The other day we decided to do the traditional “passeggiata in centro”(a downtown walk),looking for presents and practising window shopping we had not done for so long .
It was nice to enjoy the atmosphere of coming festivities with all the beautiful decoration in the shops and lights in the street.Many people were walking around looking for gifts,for a special dress for last day’s eve- at least something red to wear as it is good love luck.We spent time at the Christmas market in front of Santa Croce Church, and loved the dried fruit stall.
Then a hot chocolate at Venchi, one of the most trendy shops with such a a variety of Italian chocolate.
We stopped at Bizzarri for some dried herbs. This shop is fantastic with its ancient appearance full of bottles with dried herbs, reminiscent of the wizards of Harry Potter but in reality it is the place for generations of people who love natural medicine.
For friends who like wood work, we visited Bartolucci .The shop set up personally by Francesco with the scent of wood shavings, with the music reproduced on vintage radios, with the cheerful colors of the articles. A store that excites and amazes!
Via Calzaiuoli is a main drag in Florence filled with shops,but if it is leather gloves you want,Pusateri is the name to remember.
Pusateri has been the reference point for leather gloves for generations of Florentines, so much that now on line there are even their vintage gloves. It’s so nice to find Italian vintage handmade items online, which means they have been produced so well that they last over time.