Enjoyable walking experience. ...
Nice street to find quality brands. Bag, shoes, cafe, design clothes, underwear brands are here. No car allowed here but you can pick phaeton if you find one to travel around.
Written March 4, 2018
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WarrenFretwell
Syracuse, NY3,420 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
Via Calzaiuoli is the cobblestone, connective corridor between Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Signoria, where you can access the Uffizi, then, crossing the Ponte Vecchio into the Oltrarno where you can find authentic Florentine dining (just walk about three or four blocks across the bridge--don't be afraid to wander--and stop in a local bistro. You'll love it!).

This street is almost always busy. It's Florence's Times Square, loaded with shops--some rather high end--but also with street vendors selling their leather goods from a large cart on the side streets (genuine leather handbags for $20).

You'll find a few restaurants on the side streets, pizzeria, and, of course, gelaterias galore.

Tons of people--tourists, locals, business persons, models (well, maybe they were just very attractive Italiane) all hustling along the Via Calzaiuoli towards their final destinations.

There are no sidewalks and the VC is said to be a pedestrian walkway, but, you will find an occasional car or small van trying to make its way through the crowd.

You can do lots of shopping (bring your credit card), grab a bite to eat, or just watch people from a sidewalk cafe.

Via Calzaiuoli: a slice of Florentine life as it was many years ago and remains today.
Written November 11, 2015
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DAVID L
Los Angeles, CA8,095 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
The Via dei Calzipaiuli is a shopper's delight up and down the length of this pedestrian only thoroughfare. You'll find the major brands in grand storefronts, boutiques, cafes, bars and restaurants along with street vendors and artists. Enjoyable walking experience. ...
Written October 28, 2015
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jeff
Delaware, OH4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
My wife and I were walking down Via Calzaiuoli just south of the Duomo and decided to get a gelato at the Gelateria across from Victoria Secret. I admit I just glanced at the menu on the wall and ordered what I thought was a 2 euro cone. Imagine my surprise when I was charged 10 euro each. I thought it was just my own fault for not being careful but then read a warning in Rick Steve’s guidebook about the 10 euro “tourist special” ripoff.
If you want Gelato there is a great place on Via De Neri near Via D Benci where we got 2 flavors in a cone for 2.50 euros - and much better Gelato!!!
Written August 13, 2019
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TravelBugs11111
51 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Great street to wander along and perfect location right off of the Duomo. Beware of gelato prices which fluctuate greatly (in taste also) all over the tourist areas. Closer to the church, the higher the prices. The second one in is called Gelateria Yogurtria Homemade (something like that). They deliberately scam you on prices and their trip advisor page and Google page is full of terrible reviews. Unfortunately, because of the location, they can do this all day because it is a convenient location and nobody is looking at Google on this street. Just a few more shops further is a gelato shop with chocolate pouring down the wall. Go there or around the next corner... There are so many better tasting gelato options. Don't take a bite until you pay. The other shops on this road should close those guys down. They are giving them a bad reputation. Other than that, it is a good street to wander along.
Written March 20, 2019
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mr_mrs_alaeddin
Tehran, Iran216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
a good street stretching out from duomo to signoria square with stone decorated floors.we bought gellatos there.there were alot of famous brands there beside the local italian shops esp the leather shops with beautiful good for sale.the only thing was that some times the stony floor were our of shape in some places and it made walkers like me with weary feets(for long walking) and in hurry, to fall down,as it happened for me some times but thnx god i controlled myself and didnt let to be fall down.of ocurse this doesnt make any difference in the beauty of the street though.we hadnt enough time to have a shopping there but it is a good street for shopping lovers.enjoy shopping:) !!!
Written August 19, 2014
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Christine C
USA403 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Friends
My hotel in Florence was on a street that required me to walk through here daily and I did enjoy strolling through. While I do enjoy shopping, I did not find myself spending that much time here just because the majority of the stores were ones that I could visit at home (e.g. the designer shops). Despite this, I did enjoy window shopping and looking around.
Written January 9, 2014
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