Finding gift ideas in Florence is not a hard thing to do. There are plenty of souvenir stands offering little trinkets for friends and family back home. But if you're in need of something truly special, ducking into a specialized shop can be your best bet. The city’s artisans craft some beautiful pieces that you won’t be able to find anywhere else in the world – and some of their food items are to die for.
If you can fit it within your suitcase, nothing says Italy like bringing home a bottle of wine or olive oil. If you're thinking about taking home any sort of foodstuffs, the Mercato Centrale in the Santa Croce area is worth wandering through.
Inside, you'll find rows and rows of specialty pastas and handmade oils. It would be a shame not to at least try some of the different types of olive oils available; each family here has their own recipe that they swear by and would recommend.
The Mercato Centrale has some delicious food items — Photo courtesy of Brian & Jaclyn Drum
You’ll want to think of bringing home a bottle of chianti wine, as well. The Tuscan area touts this full-bodied red wine, and Florence is the perfect city to embark from on different wine tastings in the area.
You might also want to think about asking if your favorite restaurant has some of the house wine on hand to buy. It’s the perfect souvenir, a personalized and fun reminder of some of your favorite places in the city.
Florence is also extremely well known for the quality of its leather products. Whether you're looking for a wallet, purse or even a hand-made leather journal, Florence is the city to search.
If you're looking for some high-quality leather products unlike anything else you will find in the area, make sure to check out stores like Leonardo Leather Works, which offers tours and special discounts.
Taking back a little piece of Florence is easy once you know the right places to look. So don’t be afraid to do a little bit of exploring when looking for something truly unique you can bring back to the people that you love.
Some fabulous purses at the Mercato Nuovo — Photo courtesy of Alex Schnee