Inside the shop, you'll find hand-crafted leather gloves that you'll want to keep for a lifetime; they provide customers with classic styles that are meant to last over the long term.
This is truly one of the best places to discover a piece of Florentine history that you can take back home with you and to talk to a staff that loves gloves almost as much as they love the city of Florence.
The front of the famous Madova Gloves store — Photo courtesy of Madova Glove Factory
Madova was originally opened in 1919, when the Donnini family opened their store to a bustling, early 20th-century city that viewed style as beyond important.
After making a name for its operation and quality products, Madova began to experience financial problems during World War I and World War II. Closed for a few decades, it reopened through the support from the community in 1954.
Since then, Madova Gloves has become an international name, known throughout Europe, the United States and even Japan. Exportation has become a huge part of their business, and the legend continues to live on as more and more fashion-lovers become aware of the brand.
Leather has always been a huge part of the Florentine culture, from its roots in medieval Florence to now. And Madova prides itself, too, on being the only shop in Europe to sell strictly leather gloves to patrons.
You can't escape the many leather shops available as you walk down the streets of the city. And though you'll find plenty of options for gloves in the San Lorenzo and Nuovo markets, they are often not associated with the same level of expertise and care that Madova provides.
For a quality leather glove purchase, you want to know that you have a staff that can help you to find the perfect fit, and Madova goes above and beyond to help you find the right gloves for you or for a loved one.
Madova gloves can certainly be the perfect gift idea for when you're looking for something truly unique that can be used and remembered for years.
There are many stores in Florence that offer quality leather products, but few carry the same weight that products from Madova do.
Madova Gloves is open every day from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., except on Sundays. You can find the shop by simply walking a few minutes from the Ponte Vecchio to the Altr'arno side.