Florence has given us the Renaissance, the David, and enough Medici scandals to inspire historical dramas for centuries. Once the most influential city in what is now Italy, it can brag about its superb architecture, unmatched artistic legacy, and timeless beauty. But along with the stuff of historical interest, fashionistas will add that it has also gifted the world with some of the best fashion brands, including Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo. Shopping in Florence is practically a cultural experience of its own, so there’s no need to feel guilty about splurging in retail.Via de’ Tornabuoni
Though not really a district per se, this street is so iconic to Florence shopping that it deserves its own section. It is endowed with effortless elegance and exclusivity most mere mortals can only admire from afar. The street is dotted with what used to be the palaces of the most important Florentine families, now turned into the fashion houses of some of the most luxurious brands in the world, like Hermes and Prada. Come dressed like you’ll be having breakfast at Tiffany’s, and enjoy a truly grand experience, even if all you can afford is window-shopping.